Defense Steps Up as Wolverines Clinch Division

Photo by Mary Lawler
Photo by Mary Lawler

The San Bernardino Valley College football team clinched the top spot in the American Conference Mountain Division with a 42-22 victory over Victor Valley College on Saturday at Silverado High School.

While the offense put up 42 points, it was the defense that led the Wolverines on Saturday. Six different players accounted for six interceptions in the game - a seventh came on a Victor Valley two-point conversion attempt - and held the Rams to only 210 yards of total offense. The defense also had six sacks and 11 tackles for loss in total during the game. Zach Stauffer had two of the sacks, while Edward Berry had 1.5 sacks and three of the tackles for loss.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines offense sputtered at times, looking slow due to the early game start time. SBVC finally broke through late in the first quarter, as Armando Herrera found Elijah Smith up the middle for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Dominic Young's extra point kick made it 7-0 after one.

Two drives later, the Wolverines took advantage of a pass interference call on the Rams, as Herrera threw the ball into the corner of the end zone to DeJuan Moon and a 14-0 lead.

Shaylan Lewis' interception set up the next score. Lewis intercepted back-up quarterback Mossy Bell at the Victor Valley 18, and returned it to the 1-yard-line. Jeffery Proctor took a direct snap in the Wildcat and followed Austin Bacher and Joey Harman out of the backfield into the end zone and a 21-0 lead.

With Herrera not feeling well, the Wolverines' offense improvised in the second half. Proctor ran out of the wildcat, handing the ball to Harman after a Montre Moore interception. Harman did the rest, going 29 yards for a touchdown. Later, it was CJ Harris as quarterback, and the receiver got to show off his arm, throwing touchdown passes of 39 yards (to Elijan Smith) and 10 yards (to Kellen Pachot) to close out the SBVC scoring, giving SBVC a 42-6 lead with 6:53 to play. The Rams scored twice in the final five minutes to account for the scoring.

Harman led the rushing attack with 114 yards on 18 carries, with Smith catching seven passes for 99 yards. Herrera was 12-of-25 for 189 yards and two scores in less than a half of play.

The Wolverines close out their regular season schedule at 6 p.m. Saturday against College of the Desert.