The streak continues: The Corsairs beat Antelope Valley
It was a perfect night for a football game in Lancaster as the Santa Monica College Corsairs men's football team traveled for their second away game of the season to play against the Antelope Valley College Marauders for a late night rumble on Saturday.
The SMC football team had their first close call of the season against the Marauders; however, they still managed to win yet again. They now extended their undefeated record this season to three wins in three games.
Early on in the first quarter, with 12 minutes remaining on the clock, it looked like the Corsairs would walk away with a sweeping victory after two game-changing plays by SMC. The Corsairs scored on a blocked punt return for 25 yards by freshman defensive back, Carnell Lewis, and a 45 yard interception touchdown by freshman defensive back, Mason Stone, pushed the lead to 17-0 early.
Even after the poor start, Antelope Valley kept it a close scoring game with 490 total passing yards on the day.
The Corsairs sophomore quarterback, Troy Williams, completed twenty-two passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns that night.
The Corsairs focused heavily on running the ball well. The SMC running backs rushed for a total of 245 yards against Antelope Valley. The Corsairs' leading rusher, sophomore running back, Roger Jones, rushed for 140 yards and trotted into the end zone for two touchdowns.
Throughout the game, Corsair sophomore wide receiver, Terry Jackson Jr., proved that he is a big play, game changer. On that night, Jackson totaled 197 receiving yards and caught all three of Troy Williams touchdown passes.
The Corsairs second team defense struggled late in the game after taking a 54-21 lead. SMC allowed the Marauders a chance to close the gap in the fourth quarter when Antelope Valley scored nineteen unanswered points. However, the Corsairs prevailed regardless and finished the night with yet another win.
After the game, Corsairs' head coach Gifford Lindhiem congratulated his team on a hard fought battle, but encouraged his players to watch video of the game to see where improvements need to be made.
This Saturday, the Santa Monica College Corsairs will play in Glendale, California against the Glendale College Vaqueros who have started their season with only one win in five games. Kickoff will be at 7pm.