LANCASTER — They generated seven first downs.
They had just 103 yards of total offense.
They only had the ball for 13 of the game’s 60 minutes.
So of course, Antelope Valley College continued its November to remember with a 21-0 shutout of Citrus College on another glorious autumn Saturday afternoon at Brent Carder Marauder Stadium.
Who were those guys?
“It was a continuation of the way we’ve played since the second half against San Bernardino Valley,” said AVC coach Perry Jehlicka, whose team knocked off previously 7-0 teams for the second straight week. “That’s 14 straight quarters to the best all-around football we’ve played this season.”
Following a narrow 20-19 loss to SBVC, the Marauders (3-1, 6-3) have won three straight over College of the Desert, Mt. San Jacinto and Citrus.
A win at Victor Valley next week would secure AVC a bowl berth.
“We want to keep playing,” said AVC cornerback Kijante Figures, whose 34-yard interception return touchdown put AVC up 14-0 with 9:28 left in the first half. “We don’t want next week to be our last game of the season. We’re having too much fun now.”
AVC deferred its kickoff option to the second half to get its defense on the field first.
After forcing a three-and-out, the Marauders drove 60 yards in eight plays, capped by Tyler Selvig’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Errius Collins.
Figures added a 10-yard sack on a safety blitz late in the first half.
Selvig punted from the Citrus 47 after AVC’s second straight three-and-out series to begin the second half.
Sure-handed safety Derrion Warner muffed the punt in the blinding sunshine, and Matt Gabar fell on the football at the Citrus 8 yard line.
On first down, Selvig rolled right and tucked the ball, sneaking inside the pylon for an eight-tyard touchown and a 21-0 lead.
“Again today, all three phases of our game contributed to a victory,” said Jehlicka. “That’s the way we’ve been playing for a month now. Each week builds on the previous one.”
The Marauder defense limited Citrus, which two weeks ago was 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in Southern California, to 10 first downs and 154 total yards.
The Owls went 3-for-12 on third down. Numbers like that can help you overlook a grand total of 12 yards rushing for AVC.
“We beat two very good football teams these last two weeks,” said Jehlicka. “Our guys are playing for each other now, and they don’t want to stop.”