By Michelle Gardner
RIVERSIDE – Last year the biggest problem for the Victor Valley
College football team was offense. That doesn’t look to be the
problem this year.
Freshman quarterback O’Ryan Bradley threw for 236 yards and the
Rams amassed 441 yards total offense but fell to host Riverside
Community College Saturday at Wheelock Field in the 2008 debut for
Victor Valley Coach Dave Hoover was not surprised with the numbers
since his team looked much the same in last week’s scrimmage. While
they moved the ball successfully against a quality foe, they gave up
“We didn’t play hard enough and we didn’t play physical enough,”
Hoover said after addressing his team at midfield. “It was the first
college game for a lot of these guys and I don’t think they
understood the intensity you have to play it. I hope they know now.”
That doesn’t mean the winning side was completely satisfied
either. Riverside’s Bill Brown wasn’t pleased with his defense or his
special teams as the Tigers missed four extra points.
“I wasn’t happy that we gave up 51 points and we have to work on
our special teams,” he said. “We have some great athletes and we’re
going to make some plays. If we can iron out a few things, we should
have a chance at winning the conference.”
Victor Valley stuck with RCC early. It spotted the host team a
7-0 lead with Redlands High graduate Coy Glass directing a 62-yard
drive on the team’s first possession that ended with a 36-yard toss
to Travis Carter.
The Rams drew even on their ensuing possession, striking with the
big play as Bradley connected with Silverado product Deandre
Glasper on a 70-yard pass play with Glasper hauling in the pass at
the Tigers 30 and racing the rest of the way.
The Rams took a 10-7 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Andrew
Paredes but that lead was short lived as RCC retaliated soon after
with a drive of its own, this one ending with an 8-yard toss from
Glass to former high school teammate Corey Ham, giving the Tigers
back a 13-10 lead.
Victor Valley’s second lead of the game came when O.C. Craig
returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown to go up 17-13. But that
would be its last advantage. RCC scored twice more before the end of
the half, both times on scoring passes by Glass. His 4-yarder to
Winston Hutchinson gave the Tigers a 20-17 edge and was the fourth
lead change of the half.
A 29-yarder from Glass to Jacob Slouka with 2:45 left in the second
quarter made it 27-17 and the Rams were never within single digits
O’Bradley spread the ball out to nine different receivers with his
favorite target being Glasper, who caught four passes for 74 yards.
He also rushed for 47 on 11 tries. The biggest weapon in the ground
game was Ryan Sampson who who only had four carries but managed
“I am disappointed because I thought it was a winnable game,”
Hoover said. “And it only gets tougher from here.”
Meanwhile Glass threw for 184 yards, evenly split among seven
receivers. He threw five touchdowns without an interception.
The Tigers rushed for 175 yards, 156 of that by Cedric Foster.
Next week the Rams will host Palomar at 1 p.m. while the Tigers
will head to the neighboring county to renew their rivalry with San
Bernardino Valley College at 6 p.m.
Victor Valley 10 7 7 7 – 31
Riverside 13 21 6 6 – 52
R – Travis Carter 36 pass from Coy Glass (Albert Jiminez kick)
VV – DeAndre Glasper 30 pass from O’Ryan Bradley (Andrew Paredes
VV – Parades 39 FG
R – Corey Ham 8 pass from Glass (kick failed)
VV – O.C. Craig 36 punt return (Paredes kick)
R – Winston Hutchenson 4 pass from Glass (Jiminez kick)
R – Jacob Slouka 29 pass from Glass (Jiminez kick)
R – Cedric Foster 7 run (Jiminez kick)
VV- Glasper 3 run (Paredes kick)
R- Foster 3 run (kick failed)
R – Hutchenson 9 pass from Glass (kick failed)
VV – Mel Carmichael 1 run (Paredes kick)