Victor Valley football team shows poise

The Victor Valley College football team had the unenviable task of squaring off against national power Mt. SAC on Saturday and the Rams more than held their own.

Mt. SAC prevailed 32-20 but the Rams were more than respectable, especially considering they spotted the visitors a 19-0 lead. When that happens it can go one of two ways – A 19-0 deficit soon becomes 40-0. Or a team comes fighting back. It is usually the first scenario.

But the Rams regained their poise and only trailed 19-14, then 25-20 at the half.

Coach Dave Hoover pulled the plug on quarterback Robert Love just in time. Maybe being a freshman he wasn’t ready for the level of competition the Mounties represent. Sophomore Travis Hunter fared quite well and led the rally.

It was also a poorly officiated game, particularly against the Rams. Coaches always complain. It’s in their DNA. I like to think I can be a little more objective and there were some pretty bad calls, especially when it came to what it and what isn’t pass interference.

Next week the Rams start American Division Mountain Conference play against San Bernardino Valley which is much-improved but still winless.