The San Bernardino Valley College football team finally got into the win column, beating Santa Monica 37-17 tonight. The game wasn’t even that close as the Wolverines were up 30-0 before the Corsairs scored for the first time in the fourth quarter.
Some observations . . .
1. The Wolverines did a far better job in the secondary. They were torched pretty regularly in the first two games, both losses. They gave up 160 yards through the air but much of that came late with the outcome already in hand.
2. Kristin James is still having trouble hanging on to the ball. He’s one of the top backs in SoCal but what good is that when fumbles happen all too frequently. He had three in the first game, one in the second and another on his fourth carry tonight. And the recent one came after a 15-yard gain when he was clear of the line of scrimmage.
He fumbled another in the backfield late in the game but SBVC recovered and the pitch to him was not a good one.
The SBVC defense played well. Ricky Pesquera was the leader with several solid hits and tackles.
Next up is Citrus. Don’t think that wasn’t circled on the calendar the day the schedule came out. When the Wolverines gathered for their post-game huddle, SBVC coach Kevin Emerson reminded the players that he was fired by Citrus and let it be known how much he wants to win that game.
Here are some other scores in junior college play Saturday night:
Chaffey 12, Ventura 10
Mt.Sac 36, Riverside 10
Saddleback 49, Victor Valley 20
Bakersfield 54, Citrus 6
Mt. San Jacinto 35, Los Angeles Southwest 21
El Camino 56, LA Harbor 37
Cerritos 44, West Los Angeles 7
Fullerton 37, Golden West 12
Long Beach 38, Los Angeles Pierce 35
Pasadena 34, College of the Desert 14
Grossmont 42, Orange Coast 35
Santa Ana 49, Palomar 27
Los Angeles Valley 28, San Diego Mesa 20
Compton 13, Antelope Valley 7
Allan Hancock, Glendale 28
Moorpark 35, Santa Barbara 29