Antelope Valley answers the call in upset

first_img “Last week I had the flu. I was light-headed, my stomach hurt. I was probably only about 50 percent,” Roberts said. “This week, I’m about 75 percent, but I felt great out there tonight.” When Palmdale (1-4, 1-1) looks back on this game, it won’t soon forget its three turnovers, two of which came in the fourth quarter. The Falcons had a chance to win the game with a late fourth-quarter drive but Justin Paulson stripped the ball from Palmdale running back Dominic Blood at the Antelope Valley 30. Antelope Valley’s Dustin Vong also had a critical interception late in the game. Palmdale quarterback Rodney Trimm passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Tyreace House had five catches for 145 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This one actually got me emotional after the game,” said Antelope Valley senior running back Andre Crenshaw, who rushed for a game-high 173 yards and scored all three of the Antelopes’ touchdowns. “We had a hard week of practice and we were very focused. We knew exactly what this game meant.” Antelope Valley’s victory was its first over Palmdale since 2001. Although it’s early in the season, Antelope Valley (3-2, 2-0) might now be the favorite to win the Golden League title. A.V.’s biggest remaining challenge will likely be against Lancaster on Oct. 28. But thoughts of that game can wait. On Friday, A.V.’s players stormed the field after the victory, second-year coach Jon Fleming was doused with water and game balls were handed out all around in the postgame huddle. Besides Crenshaw, Antelope Valley received a big boost from fullback Darius Roberts, who rushed for 70 of his 101 yards in the second half. Roberts, a 6-foot, 260-pound senior, helped A.V. control the time of possession in the second half and keep Palmdale’s explosive offense off the field. Palmdale lost. The how and the why could be explained later. But after 14 consecutive Golden League victories, the three-time defending champion Falcons had been knocked off their pedestal by host Antelope Valley in a hard-fought 22-19 victory Friday night at Mays Field. center_img LANCASTER – It didn’t take long for word to spread all across the Antelope Valley. The last play had barely finished before the cell phones started ringing along the sidelines and in the stands. But the calls were short since there was only one relevant piece of information to convey: last_img read more