Unlike last week, when Roman Carter rushed for all 3 Valley College touchdowns in a win over Santa Barbara, the Monarchs’ 35-7 Western State Conference victory over L. A. Southwest on Saturday night was not just a matter of Roman’s numerals.
Carter, the WSC Player of the Week after his showing in Santa Barbara, had respectable numbers against Southwest, rushing for 98 yards in 26 carries and scoring on a 25-yard pass from Todd Studer. But his teammates also got into the act against the Cougars (2-1, 1-1).
Brandy Harris rushed for 80 yards in 5 carries and scored on a 30-yard misdirection play. Donald Dozier and Brian West each rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown. And LaMonte Simmons gained 80 yards in 11 carries for the Monarchs (2-1, 2-0).
Studer completed 9 of 19 for 117 yards and 1 touchdown.
Jim Harper, who had 2 field goals last week, booted another pair against the Cougars.
Valley controlled the line of scrimmage, running off 87 plays to 49 for Southwest. The Monarchs finished with 529 yards, 412 on the ground. The Cougars had just 206 yards, 36 on the ground.
Valley took a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Harper early in the first period, and the Monarchs controlled the football throughout the first half.
But a 75-yard completion from Herman Tatum to Cedric Garrett put the Cougars at the Valley 11 late in the second period, and Tatum found Anthony Pooler for an 11-yard touchdown on the ensuing play to take the lead.
The Monarchs marched 68 yards to the Southwest 1 just before halftime, and Dozier dove over the top for the go-ahead score with 13 seconds left. Harper’s kick put Valley ahead, 10-7, at intermission.