Circumstances are not kind to Antelope Valley in defeat

first_img Best medicine: Palmdale claimed its first victory of the season last week, a 53-0 romp over Knight, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. “A win always makes everything a little better, a little easier to come to practice,” Falcons coach Jeff Williams said. “We’re getting there. It’s just taking a little longer to come together with all of these young kids.” Palmdale made a few defensive changes. Cornerback Tyreace House switched to free safety, and standout offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks played both ways to give the Falcons more size on the interior and improve its run defense. In the stands: Former Antelope Valley standout running back/linebacker Kreig Peters made the trip down from Fresno State to watch Friday’s game against Loyola. Peters, who was expected to play in Fresno State’s backfield this season before suffering a knee injury in spring drills, was walking without a limp and is looking forward to returning to the field next spring. “I’ll be back,” Peters said. “I’m feeling a lot better.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s difficult for Antelope Valley High football coach Jon Fleming not to think about what might have been. After watching film of Antelope Valley’s 44-29 loss to Loyola of Los Angeles, Fleming felt even worse. The Antelopes were playing the game without standout linebacker Allan Mohan, who was suspended for the game after being ejected for a personal foul the week before against Silverado of Victorville. Antelope Valley lost two more players to injury in the game. Quarterback Ronaiah Tuiasosopo departed early in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion, and wide-receiver/defensive back Brandon Scott left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Two more players – fullback/linebacker Darius Roberts and wide receiver/defensive back D’Andre Goodwin – played with the flu. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We had a lot of guys cramping up, sick, injured and just flat worn out from going both ways,” Fleming said. “Loyola had a couple injuries. too, but they had guys to replace them with.” Fleming said he thinks not having Mohan might have been the difference. Loyola running backs Chad Peppars and Russell Oka combined to rush for 184 yards and four touchdowns. “(Mohan is) the leader of our defense,” Fleming said. “He orchestrates everything.” Antelope Valley is expected to be healthy for Friday’s Golden showdown with Palmdale. Tuiasosopo did not have a concussion, as originally feared, and will start Friday. Goodwin and Scott are expected to be feeling better, and Mohan will return from suspension. last_img

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