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Mt SAC Football Opens Up Strong With 51-21 Win Over Victor Valley

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Mt SAC running back making a play

Running back Mark Larmie(34) breaks away for a run against the visiting Rams on Saturday's season opener at Mt. SAC

The defending National Champion Mounties wasted no time in finding their offensive rhythm Saturday as they posted 35 first half points en route to a 30 point win over visiting Victor Valley College at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Under the guidance of new quarterbacks Cameron Deen and Ted Launders, Mt. SAC rolled up 626 yards of total offense in a 51-21 season opening victory in front of their home fans.

Deen, a former standout at South Hills High School, finished 23 of 31 for 348 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62 yarder, while Launders completed 14 of 18 for 193 yards and a 27-yard score.

Sophomore receiver Alonzo Agwuenu caught touchdown passes of 62 and 27 yards in the first half on his way to ammassing 149 receiving yards while Finau Lomu out of Cottonwood Utah added returns of 41 and 53 yards.

Mt. SAC coach Robert Jastrab said despite starting both Deen and Launders, there was no quarterback controversy in the land of the Mounties.

“They both battled all the way ’till the end and they are both great quarterbacks,” said Jastrab, adding “it was going to be a battle for the position all the way throughout the season.”

Launders said he did not mind sharing signal calling duties with Deen, as long as both were being productive offensively. He added he had no idea if a permanent starter would be named later in the season.

“Right now it’s up to the coaches,” he said.

Launders said the team produced an all around win in their first outing.

“We came out strong,” he said.  “The offensive line did a good job. We played really strong overall on offense. The defense did a good job as well.”

After trailing by 35 points at halftime, Victor Valley, who belong to the American Division Mountain Conference and are coming off a 2-8 2010 season, finally got on the scoreboard.

The Rams’ Jemeryn Jenkins hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback JaQuorrey Williams, the first of two receiving scores on the day for Jenkins, who finished with 82 yards.

The Mounties displayed flashes of the defensive toughness that brought them back to back championships. Most notably, after coughing up the football on another potential scoring drive in the third quarter, Richard Thorpe recorded a safety.

Overall Jastrab said the team did a decent job.

“The most imporant thing we wanted to do is win the football game, but we gotta clean up the mistakes the turnovers and the penaltie,” he said.  “It’s a young football team and we knew that there was going to be a learning curve. We’ll just play from here and hopefully we get better each week.”

Even though Mt. SAC gave up three scores in the second half including a 34-yard pass with 6:06 to play in the final quarter, Jastrab said he would like to see the team learn to finish out games.

“I warned them at halftime, it’s always tough,” he said. “You gotta finish a team off when you have the chance. It’s probably good for us. Everything is a learning experience for them, hopefully they’ll learn from this situation and learn that we have to finish the two halfs, 60 minutes.”

Next week the Mounties will be on the road against Canyons. That game is scheduled for a 6 P.M. start.

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September 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

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