Wolverines Declaw Cougars in Shutout Performance

Photo by Wade Byers
Photo by Wade Byers

The San Bernardino Valley College defense and offense finally got on the same page Saturday night, shutting out Los Angeles Southwest 45-0 at SBVC Stadium.

It was the defense setting the tone at the start, as a sack of Southwest quarterback Kenneth Coleman forced a fumble that Garviea Freeny picked up at the Southwest 15, and he carried the ball into the end zone for a quick 7-0 lead after Humberto Ramirez kicked the extra point.

On the following drive, the Cougars (0-4) moved the ball down the field, earning a first-and-goal at the Wolverines’ 1. But after two straight plays run for losses and an incomplete pass forced Southwest to line up for a field goal. But a pair of penalties backed the Cougars up 10 yards, and the attempt was blocked.

The offense, which struggled last game against Citrus, looked to the ground to get things moving Saturday. Deion Walker opened the ensuing drive with a 64-yard run, and quarterback Armando Herrera used his legs to finish the drive, scrambling for 10 yards and a score to make it 14-0.

From there, the Wolverines kept the pressure on. They limited Southwest to minus-21 yards rushing on the night, and only 84 yards of total offense, as the game was played with a running clock in the second half.

Walker ended the night with 123 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Herrera completed 8 of 12 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns to go with his rushing score.

The Wolverines get one more nonconference game next week when they travel to Santa Maria to take on Allan Hancock College at 2 p.m.