The San Bernardino Valley College football team earned a spot in the American Conference championship game as it rolled past College of the Desert 56-25 Saturday night at SBVC Stadium.
The Wolverines will play Allan Hancock College in the American Conference Championship at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Righetti High School in Santa Maria.
Saturday night, it was a complete team effort, with the defense picking up two touchdowns. Early in the second quarter, JaQuere Williams blocked a punt that was returned 5 yards by Jayson Jackson for a score. Then, just before the end of the half, the Roadrunners tried a hook and ladder pass play. Kerrion Ringo caught a pass from Noah Shoeman, but he was hit by Justin Lankford as he pitched the ball, and Montre Moore picked up the loose ball and returned it 33 yards for the score.
Besides scoring, the Wolverines defense kept the Roadrunners going backwards throughout the night. COD ran 87 offense plays in the game, gaining only 289 yards in the game. SBVC ended the night making 15 tackles for loss in the game.
Meanwhile, the offense had its share of highlights. Armando Herrera threw four touchdown passes - three to Kellen Pachot - and ran for another Saturday night. He opened the scoring on the ground, calling his own number on a quarterback draw up the middle for 69 yards. Herrera ended up the Wolverines' leading rusher on the night, gaining 76 yards on two carries. Pachot ended the night with five catches for 129 yards and the three scores. Eight different Wolverines ended up catching passes, including Herrera, who had a ball batted back to him that ended up in a loss of 11 yards.
Joey Harman scored the Wolverines' other touchdown, as he led the team with three carries, gaining 42 yards.