The win for Big Valley (3-4, 2-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium dims the hopes of the Falcons (1-6, 0-2 CCAA) to make playoffs this year.
Millennium junior quarterback Mojo Atwal said that his team will make the most of the three weeks left in the regular season, still with an eye on the post-season.
“The rest of the season we have to practice a lot harder. Everyone needs to show up and we need to be more consistent,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to get into playoffs, but you never know. You can’t quit. We’ve got to keep trying.”
Head coach Jayson Dias said Atwal did a respectable job filling in for senior quarterback Gavin Compton, who is out because of concussion in last week’s game against Stone Ridge Christian.
“(Atwal) is going to get better every game and every day at practice,” Dias said. “We’ve just got to do a better job offensively to keep the defense on the sideline.”
Big Valley’s defense allowed the Falcons no first downs in the first half. Millennium totaled 75 yards of offense for the night, with 47 yards passing for Atwal. He completed five of 11 passes, including three to senior wide receiver Kyle Murawski.
“There were some plays that worked for us, some short outside passes,” Atwal said. “For me, I need to read the defense a little better.”
Defensive leaders for the Falcons included Carlos Martinez with 18 tackles and Alex Lambert with 16 tackles.
Millennium got as close as the Lions’ 14-yard line at the end of the fourth quarter. That drive ended when Big Valley’s Marcus Zuniga intercepted an Atwal pass on the 1-yard line and ran it back all the way up the left sideline for the score in the game’s final seconds.
Big Valley totaled 407 yards of offense. Derek Veneman ran the ball 19 times for 152 yards including a touchdown run. Also scoring for the Lions on touchdown runs were Zuniga, Austin Petero, Noah Miedema, and David Barton. Big Valley quarterback Zach Jenkins completed eight of 12 passes for 123 yards. Zuniga was three-for-four on point-after kicks.
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