LA Valley football coach Matt White had plenty to say about LBCC on Twitter before the season started, stoking excitement about the Monarchs’ visit to Veterans Memorial Stadium. As it turned out, the Vikings were the ones doing all the talking on the scoreboard as they easily beat LA Valley, 54-24.
LBCC coach Brett Peabody said he didn’t like the amount of perceived cheap shots the Monarchs took at his players throughout the game, and he elected to skip the teams’ postgame handshake as a result.
“I don’t like doing stuff like that but I’m not going to have our guys get pulled into something stupid with them,” he said, adding that his response to White would be limited to the game’s final score. “I hope he enjoyed the game tonight.”
LBCC came into the game banged up and had a pair of players, Teshaun Turpin and Che Gueye, playing on the offensive line after switching from the defensive side of the ball earlier in the week.
“We’re so injured on the line we had them switch sides and they did it with no complaints,” said Peabody. “It was team first for them and I’m really proud of them.”
They turned what looked like the team’s biggest concern coming into the game into its biggest strength, as LBCC yielded a manageable three sacks and piled up 279 rushing yards on 54 attempts.
Backs Teshawn White and Pierre Robinson both excelled, with White racking up 114 yards on 17 carries, with two touchdowns.
“We felt we could lean on them a little bit with the run game and establish ourselves,” said Peabody.
LBCC outgained LA Valley 279-4 on the ground.
LBCC (2-1) now has a much tougher test in front of it as Riverside will come to Vets this Saturday at 5 p.m. The last time the Tigers were in Long Beach, LBCC prevailed in overtime.