Tyler rushed for a game-high 187 yards and three touchdowns as the host Lions rolled to a 58-14 win over Palmdale in a game many considered to be Oaks Christian’s biggest test in its five-year history. “Before the game, when they were doing their Falcon jumping jacks, I was feeling it. I grew up playing for the Palmdale Youth Football League and once you’re a Falcon, you’re a Falcon for life,” Tyler said. Oaks Christian (6-0) led 22-14 at halftime, but needed a late scoring drive to break the tie before halftime. Palmdale running back Dominic Blood was impressive in the first half, scoring both Falcon touchdowns on 2-yard runs. In the second half, however, Oaks Christian began to spread its offense. Clausen passed for 165 of his 215 yards and both of his touchdowns in the second half. Oaks Christian also got a key 103-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Marshall Jones, one of two interceptions for Jones on the night. Palmdale falls to 2-5 with the loss. Three of the Falcons’ losses have come to teams that won Southern Section titles. Palmdale lost to Div. X champ Crespi of Encino in Week 1, Div. III champ Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in Week 3 and now Div. XI champ Oaks Christian. “In the first half, they came out and played hard,” Clausen said of Palmdale. “They’ve got some great guys. Dominic Blood and Tyreace House showed why they’re Division I prospects. “This was a big win for us. We wanted to prove we could beat a big school like Palmdale.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But tonight I wanted to show that Oaks Christian is for real. A lot of people from Lancaster had been calling me this week to say how we were going to lose, and I wanted to prove them wrong.” Tyler said he has remained friends with a lot of players from the Antelope Valley. On Friday night, that rapport was obvious. “They were talking a lot of trash, pinching me, pushing me,” Tyler joked. “It was fun.” Tyler commutes home to Lancaster every weekend but lives with Oaks Christian standout quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s family during the week. Tyler writes “661”, the area code in Lancaster, on his eye-black strips with a silver marker before every game. The rivalry between Tyler and Palmdale may have been fierce, but the competition between the teams on the field stayed close only for the first half. WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Forgive Marc Tyler if he seemed a bit conflicted on Friday night … before the game. Tyler, who lives in Lancaster but commutes to play for Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, might have felt his loyalties tugged during pregame warm-ups, listening to his childhood friends from Palmdale chant during their famous “Falcon jumping jacks,” but once the game started, Tyler was all business.