Whatever metaphor one wants to use - a hammer vs. a nail, a windshield vs. a bug - this was complete domination from virtually start to finish. Santa Monica (5-1, 3-0 in American Division, Pacific Conference) scored touchdowns on six straight possessions in the first half to build a 41-0 lead while allowing Southwest (1-5, 0-3) only one real scoring chance the entire game.
Medina threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Gordon midway through the first quarter to give the Corsairs all the points they would need. It was Medina's 42nd scoring strike of his SMC career, setting a new school record. He would extend that mark to 44 with a pair of touchdown passes to Reggie Mitchell in the second quarter as the Corsairs began to pull away.
Johnson scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 7-yard run with 2:40 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0. He added another on a 2-yard run on the final play - actually the third rendition of the final play after two penalties on the Cougars - of the first quarter. He added a third scoring run on a 1-yard plunge with 3 minutes left in the ssecond quarter to make it 41-0.
And despite the margin of victory, it didn't appear Santa Monica was trying to run up the score. The second-half touchdowns came from reserves Eric Pugh, Eric Kyle and Michael Miller. Pugh darted through the defense for scoring runs of 11 yards in the third quarter and 12 yards on the first play of the fourth. Kyle scored from 21 yards out midway through the fourth and Miller scored on an 11-yard run with 4:45 remaining.
Southwest had just one legitimate scoring chance, which came after Darryn Walton intercepted Miller's first pass attempt and returned it to the Corsair 16. But even after a personal foul penalty on the return moved the ball to the 8, the Cougar offense failed to move the ball and had to settle for a 35-yard field goal attempt, which was blocked by Santa Monica's Marcus Manley.
The win is the fifth in a row for Santa Monica after the Corsairs dropped their season opener to still-unbeaten Mt. San Jacinto. The 68-0 margin is the largest in the state this year, surpassing Butte's 70-3 pasting of Shasta. L.A. Southwest was also involved in the two games that had been the largest shutout margins this season: a 45-0 loss to Pierce and a 45-0 victory over Compton, which came in the season's opening week and stands as Southwest's only victory so far this season.
Santa Monica Corsairs 68, L.A. SouthwestCougars 0
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1 pm - Corsair Stadium, Santa Monica
American Division - Pacific Division
SM - Gordon 10 yd pass from Medina (Esquivel kick) 8:07 (7-0)
SM - Johnson 7 yd run (Esquivel kick) 2:40 (14-0)
SM - Johnson 2 yd run (Esquivel kick) 0:00 (21-0)
SM - Mitchell 9 yd pass from Medina (Esquivel kick) 14:33 (28-0)
SM - Mitchell 5 yd pass from Medina (kick blocked) 6:51 (34-0)
SM - Johnson 1 yd run (Esquivel kick) 3:00 (41-0)
SM - Pugh 11 yd run (kick wide left) 13:33 (47-0)
SM - Pugh 12 yd run (Esquivel kick) 14:54 (54-0)
SM - Kyle 21 yd run (Esquivel kick) 8:27 (61-0)
SM - Miller 11 yd run (Esquivel kick) 4:45 (68-0)
First Downs: Santa Monica 30 (16 rush, 11 pass, 3 penalty), LA Southwest 8 (1 rush, 3 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Santa Monica 47-291, LA Southwest 37-1
Passing Yds: Santa Monica 270, LA Southwest 51
Comp-Att-Int: Santa Monica 17-33-1, LA Southwest 6-24-3
Return Yds: Santa Monica 85, LA Southwest 236
Sacks-Yds: Santa Monica 3-18, LA Southwest 1-4
Fumbles-Lost: Santa Monica 3-0, LA Southwest 5-1
Penalties-Yds: Santa Monica 9-90, LA Southwest 9-39
Time of Possession: Santa Monica 28:18, LA Southwest 31:42
Rushing: SM 21-Johnson 15-84, 28-Kyle 3-44, 6-Rankins 4-38, 23-Pugh 4-36, 30-Whalum 3-33, 3-A.Jones 8-26, 11-Miller 4-19, 12-Medina 1-9, 41-Paderes 1-2, 10-Gordon 2-1, 16-Lucci 1-0, team 1-(-1); L 34-Perez 3-14, 8-Luevano 2-13, 23-Gaines 4-9, 17-Stallworth 1-9, 4-D.Davis 1-2, 47-Drisdom 5-(-3), 26-Fleming 9-(-3), 7-Benson 11-(-26), team 1-(-14)
Passing: SM 12-Medina 16-29-0-247, 3 TDs; 11-Miller 1-2-1-23; 16-Lucci 0-2-0-0; L 7-Benson 6-20-2-51; 8-Luevano 0-4-1-0
Receiving: SM 10-Gordon 5-109, 8-Mitchell 5.72, 85-Bierria 3-41, 5-Vickers 2-40, 21-Johnson 1-7, 3-A.Jones 1-1; L 2-Frye-Brown 2-12, 15-Hicks 1-18, 80-Alvarez 1-11, 12-Patterson 1-8, 82-Farris 1-2
Sacks-Yds: SM 56-Murray 1-10, 96-Posey 1-5, 91-Braithwaite 1-3; L 44-Patton 1-4
Interceptions-Ret Yds: SM 9-Floyd 1-37, 7-Anderson 1-0, 26-Butler 1-0; L 5-Walton 1-16
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: SM 96-Posey 1-0; L none
Punters: SM 48-Tillman 4-36.3 avg; L 8-Luevano 9-41.6 avg
Kick Returns: SM none; L 30-Lampkin 4-76, 13-Carter 3-84, 26-Fleming 3-55
Punt Returns: SM 10-Gordon 3-11; L 12-Patterson 1-5
Missed FG: SM none; L 19-Arias 35 yds (blocked)
Return of Blocked FG: SM 24-Brown 1-18; L none
Notes: Santa Monica entered ranked #20 in South and improves to 5-1 overall, 3-0 in American-Pacific. LA Southwest falls to 1-5 and 0-3. Medina's 1st TD was his 42nd of his SMC career, setting a new school record. Johnson's 2nd TD came after Posey's fumble recovery. Mitchell's 1st TD came one play after Floyd's interception & return. Luevano started at QB for Southwest; he and Benson alternated series for a while until Benson took over for good. 27-Alexander blocked the extra point, one of the few highlights for Southwest.