Mt. SAC Goes to 9-0

Jamal Overton rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Nick Montana passed for two scores as Mt. San Antonio ran its record to 9-0 with a 38-10 win over host El Camino in the last game ever at historic Murdock Stadium, setting up a showdown next week with Riverside for the championship of the National Division's Central Conference.

Mt. SAC scored the only touchdown of the first quarter when Montana connected with Dontae Ingraham on a 25-yard scoring pass with 4:44 left in the period. The Mounties drove to the El Camino 28 early in the second quarter, but had to settle for a long field goal attempt and a low snapped doomed Donald Hageman's kick from 46 yards out.

El Camino put together a marathon, 18-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal by Cody Thornton to get on the board with 5:18 left. The Warriors got a break early in the drive when an apparent fumble was overruled by the officials, who voided the play and did a “do over” since it was unclear if there had been a fumble or who had recovered.

Mt. SAC's Kaelin Clay returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to midfield, setting up a quick, 8-play drive that ended with Overton scoring on a 13-yard run with 1:22 left in the half to make it 14-3. But El Camino answered with a quick drive of its own, covering 65 yards on just 4 plays and scoring when Kenneth Holmes caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nicholas King with 33 seconds left to make it 14-10.

Once the second half began, however, Mt. SAC quickly took control of the game. Montana threw a short pass to Clay, who cut inside a block and turned it into a 64-yard touchdown play just 1:16 into the third quarter, making it 21-10. Then El Camino punted before reaching midfield. Mt. SAC then marched 70 yards in 14 plays, pushing the lead to 24-10 when Hageman booted a 25-yard field goal with 2:23 left in the third quarter.

Mt. SAC got the ball back early in the fourth quarter when Dameon Burnham intercepted a King pass and returned it 79 yards to the El Camino 4 before finally being caught by Melvin Richardson. On the next play, Overton followed the pulverizing block of fullback John Scanlan into the end zone to make it 31-10 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.

Mt. SAC added one last touchdown on its next drive when reserve back Tone Gatewood scored on a 5-yard run with 7:55 left, earning the distinction of being the last player to score a touchdown in Murdock Stadium. El Camino drove into Mt. SAC territory on its final two possessions, but never really threatened to score.

Overton rushed 17 times for his 117 yards and two touchdowns, leading all rushers. Montana was 11 for 18 for 177 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Mt. SAC defense registered 4 sacks and held El Camino scoreless in the second half.

For El Camino, King completed 23 of 33 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and one interception after taking over for starter Jesse Scroggins on the Warriors' second offensive series. He also led Warrior rushers with 78 yards on 13 carries (90 yards on 10 carries if sacks are subtracted out). Faigofie Faaituala was the most visible standout on defense, with 1.5 quarterback sacks, one of which forced a Montana fumble that teammate Auston Johnson recovered.

With the win, Mt. SAC improves to 9-0 overall heading into its long-awaited showdown next Saturday against Riverside. RCC was the last team to deal the Mounties a regular-season loss, which happened early last season. Game time is 6 pm and will be there with full coverage.

Mt. San Antonio Mounties 38, El Camino Warriors 10

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 6 pm @ Murdock Stadium, Torrance
National Division - Central Conference

1st Quarter:

M - Ingraham 25 yd pass from Montana (Hageman kick) 4:44 (7-0)

2nd Quarter:

EC - FG Thornton 26 yds 5:18 (7-3)
M - Overton 13 yd run (Hageman kick) 1:22 (14-3)
EC - Holmes 10 yd pass from King (Thornton kick) 0:33 (14-10)

3rd Quarter:

M - Clay 64 yd pass from Montana (Hageman kick) 13:44 (21-10)
M - FG Hageman 25 yds 2:23 (24-10)

4th Quarter:

M - Overton 4 yd run (Hageman kick) 14:33 (31-10)
M - Gatewood 5 yd run (Hageman kick) 7:55 (38-10)

Team Statistics:

First Downs: El Camino 18 (12 rush, 5 pass, 1 penalty), Mt. SAC 19 (9 rush, 7 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: El Camino 30-132, Mt. SAC 36-196
Passing Yds: El Camino 187, Mt. SAC 177
Comp-Att-Int: El Camino 25-36-1, Mt. SAC 11-19-1
Return Yds: El Camino 141, Mt. SAC 162
Sacks-Yds: El Camino 3-14, Mt. SAC 4-21
Fumbles-Lost: El Camino 2-1, Mt. SAC 2-2
Penalties-Yds: El Camino 11-71, Mt. SAC 3-20
Time of Possession: El Camino 33:45, Mt. SAC 26:15

Individual Statistics:
EC 16-King 13-78, 22-Dolberry 9-44, 36-Charles 4-12, 34-Richardson 2-6, 43-Capacchione 1-1, 15-Scroggins 1-(-9); M 20-Overton 17-117, 29-Yarbrough 8-35, 4-Clay 1-20, 30-Gatewood 2-18, 41-Scanlan 1-10, 44-Paredes 2-4, 11-Montana 5-(-8)
Passing: EC 16-King 23-33-1-172, 1 TD; 15-Scroggins 2-3-0-15; M 11-Montana 11-18-0-177, 2 TDs; 6-Landers 0-1-1-0
Receiving: EC 1-Holmes 7-58, 22-Dolberry 4-23, 83-Thompson 4-17, 36-Charles 3-17, 47-Brady 2-45, 19-Anderson 2-13, 4-Stribling 1-10, 34-Richardson 1-2, 43-Capacchione 1-2; M 18-Gatti 3-45, 4-Clay 2-78, 1-Ingraham 2-33, 10-Tillman 1-11, 45-Fitiausi 1-6, 20-Overton 1-3, 29-Yarbrough 1-1
Interceptions-Ret Yds: E 25-Henderson 1-24; M 3-Burnham 1-79
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: E 2-A.Johnson 1-0, 3-McLennan 1-0; M 97-Moli 1-0
Sacks: E 5-Faaituala 1½, 2-A.Johnson, 3-McLennan ½; M 8-Gener, 43-Tyler, 93-Moimoi, 99-Te'l
Punters: E 82-Thornton 4-34.0 avg; M none
Kick Returns: E 1-Holmes 2-37, 7-Wimberly 1-26, 3-McLennan 1-18, 83-Thompson 1-16, 36-Charles 1-13; M 4-Clay 2-67
Punt Returns: E none; M 1-Ingraham 1-8, 10-Tillman 1-8
Missed FG: E none; M 62-Hageman 46 yds (low)
Return of Missed FG: E 6-Lewis 1-7; M none

Notes: Mt. San Antonio is now 9-0 overall and 5-0 in conference; they entered ranked #1 in the South and #5 in the nation ( El Camino finishes 3-7 overall and 2-4 in conference. Scroggins started at QB for El Camino but played just one series before giving way to King. Faaituala forced a Montana fumble that A.Johnson recovered. 8-Gener forced a fumble by Thornton that Moli recovered; Henderson forced a fumble by Ingraham that McLennan recovered. A low snap doomed Hageman's long FGA; Lewis caught the ball in the end zone and returned it to the 7. El Camino's TD drive took 18 plays and 9:32. Clay returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yds to set up Mt. SAC's 2nd TD. Mt. SAC scored on its first 4 possessions of the 2nd half to put the game away. This was the final game at historic Murdock Stadium, which opened its doors on November 24, 1949.

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