Arnell intercepted a pass from Valley starter Collyn Anderson and returned it 35 yards for the score, giving Santa Barbara (5-1, 3-0) all the points it would need to get the win. Brandon Edwards threw one touchdown pass to Osha Washington in the second quarter and another with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter to help nail down the win for the Vaqueros.
After the pick-six, Ellis Richardson entered the game for LA Valley (3-3, 1-2) and directed the Monarchs to the Vaquero 12 yard-line midway through the first quarter. But then another turnover - this time a fumble by running back Drake Caldwell - ended the drive when Rodriguez Jones recovered the loose ball for Santa Barbara.
The Vaqueros stretched their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter, sparked by a nifty 21-yard punt return by Tyler Higby that got the ball into Monarch territory. A trick play on which Washington completed a 7-yard pass to Edwards and a conversion of a 4th & 5 play kept the drive going, and Edwards' 3-yard scoring toss to Washington completed the drive with 4:35 left in the first half.
Valley got on the board on its next possession, with freshman kicker Ivan Gonzalez converting a 20-yard field goal with 5 seconds left before halftime. But even that was something of a victory for the Santa Barbara defense as the Monarchs had a 1st and goal from the 3 moments earlier and had to settle for the field goal.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, though Santa Barbara held the ball for 7:32 on a 15-play drive that ended at the Monarch 31. Then punter Mitch Wishnowsky pinned Valley deep in its own end when his punt was downed at the Monarch 1 yard-line. According to the folks at SBCC that's Wishnowsky's 5th punt this season that has been downed at the opponent's 1 yard-line.
Valley put together one last long drive to get back into the game, but ultimately came away empty, turning the ball over on downs at the Vaquero 26 yard-line with 5:42 left to play. The key play was a 26-yard pass from Richardson to James Donaldson that got the ball into Santa Barbara territory. But the drive died when the Monarchs faced a 4th and 6 and Richardson's pass to Jamaurice Burgess gained just two yards.
Santa Barbara clinched the win with a quick, 6-play drive that was capped by a second Edwards-to-Washington touchdown pass with 2:21 left in the game. The key play was a 54-yard run by Cedric Cooper that got the ball to the Monarch 10; the touchdown came two plays and two penalties after that and ended any remaining doubt about the game's outcome.
For Santa Barbara, Edwards was just 10 for 22 passing for 52 yards but had the two touchdowns and just one interception. Cooper led all rushers with 90 yards on 10 carries. Orion Prescott had 54 yards on 14 carries, and Cheroke Cunningham had 9 carries for 48 yards as the Vaqueros totaled 207 yards on the ground. On defense, Luigi Dorzin had two quarterback sacks and of course Arnell had the pick-six that set the tone for the night.
For Valley, Richardson completed 17 of 36 passes for 198 yards, and he also led Monarch rushers with 51 yards on 10 carries (70 yards on 8 carries if sacks are subtracted out). Burgess led all receivers with 7 catches for 67 yards, and DeLane Hart-Johnson had 3 catches for 71 yards.
With the win, Santa Barbara keeps pace with Santa Monica atop the American Division's Pacific Conference. The Vaqueros will face the Corsairs November 8th in a possible showdown for a bowl berth. Valley falls to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference.
Santa Barbara Vaqueros 21
L.A. Valley Monarchs 3
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 6 pm - Monarch Stadium, Valley Glen
American Division - Pacific Conference
SB - Arnell 35 yd interception return (kick blocked) 13:24 (6-0)
SB - Washington 3 yd pass from Edwards (Allen pass from Edwards) 4:35 (14-0)
V - FG Gonzalez 20 yds 0:05 (14-3)
SB - Washington 2 yd pass from Edwards (Wishnowsky kick) 2:21 (21-3)
First Downs: LA Valley 15 (7 rush, 7 pass, 1 penalty), Santa Barbara 16 (10 rush, 3 pass, 3 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: LA Valley 27-119, Santa Barbara 42-207
Passing Yds: LA Valley 203, Santa Barbara 59
Comp-Att-Int: LA Valley 18-39-1, Santa Barbara 10-22-1
Return Yds: LA Valley 72, Santa Barbara 108
Sacks-Yds: LA Valley 2-16, Santa Barbara 2-19
Fumbles-Lost: LA Valley 2-1, Santa Barbara 2-1
Penalties-Yds: LA Valley 15-102, Santa Barbara 11-75
Time of Possession: LA Valley 27:34, Santa Barbara 32:26
Rushing: V 5-Richardson 10-51, 30-Thurston 5-31, 4-Burgess 1-16, 9-Johnson 4-10, 23-Caldwell 6-8, 48-Jones 1-3; SB 9-Cooper 10-90, 21-Prescott 14-54, 13-Cunningham 9-48, 39-Wishnowsky 1-25, 14-Dickey 1-12, 30-Foster 2-3, 8-Edwards 4-(-24), team 1-(-1)
Passing: V 5-Richardson 17-36-0-198; 1-Anderson 1-2-1-5; team 0-1-0-0; SB 8-Edwards 9-21-1-52, 2 TDs; 10-Washington 1-1-0-7
Receiving: V 4-Burgess 7-67, 86-Hart-Johnson 3-71, 85-Boudreau 3-19, 46-Coley 2-10, 18-Donaldson 1-26, 12-Franklin 1-7, 15-??? 1-3; SB 12-King 2-33, 13-Cunningham 2-10, 9-Cooper 2-5, 10-Washington 2-5, 8-Edwards 1-7, 14-Dickey 1-(-1)
Interceptions-Ret Yds: V 10-Jenkins 1-22; SB 1-Arnell 1-35
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: V 24-Bush 1-0; SB 23-Jones 1-0
Sacks-Yds: V 92-Potter 1-9 55-Senior 1-7; SB 93-Dorzin 2-19
Punters: V 16-Deal 8-35.1 avg; SB 39-Wishnowsky 6-39.3 avg
Kick Returns: V 31-Corcwell 2-34, 22-Williams 1-11; SB 12-King 1-26, 14-Dickey 1-12
Punt Returns: V 31-Corcwell 1-5; SB 22-Higby 2-35
Missed FG: none
Notes: Santa Barbara entered ranked #3 in American Division and is now 5-1, 3-0 in conference; LA Valley entered ranked #8 and falls to 3-3, 1-2. Anderson started at QB for Valley but was replaced by Richardson after Arnell's interception and TD. Washington's pass - and Edwards' catch - was on a flanker option play for SBCC. 22-Williams forced the fumble that Bush recovered for Valley. A 50-yd run by Cooper set up SBCC's game-clinching TD.