It was a classic match-up Saturday as the Glendale defense, ranked #1 in the state of California, took on a West Los Angeles team that was averaging more than 45 points per game. But on this occasion the immovable object halted the unstoppable force as the Vaqueros allowed the Wildcats just three points over the last three-and-a-half quarters.
The game started out with Glendale (7-1, 4-1) opening its bag of tricks. Sean Murphy started at quarterback, handed the ball off, then received the pitch back for a flea-flicker. His 37-yard pass to William Fennessy sparked a Vaquero scoring drive that took just 1:23. Andre Nunez - the usual starter - entered the game on the next play and three plays later threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tru Jarvis to give Glendale a quick 7-0 lead.
West LA (3-5, 2-3) responded with a scoring drive of its own, though it took much longer, and tied the game when Kyle Lewis scored on a 1-yard run with 8:28 left in the first quarter. That capped a 12-play drive, and seemed to indicate the game would be the high-scoring affair many expected whenever West LA was in action.
But after that, the game was anything but high-scoring as the Vaqueros ran the ball on offense and dug in on defense. Neither team scored the rest of the first quarter, and West LA never scored another touchdown. The Wildcats were unable to muster a single point in the second half, and quarterback Dallas Lopez, who entered the day averaging more than 300 yards passing per game, finished with 151 yards and left the game with an apparent concussion midway through the second half.
Glendale took a 14-7 lead when McGuire broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. West LA got a 40-yard field goal from Dennis Melara midway through the second quarter, but would not score again. And even that score came after a short Glendale punt rather than a long drive. Glendale pushed its halftime lead to 21-10 after Jones capped a 9-play, 75-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 5:16 left in the first half.
West LA took the second-half kickoff and drove deep into Glendale territory, reaching the 5 yard-line. But that threat ended abrubtly when Reggie Jackson forced a fumble by West LA’s Trayviel Boone, and Payton Lowery-Sanders recovered for the Vaqueros. The Wildcats would never get inside the Glendale 25 the rest of the afternoon.
The Vaqueros pushed the margin to 35-10 in the third quarter with two more long drives, with Jones and Fennessy scoring the touchdowns. Murphy played the entire second half at quarterback for Glendale and threw the 25-yard touchdown pass to Fennessy to close out the scoring. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
For Glendale, McGuire rushed 13 times for 111 yards, Cory Watkins had 14 carries for 90 yards and Jones had 13 carries for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. In all the Vaqueros ran the ball 53 times for 293 yards. The quarterback tandem of Murphy and Nunez combined for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns as the offense generated 483 yards in all.
For West LA, Lopez was just 20 for 32 for 151 yards and no touchdowns; he also ran the ball 10 times for 45 yards. Boone rushed 17 times for 66 yards. Duke Terrynce led all receivers with 6 catches, good for 51 yards, and Robert Moss had 5 catches for 39 yards.
The win keeps Glendale one game behind co-leaders Santa Barbara and Santa Monica in the Ameican Division’s Pacific Division. Those teams meet next week, and Glendale travels to Santa Barbara on November 15th so Glendale still has a chance at the conference title and a berth in the American Bowl. West LA falls to 3-5 and 2-3 in conference play.
Glendale Vaqueros 35
West L.A. Wildcats 10
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 1 pm - Sartoris Field - Glendale
American Division - Pacific Conference
G - Jarvis 34 yd pass from A.Nunez (Reynoso kick) 13:37 (7-0)
W - Lewis 1 yd run (Melara kick) 8:28 (7-7)
G - McGuire 34 yd run (Reynoso kick) 12:11 (14-7)
W - FG Melara 40 yds 7:56 (14-10)
G - Jones 5 yd run (Reynoso kick) 5:16 (21-10)
G - Jones 7 yd run (Reynoso kick) 9:08 (28-10)
G - Fennessy 25 yd pass from Murphy (Reynoso kick) 2:14 (35-10)
First Downs: Glendale 22 (14 rush, 6 pass, 2 penalty), West LA 21 (9 rush, 10 pass, 2 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Glendale 53-293, West LA 34-136
Passing Yds: Glendale 190, West LA 192
Comp-Att-Int: Glendale 8-17-1, West LA 26-45-2
Return Yds: Glendale 91, West LA 132
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 2-3, West LA 3-40
Fumbles-Lost: Glendale 2-0, West LA 3-1
Penalties-Yds: Glendale 17-143, West LA 10-77
Time of Possession: Glendale 29:47, West LA 30:13
Rushing: G 22-McGuire 13-111, 3-Watkins 14-90, 6-Jones 13-89, 7-Jarvis 5-28, 14-Lee 1-14, 36-Gutierrez 2-7, 4-Clay 1-(-6), 9-A.Nunez 3-(-40); W 4-Boone 17-66, 8-D.Lopez 10-45, 19-Bellamy 5-21, 2-Lewis 2-4
Passing: G 12-Murphy 5-10-1-103, 1 TD; 9-A.Nunez 3-7-0-87, 1 TD; W 8-D.Lopez 20-32-0-151; 19-Bellamy 6-13-2-41
Receiving: G 8-Fennessy 2-62, 23-Fowler 2-33, 22-McGuire 2-24. 4-Clay 1-37, 7-Jarvis 1-34; W 11-Duke 6-51, 85-Moss 5-39, 12-Hamilton 4-33, 4-Boone 4-15, 86-Cano 2-21, 13-A.Lopez 2-18, 2-Lewis 1-10, 18-Gibson 1-5, 81-Ashley 1-0
Sacks-Yds: G 33-Riley 1-2, 58-David Smith 1-1; W 25-D.Williams 1-26, 5-Golden 1-8, 16-Davonte Smith 1-6
Interceptions-Ret Yds: G 38-Deron Smith 1-64, 41-K.Johnson 1-(-6); W 27-Doubs 1-35
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: G 28-Lowery-Sanders 1-16; W none
Punters: G 35-Nunez 5-36.4 avg; W 17-Melara 5-35.2 avg + 1 blk
Kick Returns: G 25-Farmer 2-30; W 2-Lewis 2-64, 24-Flores 2-24, 34-Willie 1-9
Punt Returns: G 40-Middleton 1-5; W none
Missed FG: none
Notes: Glendale entered ranked #5 in American Division and improves to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Pacific Conference; West LA entered ranked t-#9 and falls to 3-5, 2-3. Nunez started at QB for Glendale; Murphy entered in 2nd qtr and played the rest of the way. Lopez started at QB for West but was injured late in 3rd qtr and replaced by Bellamy. 47-Chaney blocked the punt for Glendale; Middleton picked it up and returned it 5 yds. West LA entered averaging about 45 pts/gm but after the opening drive got just a field goal vs. a Glendale defense that entered ranked #1 in the state.