Ventura Clinches National-North

Marc Evans passed for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Paul Harris rushed for 176 yards and scored on two long runs to lead Ventura past Allan Hancock and into the playoffs Saturday evening in Ventura.

On the night's second play from scrimmage, Evans threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Chris Marshall to give Ventura (6-3, 5-0) a lead it would hold the rest of the night. Evans later threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Juan Soto to give the Pirates a 31-10 halftime lead, and Ventura led comfortably throughout the second half.

Allan Hancock (3-6, 2-3) tried to answer that early big play with a drive, but not only came away empty when Jose Morales' 43-yard field goal try was low and blocked by the line, but lost starting quarterback Curry Parham as well. He was sacked by Ventura's Benito Moran during that first drive and left the game at the drive's conclusion, not to return.

Ventura got a field goal from Jake Lanski to extend its lead to 10-0 following an interception by Jalen Oats, who returned the ball to the Hancock 16. And that's where things stood after one quarter.

The Bulldogs put together a drive that threatened to score early in the second quarter, reaching the Pirate 2 yard-line. But on 4th and goal, Morales came on to try a short field goal. This kick was also low, and Tanner Geiger blocked the kick right back across the line of scrimmage. Isaiah Jackson picked the ball up at the 26 and carried it the distance for a touchdown to extend Ventura's lead to 17-0.

Allan Hancock finally did get on the scoreboard moments later when Lauina Futi broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run. But then Ventura answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up more than five minutes and ended with Aaron Stanton's 1-yard scoring run that pushed Ventura's lead to 24-7.

Allan Hancock got a field goal from Morales - this one wasn't blocked - from 36 yards out with 51 seconds left in the first half to cut the Pirate lead to 24-10. But 51 seconds proved to be more than enough time for Ventura to answer, with Evans throwing two screen passes to Harris for 57 yards to get the Pirates in scoring range. Then he threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Soto to push Ventura's lead to 31-10 at the half.

Harris scored on a 56-yard run midway through the third quarter to push Ventura's lead to 38-10, and he scored on a 59-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it 45-10 and end any remaining doubt as to the outcome of the game or the Northern Conference race. Lanski added another field goal with 8:39 left to push Ventura's lead to 48-13.

Allan Hancock scored the final touchdown of the night when Andrew Madrigal, who played most of the game at quarterback for the Bulldogs, threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Shakeer Williams with 6:08 left. And the Bulldogs nearly got one more touchdown when Deonte Barnes snatched the ball out of the hands of Ventura reserve quarterback Jalen Brady and carried it 82 yards into the end zone with 12 seconds left. But a personal foul penalty on the Bulldogs away from the play negated the score, and Hancock elected to run out the clock at that point.

For Ventura, Evans completed 13 of 17 passes for 207 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Harris gained 176 yards on just 9 carries, which included the two long touchdowns. Stanton had 81 yards and one score on 19 carries. In all, Ventura rushed for 312 yards and amassed 568 yards of offense on the night.

For Hancock, Madrigal completed 12 of 22 passes for 149 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Futi rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

The win gives Ventura a perfect 5-0 record in National-North play and a 2-game lead over second-place Cerritos with one game to play. The Pirates are thus guaranteed a berth in the National Division playoffs regardless of the outcome of their game next Saturday in Bakersfield.

Ventura Pirates 48
Allan Hancock Bulldogs 20

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 6 pm - Ventura College Sportsplex
National Division - North Conference

1st Quarter:
V - Marshall 72 yd pass from Evans (Lanski kick) 14:19 (7-0)
V - FG Lanski 27 yds 2:00 (10-0)

2nd Quarter:
V - Jackson 74 yd return of blocked field goal (Lanski kick) 11:11 (17-0)
AH - Futi 66 yd run (Morales kick) 10:53 (17-7)
V - Stanton 1 yd run (Lanski kick) 5:51 (24-7)
AH - FG Morales 36 yds 0:51 (24-10)
V - Soto 7 yd pass from Evans (Lanski kick) 0:12 (31-10)

3rd Quarter:
V - Harris 56 yd run (Lanski kick) 9:05 (38-10)

4th Quarter:
AH - FG Morales 34 yds 14:55 (38-13)
V - Harris 59 yd run (Laski kick) 14:38 (45-13)
V - FG Lanski 38 yds 8:39 (48-13)
AH - S.Williams 34 yd pass from Madrigal (Morales kick) 6:08 (48-20)

Team Statistics:

First Downs: Ventura 21 (13 rush, 7 pass, 1 penalty), Allan Hancock 17 (11 rush, 6 pass)
Rushes-Yds: Ventura 46-312, Allan Hancock 40-282
Passing Yds: Ventura 256, Allan Hancock 149
Comp-Att-Int: Ventura 18-23-0, Allan Hancock 12-23-2
Return Yds: Ventura 188, Allan Hancock 166
Sacks-Yds: Ventura 2-13, Allan Hancock 3-12
Fumbles-Lost: Ventura 2-1, Allan Hancock 1-1
Penalties-Yds: Ventura 9-50, Allan Hancock 7-59
Time of Possession: Ventura 32:09, Allan Hancock 27:51

Individual Statistics:

V 5-Harris 9-176, 3-Stanton 19-81, 25-Beeson 8-41, 28-Cowan 6-26, 8-Brady 1-0, 12-Evans 3-(-12); AH 42-Futi 13-111, 23-Autry 9-74, 4-Amerson 9-68, 5-S.Williams 2-24, 3-Briggs 1-7, 19-Madrigal 4-4, 18-Parham 1-(-5), team 1-(-1)
Passing: V 12-Evans 13-17-0-207, 2 TDs; 8-Brady 5-6-0-49; AH 19-Madrigal 12-22-2-149, 1 TD; 18-Parham 0-1-0-0
Receiving: V 15-Holderfield 4-29, 7-Soto 3-31, 5-Harris 2-57, 21-Lesley 2-25, 11-Alfred 2-14, 1-Lacombe 2-12, 2-Marshall 1-72, 17-Davis 1-14, 3-Stanton 1-2; AH 81-Griffinm 4-51, 3-Briggs 4-44, 6-Karsh 2-13, 5-S.Williams 1-34, 24-Dillon 1-7
Interceptions-Ret Yds: V 24-Oats 1-39, 4-Price 1-0; AH none
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: V 94-Togia 1-0; AH 8-Barnes 1-37
Sacks-Yds: V 92-Chavez 1-8, 98-Moran 1-5; AH 43-Robinson 1-7, 90-Perry 1-3, 41-Hill 1-2
Punters: V 2-Jackson 3-33.0 avg; AH 1-Sprouse 4-34.5 avg
Kick Returns: V 5-Harris 1-37, 17-DSavis 1-29, 88-McCormack 1-7; AH 5-S.Williams 3-68, 29-Lang 3-54
Punt Returns: V 17-Davis 1-3, 2-Marshall 1-(-1); AH 5-S.Williams 1-7
Misc Returns: V 2-Marshall 1-74 (return of blocked field goal)
Missed FG: V 35-Lanski 45 yds (low); AH 91-Morales 43 yds (blocked), 19 yds (blocked)

Notes: Clincher! With this win Ventura wins the National-North. Ventura entered ranked #6 in National Division and improves to 6-3 overall, 5-0 in conference; Allan Hancock entered ranked #15 and falls to 3-6, 2-3. Ventura's 1st TD came on its 2nd play from scrimmage. Parham started at QB for Hancock but left after the first series; Madrigal played the rest of the way. Morales' 1st blocked FG was low and into the line. His 2nd blocked FG was blocked by 76-Geiger and returned by Marshall for the TD. Ventura's 1st FG came after Oats' interception & return to the Hancock 16. Barnes snatched the ball away from Brady for his fumble recovery and returned it for an apparent TD, but the return was shortened due to a penalty away from the play.

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