Troy Williams passed for 407 yards and 4 touchdowns and also ran for 3 touchdowns as Santa Monica outlasted LA Harbor 61-36 Saturday afternoon in an inter-divisional game at Corsair Field.
This was a wild one as the teams combined for 14 touchdowns and 9 turnovers, 1174 yards of offense and 434 yards of penalties, and Santa Monica (5-0) pulled away late after losing a 21-point first-quarter lead. In short, the game was everything that is great about JC football!
And Williams, once a standout at Narbonne HS – located a few hundred yards from LA Harbor – before playing his freshman season at the University of Washington – was the star of the show against the team from his old neighborhood. The 6-3 quarterback scored the game's first two touchdowns as well as the one that put Santa Monica in the lead for good, and accounted for 7 touchdowns in all.
But he was far from the only star. LA Harbor (2-4) had its own dynamic duo in quarterback Clark Livingston, who passed for 450 yards and 3 touchdowns as well as also scoring one on a keeper, and receiver Nick Karsseboom, who hauled in touchdown catches of 80, 72 and 37 yards and finished with 294 yards on 9 receptions despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter.
Perhaps sensing that the offenses would rule the day, LA Harbor coach Dean Dowty started the game with an attempted onsides kick. But Erik Henneman recovered for the Corsairs, and it took just over three minutes for Williams to give Santa Monica a lead on a 6-yard touchdown run. Then, after Melvin Wilson recovered a fumble that happened when Joseph Dews knocked the ball out of Livingston's hands, Williams capped a short drive with a 1-yard keeper to make it 14-0 midway through the first half.
Livingston got Harbor on the board when he scored on a 3-yard run, but then Williams used his arm to lengthen Santa Monica's lead, throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Terry Jackson Jr. and a 7-yard scoring pass to Baxter Kirven, giving the Corsairs a 28-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Harbor got a little closer when Justice Augafa capped a 9-play drive with a 5-yard scoring run and then got the ball back when Brock Raggio threw an interception to the Seahawks' Royce Dodd. Raggio was in for just a series (to spell Williams on a hot day) and it seemed to stop the Corsairs' momentum. But the Seahawks were unable to take advantage of the turnover and turned the ball over on downs at the Corsair 42.
Later in the quarter, however, Harbor got on the board quickly when Livingston found a wide-open Karsseboom for an 80-yard touchdown pass. And after that touchdown, Harbor went for the 2-point conversion and got it when Livingston threw the ball to Michael Andrews in the back of the end zone.
Then near the end of the second quarter the Seahawks got the ball back when a Williams pass bounced off the hands of a receiver into the waiting grasp of linebacker Lui Faamasino. On the very next play Livingston connected with Karsseboom again, this time on a 72-yard touchdown pass. Jorge Paz' extra point – he had some low kicks, but made all four of his extra point tries – gave Harbor a rather shocking 29-28 lead with 1:25 left in the first half.
The lead lasted just over a minute, however, as Santa Monica drove 70 yards in 9 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. Williams scored on a 1-yard keeper with 12.6 seconds left in the half to give the Corsairs a 35-29 lead at the half.
The defenses enjoyed a rare bit of success to start the second half, with each team forcing a punt on the other team's first possession. And then Santa Monica's Max Lyons intercepted a Livingston pass, giving the Corsairs the ball at their own 42. Seven plays later Williams threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jackson, extending Santa Monica's lead to 41-29.
Harbor answered less than three minutes later when Livingston hooked up with Karsseboom one more time, this time from 37 yards out, to narrow the Corsair lead to five points at 41-36. But that would be Harbor's final score of the day, and Karsseboom left the game late in the third quarter after a punishing but legal hit by SMC safety Mason Stone.
Santa Monica got a touchdown when Martaveous Holliday scored on a 9-yard run with 2:03 left in the third quarter, and got the ball back when Stone, moments after his big hit on Karsseboom, intercepted a Livingston pass on the final play of the third quarter. On the next play Williams threw a 63-yard pass to Damaja Young, and on the next play Roger Jones scored on an 11-yard run to make it 54-36.
Finally, Harbor was unable to battle back and did not score in the fourth quarter. Karsseboom tried to play one more series but didn't have a catch, and Livingston was intercepted twice in the final quarter. Following a pick by SMC's Wilson, Williams threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yard toss to Cameron Chambers, with 10:34 left to make it 61-36 and close out the day's scoring.
Williams finished 26 for 40 passing for 407 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception (which was right off his receiver's hands). He also carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards and 3 touchdowns. Young caught 5 catches for 128 yards, and Jackson had 5 catches for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. And though the Corsair defense allowed a lot of yards and 5 touchdowns, it also had 4 quarterback sacks and forced 5 turnovers, including 4 interceptions, and shut down the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when it counted most.
For LA Harbor, Livingston completed 29 of 47 passes for 450 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Karsseboom had 9 catches for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns despite barely playing in the fourth quarter.
Santa Monica Corsairs 61, L.A. Harbor Seahawks 36
Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 1 pm
@ Corsair Field, Santa Monica
SM – Williams 6 yd run (Rock kick) 11:56 (7-0)
SM – Williams 1 yd run (Rock kick) 7:57 (14-0)
H – Livingston 3 yd run (Paz kick) 4:05 (14-7)
SM – Jackson 36 yd pass from Williams (Rock kick) 2:51 (21-7)
SM – Kirven 7 yd pass from Williams (Rock kick) 0:29.7 (28-7)
H – Augafa 5 yd run (Paz kick) 12:38 (28-14)
H – Karsseboom 80 yd pass from Livingston (Andrews pass from Livingston) 8:10 (28-22)
H – Karsseboom 72 yd pass from Livingston (Paz kick) 1:25 (28-29)
SM – Williams 1 yd run (Rock kick) 0:12.6 (35-29)
SM – Jackson 14 yd pass from Williams (pass incomplete) 7:07 (41-29)
H – Karsseboom 37 yd pass from Livingston (Paz kick) 4:11 (41-36)
SM – Holliday 9 yd run (pass intercepted) 2:03 (47-36)
SM – R.Jones 11 yd run (Rock kick) 13:46 (54-36)
SM – Chambers 5 yd pass from Williams (Rock kick) 10:34 (61-36)
First Downs: Santa Monica 33 (9 rush, 19 pass, 5 penalty), LA Harbor 30 (7 rush, 15 pass, 8 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Santa Monica 45-202, LA Harbor 44-89
Passing Yds: Santa Monica 427, LA Harbor 456
Comp-Att-Int: Santa Monica 27-43-2, LA Harbor 30-49-4
Return Yds: Santa Monica 101, LA Harbor 163
Sacks-Yds: Santa Monica 4-24, LA Harbor 1-5
Fumbles-Lost: Santa Monica 2-2, LA Harbor 2-1
Penalties-Yds: Santa Monica 22-222, LA Harbor 19-212
Time of Possession: Santa Monica 26:18, LA Harbor 33:42
Rushing: SM 20-R.Jones 14-80, 3-Williams 10-49, 1-Duggins 10-48, 6-Holliday 9-30, 14-Raggio 1-(-4), team 1-(-1); H 13-Augafa 4-31, 11-Livingston 15-22, 24-Logologo 7-19, 32-Black 2-10, 8-Majied 7-10, 1-Waters 1-4, 36-Ryan 3-4, 4-Dunbar 2-2, 3-Settle 1-(-2), 7-Douglas 1-(-7), team 1-(-4)
Passing: SM 3-Troy Williams 26-40-1-407, 4 TDs; 14-Raggio 1-3-1-20; H 11-Clark Livingston 29-47-4-450, 3 TDs; 9-Santos 1-1-0-6; 13-Augafa 0-1-0-0
Receiving: SM 8-Damaja Young 5-128, 88-Terry Jackson Jr. 5-88, 89-T/Baker 3-49, 81-Kirven 3-44, 19-Sessions 3-37, 1-Duggins 2-31, 11-Chambers 2-13, 84-Wallace 2-12, 29-Zeb 1-20, 20-R.Jones 1-5; H Nick Karsseboom 9-294, 7-Douglas 6-49, 1-Waters 6-38, 3-Settle 3-32, 10-Andrews 2-13, 16-Wallace 1-11, 36-Ryan 1-10, 4-Dunbar 1-5, 8-Majied 1-4
Interceptions-Ret Yds: SM 10-Lyons 1-11, 25-Wooten 1-10, 23-Stone 1-2, 18-M.Wilson 1-0; H 87-Dodd 1-5, 49-Faamasino 1-0
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: SM 18-M.Wilson 1-0; H 23-King 2-0
Sacks: SM 41-Hodge 2½, 58-J.Baker, 99-Nix ½; H 90-Gonzalez 1-5
Punters: SM 27-Heicklen 3-48.3 avg, 3-Williams 1-44; H 11-Livingston 3-41.3 avg; 9-Santos 1-40
Kick Returns: SM 21-Carson 1-17, 1-Duggins 1-11, 38-Aminzadeh 1-4; H 2-Terry 6-143
Punt Returns: SM 24-Pleasant 1-29, 21-Carson 1-17; H 2-Terry 1-15
Missed FG: none
Notes: Santa Monica entered ranked #2-American and #25 in California and improves to 5-0. LA Harbor falls to 2-4. Harbor started the game with an attempted onsides kick but 49-Henneman recovered for SMC. Harbor also tried a pooch kick after its 1st TD but 36-Reed recovered for SMC. SMC's 2nd TD came after Wilson's fumble recovery; 22-Dews forced that Livingston fumble. Harbor went for the 1st on 4th and 5 at its own 30; Lyons knocked the pass down and that led to SMC's 4th TD. Raggio replaced Williams as SMC for one series in the 2nd quarter, which ended with the interception by Dodd. Santos played one play at QB when Livingston lost his helmet and had to sit out one play. Augafa's pass attempt was on a halfback option play. Faamasino's interception bounced off a receiver's hands and led to Harbor's 3rd TD. The pass on SMC's 2-pt conversion try after its 7th TD was intercepted by Terry. SMC's 8th TD came after a 92-yd drive following Stone's interception. SMC's 9th TD came after a 36-yd drive following Wilson's interception.