El Camino Blows By Santa Monica

Using strong defense and timely big plays, El Camino scored 36 consecutive points against Santa Monica September 15th and won, 42-10, in Torrance. QB Ryan Gilbert threw for 204 yards and 3 TDs, while the Warrior defense didn't allow a touchdown until the game was out of reach.

On the night, Gilbert was 11 of 22 for 204 yards and 3 TDs.  Crenshaw had just 3 catches but they totalled 105 yards and included 2 TDs.  Marshall's 70 yards rushing combined with 36 yards on 2 catches and 86 yards on 2 kickoff returns put him over the 200-yard mark on the evening.  Cabot Denny finished with a game-high 81 yards to lead the El Camino rushing attack.  Overall the Warriors rushed for 230 yards on the evening.

The El Camino defense was outstanding as well, holding Santa Monica to 200 yards on total offense and not allowing a play of over 13 yards or a touchdown until the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt.  Santa Monica's initial first down of the second half didn't occur until the score was 39-3.

In the first quarter, the teams exchanged field goals.  First El Camino's Casey Gardener connected from 21 yards out.  Then on the ensuing kickoff, Santa Monica's Ariel Zeledon took the ball 3 yards deep in the end zone and ran it all the way to the El Camino 14 before he was caught from behind.  The Corsairs settled for a 30-yard field goal by Jay Mandler to tie the score 3-3.

The El Camino took over.  Their next possession culminated in a 15-yard run by RB Alvin Marshall, who would finish the night with over 200 total yards and 2 TDs.  That made it 10-3.  Then on the first Warrior possession of the second quarter, Gilbert  combined with WR Joseph Crenshaw on a 46-yard pass to make it 17-3.

Santa Monica's last apparent chance for a comeback happened on the second half kickoff.  The kick went to Deshon Harris, who fumbled with Santa Monica recovering the ball.  But the play was called back on a Corsair penalty.  On the re-kick, Marshall fielded the ball and returned it 63 yards.  A few plays later Bennie Bishop caught a 5-yard TD pass from Gilbert to make it 24-3.  Less than 3 minutes after that Gilbert combined with Crenshaw for a 33-yard touchdown pass.  Jovonnie Mabrie scored the 2-point conversion on a trick play, a variation of the old swinging gate, to make it 32-3.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:
EC – FG Gardener 21 yds 5:50 - 3-0
SM – FG Mandler 30 yds 4:30 - 3-3
EC – Marshall 15 yd run (Gardener kick) 1:42  -  10-3

2nd Quarter:
EC – Crenshaw 46 yd pass from Gilbert (Gardener kick) 12:05 - 17-3

3rd Quarter:
EC – Bishop 5 yd pass from Gilbert (Mabrie run) 13:0125-3
EC – Crenshaw 33 yd pass from Gilbert (Gardener kick) 10:27 - 32-3
EC – Marshall 5 yd run (Gardener kick) 4:08 - 39-3
SM – Christian 21 yd pass from Welles (Mandler kick) 1:31 - 39-10

4th Quarter:
EC – FG Gardener 35 yds 9:52  - 42-10

Individual Stats

EC:  8-Denny 11-81, 24-Marshall 13-70, 40-Wells 5-38, 41-R.Jones 7-33, 16-Gilbert 3-24, 20-D.Harris 3-1, 12-Venters 1-(-5), team 1-(-12) SM:  15-Robinson 8-33, 5-Welles 5-26, 30-R.Smith 5-15, 25-Zeledon 2-6, 24-Holloway 1-4, 2-Mitchell 1-(-6), team 1-(-6)

EC:  16-Gilbert 11-22-1-204, 3 TDs; 12-Venters 3-5-0-64 SM:  5-Welles 17-32-0-128, 1 TD

  9-Crenshaw 3-105, 5-Bishop 3-28, 24-Marshall 2-36, 20-D.Harris 2-30, 19-Ralls 1-34, 84-Randall 1-14, 8-Denny 1-12, 41-R.Jones 1-9 SM:  2-Mitchell 6-38, 20-Hite 4-31, 3-Christian 2-28, 84-Quinn 2-14, 24-Holloway 1-10, 88-M.Smith 1-10, 25-Zeledon 1-(-3)

  77-Areyan 2-26.5 avg  SM:  19-Carrasco 7-31.6 avg

Kick Ret: 
  24-Marshall 2-86, 40-Wells 1-14  SM:  25-Zeledon 3-126, 20-Hite 2-43, 40-Suarez 1-11

Punt Ret: 
EC:  9-Crenshaw 4-31, 36-??? 1-0                                                                    

Interceptions-Ret Yds:
SM:  41-Vela 1-7

Fumble Recovery:
SM:  8-Maddox

EC:  74-Voltattorni, 90-Solomona  SM:  98-Powell 

Missed Field Goals:
SM:  9-Mandler 40 (wide left), 48 (short)

Both teams entered 0-1 but only El Camino was ranked (#13 South).  SMC's first 1st down of the 2nd half didn't happen until it was 39-3.  The TD was their only play from scrimmage longer than 13 yds all night.  Their FG came after an 89-yd kickoff return by Zeledon.  SM appeared to recover a fumble on the 2nd half kickoff but it was nullified by an offsides penalty.  On the re-kick, Marshall ret'd it 63 yards, setting up EC's 3rd TD. Soon after that the rout was on.

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