Riverside Defeats Ventura, 52-27

In his first start of the season, Collyn Anderson passed for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns as Riverside overcame a slow start to hand host Ventura a 52-27 thrashing Saturday night in a showdown of previously-unbeaten teams.

Anderson, who played at LA Valley as a freshman and came off the bench last week for Riverside (4-0), threw touchdown passes to five different receivers, leading an RCC offense that amassed nearly 600 yards on the night. After the Tigers began the game with a field goal, two punts and a fumble – by Anderson – on their first 4 possessions, they scored 7 touchdowns on their next 10 possessions to take complete control of the game.

And the Riverside defense was stellar, holding Ventura (3-1) to a single touchdown on offense until the final 10 seconds of the game, by which time both teams had their reserves on the field. On Ventura's first 10 rushing attempts of the game, just one gained yardage, and the 11th resulted in a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Nick Underwood and led to Riverside's 6th touchdown of the game.

At the start, however, things seemed to go Ventura's way. Vosean Crumbie took the game's opening kickoff about 3 yards deep in the end zone and raced through the Tiger coverage for (officially) a 100-yard touchdown return. After Riverside got a 38-yard field goal from John Hilfer, Ventura extended its lead when Mark Zavala recovered a fumble from a botched read-option/handoff by Anderson, scooping the ball up at the Riverside 13 and carrying it across the goal line to give the Pirates a 14-3 lead.

After that, however, the game belonged to Riverside. Anderson got the Tigers started with a 75-yard pass to Jacoby Herring that got the Tigers close, and on the next play he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Seth Acda. Then Underwood intercepted a pass, which led to Acda scoring on a 3-yard run midway through the second quarter. Then Anderson threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Malik Yoakum to give Riverside a 24-14 lead at the half.

Ventura scored the first touchdown of the second half when Jake Luton threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Alexander just 2:17 into the third quarter. But Riverside never surrendered the lead. Anderson threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Matt Younkers with 5:51 left in the quarter to push RCC's lead to 11 points at 31-20. Then, after a Ventura punt, Anderson connected with Darius Hunter – son of longtime MLB outfielder Torii – on a 63-yard touchdown pass that made it 38-20.

To this point in the game, Ventura had attempted 10 rushing plays but had gained positive yardage on just one of them. On the next play, Isaiah Brown gained 7 yards, but most of that came as the ball bounced across the turf after it came loose. Underwood recovered the fumble at the Pirate 29, and four plays later Anderson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Erik Brown to push Riverside's lead to 45-20. On the ensuing kickoff, return man Tanner Gee caught the kick and carried it past the 30, but fumbled at the end of the run. Hunter Hoohuli recovered for Riverside at the Ventura 32, and four plays later Acda scored on an 8-yard run to make it 52-20.

Ventura scored in the game's waning seconds when backup quarterback Conor Regan threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to 6-7 tight end Logan Javernick. The key play on that drive was a 38-yard run by Noah Siegrist, which not only got the Pirates out of the shadow of their own goal post but into positive territory in rushing statistics as a team.

For Riverside, Anderson completed 17 of 23 passes for his 381 yards and 5 touchdowns in an outstanding passing performance. Yoakum led all receivers with 7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Herring had 3 catches for 115 yards. Acda had 74 yards rushing on 16 carries, scoring twice on the ground, and also had a 13-yard touchdown reception. Underwood led a strong RCC defense with a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery.

For Ventura, Luton completed 15 of 40 passes for 187 yards, one interception and a touchdown. Siegrist led Pirate rushers with 2 carries for 41 yards. Kendric Mallory had 4 catches for 35 yards, while Alexander had a team-best 57 receiving yards, all on his single catch that went for the Pirates' third touchdown. And of course Crumbie had 5 kickoff returns for 168 yards, including his 100-yard touchdown return to start the game.

Riverside Tigers 52
Ventura Pirates 27

Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 6 pm – Ventura College SportsPlex
National Division

1st Quarter:
V – Crumbie 100 yd kickoff return (Garcia kick) 14:45 (0-7)
R – FG Hilfer 38 yds 11:20 (3-7)
V – Zavala 13 yd fumble return (Garcia kick) 1:02 (3-14)

2nd Quarter:
R – Acda 13 yd pass from C.Anderson (Hilfer kick) 14:54 (10-14)
R – Acda 3 yd run (Hilfer kick) 8:35 (17-14)
R – Yoakum 59 yd pass from C.Anderson (Hilfer kick) 5:45 (24-14)

3rd Quarter:
V – Alexander 57 yd pass from Luton (kick wide right) 12:43 (24-20)
R – Davis 12 yd pass from C.Anderson (Hilfer kick) 5:51 (31-20)
R – Hunter 63 yd pass from C.Anderson (Hilfer kick) 4:50 (38-20)
R – E.Brown 16 yd pass from C.Anderson (Hilfer kick) 2:23 (45-20)

4th Quarter:
R – Acda 8 yd run (Hilfer kick) 14:54 (52-20)
V – Javernick 2 yd pass from Regan (Garcia kick) 0:10 (52-27)

Team Statistics:

First Downs: Ventura 13 (1 rush, 8 pass, 4 penalty), Riverside 20 (7 rush, 11 pass, 2 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Ventura 20-48, Riverside 56-212
Passing Yds: Ventura 206, Riverside 381
Comp-Att-Int: Ventura 17-44-1, Riverside 17-23-0
Return Yds: Ventura 236, Riverside 92
Sacks-Yds: Ventura 1-1, Riverside 2-9
Fumbles-Lost: Ventura 4-2, Riverside 3-1
Penalties-Yds: Ventura 5-44, Riverside 17-145
Time of Possession: Ventura 21:06, Riverside 38:54

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: V 27-Siegrist 2-41, 8-Regan 3-9, 22-I.Brown 3-6, 32-Peralta 2-5, 3-Burt 3-0, 23-Gee 1-0, 7-Luton 4-(-3), 25-Word 1-(-3), team 1-(-7); R 7-Seth Acda 16-74, 22-Allen 13-40, 26-Watson 4-32, 21-Lee 9-31, 1-C.Anderson 11-30, 4-Hunter 2-6, team 1-(-1)
Passing: V 7-Jake Luton 15-40-1-187, 1 TD; 8-Regan 2-4-0-19, 1 TD; R 1-Collyn Anderson 17-23-0-381, 5 TDs
Receiving: V 6-Mallory 4-35, 85-Broski 3-29, 17-Jordan 2-27, 3-Burt 2-12, 22-I.Brown 2-3, 2-Alexander 1-57, 23-Gee 1-21, 4-Taylor 1-20, 33-Javernick 1-2; R 11-Malik Yoakum 7-123, 15-Jacoby Herring 3-115, 9-E.Brown 2-28, 6-Maiden 2-27, 4-D.Hunter 1-63, 7-Acda 1-13, 13-Davis 1-12
Interceptions-Ret Yds: V none; R 42-Underwood 1-0
Fum Rec-Ret Yds: V 56-Zavala 1-13; R 42-Underwood 1-0, 47-Hoohuli 1-0
Sacks-Yds: V 94-Franklin 1-1; R 45-Stewart 1-6 42-Underwood 1-3
Punters: V 37-Garcia 9-37.0 avg; R 7-Acda 4-31.8 avg, 68-Alama 3-26.7 avg
Kick Returns: V 1-Vosean Crumbie 5-168, 23-Gee 2-57; R 21-Lee 3-88
Punt Returns: V 1-Crumbie 2-(-2); R 5-West 2-4
Missed FG: none

Notes: Showdown! Riverside entered ranked #2 in the nation while Ventura entered ranked #5. Both teams entered 3-0. Ventura's 1st TD came on the opening kickoff and its 2nd TD came on a botched handoff fumble. But then it was all Riverside. RCC's 2nd TD came after Underwood's interception. RCC's 6th TD came after Underwood's fumble recovery. Then on the ensuing kickoff Gee fumbled and Hoohuli recovered, setting up RCC's 7th TD.

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