It was quite an offensive display for West LA. The Oilers scored on 6
straight possessions, including their first 5 of the second half, to break open
a tight game. Hollins repeatedly combined with Shadee Shakir, who had 8
catches for 196 yds and 3 TDs, but also found Datanian Reed, Solomon Jones and
Lamark Henderson for TD catches. And when the Oilers weren't moving the
ball through the air, Johnny Bentley was moving it on the ground, gaining 188
yds and scoring 2 TDs on 21 carries. In all, West LA rolled up 540 yds of
offense on the day.
And yet, it began as a defensive battle. There was just one touchdown
in the first quarter, and each team had punted prior to anyone scoring.
West LA got the first break of the game when Glendale muffed a punt and Reed
recovered the ball at the Vaquero 38, but the offense was unable to take
advantage. A 4-yd pass to Justin Walker on 4th and 7 gave the ball back to
Glendale at the 10.
Though Glendale moved the ball well enough to get 2 first downs, the drive
stalled near midfield, forcing a punt. And once West LA got the ball back,
the fireworks began. The Oilers scored on 8 of their next 10 possessions.
The first score came on a 32-yd pass from Hollins to Shakir with 1:27 left in
the first quarter. Though West LA had to punt on its next possession, the
Oilers extended their lead to 14-0 early in the second on an 8-yd TD run by
Bentley. That score came just 2 plays after Shana Leaupepe intercepted a
David Parker pass and returned the ball to the Glendale 9. Parker made the
tackle to save the touchdown on the return, but by now the West LA offense was
not to be stopped.
But Glendale got back into the game on the ensuing kickoff when Jayson
Lipscomb took the kick at his own 11 and ran it all the way back for a
touchdown. That closed the gap to 14-7, and when Glendale's defense forced
a West LA punt, the Vaqueros had their chance to get even. Glendale drove
deep into Oiler territory, and Justin Smith kept the drive alive by getting the
first down on a 4th and 1 at the West LA 29. But just 4 plays later
Glendale faced another 4th and 1 and gave the ball to Smith. This time
Shane Vagaia anticipated the play, broke through the line and threw Smith for a
loss. The Glendale drive was over, and soon their deficit would be far
more than 7 points.
Beginning with the next drive, the Oilers' last one of the first half, West
LA scored touchdowns on 6 consecutive possessions, extending their lead from
14-7 to 52-28. A 40-yd pass from Hollins to Reed made it 20-7, and though
a bad snap doomed the conversion attempt, the Oilers' held a double-digit lead
at the half.
Glendale got the ball to begin the second half, but was soon forced to punt.
And then the West LA offense came back out, and they picked up where they left
off. This time it took just 3 plays. Hollins TD pass to Shakir
covered 75 yds, making it 27-7.
The Glendale offense tried to keep pace, and on their next drive Parker
completed 4 passes to help the Vaqueros score their first offensive touchdown of
the day. Parker's 2-yd pass to Daniel Mazal, his second catch of the
drive, made it 27-13 midway through the third quarter.
But once West LA got the ball back, their offense could not be stopped.
This time it was a Hollins-to-Solomon Jones pass, covering 11 yds, that got the
ball into the end zone.
When Glendale got the ball back, a Parker pass was intercepted by West LA's
Jason Harris. Moments later, Bentley scored on a 12-yd run to push the
score to 39-13 with 47 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
In came Adam Freeman, Glendale's other QB. Freeman seemed to inject
some enthusiasm into the Vaquero offense, and Glendale got on the board again
just 50 seconds into the 4th quarter. Chris Berroud, one of several RBs
the Vaqueros used, broke through the line and down the left sideline from 54 yds
out for the score. That closed the gap to 39-20.
And once West LA got the ball back, they scored yet again A 20-yd pass
from Holllins to Shakir did the trick, and the Oilers' lead was 45-20.
Freeman once again led the Glendale offense, and he ended up scoring on a
28-yd scramble. On the conversion, Glendale elected to line up to kick,
but went with a fake play. The result was John Dincher throwing the ball
to Justin Smith, but the play worked and the score was now 45-28.
But despite Glendale's sudden offensive outburst, West LA seemed to have a
safe lead. And it looked even safer after Hollins threw a 10-yd TD pass,
his 6th scoring pass of the day, to Lamark Henderson. That gave West LA a
52-28 lead with 6:19 to play.
And it appeared that Glendale's day was over when they fumbled, and West LA's
Jason Richard recovered the ball with 4:08 left.
But a fumble by Shakir less than a minute later was recovered by Glendale's
Carlos Ceja. Moments later, Justin Smith scored on a 1-yd plunge to make
the score 52-34. And Freeman kept the ball on the 2-point conversion,
diving into the end zone to close the gap to 52-36.
Glendale tried an onsides kick on the ensuing kickoff, but West LA's Aaron
Turner recovered. However, Glendale got the ball back on the next play
when backup QB Andrew Simpson dropped the snap. Eric Patin jumped on the
ball for the Vaqueros. Moments later, Freeman found Dincher in the back of
the end zone for a touchdown, closing the gap to 52-42, with the 2-point
conversion attempt to come. And 1:25 still remained on the clock.
But any remaining Glendale hopes were dashed when Freeman's pass on the
conversion attempt fell incomplete, keeping West LA's lead a 10-point margin.
On the kickoff, Glendale again tried an onsides kick, but West LA's Steve
Phillips recovered. And then Hollins re-entered to take the snaps and
kneel down to run out the clock, securing the win for the Oilers.
Though Glendale falls to 0-4, the Vaqueros can be encouraged by the strong
play of Freeman. In little more than a quarter, he completed 10 of 12
passes for 108 yds and a TD while rushing for 32 yds and a TD. Freeman
began the season as Glendale's starter, but was far more productive vs. West LA
than he had been in the opener vs. Orange Coast. Smith finished the game
as Glendale's leading rusher with 88 yds on 18 carries and a TD, while Berroud
added 81 yds on just 7 carries (1 TD). Mazal was the leading Vaquero
receiver with 8 catches for 96 yds and a TD. And Jayson Lipscomb had
several strong kickoff returns, including the TD run of 89 yds.
W – Shakir 32 yd pass from
Hollins (Peterson kick) 1:27 - 7-0
W – Bentley 8 yd run (Peterson kick) 11:41 - 14-0
G – Lipscomb 89 yd kickoff return (G.Gonzalez kick) 11:26 - 14-7
W – Reed 40 yd pass from Hollins (pass failed – bad snap) 3:41 - 20-7
W – Shakir 75 yd pass from Hollins (Peterson kick) 12:37 - 27-7
G – Mazal 2 yd pass from Parker (kick blocked) 7:52 - 27-13
W – S.Jones 11 yd pass from Hollins (kick wide left) 5:24 - 33-13
W – Bentley 12 yd run (kick wide left) 0:47 - 39-13
G – Berroud 54 yd run (G.Gonzalez kick) 14:10 - 39-20
W – Shakir 20 yd pass from Holllins (kick wide right) 9:25 - 45-20
G – Freeman 28 yd run (J.Smith pass from Dincher) 7:55 - 45-28
W – Henderson 10 yd pass from Hollins (Peterson kick) 6:19 - 52-28
G – J.Smith 1 yd run (Freeman run) 1:59 - 52-36
G – Dincher 2 yd pass from Freeman (pass failed) 1:25 - 52-42
G: 6-J.Smith 18-88, 22-Berroud 7-81, 7-Freeman 2-32, 4-Tyler 2-12,
21-Pruitt 2-9, 36-Dincher 1-8, 23-Valencia 5-3, 8-Parker 1-(-9)
W: 8-Bentley 21-188, 27-Williamson 1-1, 6-Simpson 1-0, 33-Hill 1-(-3), 10-Hollins 9-(-8)
G: 7-Freeman 10-12-0-108, 1 TD; 8-Parker 12-23-2-104, 1 TD
W: 10-Hollins 21-31-0-350, 6 TDs; 6-Simpson 1-1-0-12
G: 46-Mazal 8-96, 2-Riley 3-20, 9-Elize 3-19, 12-McDaniel 2-49,
6-J.Smith 2-14, 26-McGee 2-13, 36-Dincher 1-2, 23-Valencia 1-(-1)
W: 80-Shakir 8-196, 11-Reed 4-68, 2-Henderson 4-53, 20-S.Jones 2-17, 8-Bentley 2-15, 27-Williamson 1-9, 1-Walker 1-4
G: 41-Zelaya 3-30.7 avg
W: 14-Jiminez 3-27.3 avg
G: 24-Lipscomb 4-157, 36-Dincher 1-10,
34-Shorts 1-8, 2-Riley 1-7, 6-J.Smith 1-3
W: 2-Henderson 2-55, 20-S.Jones 2-50, 23-LaFrance 1-15, 21-Turner 1-0, 32-Phillips 1-0
G: 11-Z.Jones 1-0,
W: 20-S.Jones 1-3
G: 10-Ceja, 54-Patin
W: 11-Reed, 19-Richard
W: 45-Leaupepe 1-37, 25-Harris 1-31
66-Sebastiani, 48-Selico 1/2, 60-Elisha ½