Mt. SAC Outdueled El Camino in Classic

Walnut, CA- In a battle of 3-0 teams, Mt. Sac held Mission foe El Camino to 35 net rushing yards and only gave up one touchdown in the air. The Mountie D was so stingy that even on the play where the Warrior offense scored, there was busted coverage because of late substitutions. El Camino's D also played well, as the Warriors were flying to ball, especially the line backing corps spearheaded by soph Elias Ellis.

In the end, the tight contest was decided by a field goal as Mt. Sac remained undefeated and El Camino falls to 3-1.

After a good return on the opening kick by soph Daniel Nembhard where Mt. Sac started on their own 46-yard line, the Mounties were forced 3 and out and wasted the field position Nembhard gave them.  Mt. Sac responded on D and forced El Camino 3 and out as well.  Neither team gained control of the momentum until Mt. Sac Lb's  Sam Toilolo and Tony DeMonaco sacked Warrior QB Matt Engle inside the El Camino 5 yard line midway through the first quarter.  On the ensuing punt, El Camino quickly regained the momentum when Mt. Sac DB Darryl Moore fumbled the return that was scooped up by Warrior DB Marcus Whittington and returned 43 yards for the first score of the afternoon.

With El Camino leading 7-0 entering the second stanza, both teams continued their spirited play on defense as both teams were forced to punt on their opening possessions of the quarter.  Mt. Sac soph RB Cazmir Hill finally found daylight on a beautiful draw play with 12:05 left in the quarter, as the tough runner from Upland High School rumbled 46 yards inside the Warrior 5 yard line.  Three plays later Hill plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out to tie the contest at 7-7.  Hill finished the afternoon with 132 yards rushing on 23 attempts and the one score.

On the other hand, El Camino could never get the ground game established, as USC bounceback Chris Howard finished the contest with 21 yards on 10 lugs.  His longest gain was seven yards and the former standout at Wilmington Banning High School committed what appeared to be a costly fumble with 7:39 left in the opening half, as Moore made up for his botched punt by returning the ball 30 plus yards to the El Camino seven yard line.  Once again El Camino regained momentum when S Keith Ellison- the younger brother of former Warrior ('94-'95) and BYU ('96-'97) standout S Chris Ellison- returned the favor by recovering a bad QB-RB exchange with 6:55 left in the half as Mountie back-up QB Dominic Breazeale was in on his first series in the game.  El Camino was unable to capitalize on the error, as the contest remained 7-7 at halftime.

The Warriors put together a good opening series in the second half, and the 8-play 63-yard drive was culminated by Engle's 21-yard scoring strike to USC bounceback TE Kolomona Kapanui with 11:04 left in the third quarter.  Mt. Sac's tried to shuffle in fresh lineman on the play, and got burned as the substitutes were too late, the defense was out of position, and Kapanui was wide open.   After Mt. Sac fielded a short punt on their own 33 yard line, QB Adam Ernst hit WR Delanie Walker on a 30-yard post pattern to tie the score at 14-14 with 3:52 left in the third quarter.  Walker, the former UTEP signee and current JCFootball.com top 100 recruit finished the contest with 6 catches for 63 yards and the one score.

With 13:23 left in the tussle, Engle fumbled after a relentless blitz and once again Moore atoned for his one error by recovering the leather at the El Camino 8.  The Warrior D held, and Mt. Sac was forced to "settle" for a 29-yard field goal by kicker Matt Votaw that was the difference in the well-played game.  El Camino had a chance to tie or take the lead on two drives in the fourth, but could not capitalize.  The Warrior short passing game was clicking on all cylinders, as Engle (the son of Warrior Co-Offensive Coordinator Gene Engle) finished the contest 27 for 43 with 167 yards and the one score, which was his longest pass of the afternoon.  El Camino faced a 4th and 3 situation with 7:49 left in the 4th, but WR Lole Laolagi dropped the ball on a short swing pass which had been working all game long.  El Camino faced another 4th and short situation later in the game, but came away empty when Engle was harassed by DeMonaco and forced to throw an errant pass while falling backwards.  Unofficially, DeMonaco finished with 7 tackles and numerous assists while Toilolo recorded 4 sacks.  A third former Men of Troy recruit, Mt. Sac DL Austin Jackson, recorded a sack and contributed to the stellar defensive effort by the Mounties. 

       

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

                 

El Camino

                 

Rushing

   

Att.

Net Yards

TD

Long

   

12 - Matt Engle

   

1

11

0

1

   

8 - Chris Howard

   

10

21

0

7

   

5 - Mafua Lellua

   

2

3

0

3

   

7 - Mel Smith

   

2

1

0

3

   
                 

Passing

Att.

Comp.

Int

Yards

TD

Long

   

12 - Matt Engle

43

27

0

167

1

21

   
                 
                 

Pass Receiving

   

No.

Yards

TD

Long

   

21 - Lole Laolagl

   

8

74

0

17

   

15 - William Boyd

   

1

2

0

2

   

85 - Nick Haley

   

3

28

0

14

   

88 - K. Kapanui

   

4

47

1

21

   

9 - J. Cooper

   

2

22

0

17

   

1 - J. Kensey

   

1

18

0

18

   

5 - Mafua Lellua

   

1

6

0

6

   

7 - Mel Smith

   

1

2

0

2

   

Punting

     

No.

Avg

Long

   

13 - M. Dragich

     

6

35.1

50

   

 

                 

Mt. SAC

                 

Rushing

   

Att.

Net Yards

TD

Long

   

1 - C. Hill

   

23

132

1

46

   

20 - K. Eklpre-Olomu

   

7

30

0

10

   

40 - S. Tavake

   

1

2

0

2

   

2 - D. Nembhard

   

2

-3

0

0

   
                 

Passing

Att.

Comp.

Int

Yards

TD

Long

   

10 - A. Ernest

26

15

0

117

1

30

   

16 - D. Breazeale

1

0

0

-5

0

0

   
                 

Pass Receiving

   

No.

Yards

TD

Long

   

19 - D. Walker

   

6

63

1

30

   

5 - S. Mitchell

   

4

35

0

17

   

48 - J. Huggett

   

1

18

0

18

   

85 - P. Suarez

   

1

2

0

2

   

84 - D. Lindsey

   

1

9

0

9

   

Punting

     

No.

Avg

Long

   

47 - D. Stapp

     

8

33.5

47

   

 


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