AHC FOOTBALL TEAM ROUTS SANTA MONICA,
TRAVELS TO FACE WINLESS L.A. PIERCE ON SATURDAY
By John Secia
Acting Sports Information Director
Fresh off a totally dominating 58-0 home victory over overmatched Santa Monica College last Saturday, the Allan Hancock College football team (3-1) will travel to face another struggling Western State Conference opponent—the winless Los Angeles Pierce College Brahmas on Saturday (Oct. 6). Kickoff for the matchup of the first- and last-place teams in the WSC's Pacific Division is set for 1 p.m.
First-year Hancock Head Coach Kris Dutra's Bulldogs are tied for first in the Pacific Division with College of the Canyons, with both schools 2-0 in divisional play. Hancock enters this weekend as the only team in the 16-school WSC with three wins this season, with an opening upset of El Camino, a road loss to Long Beach City College, a division-opening victory at Compton College, and last weekend's thrashing of Santa Monica.
Pierce, after dropping a 37-21 decision to L.A. Harbor last Saturday, is 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in the WSC Pacific. In its four games this year, the Brahmas have been outscored 201-40. Meantime, the Bulldogs lead the entire conference in scoring with 152 total points, 42 points more than any WSC team. This will be the ninth meeting between the two schools, with Hancock leading the series 7-1.
Against Santa Monica's Corsairs, Dutra's Hancock squad, despite pulling his starters—and some second-stringers—midway through the third quarter, made it look easy by taking a 23-0 halftime lead. The Bulldogs quickly extended that advantage when Travis Jackson returned the second-half opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-0. That score was the beginning of a 28-0 third quarter by Hancock that gave them a 51-0 lead over a talented but underachieving Santa Monica team, which fell to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in the Pacific Division.
On their first possession of the game, Santa Monica appeared to have scored first, but the Corsairs' Kyle Hite was stopped by a hustling Bulldog defender at the AHC 5-yard-line after a 57-yard run. A few SMC miscues and penalties later, the Corsairs were held without any points on that drive (and the rest if the game for that matter).
The Bulldogs quickly took advantage of their successful defensive stand with a pair of touchdowns, the first a 21-yard TD strike from quarterback Ryan Canfield to star wide receiver Jermaine Moore, followed just a few moments later when Canfield found Moore open in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0. It was the sixth time the sophomore duo have hooked up for touchdowns this season.
All-WSC star tailback Andre Nickleson, scored next on a 4-yard run early in the second quarter to increase his team's lead to 20-0 (Steven Sarubbi's PAT kick was wide left, but the WSC's top kicker closed out the first half scoring by nailing a 29-yard field goal. Sarubbi has made all seven of his field goal tries—including a 49-yarder in AHC's opener that matched the school's all-time field goal record.
Additionally, Sarubbi made his seven other conversion kicks against SMC. On the year, Sarubbi is the WSC's scoring leader, with 41 points (17 of 19 PAT's and 8 field goals).
Following Jackson's kickoff return for a TD, Nickelson scored on a 7-yard run to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 37-0. In just 2 ½ quarters of play, Nickelson ran for 137 yards on only 16 carries (and the two touchdowns. Nickelson, a sophomore from Paso Robles, rushing game this season, leads the 16-school WSC in rushing with 488 yards on 88 carries (a 5.5 average) and has five touchdowns this season. Nickelson is also the WSC's fourth-best all-purpose rusher with 507 yards, with teammate Moore topping that category with 743 total yards.
Hancock's Casey Miranda followed Nickleson's score three minutes later with an 85-yard punt return for another Bulldog TD, as well as a 44-0 lead. Sophomore quarterback Ray Medina replaced Canfield on AHC's next series and tossed his first TD of the season, a one-yarder to another backup, Lawrence Whittington, to close out a Bulldog 28-0 third quarter and extend the lead to 51-0.
Freshman Shawn Davis closed out the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown scamper (his first for Hancock) in the final period for the 58-0 final margin (the largest lost in a shutout in SMC's history).
Canfield turned things over to Medina in the third after connecting on 9 of 13 passes for 170 yards and two TD's. Medina was also impressive, completing 4 of 6 attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive back Jerod Swanson, a sophomore out of Santa Ynez High School, was one of several Bulldogs that had exceptional games in AHC's first shutout of the year. Swanson registered six tackles, caused a fumble that was recovered by the Bulldogs, knocked down two passes and added one sack.
An indication of how effective—and improved—the Bulldogs' defense was in the SMC rout, in addition to not allowing any points: Santa Monica was held to only 199 net yards (including Hite's early 74-yard run), and just 10 first downs, and converted a mere one of 13 third-down conversions. The Bulldogs racked up 452 yards in total offense, made 22 first downs and converted 9 of 15 third-down situations.
AHC FOOTBALL PLAYERS NICKELSON AND SWANSON
NAMED WSC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Allan Hancock College running back Andre Nickelson and defensive back Jerad Swanson have been selected as Western State Conference (WSC) Players of the Week for their standout performances in last Saturday's (Sept. 29) 58-0 drubbing of Santa Monica College.
It was the second time this year that Nickelson received conference Player of the Week honors, and the first for Swanson. In four games this season, four AHC players have been recognized five times by the WSC.
In just 2 ½ quarters of play, Nickelson ran for 137 yards on only 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, one from four yards out that helped Head Coach Kris Dutra's Bulldogs (3-1) build a 23-0 halftime lead over visiting WSC Pacific Division rival Santa Monica (1-3). Nickelson added a 7-yard TD run during an AHC 28-0 third quarter that officially put the game out of reach.
Nickelson, a sophomore from Paso Robles, rushing game this season, leads the 16-school WSC in rushing with 488 yards on 88 carries (a 5.5 average) and has five touchdowns this season.
Swanson, a sophomore out of Santa Ynez High School, was one of several Bulldogs that had exceptional games in AHC's first shutout of the year. Swanson registered six tackles, caused a fumble that was recovered by the Bulldogs, knocked down two passes and added one sack.