There were many heroes for Glendale, but one play in the third quarter best epitomized their determination. Harbor had scored on three consecutive possessions to take a 28-21 lead, and Glendale faced a 3rd and 8 at their own 47. Parker lined up in the shotgun formation, and the snap sailed high over his head. Parker ran back to get the ball, picking it up in stride with a pair of Harbor defenders in close pursuit, but running towards his own end zone. Then Parker curled to his left, towards the right sideline, and just a few yards from going out of bounds lofted the ball to a wide-open Thomas Riley, who made the catch and got to the Harbor 11 before being tackled. Berroud scored on the next play, keeping Glendale even with a Seahawk offense that had threatened to take over the game.
Then the Glendale defense responded, and held the Harbor offense without a touchdown the rest of the way, and came up with a huge sequence of their own. After Seahawk RB Joseph Harris broke off a 69-yard run to the Glendale 5, DT Leon Walker sacked Harbor QB Chris Judd for a 5-yard loss on the next play. Then LB Eric Patin broke through and sacked Judd for a 10-yard loss on 2nd and goal. That was the final play of the third quarter, meaning Harbor changed ends and was now going north. And that proved to be significant since on 3rd down Judd threw the ball to a wide-open Deon Taylor in the end zone, but Taylor looked back for the ball directly into the sun and couldn't make the catch. Harbor had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Oscar Cervantes, which gave them just a 3-point lead at 31-28.
And Glendale overcame that lead midway through the 4th quarter on a 45-yard TD run through the middle by Berroud. Harbor responded with a drive to the Glendale 35, but then the Vaquero defense again stood firm. An 11-yard sack by LB Christopher Selico put Harbor in a long-yardage situation, and a pair of incomplete passes turned the ball back over to Glendale. And those would be Harbor's last plays on offense.
Parker scored what appeared to be the clinching touchdown on the very next play. On a keeper, Parker went towards the pile in the middle of the field, then bounced off to the right and through the defense for a 54-yard TD run. That made it 42-31 with 1:56 left.
But Harbor wasn't done quite yet. WR/KR Thomas Brown took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards down the right sideline for a TD, closing the gap to 42-38. Brown, who averaged 44 yards on 5 kick returns on the day (with each one going for at least 30 yards) was a legitimate threat every time he touched the ball. Following the TD, Harbor lined up for an onsides kickoff.
However, on the kick, Glendale's Getro Elize raced forward and caught the bouncing ball at the Harbor 44, not even waiting for it to go 10 yards. Glendale still had to run out the clock, but first-down runs by Parker and Berroud ensured that they did.
Despite the high final score, there was just one touchdown in the first half. Glendale's Justin Tyler scored on a 5-yard run with 5:48 left to give the home team a 7-0 lead. Moments earlier, Parker had combined with WR Tim Fields on a 44-yard pass to get the Vaqueros into Seahawk territory. Tyler's scoring run capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
Harbor pulled even early in the second quarter on a 1-yard sneak by Judd. A pair of nice runs by Harris, one for 24 yards and the other for 20 yards, got Harbor close, after a 13-yard scramble by Judd had gotten Harbor near midfield.
Then came a flurry of turnovers. There were only three turnovers in the game, but they all came in a space of 3 minutes early in the second quarter. And not coincidentally, both teams put their backup QBs in the game at this point. The first turnover came when Harbor's DeWayne Hollyfield stripped Glendale QB Adam Freeman of the ball, and DB Rakine Toomes recovered at the Glendale 44. But on the next play, Harbor QB Sean Flynn, on his first play of the game, tried a long pass that was intercepted by Glendale's Andre Moore at his own 8. Following a Glendale punt, Harbor got the ball at their own 42 but Flynn fumbled while trying to make a handoff, allowing Glendale's LB Bryan Gonzales to get the ball back for the Vaqueros at the Harbor 40.
And on the very next play, Freeman atoned for his mistake by throwing a 40-yard TD pass to Riley, giving Glendale a 14-7 lead. On the ensuing possession, Harbor was forced to punt, and punter Mike Whitcher responded with a 38-yard boot that pinned Glendale at its own 11-yard line. But Freeman again responded, leading an 11-play, 89-yard drive and capping it off by scoring on a 1-yard sneak. That gave Glendale a 21-7 lead with 1:54 left in the first half.
That turned out to be more than enough time for Harbor, as Judd re-entered the game to direct a 2-minute drill. And 7 plays later, Judd hit WR Alphonso Williams with a 7-yard scoring pass to bring Harbor to within a score at 21-14, which is where things stood at the half.
In the second half, Harbor scored on its first two possessions, sandwiched around a Glendale punt, to take a 28-21 lead. Both scores came on Judd TD passes, the first one to Taylor from 9 yards out and the second one to last year's LAHC QB, Cameron Smith, from 4 yards out. Each drive took about 4 minutes, and between Judd's passing and Harris' running the Seahawks looked ready to take control of the game. But moments later when Glendale faced a 3rd and 8, the ball sailed over Parker's head, and the whole game changed.
Harbor lost despite a very good permance from Judd, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 169 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions. Harris led all rushers with 172 yards on 18 carries. Brown not only had a marvelous afternoon returning kicks, but also led all receivers with 5 catches (for 41 yards). Punter Mark Whitcher shanked his first punt for 18 yards, but averaged over 46 yards per punt on his other 3 attempts including one that pinned Glendale at its own 11.
Glendale amassed 319 yards on the ground and 503 yards of offense on the day. Parker rushed for 111 yards on just 7 carries, and threw for 126 on 8 of 15 (and no interceptions). Freeman was 2 of 4 for 58 yards and a TD passing, and also rushed for 5 yards and a TD, in his one quarter of action. Berroud led Glendale rushers with 121 yards on 18 carries, while Tyler added 60 yards on 12 carries. Riley had 3 catches for 82 yards, while TE Daniel Mazal also had 3 catches (47 yards). The defense was led by Walker, who was a major disruption all afternoon and had 2 of Glendale's 5 sacks. Selico not only played well all day, but had the key sack that stopped Harbor's final offensive drive.
Glendale improves its record to 2-5 (2-2 in the division) while Harbor, which held a share of the division lead entering the game, falls to 3-4 (also 2-2 in the division).
G – Tyler 5 yard run (Jacobs kick) 5:48 -- 7-0
H – Judd 1 yard run (Cervantes kick) 13:06 -- 7-7
G – Riley 40 yard pass from Freeman (Jacobs kick) 9:14 -- 14-7
G – Freeman 1 yard run (Jacbos kick) 1:54 -- 21-7
H – A.Williams 7 yard pass from Judd (Cervantes kick) 0:28 -- 21-14
H – Taylor 9 yard pass from Judd (Cervantes kick) 11:19 -- 21-21
H – C.Smith 4 yard pass from Judd (Cervantes kick) 5:11 -- 21-28
G – Berroud 11 yard run (Jacobs kick) 2:04 -- 28-28
H – FG Cervantes 37 yards 14:50 -- 28-31
G – Berroud 45 yard run (Jacobs kick) 6:54 -- 35-31
G – Parker 54 yard run (Jacobs kick) 1:56 -- 42-31
H – T.Brown 84 yard kickoff return (Cervantes kick) 1:42 -- 42-38
|Team Statistics:||Glendale||LA Harbor|
|First Downs||23 (6 pass; 15 run; 2 pen)||24 (12 pass; 8 run; 4 pen)|
|Rushes - Yards||44-319||29-171|
|Comp - Att - Int||10-19-0||20-34-1|
|Sacks - Yards||5-32||1-7|
|Fumbles - Lost||4-1||3-1|
|Penalties - Yards||9-66||9-93|
|Time of Possession||30:44||29:16|
G: 22-Berroud 18-121, 8-Parker 7-111, 4-Tyler 12-60, 2-Riley 1-14, 6-J.Smith
1-9, 7-Freeman 4-5, team 1-(-1)
H: 14-Harris 18-172, 8-Judd 10-1, 10-Flynn 1-(-2)
G: 8-Parker 8-15-0-126; 7-Freeman 2-4-0-58, 1 TD
H: 8-Judd 19-31-0-169, 3 TDs; 10-Flynn 1-3-1-3
G: 2-Riley 3-82, 46-Mazal 3-47, 5-Fields 2-48, 45-Zubia 1-4, 9-Elize 1-3
H: 2-T.Brown 5-41, 5-Taylor 4-51, 81-A.Williams 4-23, 4-C.Smith 3-22, 15-Nasouf 2-15, 84-Phillips 1-12, 87-Grant 1-8
G: 41-Zelaya 4-42.5 avg
H: 82-Whitcher 4-36.8 avg
G: 2-Riley 2-44, 52-Gonzalez 2-0, 4-Tyler 1-22, 34-Shorts 1-7
H: 2-T.Brown 5-221, 32-Juarez 1-22, 29-Ahsoon 1-10
G: 11-Jones 2-30
H: 2-T.Brown 1-12
G: 18-Moore 1-0
G: 65-Walker 2-8, 48-Selico 1-11, 54-Patin 1-10, 51-Kasbarian 1-3
H: 88-Hollyfield 1-7
Glendale entered 1-5 while Harbor entered 3-3, #20 in South. Parker started and played 1st, 3rd and 4th qtrs at QB for Glendale; Freeman played 2nd qtr. Flynn played 3 series for LAHC in 2nd qtr – they ended in a fumble, an int and a punt. Selico sacked Judd to stop Harbor's potential go-ahead drive; Parker scored on the next play. Elize rec. the onsides kick by Harbor after their last TD. Moore recovered Riley's fumble on the kickoff following Harbor's FG.