Raiders Rule Monday Night

Just like the old Oakland Raiders, the Moorpark Raiders were at their best on Monday night in a resounding 40-0 win over Ventura. The game was postponed 2 days and moved from Moorpark to College of the Canyons in Valencia due to the fires near Moorpark College, necessitating a rare Monday night game on October 27th.

Moorpark dominated in every facet of the game. QB Grant Eve completed 13 of 16 passes for 181 yds and a TD, and also ran for 2 TDs. And WR Cedric Carmel had a huge game with 7 catches for 113 yds. But the defense was just as impressive, holding Ventura to just 44 yds of offense, 7 first downs and of course zero points. And Moorpark's special teams were outstanding as well, with Joe Shumpert setting up Moorpark's first 2 TDs with punt returns that got the ball into Ventura territory, and kicker Mauricio Carranza regularly booming kickoffs into the end zone and also connecting on a 41-yd field goal. Plus, the Raiders blocked both a punt and a field goal.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, though Moorpark drove to the Ventura 4 on their second possession of the night. The big play was a 26-yd pass from Eve to Carmel, which got the ball to the Pirate 7. However, the drive stalled at the 4, and Josh Levine's 22-yd field goal attempt sailed wide right, keeping it 0-0.

Ventura got the next scoring chance after a short punt. Under a fierce rush, Moorpark punter Troy Krill was fortunate to get the punt away (and it might have been deflected by Ventura's Calvin Howell) and it traveled just 23 yds to the Raider 37. But Ventura managed just 5 yds on 3 plays and had to settle for a long field goal attempt by John Koker, which was blocked by Moorpark's Andre Morgan, keeping the game scoreless.

Moorpark then drove the ball 44 yds on 10 plays to get into field goal range at the Ventura 17, and Levine came on to try a 34-yd kick. But Ventura's Victor Barrios blocked the attempt, once again keeping the score 0-0.

But the Ventura offense was still unable to move the ball, and soon enough Moorpark started taking advantage. Ventura gained just 1 yd on three plays, and punted. The punt traveled 39 yds, but Raider returner Joe Shumpert returned the ball 16 yds to the Ventura 48. Then came a 19-yd pass from Eve to Carmel that got the ball to the 29, followed by a 12-yd run by Eve that got it to the 17. When Moorpark faced a 3rd and 6 moments later, Eve found Carmel for a 7-yd catch and a first-and-goal from the 6. Three plays later, Eve scored on a 1-yd sneak, breaking the scoreless tie and giving Moorpark all the points it would need.

When Ventura got the ball back, they were again unable to move the ball and once again had to punt. And once again, Shumpert took the kick and returned it into Pirate territory, with his 21-yd return getting the ball to the 44. A 14-yd pass from Eve to Carmel got the Raiders to the 30, and then Eve completed passes to Jose Cabulong (12 yds) and Jose Napoleon (13 yds) to get it to the 5. Two plays later, RB Greg Morris scored on a 2-yd run to make it 14-0 with 22 seconds left before halftime.

Following another touchback, Ventura ran a single play with RB Aaron Brown gaining 5 yds on a run. The main significance of that was that his 5 yds gave Ventura a net of plus-1 yd of offense for the first half.

Ventura took the second half kickoff and gained one first down, but then had to punt. Though the ball came to rest at the Moorpark 13, this time the Raiders didn't need good field position to score as they embarked on a 7-minute, 13-play, 87-yd drive. A 7-yd pass from Eve to Morris was the scoring play, making it 21-0 with 5:28 left in the third quarter.

Then things got worse for Ventura when LB Chris Peapea and DL Floyd Wright combined to sack Pirate QB Jack Swisher and knocked the ball loose in the process. Jose Rodriguez recovered for the Raiders at the Ventura 17. Four plays later, Eve scored his 2nd TD of the night, again on a 1-yd sneak, to make it 28-0.

In the 4th quarter, Moorpark extended its lead on a 1-yd TD run by FB Chad Henley, which came after Cody MacArthur recovered a on from a muffed punt. On Ventura's next possession, a bad snap sailed over the head of punter John Koker. He tracked down the ball and tried to get a kick away, but it was blocked. Moorpark had a chance to recover the ball in the end zone, but couldn't come up with the ball, sending it over the end line for a safety. Following the free kick, Moorpark drove to the Ventura 5. But a 3-yd loss on a running play, followed by a 16-yd sack by Ventura's Luke Pyle, forced Moorpark back to the 24. On came Carranza, who kicked a 41-yd field goal on a kick that had plenty of room to spare. That made it 40-0.

Ventura threatened to erase the zero from the scoreboard on its last drive behind backup QB Ben Stensland. A 15-yd run by RB Ike Njoku, a pass interference penalty and a 7-yd pass from Stensland to Corey Ford got the ball to the 25. Koker came on to try a 42-yd field goal with 1 second left, but his kick was wide left, giving the Raiders the shutout.

With the win, Moorpark not only goes to 4-0 in the WSC-North, but they claim the Citrus Cup, symbolic of football supremacy between the Ventura County Colleges. Ventura falls to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the division.


Moorpark ent 3-3, #19 South, 3-0 in WSC-North; Ventura ent. 4-2, #14, 2-1 WSC-N. This game was scheduled for 10/25 @ Moorpark but was moved due to fires. 20-Howell may have partially deflected one of Krill's punts (went for 23 yds). Moorpark's 1st 4 drives ended with 2 punts and 2 unsuccessful FGAs, but their next 4 ended with TDs.

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