FALCONS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SANTA ANA MISCUES
The Cerritos College football team took advantage of five Santa Ana turnovers and converted them into two touchdowns and a safety to help propel them to a 36-27 Mission Conference win last Saturday. With the victory, the Falcons, rated #1 in Southern California, are now 4-0 on the year, while the Dons fell to 2-3.
This Saturday, Cerritos will play their rescheduled game against College of the Canyons at 1:00 p.m. in Valencia. After dropping their first game to Santa Ana, Canyons has put together three solid wins, including a 65-31 win over Santa Monica over the weekend. It was the second straight week the Cougars scored over 60 points.
After allowing the Dons to score on their opening drive, the Falcons responded with a four-play, 43-yard drive, which was set up after a 47-yard kickoff return by sophomore Chris Chatman (Tustin). Freshman running back Josh Herrera (La Habra) rushed twice for 19 yards on the drive, before freshman running back Jermaine Whiten (Cerritos) took it the final nine yards for the score. On the extra point attempt, freshman quarterback Glenn DeBerg (Cerritos) threw to freshman running back Karim Lowen (Vic, British Columbia, Canada) for a two-point conversion.
Cerritos extended their lead to 15-7 on their next possession when sophomore quarterback Mike Harrison (Mayfair) drove the team 80 yards in nine plays. He connected with freshman wide receiver Andrew Harris (Long Beach Poly) from nine yards out for a touchdown. The lead was extended to 21-7 after Harrison teamed with sophomore Jason McMillan (Fremont) for a 43-yard score with 11:22 left in the half.
The Dons, who were led by running back Brandon Fischer's 177 rushing yards, broke several tackles for a 42-yard touchdown on their next possession. Once again, the Falcons would not be stopped, as they drove downfield into field goal range. But Sonntag's 39-yard attempt hit the left post and Cerritos was turned away.
With less than 4:00 left in the first half, sophomore linebacker John Lopez (St. Paul) scooped up a Fischer fumble and went 19 yards untouched for a touchdown, which swelled the Falcon lead to 27-14. It was the second fumble of the game and year for Fischer.
After Santa Ana closed the game to within 27-21 with a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Brent West, Harrison was intercepted at the Dons four-yard line by Jesse Romeo. The Falcon defense stiffened and forced the Dons to try and punt the ball from their own end zone.
The ball was snapped low to punter Josh Raphael, who attempted to pick up the ball but was tackled in the end zone by sophomore Jermaine Lee (Ramapo, NY). The ball rolled out of the back of the end zone and the Falcons were awarded a safety and 29-21 lead.
Santa Ana then kicked the ball away to Cerritos, and they proceeded to go on a seven-play 43-yard drive, culminated with a 35-yard scoring strike from Harrison to Chatman. The Falcons appeared to line up for a pooch punt, but Harrison found a streaking Chatman along the sidelines for the score.
Harrison finished the game 17-of-35 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, while Chatman led all receivers with six catches for 97 yards. Freshman tight end Fausto Gonzalez (St. Paul) caught four passes for 81 yards on the day. Herrera led the team with 112 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Whiten added 33 rushing yards and 124 kickoff yards on three returns. He had an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown negated by a penalty.
Lopez finished the game with 13 tackles, to go along with his fumble recovery, while sophomore free safety Charles Allgood (Washington) added eight stops and a knock down. The defensive line was anchored by sophomores Chris Eagen (Pacifica) and Joe Oniwar (Bellflower), who had seven stops apiece. Eagen also added two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.