Two weeks ago, the Cerritos College football team took advantage of five Santa Ana turnovers to come away with a 36-27 win. Last Saturday against College of the Canyons, the Falcons were their own worst enemy, as they fumbled the ball away to enable the Cougars to post a 36-33 overtime win. The loss drops Cerritos to 4-1, as they enter Mission Conference Northern Division action this Saturday against El Camino. The Falcons will host the Warriors at 7:00 p.m., which will also be the school's annual Homecoming Game.
Freshman kicker Adam Sonntag (Long Beach Millikan) booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game at 33-33, sending it into overtime. The rules of overtime are both teams get the ball at their opposition's 25-yard line. If both teams score touchdowns or if both teams score field goals, they move to the next overtime. The game is decided when one team outscores the other in their overtime.
Cerritos took possession of the ball in the first overtime. After driving down to the Cougar 4-yard line, freshman running back Josh Herrera (La Habra) fumbled the ball, with Maurice Hart recovering the ball for Canyons. All the Cougars would need to do is score on their possession and they would win the game. After driving down to the Falcon 1-yard line, kicker Tom Garagliano converted an 18-yard field goal for the win.
Leading 30-26 with less than 5:00 remaining in the game, the Falcons appeared to be driving for a score. But on third and six at the Cougar 47-yard line, sophomore quarterback Mike Harrison (Mayfair) fumbled the snap and Canyons linebacker Joey LaPorte covered up the ball.
The Cougars went on to take the lead, as they drove 47 yards on eight plays for a touchdown. That led to Sonntag's game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. On that drive, Harrison led the team 80 yards in 1:30, and connected with freshman wide receiver Andrew Harris (Long Beach Poly) three times for 34 yards.
The Falcons opened the scoring on the day when Harrison found a wide open Herrera along the sidelines and teamed up for a 69-yard scoring strike. On the play, Herrera went in motion but was not picked up and went untouched into the end zone. The Cougars came back in the quarter when quarterback Kyle Bauer found Jamall Broussard had run past the Falcon secondary for a 60-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Chris Chatman (Tustin), who returned a kickoff for a touchdown last year, repeated the effort. He took the kickoff fr4om three yards deep in the end zone and raced through both teams for a 100-yard touchdown. Sonntag kicked the extra point and the Falcons led, 14-6.
Canyons took an 18-14 lead with 1:25 left in the first half after they scored their second consecutive touchdown. But on the two-point conversion attempt, Bauer was intercepted by freshman Londell Ramsey (John Muir), who raced 99 yards for a two-point extra point return to trim the deficit to 18-16.
Although they were down by just two points, the Falcon offense had been held in check by the Cougar defense. Cerritos had just two yards rushing and 94 total yards, while College of the Canyons had amassed 169 yards of total offense.
The Falcon offense came to life in the third quarter, as turned a Cougar fumble into a 13-yard scoring pass from Harrison to freshman tight end Fausto Gonzalez (St. Paul). The fumble came on a punt by freshman Scott Mackay (Kennedy), with freshman Jason DeBerg (Cerritos)
coming up with the ball at the Cougar 36-yard line. Four plays later, the Falcons regained the lead after the touchdown and two point conversion.
Sophomore linebackers John Lopez (St. Paul) and Philip Perry (Lakewood) led a defense that stiffened in the second half and forced the Cougars to punt the ball away on their next possession. Taking over at their own 35-yard line, Harrison led the team 65 yards on seven plays and culminated the drive with a 19-yard scoring strike to Harris. After the catch, Harris was able to break free from Hart at the 16-yard line and ran into the end zone.
But it was the turnovers in the latter part of the game that allowed the Cougars to come back and eventually win the game. The loss will knock the Falcons from the top spot in Southern California and will severely hurt their chances at playing for the Southern California championship.
On the day, Harrison completed 16-of-27 for 214 yards and three touchdowns. It marks the second week in a row he has thrown for three touchdowns in a game. Herrera finished the game with 73 yards on 15 carries, while he also caught three passes for 85 yards. Harris led the team with five receptions for 68 yards and a score.
Sophomore linebacker Rajaee Barnett (Downey) led the team with 10 tackles on the day, while Lopez and Perry finished with eight each. Sophomore defensive tackle Joe Oniwar (Bellflower) had seven tackles, while sophomore defensive end Chris Eagen (Pacifica) finished with four quarterback hurries to go along with his four stops.
COC: Jamall Broussard 60yd pass from Kyle Bauer (Kick Failed) 6:13 1st
CERR: Chris Chatman 100yd kickoff return (Adam Sonntag kick) 5:45 1st
COC: Leon Pinky 11yd pass from Kyle Bauer (Pass Failed) 5:17 2nd
COC: Marquis Brignac 1yd run (Pass Failed) 1:25 2nd
CERR: Londell Ramsey extra point return 1:25 2nd
CERR: Fausto Gonzalez 13yd pass from Mike Harrison 12:09 3rd
(Jermaine Whiten pass from Mike Harrison)
CERR: Andrew Harris 19yd pass from Mike Harrison (Pass Failed) 6:25 3rd
COC: Marquis Brignac 3yd run (Stephen Stokes pass from Kyle Bauer) :27 3rd
COC: Marquis Brignac 6yd run (Tom Garagliano kick) 1:37 4th
CERR: Adam Sonntag 37yd FG :00 4th
COC: Tom Garagliano 18yd FG 1st OT
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