Cerritos Falcons Top El Camino

The Cerritos Falcons used an efficient offense and a handful of big plays to get past El Camino on October 20th, 41-31. Mike Harrison completed his first 10 pass attempts and went 13 of 18 on the night to lead the Falcons to the win. Cerritos scored touchdowns on 5 of their first 7 offensive possessions and did not commit a turnover.

El Camino got the best of many of the statistics, and the Warriors' RB Alvin Marshall had a spectacular game.  El Camino generated 484 yards of total offense, highlighted by Marshall's 150 yards rushing and 102 yards receiving on 5 catches.  Marshall also returned 5 kickoffs for 111 yards to finish the night with 365 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns.  QB Ryan Gilbert went 17 of 29 for 269 yards and a TD.

Cerritos' secret to success in this game was their ability to make the key play at key times.  The Falcons' offense rolled up 328 yards on the night, and they had just one running play longer than 9 yards.  But they cashed in on their opportunities and used long, time-consuming drives to keep the ball out of Marshall's hands. 

And then there were the three big plays for Cerritos.  El Camino had just kicked a FG to narrow the Falcons' lead to 7-3 early in the 2nd quarter when the first one happened:  Jermaine Whiten returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards.  Josh Herrera scored from a yard out less than 3 minutes later to give Cerritos a 14-3 lead.  The second was an 86-yard pass from Harrison to Chris Chatman with 8 seconds left in the 3rd quarter to give Cerritos a 34-24 edge entering the final quarter.  And the third was Philip Perry's interception and 67-yard touchdown return in the 4th quarter to make it 41-24 and seal the win for Cerritos.  That interception was the only turnover for either team in the game.

El Camino falls to 2-4 despite the heroics of RB Alvin Marshall, who topped the century mark in three different categories and scored the Warriors' first 3 touchdowns.  His 74-yard pass reception from Gilbert came one play after his  24-yard kickoff return.  His 18-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter brought El Camino to within striking distance at halftime and his third touchdown gave the Warriors a third-quarter lead.  Then his 62-yard run in the waning moments set up El Camino's final TD.  Marshall ended up with game-high totals in both rushing and receiving as well as touchdowns.

For Cerritos, QB Harrison finished with 257 yards on 13 of 18 and 2 TDs.  Chatman totalled 114 yards on his 3 catches.  TE Fausto Gonzalez, who scored the Falcons' first TD on a pass from Harrison, had a team-best 4 catches.  DE Chris Eagen had both of Cerritos' QB sacks.  The Falcons move to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in conference with this win.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
C – Gonzalez 16 yd pass from Harrison (Sonntag kick) 6:25 - 7-0

2nd Quarter:
EC – FG Gardener 31 yds 14:55 -  7-3
C – Herrera 2 yd run (Sonntag kick) 8:43 - 14-3
EC – Marshall 74 yd pass from Gilbert (Gardener kick) 11:50 - 14-10
C – Herrera 1 yd run (Sonntag kick) 8:43 - 21-10
EC – Marshall 18 yd run (Gardener kick) 6:3621-17

3rd Quarter:
EC – Marshall 1 yd run (Gardener kick) 9:13 - 21-24
C – Whiten 2 yd run (Sonntag kick) 4:20 - 28-24
C – Chatman 86 yd pass from Harrison (kick wide left) 0:0834-24

4th Quarter:
C – Perry 67 yd interception return (Sonntag kick) 9:01 - 41-24
EC – D.Harris 7 yd pass from Venters (Gardener kick) 0:17  - 41-31

Individual Stats:

Rushing:
CC:
  40-Herrera 14-41, 30-Whiten 7-34, 27-Denis 5-11, 15-G.DeBerg 2-(-4), 2-Harrison 2-(-11)
ECC:  24-Marshall 16-150, 41-Jones 10-47, 8-Denny 7-22, 16-Gilbert 2-(-15)

Passing:
CC:  2-M.Harrison 13-18-0-257, 2 TDs
ECC:  16-Gilbert 17-29-1-269, 1 TD; 12-Venters 2-2-0-11, 1 TD

Receiving:
CC:  87-Gonzalez 4-62, 4-Chatman 3-114, 7-Raphiel 2-42, 30-Whiten 1-23, 81-R.Lee 1-9, 40-Herrera 1-4, 33-Bulrice 1-3
ECC:  24-Marshall 5-102, 9-Crenshaw 3-43, 5-Bishop 3-32, 8-Denny 3-18, 82-Lewis 2-18, 19-Ralls 1-46, 41-Jones 1-14, 20-D.Harris 1-7

Punters:
CC:
  39-Mackay 4-42.5 avg; 2-Harrison 1-17 (quick kick)
ECC:  35-Licon 3-33.7 avg

Kick Ret:
CC:  30-Whiten 4-134, 4-Chatman 1-21, 38-Lowen 1-0 (att onsides)
ECC:  24-Marshall 5-113, 20-D.Harris 1-0, (comb) Harris to Marshall 1-6

Punt Ret:
CC:  8-A.Harris 1-8 ECC:  9-Crenshaw 2-3

Int-Ret Yds: CC:  9-Perry 1-67             

Sacks: CC:  45-Eagen 2 ECC:  85-Maier, 90-Solomona

Missed FG: ECC:  14-Gardener 35 yds (blocked)

Notes:
Cerritos
entered 4-1, t-#5 in South, #14 in nation.  El Camino entered 2-3, #17 in South. Harrison connected on his 1st 10 passes and was 10 of 11 in the 1st half.  Cerritos scored TDs on 3 of 4 1st half possessions and 5 of their 1st 7 possessions.  Marshall did all the damage on El Camino's 1st TD with a 24-yard kickoff return followed by the 74-yard pass reception for the score.  Marshall also had a 62-yard run to set up the final score.  Cerritos' 2nd TD followed a 69-yard kickoff return by Whiten. 

Team Statistics: Cerritos El Camino
First Downs 17 (10 pass; 4 run; 3 pen) 25 (10 pass; 12 run 3 pen)
Rushes - Yards 30-71 35-204                    
Passing Yards 257 280
Comp - Att - Int 13-18-0 19-31-1
Return Yards 230 120
Sacks - Yards 2-15 2-11
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-0
Penalties - Yards 13-116 11-85
Time of Possession 27:54 32:06      

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