was the workhorse for the Vaqueros, carrying the ball 43 times.
He ended up with 163 of Glendale's 264 yards on the ground and
scored 2 TDs. The running
game enabled Glendale to control the time of possession, and they were
able to hold the ball for 37:38 on the day.
QB Joe Kroells went 12 of 19 for 150 yards and a TD passing and
also ran for 45 yards and a TD. WR
Michael Bautista hauled in 7 catches for 94 yards and a score to lead
all receivers. Other
Glendale heroes included LB Rainest Crawford, who returned an
interception 26 yards for a TD and RB/WR Wes Jones, who rolled up 160
all-purpose yards. QB Chad
Metlak led the way for the Pirates, going 15 of 22 for 205 yards and 4
TDs. Two of the TD passes
were to WR Aaron Neal, whose 5 catches led Ventura receivers.
Denny Fields carried just 3 times but ended up leading Ventura
with 34 yards on those 3 carries.
The first half featured long
scoring drives and lots of offense.
Glendale took the opening kickoff and drove for a TD.
That took 13 plays and 5:52.
Ventura answered back when Russell Patton wrestled a Metlak pass
away from a Vaquero defender and raced down the right sideline for a
73-yard scoring play just over a minute later.
But then Glendale used another long scoring drive, this one 9
plays and 3:33, to take the lead 14-7.
Aaron Neal caught the first of his 2 TD passes on the first play
of the 2nd quarter, though the XPA hit the post to leave
Glendale ahead, 14-13. Bautista
hauled in a 12-yard pass from Kroells to give Glendale a 21-13 lead, but
Ventura answered back with just 32 seconds left in the half on a 6-yard
pass from Metlak to Derrick Smith.
Metlak passed to Julian Santiago for the 2-point conversion to
tie the score at 21.
In all, the two teams
combined for 461 yards of offense, 30 first downs, 6 touchdowns and just
7 imcomplete passes in the first half.
And each team had just 4 possessions, not including Glendale's
52-second possession at the end of the half.
Neither team punted in the first half.
But after all that the score was still tied.
The second half began much
differently as each team had a 3-and-out followed by a punt.
Then Glendale's Crawford stepped in front of a Ventura receiver
and made his big interception and return.
That gave Glendale a 28-21 lead.
But on the next Ventura possession, Neal caught a 4-yard pass
from Metlak to even the score once more.
Glendale took the lead for
good on a 23-yard FG by Wilbur Martinez with 37 seconds left in the 3rd
quarter. That came at the
end of yet another lengthy possession, this one consuming 7:39 off the
clock as the Glendale running game continued to pound away at the Pirate
defense. The FG made it
31-28 Glendale. After a
defensive stop forced a Ventura punt, the Vaquero running game went back
to work. Another long
drive, this one consuming 6:40, was culminated by Clayton's 4-yard run
to make it 38-28 with 5:27 left.
Ventura inserted QB Corey
Miles into the game at this point in an attempt to spark a rally, but
the strategy backfired when Todd Lawson picked off his first pass
attempt. Glendale ended up
punting but by the time Ventura got the ball back only 1:05 remained.
Then Miles was intercepted again, this time by Randy Beckmann,
and the Vaqueros had the win.
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