Glendale Continues Rolling in Conference

The Glendale Vaqueros used a power running game to control the ball against Ventura on October 27th and won their 5th straight game, moving to 4-0 in the Division and a win closer to a showdown for the Division title vs. Bakersfield on November 10th.


Katrell Clayton 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.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
G – Kroells 4 yd run (Martinez kick) 9:08- 7-0
V – Patton 73 yd pass from Metlak (Howard kick) 7:43 - 7-7
G – Clayton 1 yd run (Martinez kick) 4:10 - 14-7

2nd Quarter:
V – Neal 11 yd pass from Metlak (kick hit right post) 14:54 - 14-13
G – Bautista 12 yd pass from Kroells (Martinez kick) 4:59 - 21-13
V – Smith 6 yd pass from Metlak (Santiago pass from Metlak) 0:3221-21

3rd Quarter:
G – Crawford 26 yd interception return (Martinez kick) 10:57 - 28-21
V – Neal 4 yd pass from Metlak (Howard kick) 8:16 - 28-28
G – FG Martinez 23 yds 0:37 - 31-28

4th Quarter:
G – Clayton 4 yd run (Martinez kick) 5:2738-28

Individual Statistics:

G:  5-K.Clayton 43-163, 22-W.Jones 9-56, 3-Kroells 11-45
V:  22-Fields 3-34, 10-Parker 9-32, 7-Lee 6-24, 18-Patton 3-12, 11-Metlak 5-11, 80-Sesay 1-5, 8-Miles 1-4, team 1-(-3)

:  3-Kroells 12-19-0-150, 1 TD
V:  11-Metlak 15-22-1-205, 4 TDs; 8-Miles 1-3-2-12

G:  12-Bautista 7-94, 44-Taylor 2-13, 4-Catchings 1-24, 22-W.Jones 1-13, 83-Baird 1-6
V:  82-Neal 5-50, 80-Sesay 4-36, 18-Patton 2-89, 1-Smith 2-13, 10-Parker 1-22, 7-Lee 1-4, 44-Hicks 1-3

G:  30-Overtruff 2-46.0 avg  V:  14-Howard 2-38.5 avg

Kick Ret:
G:  22-W.Jones 3-81, 18-Crawford 1-14, 65-Ruiz 1-0
V:  82-Neal 3-45, 1-Smith 2-37, 10-Parker 1-26

Punt Ret:
G:  22-W.Jones 1-10             

Int-Ret Yds:
G:  18-Crawford 1-26, 26-Lawson 1-0, 14-Beckmann 1-0 

Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
G:  28-Jordan 1-0  V:  10-Parker 1-7 (retained off. possession)                  

G:  59-Coronado, 14-Beckmann ½ , 64-Southern ½

Missed FG:
G:  36-Martinez 35 yds (wide left)

This is Glendale's 5th win in a row – they're now 5-2 overall, 4-0 in the Division.  The Vaqs entered ranked #13 in South.  Ventura drops to 2-5.  Glendale set the tone for the day with a 13-play, 5:52 TD drive on their opening possession.  The teams combined for 461 yds of total offense, 30 1st downs, 6 TDs, no punts and just 7 incomplete passes in the 1st half.  Patton inj ankle early 2nd qtr and did not return.  He had wrestled the ball away from a Glendale defender and ran another 50 yds down the sideline for his TD.  Miles replaced Metlak for Ventura's last 2 possessions, both of which ended with interceptions.  Parker picked up a bad snap 3 yds behind the line and advanced it for a 4-yd gain on his fumble recovery.

Team Statistics:  Glendale  Ventura
First Downs  30 (21 run; 9 pass)  22 (9 run; 10 pass; 3 pen)
Rushes - Yards  63-264  29-119            
Passing Yards  150  217
Comp - Att - Int  12-19-0  16-25-3
Return Yards  140  115
Sacks - Yards  2-11  0-0
Fumbles - Lost  1-0  2-1
Penalties - Yards  7-50  3-20
Time of Possession  37:38  22:22  



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