Canyons Beats Hancock

The College of the Canyons Cougars scored the game's first 17 points and the game's last 17 points to defeat the Allan Hancock Bulldogs October 27th at COC. J.J. Arrington led the Cougar offense with 76 yards rushing and 2 TDs, and the COC defense held tough on a key 4th down goal-line stand as the Cougars moved to 4-0 in the Division and 6-1 overall.

The first quarter was a complete disaster for Hancock.  Their first possession of the night ended with a fumble, the first of three first-quarter turnovers.  Arrington scored the game's first TD 4 plays later from 2 yards out.  After a 3-and-out and a punt, AHC watched Kyle Bauer hit Jamall Broussard with a 22-yard TD pass to make it 14-0 Canyons.  Then came another AHC fumble followed by a 37-yard FG by Tom Garagliano, which made it 17-0.  Then came an interception.  The total damage in the first quarter for Hancock was 3 turnovers, 6 penalties including 3 pass interference calls, just 1 first down and a 17-point deficit.

But the Cougars suddenly had trouble of their own when Bauer injured his ankle on a reverse play.  Bauer missed just the next play plus the next series before re-entering the game, but re-injured the ankle when he was hit after releasing a pass.  He left the game for good after that, watching the second half on crutches from the sideline.  That put Jimbo Thomson, the pre-season #3 QB, into the game for COC.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs unveiled a new running back:  Michael Gaddy.  Behind Gaddy's powerful running and the AHC defense, the Bulldogs fought their way back into the game.  Just before halftime, Gaddy scored from 4 yards out to close the gap to 17-7.  Then Gaddy brought AHC even closer when he scored from 9 yards out late in the third quarter to make it 17-14. 

COC was having trouble moving the ball, and when a Thomson pass was deflected at the line by William Bell and into the hands of Sergio Barajas, the Bulldogs got their chance.  AHC drove deep into Cougar territory, threatening to take the lead.

But the COC defense made the key play.  QB Ray Medina was stopped at the COC 1 yard line to bring up a 4th and goal.  AHC gave the ball to Gaddy, but the Cougars held firm and pushed him back to the 2 and gave the ball back to the Cougar offense.

COC had an anxious moment on the very next play as Arrington lost the ball, but QB Thomson recovered at the 5.  Then on the next play, Thomson hit WR Chris Chestnut for a 23-yard gain to get the Cougars some breathing room.  The drive became a 98-yard scoring drive when J.J. Arrington burst through the line from 59 yards out to score, making it 24-14 Canyons.

Hancock still had over 8 minutes left, but their next drive stalled at the 50.  COC took over on downs, and after a 31-yard pass from Thomson to Broussard, Garagliano kicked a 36-yard FG to make it 27-14.  AHC attempted one more rally, but again turned the ball over on downs, this time at the Bulldog 19.  Two plays and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties later, Marquis Brignac scored from 3 yards out to finish the scoring at 34-14.

Entering the game, these were the two highest-ranked offenses in the WSC, both averaging nearly 400 yards of offense per game.  However, neither team mustered as many as 300 yards of offense.  AHC's Michael Gaddy had 145 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs to lead all rushers.  The COC RB-by-committee of Arrington, Brignac and Major Caldwell combined for 179 yds on 30 carries and 3 TDs.  Ray Medina, starting at QB for Hancock in place of Ryan Canfield, went 12 of 26 for 133 yds and an interception.  Jimbo Thomson, who took over for Bauer early in the 2nd quarter, went just 6 of 10 for 79 yards but had 2 key completions and a very important fumble recovery.  AHC's Jermaine Moore led all receivers with 7 catches for 89 yards.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
COC – Arrington 2 yd run (Garagliano kick) 12:10 - 7-0
COC – Broussard 22 yd pass from Bauer (Garagliano kick) 5:17 - 14-0
COC – FG Garagliano 37 yds 2:5017-0

2nd Quarter:
AHC – Geddy 4 yd run (Sarubbi kick) 0:41 - 17-7

3rd Quarter:
AHC – Geddy 9 yd run (Sarubbi kick) 3:10 - 17-14

4th Quarter:
COC – Arrington 59 yd run (Garagliano kick) 8:23 - 24-14
COC – FG Garagliano 36 yds 4:2527-14
COC – Brignac 3 yd run (Garagliano kick) 1:5934-14

Individual Statistics:

COC:  30-Arrington 7-76, 3-Brignac 8-55, 9-Caldwell 15-48, 2-C.Thompson 1-1, 10-Bauer 1-(-6), 16-Thomson 4-(-15)
AHC:  17-Gaddy 20-145, 34-Nickelson 14-50, 6-Matheny 5-24, 32-Woods 2-3, 11-Medina 4-(-4)

COC:  16-Thomson 6-10-1-79; 10-Bauer 2-6-0-31, 1 TD
AHC:  11-Medina 12-26-1-133

COC:  4-Broussard 4-70, 8-Chestnut 2-24, 2-C.Thompson 2-16
AHC:  5-Moore 7-89, 13-Clark 2-31, 83-Vidal 1-9, 1-Miranda 1-8, 17-Gaddy 1-(-4)

COC:  11-Daily 4-37.0 avg  AHC:  96-Coleman 2-30.5 avg

Kick Ret:
COC:  24-Menjivar 1-14, 2-C.Thompson 1-8, 52-R.Garcia 1-0
AHC:  3-T.Jackson 3-75, 5-Moore 1-16

Punt Ret:
None  AHC:  1-Miranda 2-17                   

Int-Ret Yds:
COC:  1-McCardle 1-0  AHC:  22-Barajas 1-3

Fum Rec-Ret Yds:
COC:  48-Curiel 1-0, 33-Faleofa 1-5            

COC:  44-Davey ½, 45-Endermann ½
AHC:  59-Sagapolutele 2, 8-Hamman, 4-Holmes

Missed FG:
AHC:  94-Sarubbi 31  yds (wide left)

Both teams entered 3-0 in Division.  COC ent. 5-1, ranked #7 South, #11 Calif and #13 nationally.  AHC ent. 4-2, # 11 South, #19 Calif.  Bauer started at QB for COC but inj his left ankle on C.Thompson's reverse.  He returned briefly but reinjured it and did not return.  Nickelson inj his ankle on final play of 3rd qtr.  AHC had horrible 1st qtr – 3 turnovers, 6 pens incl 3 PI, just 1 1st down and trailed 17-0.  AHC fumbled on 1st drive – COC recovered and drove for their 1st TD.  But AHC almost made it back – after Barajas' int AHC drove to the COC 1 where Gaddy was stopped on 4th and goal.  COC fumbled on next play bu QB Thomson recovered.  The drive continued, culminating with Broussard's long TD run.  Lloyd tipped the pass McCardle intercepted.  Bell tipped the pass Barajas intercepted.  AHC regular QB Canfield dnp due to inj.  Then again COC 1st string QB Winn is out as well.

Team Statistics:

Team Statistics:  Canyons  Allan Hancock
First Downs  17 (8 run; 4 pass; 5 pen)  20 (11 run; 8 pass; 1 pen)
Rushes - Yards  36-159  45-218
Passing Yards  110  133
Comp - Att - Int  8-16-1  12-26-1
Return Yards  27  111
Sacks - Yards  1-5  4-22
Fumbles - Lost  1-0  3-2
Penalties - Yards  7-60  13-108
Time of Possession  28:31  31:29

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