Chaffey clinches Foothill Conference title

Chaffey claimed its stake of the Foothill Conference title Saturday with a 45-7 win over Desert as Jeff Disney ran for one touchdown and passed for another.

PALM DESERT—Chaffey claimed its stake of the Foothill Conference title
Saturday with a 45-7 win over Desert as Jeff Disney ran for one
touchdown and passed for another.

"It's a good reason to get my first conference title," said Chaffey wide receiver Jeremiah Cockheran. "That's the reason why I came to this school."

Chaffey (9-0, 7-0) struggled in the first half as the Panthers hung to a 10-7 lead with one minute left in the first half.  The Panthers took the lead for good, 3-0 on a 20-yard field goal by Zach Bussey with 6:59 left in the first quarter.  With 9:08 remaining in the second quarter the top-ranked Panthers extended their lead to 10-0 on a 2-yard dive up the middle by Andrae Perry.

Desert (2-7, 0-7) cut the Panthers lead to 10-7 with 3:04 left in the first half. Brian Merritt ran 1 yard off right tackle for the touchdown.  The Roadrunners covered 78 yards in 16 plays on the drive, but that was the last time they'd score.

"The last couple of games the defense has played really well," said Cockheran, who led the Panthers offense with three catches for 111 yards. "They keep the offense motivated."

Chaffey responded with its own touchdown with 57 seconds left in the second quarter to increase its lead to 17-7. Devon Hudspeth, carrying the ball three straight times, covered the final 10 yards on a sweep around the right corner as his spin move eluded the Roadrunners' cornerback.

Cockheran said he didn't know why the Panthers came out flat in the first half. It's not as if his teammates underestimated their opponent. They knew the Roadrunners had been in all their games except two.

"The coaches told us at halftime it wasn't a panic situation," said Cockheran. "Coach Bob Biaz told us we had the capability of scoring on every play. It was just a matter of time and being patient."

Artie Allen returned the second half kickoff 51 yards to give the Panthers a first down on the Roadrunners 42. Eight plays later John Bogarin rambled in from 2 yards out to give the Panthers a 24-7 lead with 10:52 left in the third quarter.

Panthers quarterbacks Disney and Rogers each for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Disney scored on a 10-yard bootleg around the right corner. Rogers, on a fourth-and-1 from the Roadrunners 19, kept the ball on a sneak up the middle and his offensive line escorted him into the end zone.

"Sooner or later the offensive line is going to wear down the defense," said Cockheran. "They're the heart and soul of this team."

Last year Chaffey started by reeling off six straight wins, but then lost two conference games in a row. This season the Panthers haven't had any letdowns and Cockheran said he knows the reason.

"We have great team unity this year and no one has a big head," said Cockheran. "To us, we haven't done anything yet. We still have to get by a dangerous Mt. San Jacinto team."


Chaffey   3  14  14  14  -  45
Desert     0    7    0    0   -   7

Chaffey – Bussey FG 20
Chaffey – Perry 2 run (Bussey kick)
Desert – Merritt 1 run (Fernandez kick)
Chaffey – Hudspeth 10 run (Bussey kick)
Chaffey – Bogarin 2 run (Bussey kick)
Chaffey – Allen 6 pass from Disney (Bussey kick)
Chaffey – Disney 10 run (Jon. Palmer kick)
Chaffey – Rogers 19 run (Bussey kick)

RUSHING: Chaffey, Perry 15-101, Hudspeth 14-71, Bogarin 9-42, Rogers
2-24, Disney 3-13, Baldwin 2-4; Desert, Merritt 25-88, Bunch 2-6,
Hawkins 1-6, Martinez 1-4, Reed 1-2, Wegener 7-(-12).

PASSING: Chaffey, Disney 8-17-1-158, Rogers 2-4-0-14; Desert, Wegener
7-25-1-135, Martinez 0-4-0-0.

RECEIVING: Chaffey, Cockheran 3-111, Allen 4-28, King 1-19, Costanzo
2-14; Desert, Guardado 5-109, John. Palmer 2-26.

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