Chaffey completes perfect Foothill
Conference with win at Mt. San Jacinto
SAN JACINTO—Chaffey College used a stifling defense to win, 27-7 at Mt. San Jacinto Saturday and complete a perfect Foothill Conference season. With the win the Panthers clinched a No. 1 spot in hosting the Southern California Bowl on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. and also won their 13th straight game, dating back to last season.
"It's very gratifying to do it, because this won't happen every year," said Chaffey coach Carl Beach. "It's a culmination of hard work, especially with our sophomores. We also got a great effort from our coaching staff."
In Beach's high school coaching career he's had teams that won 10 games, but said there's no comparison.
"This is a lot more meaningful with a chance to go to the state championship," said Beach.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead with 9:41 left in the first quarter as Zack Bussey kicked a 39-yard field goal.
Chaffey (10-0, 8-0) increased its lead to 10-0 with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter. Panthers quarterback Jeff Disney completed a pass over the middle to wideout Jeremiah Cockheran who dragged a defensive back into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.
Bussey booted a 21-yard field goal with 9:09 left in the second quarter to increase the Panthers lead to 13-0. Greg Wilson intercepted an Eagles pass and returned the ball up the left sideline to the Eagles 5 to set up the score.
Chaffey wasted little time in padding its lead to 20-0 to start the third quarter. Disney hooked up with Lamar Anderson, who caught the ball over his shoulder and sprinted 69 yards for a touchdown on the right sideline with 13:05 left in the third quarter.
With a 20-point lead Beach said he was comfortable the Eagles wouldn't be able to mount a comeback.
"We put them in poor field position," said Beach. "Mt. San Jacinto doesn't have the athletes or weapons to be a quick-strike offense."
Throughout the game the Panthers played stellar defense and their punts kept the Eagles pinned deep in their own territory. Chaffey looked poised to post its first shutout of the season until lightning struck with 4:35 left in the game. Mt. San Jacinto's Baris Banks returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 20-7.
"The defense prepared really well for the game," said Beach. "We rehearsed what they do the best and keyed on their motion sets. We were all over it."
Chaffey responded by fielding the onside kick and marching 50 yards in eight rushing plays for a touchdown. Andrae Perry bulled in from 2 yards out with 1:12 left in the game to give the Panthers a 27-7 lead.
Beach said the Panthers offensive linemen eventually wore down the Eagles, leading to the last touchdown. It wasn't hard for the Panthers to move the ball, but they did drop a few passes.
CHAFFEY 27, MT. SAN JACINTO 7
Chaffey 10 3 7 7 - 27
Mt. San Jacinto 0 0 0 7 - 7
Chaffey – Bussey FG 39
Chaffey – Cockheran 15 pass from Disney (Palmer kick)
Chaffey – Bussey FG 21
Chaffey – Anderson 69 pass from Disney (Palmer kick)
Mt. San Jacinto – Banks 54 punt return (Hysen kick)
Chaffey – Perry 2 run (Bussey kick)
RUSHING: Chaffey, Perry 17-75, Bogarin 9-52, Disney 5-22, Hudspeth 3-3;
Mt. San Jacinto, C. Gainey 10-49, Spina 8-28, Bokoski 7-23, DeNardo
4-15, King 1-2.
PASSING: Chaffey, Disney 18-34-1-200; Mt. San Jacinto, DeNardo
6-28-2-30, B. Johnson 1-1-0-16.
RECEIVING: Chaffey, Anderson 5-117, Cockheran 6-33, Allen 4-24, Madison
2-17, King 1-9; Mt. San Jacinto, B. Johnson 5-32, Gibson 1-16, C. Gainey