With 12 seconds remaining, Matt Resquer (Troy HS) sealed the win for the Dons
when he knocked downs Jeff Krieger's fourth down pass that was intended for B.
J. Vickers at the Santa Ana 30-yard line. After starting their final possession
at their own 15 yard line with just 43 seconds remaining, the Corsairs quickly
moved the ball to their own 43-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
SAC and SMC combined for 1,030 yards of offense and 146 plays from scrimmage in the three-hour, 21-minute shootout. The Dons finished with 447 total yards (299 rushing, 143 passing) while the Corsairs amassed 583 yards (309 rushing, 274 passing).
After four lead changes in the first half, Johnson's gave the Dons the lead for good on his first of two touchdowns, a 35-yard run, that put Santa Ana ahead, 24-20, with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter. The former Newport Harbor-product added a 33-yard scoring run at the 6:59 mark of the their quarter to give the Dons an eight-point lead, 34-26.
The Dons' also got touchdown runs from freshman quarterback Daniel Morales (La Habra HS), a five-yard run in the first quarter, and Donnell Johnson (Savanna HS), a two-yard run in the fourth quarter that capped the Dons' scoring. Morales, who completed 15 of his 26 passes for 143 yards, also threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Joe Monsoor (Garden Grove HS) while Donnell Johnson finished with 41 yards on nine carries.
Santa Ana won the battle of the kicking game as freshman Curtis Gladden (Pacifica HS) out dueled the Corsairs' Fernando Camargo. Gladden was 5-for-5 on his PATs and connected on two of his three field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder early in the second quarter. He also drilled a 28-yard field goal on the Dons' first possession of the second half to give Santa Ana the lead for good at 27-26. Camargo was 2-for-3 on PAT attempts and missed on his only PAT passing attempt.
Santa Monica was led by Krieger who completed 17 of 31 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns and B. J. Vickers who finished with 181 all-purpose yards. Vickers caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and rushed two times for 66 yards and another score. Maurice Little was the Corsairs top rusher with 125 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.
Next: Santa Ana will face Long Beach City College (0-2) in the first of three games against teams from the American Division of the Mission Conference on Saturday, September 18 at 1 p.m. The Santa Ana-Long Beach City game will be played at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium instead of Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach because of field renovations going on at the facility. Cerritos College is located at 11110 E. Alondra Blvd. in Norwalk, CA.