With their first test, Cerritos recorded a 32-28 non-conference win over Compton College at Falcon Stadium Saturday night. With the win, the team is now 1-1 on the season and will travel to Riverside next Saturday for a 5:00 p.m. contest.
Picking up the slack in the backfield was sophomore Bo Renaud (Loyola HS/Adams (CO) State), who rushed 14 times for 89 yards and one touchdown. Also providing some offensive punch was freshman Brian Campbell (Bellflower HS), who chipped in with 62 yards on nine carries.
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Cerritos responded with 19 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 19-7 lead into halftime. After Renaud scored the first touchdown, the Falcons marched to the Tartar five-yard line until sophomore quarterback Kevin Brown (El Modena HS/Fordham University) fumbled the snap and lost possession of the ball. The defense, led by sophomore linebacker Alfonso Auelua (Pacifica HS), who had nine tackles and an interception on the night, forced a punt. After Compton punter Randy Allen booted the ball of the side of his foot for a 10-yard punt, Cerritos had the ball at the Tartar 20-yard line.
Faced with third and 14 at the Compton 24-yard line, Brown connected with sophomore wide receiver Michael Chowtham (St. John Bosco HS/Redlands University) for a 20-yard completion. Then, on second and goal at the one, Brown hit freshman Dylan Campanale (Servite), who is listed as a linebacker but lined up as a tight end.
Prior to the end of the first half, Campbell broke off a 37-yard and a five-yard run, which set the ball at the Compton 31-yard line. Sophomore wide receiver David Nichols (Dominguez HS) then went up and over Compton defensive back Kevin Island for a 31-yard touchdown along the sidelines with just :59 seconds left.
Compton did make a third quarter surge, after recovering an onside kick to start the second half. But, sophomore kicker Craig James (St. Paul HS) made good on a 40-yard and 30-yard field goal to put the team up 25-20 early in the fourth quarter. The Falcons scored their final touchdown of the night when Brown threw his third touchdown pass. This time he connected with Chowtham from 16 yards out after an interception by freshman defensive back Devon Walker (Gahr HS) put the team deep in Tartar territory.
On the night, Brown connected on 10-of-20 passes for 157 yards, while Nichols and Chowtham each caught three passes. The defense had a bend-but-don't-break approach and came up with the big defensive play when needed.