Long Beach can't capitalize on Grossmont turnovers

Grossmont College, ranked No. 2 in the state, fumbled the ball 10 times (lost five of them), and tossed three interceptions for eight turnovers. But their offense racked up 547 total yards and totaled 29 first downs in a strange 20-10 win over Long Beach City College on Saturday at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium.

The Vikings managed just 163 total yards, as the Griffins stuffed their rush attack by holding LBCC to only eight net yards on the ground.

Despite giving up such huge offensive numbers to Grossmont, the Viking defense made the big plays when it had to, forcing three fumbles, picking off three passes, and blocking two field goal attempts.

Sophomore strong safety Junior Taliauli (Poly) had a standout game, as he posted 11 tackles, had an interception, and forced a fumble. Freshman linebacker Antonio Steele (St. Peter Chanel, OH) totaled nine tackles and recovered a fumble.

Long Beach got on the scoreboard first in the contest, getting a career-long 46-yard field goal from sophomore Jeffrey Hastings (Poly HS) with 6:30 left in the opening quarter.

On the following possession, Grossmont running back Rajive Otah broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run to put the Griffins up 7-3 at the 5:17 mark.

The Griffins extended their lead in the third quarter, after running back Jarzelle Beeks scored on a five-yard run, giving Grossmont a 14-7 lead.

And in the fourth, the Griffins closed their scoring with a nine-yard Marques Clark touchdown reception from backup quarterback Reilly Murphy. Dan Zeidman's extra point kick sailed wide left, putting the Griffins up 20-3.

The Viking defense got its biggest play of the day with 6:59 left in the regulation. With Grossmont driving at midfield, running back Dupree Flanoid fumbled at the LBCC 44-yard line. Freshman strong safety Keawe Auela-Block (Seaside) picked up the loose ball and took it back 56 yards for the touchdown to bring the final score of 20-10.

It was a rough game statistically for the LBCC offense. Freshman quarterback Alex Aispuro (Jordan) completed 14 of 34 passes for 120 yards, while sophomore wide receiver James Wilson led the squad with four catches for 56 yards.

For Grossmont, quarterback Jarrod Jackson was 17 for 32 with two interceptions fro 234 yards. Beeks led the rushing attack with 93 yards, while Jason Factuar caught four passes for 68 yards.

The Vikings return to action next Saturday (Sept. 18), when they host Santa Ana College in a Mission Conference interdivision game at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 pm.

 


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