Munez Kicks LA Southwest To Victory

Robert Munez kicked a pair of field goals, including a 52-yarder, and the defense came within minutes of posting a shutout as LA Southwest (3-0) topped host Glendale (1-2) September 18th at Moyse Field.  Southwest led just 3-0 until Munez' long kick swung the momentum in the Cougars' favor with 11:40 left in the game. 

Soon after, Chris Singleton and Timothy Moore scored touchdowns to push the lead to 19-0, at which point the Cougar defense had allowed just a single first down in the second half.

It was a hard-fought defensive battle for most of the game before Southwest took control in the final quarter.  Neither team scored in the first half, and neither team scored a touchdown until 7:35 remained in the fourth quarter.  The Glendale defense held Southwest to just 78 yards of offense and 4 first downs in the first half before wearing down late, and the Cougar defense had allowed just 7 first downs and no points until the final five minutes of the game, by which time Southwest held a 19-0 lead.

Glendale had the day's first good scoring opportunity, but was unable to capitalize.  Phi Le returned the opening kickoff 35 yards to give the Vaqueros good field position, and QB Kenneth McDaniel threw a 36-yd pass to TE Jay Mazal to get the ball to the Cougar 18.  But then the drive stalled, and McDaniel missed on a short pass to Brandon McCullough on 4th and 2, giving Southwest the ball on the 10.  And for the rest of the half, neither team came close to scoring.

Southwest finally broke the 0-0 tie on a short field goal by Munez midway through the third quarter.  A 23-yd run by Singleton was the longest gain on a 14-play, 67-yd drive that ended at the Vaquero 1-yard line.  On fourth and goal, Munez came on to kick the 18-yard field goal with 4:55 to play in the third quarter.

Another excellent return by Le, this one good for 45 yards, gave Glendale the ball at the Southwest 45-yard line.  And three runs by RB Chris Berroud got the ball to the Cougar 31.  But then Southwest's Brandon Souder blitzed and sacked McDaniel for an 8-yard loss and the drive was halted.  McDaniel's attempt at a quick-kick pooch punt bounced into the end zone for a touchback.

Then came Southwest's second scoring drive that culminated in Munez' long field goal.  A 12-yard pass from QB Danny Brown to Singleton got things started, but then the Cougars faced a 3rd and 10 at the 32.  Singleton took the handoff and eluded several tacklers for a 13-yd gain and a first down at the 45.  Three plays later Southwest faced a 3rd and 14 at the 41, but this time JaVaun Lewis took the handoff and eluded tacklers until he had a 19-yard gain and a first down.  Three plays later, Southwest again faced 3rd and long but this time Singleton was stopped for a 3-yard gain, leaving the Cougars facing a 4th down at the 34.

On came Munez.  Most of the crowd expected a punt – Munez is also the Cougar punter, averaging 42 yards per punt on the day – but he wasn't there to punt the ball away.  Setting up at the 42, Munez lined up to kick the field goal.  And as soon as he hit the ball, it was clearly long enough.  And as the ball sailed over the crossbar the officials signaled that the kick was good – Munez had nailed the 52-yard field goal!  And he had plenty of room to spare!

That kick seemed to drain the life out of a now-tired Glendale squad.  Things got worse when return man Samuel Ledford bobbled the kickoff, allowing the ball to roll into the end zone.  Ledford then picked up the ball and tried to run it out, but he was tackled at the 5, pinning Glendale deep in their own end.  Three plays later, Tim Naillieux came on to punt, but he managed just a 29-yarder, setting Southwest up at the 34.  It took the Cougars just five plays to cover the 34 yards, at which time Singleton carried the ball in from the 10 for Southwest's first touchdown of the day.  The Cougars tried for a 2-point conversion, and Glendale's Carlos Velasquez intercepted the pass on the conversion, but now it was 12-0 Southwest with 7:35 left.

At this point, Glendale inserted backup QB Steve Martinez into the game, but for one series the results were much the change.  Three plays resulted in a net loss of one yard, and again Naillieux came on to punt.  This time the ball went off the side of his foot for a 10-yard kick, and Southwest had the ball at the 29.  Just four plays later, 250-pound fullback Timothy Moore powered across the goal line for Southwest's second touchdown.

Martinez came back out and engineered Glendale's only scoring drive of the game (and their first touchdown on offense in the last two games).  His scrambling seemed to energize the offense, and he began the drive with a 37-yard pass to Naillieux to get the ball across midfield.  Then came a 14-yard pass to Darion Donnelly followed by an 18-yard pass to Justin Tyler.  Martinez took it the final yard on a sneak to get the Vaqueros on the board with 2:38 left.  On the ensuing kickoff, Glendale tried an onsides kick.  Southwest's Brown recovered, but the Cougars had been offside so Glendale got to try again.  But on the second try, Southwest's Naquan Walker covered the ball to basically end any doubt about the game's outcome.

Neither team had flashy offensive numbers, but remarkably neither team committed a turnover.  Southwest's Singleton led all rushers with 87 yds and a touchdown on 23 carries, and also led Cougar receivers with 3 catches for 19 yards.  Tyler led Glendale rushers with 31 yds on 6 carries, and also had 4 receptions for 42 yds.  Brown completed 8 of 17 passes for 60 yards for Southwest.  Starter McDaniel went 9 of 14 for 84 yards for Glendale, while Martinez was 5 of 11 for 101 yards in his three series of action.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:
No Scoring                               

2nd Quarter:
No Scoring

3rd Quarter:
SW – FG Munez 18 yds 4:55 - 3-0

4th Quarter:
SW – FG Munez 52 yds 11:40 - 6-0
SW – Singleton 10 yd run (pass failed) 7:35 - 12-0
SW – Moore 3 yd run (Munez kick) 4:42 - 19-0
G – Martinez 1 yd run (Mameev kick) 2:38 - 19-7

Team Statistics: Glendale LA Southwest
First Downs 11 (4 run; 7 pass) 16 (12 run; 3 pass; 1 pen)
Rushes – Yards 30-32 43-189
Passing Yards 185 60
Comp - Att – Int 15-25-0 8-17-0
Return Yards 99 42
Sacks – Yards 1-9 3-24
Fumbles – Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties – Yards 5-37 9-51
Time of Possession 29:04 30:56

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: G:  4-Tyler 6-31, 2-Berroud 14-20, 12-McDaniel 4-(-4), 5-Martinez 6-(-15) SW:  22-Singleton 22-87, 3-Lewis 5-44, 6-Moore 7-22, 1-Bell 1-13, 36-Carter-Brown 2-13, 17-D.Brown 3-6, 33-Bowman 2-4

Passing: G:  5-Martinez 5-11-0-101; 12-McDaniel 9-14-0-84 SW:  17-D.Brown 8-17-0-60

Receiving: G:  4-Tyler 4-42, 46-Mazal 3-59, 14-Sefozo 2-16, 22-Ledford 2-10, 24-Naillieux 1-37, 80-Donnelly 1-14, 8-Le 1-7 SW:  22-Singleton 3-19, 1-Bell 2-15, 83-Corbin 1-16, 3-Lewis 1-6, 12-Smith 1-4

Int-Ret Yds: None

Fum Rec: None    

Sacks-Yds: G:  17-Porter 1-9 SW:  55-Stanford 1-11, 44-Souder 1-8, 5-Partner 1-5 

Punters: G:  24-Naillieux 6-27.2 avg; 12-McDaniel 1-39 SW:  14-Munez 42.0 avg

Kick Ret: G:  8-Le 2-81, 22-Ledford 1-5 SW:  3-Lewis 1-31

Punt Ret: G:  9-Larry 3-13    SW:  1-Bell 2-11

Notes:  Southwest entered ranked #15, 2-0 while Glendale entered #20, 1-1.  LASW converted two 3rd & longs (a 13-yd run by Singleton and a 19-yd run by Lewis) on the drive that led to the long field goal.  Glendale had just 1 first down in the second half before Martinez entered at QB for the last 3 series, including the TD drive.  7-Velasquez intercepted the pass on the 2-point conversion attempt.  Glendale tried an onsides kick after their touchdown.  17-D.Brown recovered but LASW was offsides.  On the re-kick 84-Walker recovered for the Cougars.


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