Ground Game Powers Glendale to Win

Chris Berroud rushed for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead a Glendale (CA) (3-2, 2-1 in WSC-S) ground attack that amassed 270 yards en route to a 35-17 win over visiting East LA (0-4, 0-2) October 2nd at Moyse Stadium. Justin Tyler and Brandon McCullough also scored for the Vaqueros, who posted their third win of the season, exceeding their 2003 total. The win also keeps them within a game of first place in the WSC Southern Division race.

Relying on their strong running game, Glendale led the whole way after Tyler scored from 2 yards out on the first Vaquero possession of the day.  That run capped a 94-yard drive that began after East LA punter Chris Vasquez' first kick of the afternoon rolled dead at the Glendale 6.  A 16-yard run by Tyler helped Glendale get out of the shadow of their goal post, and two plays later QB Steve Martinez scrambled for 47 yards down the right sideline to the East LA 27.  Martinez then threw to TE Daniel Mazal for 20 yards to set up Tyler's scoring run.

When East LA got the ball back, the Vaquero defense stopped them without allowing a first down, forcing another punt.  But this time the ball went off the side of Vasquez' foot for just an 11-yard kick, giving Glendale the ball at the East LA 42.  Three Martinez passes later – one each to Mazal, Darion Donnelly and Terrance Watson – got the ball to the Huskies' 3-yard line.  Berroud took it through the middle the final 3 yards for his first touchdown of the day, making it 14-0 Glendale. 

East LA responded with a scoring drive of their own to cut into Glendale's lead early in the second quarter.  By this time the Huskies were relying on QB Narciso Diaz' passing to move the ball, a strategy that worked well much of the day.  An 11-yard pass to Derrick Harley and a 16-yard pass to Victor Murillo moved the ball into Glendale territory, and a 16-yard pass to Joffery Reids got East LA to the Vaquero 24.  Three plays later, Diaz connected with Zaven Paronian for an 11-yard TD pass to get East LA on the board.  However, Caesar Covarrubias' extra point kick was low and went straight into the line, appearing to hit Glendale DT Samuel Flores.

On Glendale's next possession, Martinez slipped while trying to elude East LA linebacker Diego Urbina and fell at the Vaquero 11-yard line on a third-down play.  Evgeniy Mameev's punt then traveled just 33 yards, and East LA return man Christian Hyde ran it back to the Glendale 31.  However, the Huskies were unable to take advantage of the excellent field position and were forced to settle for a long field goal attempt.  When Covarrubias' kick fell short, East LA came away empty and still trailed 14-6.

After an exchange of punts, Glendale quickly extended its lead to 21-6 when Berroud burst through the line and went into the end zone untouched from 56 yards out.  But East LA closed the margin to 21-14 when Diaz connected with Paronian on another 11-yard TD pass.  The Huskies had been given excellent field position due to a celebration penalty on Glendale after the touchdown (enforced on the kickoff) and a nice return by Jayson Sanchez, who got the ball to the Vaquero 42.  East LA also used a bit of trickery on the conversion; they lined up as if to kick but instead had holder Vasquez throw to Adrian Magallon in the end zone for 2 points.  Glendale had one last chance to add to the lead just before halftime when backup QB Kenneth McDanial found Tim Naillieux for a 41-yard pass play that got the ball to the East LA 3-yard line with 1 second left in the half.  But on the next play, Berroud was stopped short of the goal line, keeping Glendale's lead at 21-14 at intermission.

The second half began well for Glendale when Samuel Ledford returned the kickoff 40 yards to the East LA 40.  And moments later, the Vaqueros again extended their lead on a long TD run by Berroud.  On a play virtually identical to his 56-yard run in the first half, Berroud burst through the line untouched for a 40-yard scoring run to make it 28-14.

East LA closed the gap to 28-17 on their next possession when Covarrubias made a 37-yard field goal.  A 26-yard kickoff return by Lloyd Revels gave the Huskies the ball in Vaquero territory, and an 18-yard pass from Diaz to Paronian got East LA into scoring range.

But those would be East LA's final points of the game.  The Glendale defense stiffened, stopping the Huskies on downs at the Glendale 41 on the next East LA offensive possession.  And early in the fourth quarter, Glendale generated the only turnover of the game when Steve Porter intercepted a Diaz pass.  After the interception, Glendale scored once more on a 5-yard run by McCullough to extend the lead to 35-17.  And after East LA was forced to punt after reaching midfield on its next possession, the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt.

The Glendale ground attack amassed 270 yards and 5 TDs on the day.  But the defense was also impressive, holding the Huskies to a net of 10 yards rushing and sacking Diaz 7 times on the day, as well as holding East LA to just 3 points after halftime.  Robert Elisha, Marco Ramirez and Fred Gamble each had at least part of 2 sacks each, while LBs John Dincher and Jason Bonwell also stood out for the defense.

East LA was led by Diaz, who had a very strong performance with 216 yards passing on 26 of 42 with 2 touchdowns despite steady pressure.  His favorite targets were Harley, who had 10 catches for 66 yards, and Paronian, who had 6 receptions for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter:
G – Tyler 2 yd run (Mameev kick) 6:32 -- 7-0
G – Berroud 3 yd run (Mameev kick) 1:19 -- 14-0

2nd Quarter:
E – Paronian 11 yd pass from Diaz (kick blocked) 10:35 -- 14-6
G – Berroud 56 yd run (Mameev kick) 3:00 -- 21-6
E – Paronian 11 yd pass from Diaz (Magallon pass from C.Vasquez) 0:37 -- 21-14 

3rd Quarter:
G – Berroud 40 yd run (Mameev kick) 13:23 -- 28-14
E – FG Covarrubias 37 yds 10:44 -- 28-17 

4th Quarter:
G – McCullough 5 yd run (Mameev kick) 11:37 -- 35-17

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: G:  2-Berroud 17-134, 4-Tyler 8-44, 28-McCullough 8-39, 5-Martinez 3-35, 23-Hartoonian 3-18, 12-McDanial 2-0 E:  11-Pullings 8-32, 5-Murillo 3-13, 24-Owens 1-2, 8-Paronian 1-(-1), 7-Diaz 11-(-36)

Passing:
G: 
5-Martinez 9-14-0-120; 12-McDanial 2-3-0-57 E:  7-Diaz 26-42-1-216, 2 TDs; 16-C.Vasquez 1-1-0-11

Receiving: G:  46-Mazal 4-52, 80-Donnelly 3-31, 24-Naillieux 2-60, 14-Serfozo 1-24, 83-Watson 1-10 E:  18-Harley 10-66, 8-Paronian 6-79, 5-Murillo 3-17, 81-Reids 2-33, 11-Pullings 2-13, 15-Magallon 1-11, 85-Marshall 1-4, 9-Sutton 1-2, 12-Jimenez 1-2

Int-Ret Yds: G:  17-Porter 1-17 E:  none           

Fum Rec: none     

Sacks: G:  60-Elisha 2, 82-Ramirez 2, 50-Gamble 1½, 33-Bonwell ½, 56-Bronk ½, 63-Mulcahey ½  E:  10-Urbina 1-11

Punters: G:  19-Mameev 4-31.0 avg E:  16-C.Vasquez 4-31.8 avg

Missed FG: G:  none E:  Covarrubias 46  yds (short)

Kick Ret: G:  22-Ledford 1-40, 9-Larry 1-15, 41-Martin 1-13 E:  33-Revels 2-50, 3-Sanchez 2-47, 28-McGruder 1-3

Punt Ret: G:  9-Larry 1-7 E:  4-Hyde 2-20

Notes:  Glendale entered 2-2, 1-1 in WSC-S and #18 in South while East LA ent. 0-4. Covarrubias' first extra point kick was low and into the line; it appeared to hit 75-Flores of Glendale.  Sanchez started at QB for Glendale; McDanial first entered late in the second quarter.  Diaz was East LA's QB; Vasquez' pass (to Magallon) was on a fake punt play.  East LA's 2-pt conversion came on a fake play; they lined up as if to kick. 

 


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