And the Panther defense completely shut down Southwestern's running game, allowing just 21 yards and one first down on the ground for the entire game.
Although Chaffey was heavily favored entering the game, things did not go well for them at the beginning of the game. On the Panthers' first series, QB Davila went back to pass. Under a heavy rush, he lofted a pass that got caught up in a strong east-to-west breeze. The ball hung in the air long enough for Southwestern's Matt Barbier to make the interception, and he returned the ball to the Panther 31. And a personal foul penalty on Chaffey – a recurring theme throughout the game – moved the ball to the 16. Four plays later, Southwestern got on the board when RB Rodrick McPeak carried the ball into the end zone from the 3-yard line. Then when Chaffey got the ball back, starting RB Bascomb injured his left ankle on his next carry. He limped to the sidelines, not to return for the rest of the game.
After that rough start, things stabilized a bit as both defenses took control of the game. Chaffey drove to midfield, but was forced to punt; Southwestern was then forced to punt without gaining a first down. Then came another Chaffey punt. On the next possession, Southwestern managed to drive to the Chaffey 11-yard line, largely on the passing of Jeff Teafausau, who had a 35-yard pass to Ernest Ballenger and a 22-yard completion to Gabriel Gonzales. But the drive stalled at the 11, and Jorge Mendoza's 28-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left, keeping it 7-0.
At that point, Fractious came to the rescue for Chaffey. A pair of runs, one for 10 yards and another for 6, got things started. That opened up the field, and Davila took full advantage by combining with WR Rickey Moore on a 35-yard pass play to get the Panthers to the Jaguar 29. Davila then hit TE Alex Pincock for another 6 yards, and a personal foul penalty against Southwestern got the ball to the 11. Two Fractious carries later Chaffey was on the board and the game was tied 7-7.
Following another Southwestern punt, Chaffey struck again and took a lead they would hold the rest of the game. On the punt, return man Robert Faulkner got good yardage on the return, bringing it 16 yards to the Chaffey 38. Then Davila hooked up with Moore on a 32-yard pass play to get the ball to the Southwestern 30. Then came three straight carries by Fractious: a 7-yard gain, followed by an 11-yard run and then a 12-yard TD run. That made it 14-7.
When Southwestern got the ball back, the Jaguars drove deep into Chaffey territory, again largely due to Teafausau's passing. A 21-yard completion to McPeak got the ball to the Chaffey 45, and a Chaffey personal foul on the next play moved it to the 28. Eventually Southwestern would get to the 9-yard line, but then on the next play Teafausau went back to pass and his throw was deflected at the line. Chaffey's Dewayne Patterson made a diving interception at the 8-yard line, thwarting the Southwestern scoring threat. And the Jaguars would never have the chance to tie the game again.
Chaffey moved the ball to its own 41 on a pair of completions by Davila: a 17-yard pass to Moore, followed by a 14-yard to Moss. Fractious did the rest, taking a handoff and going around the left side. After about 20 yards, he stopped, cut back and reversed his field, outrunning everyone to the right corner of the end zone. In all, the spectacular play covered 59 yards, and it put Chaffey ahead, 21-7.
Southwestern drove into Chaffey territory on their next possession, only to be send back across the 50 on a 12-yard sack by Chaffey DE Kevin Fane. That forced a punt, and Chaffey's Patterson appeared to get a finger on the kick, which only went 20 yards. Chaffey got the ball at their own 43 with 2:17 left. This time Davila did most of the damage, passing to Moss for 26 yards to get the ball into Southwestern territory. Fractious then chipped in with a 14-yard run, and Davila finished the drive with a 21-yard pass to Moss, who made a spectacular catch in the left corner of the end zone to make it 28-21. That's where things stood at the half.
Southwestern rallied behind backup QB Robert Riggs in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 28-17. A 15-yard pass to WR Tyrone Hilton was supplemented by yet another Chaffey personal foul penalty to get the ball near midfield, and Riggs followed that with a 28-yard completion to Ballenger to move the ball to the Chaffey 29. Four plays later, from the 25, Riggs threw a pass towards TE Maurice Wright. The ball bounced off Wright's fingertips, but it went right to WR Ryan Horn, who made the catch around the 3 and stepped across the goal line for the score to make it 28-14. Then, after a Chaffey punt, Southwestern drove for a field goal to close the gap to 28-17. The big play on the field goal drive was a 38-yard scramble by Riggs down the left sideline to the Chaffey 29. Moments later, Mendoza connected for a 35-yard field goal, but that would prove to be Southwestern's last scoring play of the night.
When Chaffey got the ball, the Panthers went on an 11-play drive that put them back in control of the game. The longest play of the drive was the last one, a 15-yard TD pass from Davila to WR Angel Acuna to make it 35-17. And when Southwestern got the ball back, their next drive ended abruptly when a Riggs pass was tipped into the air and landed in the hands of Patterson for his second interception of the night.
In the fourth quarter, Chaffey got a pair of field goals from kicker Jeff Essig, and the defense held Southwestern to just one more first down the rest of the game. The only negative for Chaffey came with just under 6 minutes to play on Southwestern's last punt of the game. Safety Aleem Harris, a 6-5, 220-pound bruiser, got tangled up with Southwestern's Horn after the play was over. It was Chaffey's 6th personal foul penalty of the game, but even more importantly Harris was ejected from the game. As a result, he will miss Chaffey's game next week vs. arch-rival Grossmont.
For Chaffey, Fractious carried 23 times for his 187 yards and the three touchdowns. Davila completed 15 of 27 passes for 252 yards and 2 TDs. Moss, a bounceback from UCLA, had 6 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown while Moore also had 6 catches, good for 104 yards. Among the many standouts on defense were Patterson, with 2 interceptions and a partial punt block, DE Fane, with a sack and a lot of pressure on the Southwestern QBs, and LB Paul Nix, who also had a sack.
For Southwestern, QBs Teafausau and Riggs combined for 241 yards passing. Ballenger led all receivers with 7 catches, good for 113 yards. But the ground game accounted for just 21 yards on 28 carries, with all of that and more coming on Riggs' 38-yard run. LB Pat Dunn had 1-1/2 sacks to lead the defense.
Chaffey's next opponent is perennial rival Grossmont in a game that will once again likely decide the championship of the Foothill Conference. Southwestern will look to get back in the win column with a home game against College of the Desert.
S – McPeak 3 yd run (Mendoza kick) 12:30 -- 0-7
C – Fractious 4 yd run (Essig kick) 0:40 -- 7-7
C – Fractious 12 yd run (Haweileh kick) 13:42 -- 14-7
C – Fractious 59 yd run (Haweileh kick) 7:01 -- 21-7
C – Moss 21 yd pass from Davila (Haweileh kick) 0:59 -- 28-7
S – Horn 25 yd pass from Riggs (Mendoza kick) 11:05 -- 28-14
S – FG Mendoza 35 yards 6:08 -- 28-17
C – Acuna 15 yd pass from Davila (Essig kick) 1:15 -- 35-17
C – FG Essig 31 yards 14:01 -- 38-17
C – FG Essig 26 yards 7:27 -- 41-17
|First Downs||24 (10 run;12 pass;2 pen)||17 (1 run;12 pass;4 pen)|
|Rushes – Yards||40-225||28-21|
|Comp - Att – Int||15-27-1||18-40-2|
|Sacks – Yards||2-24||2-7|
|Fumbles – Lost||3-0||3-0|
|Penalties – Yards||9-102||8-67|
|Time of Possession||30:37||29:23|
Rushing: C: 2-Fractious 23-187, 41-Faulkner 5-17, 17-Davila 8-8, 34-Payton 2-7, 3-Bascomb 2-6 S: 7-Riggs 4-24, 20-Simpson 4-13, 24-McPeak 10-6, 6-Plunkett 5-2, 1-Teafausau 5-(-24)
Passing: C: 17-Davila 15-27-1-252, 2 TDs S: 1-Teafausau 10-22-1-139; 7-Riggs 8-17-1-102, 1 TD; 9-R.Jones 0-1-0-0
Receiving: C: 82-Moss 6-118, 85-Moore 6-104, 18-Acuna 1-15, 88-Washington 1-9, 80-Pincock 1-6 S: 19-Ballenger 7-113, 80-Gonzales 3-53, 3-Horn 2-30, 24-McPeak 2-18, 14-Hilton 1-15, 15-Luckett 1-5, 13-Wright 1-3
Int-Ret Yards: C: 21-Patterson 2-0 S: 34-Barbier 1-12
Sacks: C: 11-Nix, 93-Fane S: 32-Dunn 1½, 70-Collins ½
Punters: C: 10-Wegener 4-36.5 avg S: 44-Santa Maria 5-28.6 avg
Missed FG: C: none S: 46-Mendoza 28 yards (wide left)
Kick Ret: C: 20-Rogers 1-24 S: 10-Wooding 2-29, 11-Johnson 1-51, 14-Hilton 1-31, 83-Clemons 1-15, 2 Richardson 1-10
Punt Ret: C: 9-Faulkner 1-16 S: 11-Johnson 1-0
Ejection: C: 1-A.Harris 5:43 left in 4th
Notes: Chaffey entered 4-0, 2-0 in conf., #3 in South, #4 in Calif. and #7 JCGW; Southwestern ent. 1-4. Fractious entered after Bascomb injured his left ankle on his second carry of the night. Southwestern's 1st TD followed the interception. Their 2nd TD came on a deflection off Wright's fingers right to Horn. Teafausau played the first half, Riggs the second half and Jones the final series. Both of Patterson's interceptions were on deflections. He also got part of a punt that went just 20 yards. Harris and Horn got tangled up during Southwestern's last punt – the ejection followed.