With the win, the Falcons snap a three-game losing streak, and are now 2-4 overall and 1-0 in divisional play. Next Saturday, Cerritos will travel to Long Beach City to face their cross-town rivals in a game slated for 5:00 p.m.
The winner of the contest takes home the "Cross-town Cup," a trophy given to the winner of the annual game.
LBCC will also be playing for the first time on its newly completed artificial turf field at Veterans Stadium.
After trailing 13-0 after the first quarter, Brown led the Falcons to 31 unanswered points on his way to his four touchdowns, which tied for the fourth highest total in school history. His 328 passing yards were also the seventh single-game highest, although he did not attempt a single pass in the fourth quarter. The record for touchdown passes is six, set by Mike Ernst against Los Angeles Valley in 1969, while current quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Dean Grosfeld set the passing record of 388 yards in 1991 against Mt. San Antonio.
Brown started the comeback with a 14-yard strike to sophomore tight end Dustin Enriquez (El Rancho HS), followed by a 32-yard scoring play to sophomore wide receiver David Nichols (Dominguez HS). But, before the end of the first half, Brown connected with sophomore wide receiver Michael Chowtham (St. John Bosco HS/Redlands University) from 10 yards out with 11 seconds remaining.
On the night, Nichols caught eight passes for 176 yards, which is the fourth highest receiving total in a game in school history. After freshman wide receiver Anthony Oliver (Cabrillo HS) caught a 23-yard pass from Brown in the third quarter, sophomore kicker Craig James (St. Paul HS), who booted all four extra points, connected on a 26-yard field goal. The record for single-game receiving yards was set by current wide receivers coach Cliff Parks, who recorded 234 yards against Mt. San Antonio in 1991.
The Falcons took advantage of two fumble recoveries and converted one of them into a touchdown. In addition, the defense put continuous pressure on both Rustler quarterbacks, while the quick-striking offense put together their best all-around effort of the season. In addition, the Falcons had two touchdowns called back due to penalties.
Sophomore running back Bo Renaud (Loyola HS/Adams, CO State) grinded out 71 yards on 12 carries, while freshman Jaron Johnson (Western HS) added 57 yards, as the Falcons compiled 150 yards on the ground. The 428 total yards were the most on the year for Cerritos.
Defensively, sophomore defensive end Donnell August (Columbine, CO HS) recorded 1 1/2 quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and four tackles on the night. In addition, freshman defensive tackle Jose Machuca (Artesia HS) stuffed up the middle and added six tackles.