Harris, Bolio lead Harbor past Glendale

Joe Harris rushed for 215 yards and 2 TDs and Mike Bolio threw for 4 TDs and rushed for another as L.A. Harbor (4-3, 4-0 in the WSC-South) won an exciting 49-41 decision over a stubborn Glendale (3-4, 2-2) team at Casey Field in Wilmington. With the win, and losses by Compton and West LA, Harbor takes control of the division race, opening a 2-game lead over the next-closest playoff contender with 3 games left. 

Harris, who set a Harbor single-game rushing record last month vs. Citrus and is the school's all-time leading career rusher, scored on runs of 40 and 42 yards while going over the 1000-yard mark for the season.

And yet, despite Harris' performance, despite the Seahawks taking a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter, and despite the continued excellence of WR-turned-QB Bolio, the game's outcome was in some doubt until the final play.  Part of that was due to Harbor's being assessed 23 penalties for 236 yards.  But a lot of it was also due to the determined effort of Glendale and QB Steve Martinez, who threw for 245 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. 

The game started well for Glendale, which could have grabbed a share of first place in the WSC-South win a win.  On their first play from scrimmage, RB Chris Berroud broke through the defense and down the right sideline for an 83-yard TD run to give the Vaqueros a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game.

After an exchange of punts, Harbor tied the score on a long touchdown run of their own when Harris took it in from 40 yards midway through the quarter.  But after another exchange of punts, Glendale re-took the lead on a 13-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard TD run by Justin Tyler.  That drive was kept alive due to some resourcefulness by Tim Naillieux, the holder for place kicks.  The Vaqueros lined up to try a 35-yard field goal, but when Naillieux had trouble with the snap he realized he had no choice but to try to throw for the first down.  And as he rolled out to his right, he found TE Daniel Mazal open downfield and threw him a 10-yard pass for the first down.  Three plays later, Tyler scored to make it 14-7 Glendale.  But that would be their last lead.

Harbor answered back with a long drive of their own, covering 80 yards on 11 plays.  A 12-yard run by Harris got things started, but the scoring play was a 19-yard TD pass from Bolio to Ryan McDonald.  Bolio, who had never played quarterback before week three of the current season – not even in high school – got the Seahawks into Glendale territory earlier in the drive with a 22-yard scramble.  That tied the game with 7:01 left in the half.

After a Glendale punt, Harbor put together another drive that gave the Seahawks a 21-14 halftime lead.  Early on, it looked like the drive would end after just three plays when Harbor faced a 4th and 1 at their own 29.  But the Seahawks took the gamble and went for the first down, and Bolio got the needed yard.  On the next play, Bolio passed to TE Jeff Clark for 30 yards to get to the Glendale 35.  And then Bolio found McDonald in the right corner of the end zone and threw him the ball for a 35-yard TD pass with just 41 seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter, it was an offensive explosion as the teams combined to score touchdowns on five consecutive possessions.  Harbor took the kickoff and needed just 8 plays to get into the end zone.  The big play was a 30-yard pass from Bolio to McDonald, and Bolio ended up taking it the final 5 yards himself for the score, making it 28-14.  But Glendale answered back thanks in large part to a 56-yard pass from Martinez to Phi Le on a third-and-8 play.  Two plays later, Berroud scored his second TD of the night on a 4-yard run.  Harbor restored its 14-point lead on a 3-play, 70-yard drive that included a 34-yard Harris run and ended with a 30-yard TD pass from Bolio to Jaquon Morrison.  But Glendale fought back again, putting together a 10-play drive that culminated with Tyler's second 1-yard TD run of the game to make it 35-28.  And there was more scoring:  Harris' broke off a 42-yard TD run just over a minute later to push his rushing total over 200 yards and put Harbor ahead by 14 once again at 42-28.

Harbor seemed to take over the game when they stopped Glendale on their next drive, forcing a punt that gave the Seahawks the ball at their own 45 with 14:01 left in the game.  And they pushed their lead to 21 on yet another long play as Bolio combined with Robert Miller for a long pass over the middle for a 53-yard TD pass.  The throw caught Miller in stride, and he made a nice over-the-shoulders-catch for the score that made it 49-28 with 11:19 to play.

But Glendale wasn't quite done yet.  A 45-yard kickoff return by Tyler got the Vaqueros to the Harbor 37 to begin their next drive, and it took just 6 plays for Glendale to reach the end zone.  A 10-yard TD pass from Martinez to Darion Donnelly made it 49-34 with 8:03 to play, and through normally-accurate Evgeniy Mameev hooked the extra point wide right, the Vaqueros again trailed by just 2 scores.  And Glendale got a break moments later when Bolio lost the ball and LB Ryan Bronk recovered for the Vaqueros. 

That Glendale drive ended near midfield, though not before a little controversy.  A Martinez pass intended for Donnelly resulted in a loose ball, and the officials debated whether the play was an incomplete pass or a fumble; Harbor's Thomas Brown had come up with the ball.  And the perplexing decision – "no play", or in playground parlance "do over" – gave Glendale the best of both worlds:  no fumble, and since it wasn't even an incomplete pass, they also got the down over.  But it made little difference as the Vaqueros soon turned the ball over on downs at the Glendale 49 with 4:59 to play.

That seemed to put Harbor in control, but the Seahawks were unable to run out the clock and punted the ball away moments later  after several penalties pushed them back to their own 34.  And Glendale then needed just 6 plays to close the gap to 49-41 with another late touchdown.  Three more 15-yard penalties on Harbor helped the Vaqueros, and Martinez did the rest with a 15-yard pass to TE Terrance Watson and 3-yard TD toss to Mazal.  Now only 1:09 remained on the clock, so Glendale lined up for an on-sides kick.  But Harbor's Jeff Clark grabbed the bouncing ball to once again seemingly put Harbor in control.

LAHC DT William Vea (6-2, 280) was a force inside.

However, once again it wasn't quite over as Harbor again struggled to run out the clock.  And again, several penalties hurt the cause.  Finally, it was 4th down with 5 seconds left on the clock, and Harbor lined up to punt.  Mike Whitcher got the kick away in good fashion, and when the Seahawk coverage converged on Glendale return-man Cornelius Larry at the Vaquero 47 the game finally ended, giving Harbor an 8-point lead and command of the WSC-South.

In addition to Harris, Bolio had an outstanding game completing 12 of 15 passes for 254 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions.  He also rushed for 30 yards and a score.  McDonald led Seahawk receivers with 84 yards on 3 receptions including 2 TDs.  Clark also had 3 catches, good for 53 yards, and recovered Glendale's late onsides kick attempt.  Morrison saw some duty on each side of the ball and finished with a TD pass and an interception.

For Glendale, Martinez completed 20 of 38 passes for 245 yards and 2 TDs.  Berroud led Vaquero rushers with 103 yards on 13 carries, though nearly all of that came on his very first run.  Tyler had 47 yards on the ground and also had the 45-yard kickoff return.  James Serfozo and Donnelly each had 5 catches to lead all receivers.

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:
G – Berroud 83 yd run (Mameev kick) 14:38 -- 0-7
H – Harris 40 yd run (Cervantes kick) 8:05 -- 7-7                               

2nd Quarter:
G – Tyler 1 yd run (Mameev kick) 12:26 -- 7-14
H – McDonald 19 yd pass from Bolio (Cervantes kick) 7:01 -- 14-14
H – McDonald 35 yd pass from Bolio (Cervantes kick) 0:41 -- 21-14   

3rd Quarter:
H – Bolio 5 yd run (Cervantes kick) 9:01 -- 28-14
G – Berroud 4 yd run (Mameev kick) 6:35 -- 28-21
H – Morrison 30 yd pass from Bolio (Cervantes kick) 5:28 -- 35-21
G – Tyler 1 yd run (Mameev kick) 2:14 -- 35-28
H – Harris 42 yd run (Cervantes kick) 1:02 -- 42-28                                                        

4th Quarter:
H – Miller 53 yd pass from Bolio (Cervantes kick) 11:19 -- 49-28
G – Donnelly 10 yd pass from Martinez (kick wide right) 8:03 -- 49-34
G – Mazal 3 yd pass from Martinez (Mameev kick) 1:09 -- 49-41 

Team Statistics: LA Harbor Glendale
First Downs 20 (10 run; 8 pass; 2 pen) 21 (6 run; 12 pass; 3 pen)
Rushes – Yards 45-247 35-153
Passing Yards 254 255
Comp - Att – Int 12-15-0 21-39-1
Return Yards 62 146
Sacks – Yards 2-24 0-0
Fumbles – Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties – Yards 23-236 7-79
Time of Possession 30:04 29:56   

Individual Statistics:

Rushing: H:  3-Harris 30-215, 7-Bolio 11-30, 87-Daniels 1-4, 28-Farrell 2-1, team 1-(-3) G:  2-Berroud 13-103, 4-Tyler 12-47, 28-McCullough 5-26, 5-Martinez 5-(-26)

Passing: H:  7-Bolio 12-15-0-254, 4 TDs G:  5-Martinez 20-38-1-245, 2 TDs; 24-Naillieux 1-1-0-10

Receiving: H:  88-McDonald 3-84, 81-Clark 3-53, 9-Morrison 2-40, 16-Collins 2-17, 21-Miller 1-53, 87-Daniels 1-7 G: 14-Serfozo 5-60, 80-Donnelly 5-44, 46-Mazal 4-32, 12-McDanial 3-24, 83-Watson 2-24, 8-Le 1-56, 2-Berroud 1-15

Int-Ret Yds: H:  9-Morrison 1-0 G:  none         

Sacks-Yds: H:  5-Vea 1-15, 55-Gomez 1-9 G:  none

Fum Rec: H:  none G:  56-Bronk

Punters: H:  82-Whitcher 4-43.5 avg G:  19-Mameev 4-31.8 avg

Kick Ret: H:  7-Bolio 1-40, 28-Farrell 1-12 G:  4-Tyler 3-71, 22-Ledford 2-43, 2-Berroud 1-12

Punt Ret: H:  7-Bolio 1-10    G:  9-Larry 4-20

Notes: LAHC entered #16 in South, 3-3 overall, 3-0 in WSC-South; GC entered #15 South, 3-3, 2-1. Naillieux' pass was on an aborted FG attempt; he mishandled the snap and had to try the pass for the first down – it worked when Mazal caught the ball.  81-Clark recovered Glendale's onsides kick attempt for Harbor to seal the win.


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