Southwestern Nips Glendale in Opener

Ryan Bowling kicked a 39-yard field goal with 3.4 seconds left to lift visiting Southwestern to a 39-36 victory over host Glendale in the first game played on Sartoris Field, the Vaqueros' new on-campus stadium. 

The game-winning kick came moments after Glendale had erased a 16-point deficit in the final four minutes of the game in a frantic rally that saw them tie the game with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.  But after Glendale turned the ball over on downs near midfield with less than 14 seconds left, Southwestern QB Robert Riggs threw a 32-yard pass to WR Kevin Pike, setting up Bowling's field goal.

The game went back and forth, with several changes in momentum and, of course, lots of scoring.  Southwestern struck first when Riggs threw a 15-yard TD pass to WR Antuan Bloom just 3:17 into the game.  That came after J.T. Thompson had blocked a Glendale punt, giving the Jaguars the ball at the Vaquero 38.  Glendale drove to the Southwestern 16 on their next series, largely thanks to a 36-yard pass from QB Steve Martinez to TE Terrance Watson.  However, when Glendale's Paul Zuber attempted a 33-yard field goal, Southwestern's Charles Owens burst through and blocked it, keeping Southwestern ahead, 7-0.

Glendale finally pulled even late in the first quarter when Martinez capped an 8-play drive with a 5-yard TD run.  And the Vaqueros got a big break moments later when DL Marco Ramirez recovered a Southwestern fumble in the backfield an carried the ball all the way to the Jaguar 2-yard line before he was dragged down from behind.  Two plays later, Martinez snuck the ball in from the 1 to give Glendale a 14-7 lead.

Then Southwestern took control, scoring the quarter's final 22 points to take a 29-14 halftime advantage.  On the ensuing kickoff, a 28-yard return by Larry Richardson got the ball to the Southwestern 43, and a 15-yard penalty on Glendale moved it into Vaquero territory.  Then came a 34-yard pass from Riggs to Bloom to get it inside the 10.  On the next play, Riggs threw to Pike from 8 yards out for the score.  However, Glendale's Mitch Dolfuss blocked the extra point, keeping the Vaqueros ahead for the moment, 14-13.

That small lead wouldn't last though.  Glendale inserted Brendon Doyle into the game at QB, and his first pass bounced off a receiver's fingers and into the hands of Travis Crawford, giving Southwestern the ball at the Glendale 36.  Moments later, Riggs connected with RB Michael Byrd from 14 yards out for the score, putting Southwestern in front.  And when Glendale got the ball back, they were unable to gain a first down.  Then, on fourth down, the punt snap went high over punter Michael Barrett's head and into the end zone.  Barrett raced back and smartly swatted the ball out the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety for Southwestern and making the score 22-14. 

And when Southwestern got the ball again, they embarked on a 10-play drive that extended its lead to 29-14.  A 20-yard pass from Riggs to WR Anthony Hellum helped the Jaguars get deep into Glendale territory, and they had a first-and-goal at the 3 after a 4-yard run by Byrd.  But then the Glendale defense stiffened, throwing Riggs for a 2-yard loss.  And on the next play, Alonzo Menifield sacked Riggs for an 11-yard loss.  Then came a 10-yard holding penalty on Southwestern, setting up a 3rd and goal from the 26.  But on the next play, Riggs connected with Bloom for a TD pass with 26.8 seconds left before halftime to make it 29-14.

The only score in the third quarter came when Martinez finished an 8-play drive with a 5-yard scoring run into the corner of the end zone.  On the previous Southwestern possession, Hellum had dropped a pass while wide open in the end zone, a score that would have made the Southwestern lead a hefty 22-point margin.  But after Martinez' run, it was just 9 points though when Southwestern's Desmond Benson blocked the extra point it kept it a 2-score game at 29-20.

The Glendale defense forced another punt, but the Glendale offense was unable to move the ball and was also forced to punt on its next possession, early in the fourth quarter.  And when Southwestern's Richardson received the ball, he put on quite a show on the return.  Seemingly surrounded by the Glendale return team, he broke 3 or 4 tackles just to get started, and then broke two more tackles as he burst through the containment and into the open field.  By the time he stopped, he'd carried the ball 71 yards and into the end zone, extending Southwestern's lead to 16 at 36-20 with 14:24 left in the game.

Glendale got the ball twice more, but was forced to punt each time.  Meanwhile, the clock continued to wind down.  Southwestern had the ball – and a 16-point lead – with under 6 minutes left and looked to be in control.  But then Riggs and Byrd missed connections on a handoff, and Glendale's Jason Bonwell recovered the fumble at the Southwestern 34-yard line.  Three Vaquero plays gained just 4 yards, leaving a fourth-and-6 at the Jaguar 30 yard-line.

Then came the most incredible play of the night.  Martinez took the snap, and dropped back to pass.  Facing a fierce rush, he backpedaled further into the backfield.  But the rush kept coming, so he turned around and ran towards his own end zone.  Finally, he pulled away from the defenders, and turned towards the right sideline.  Nearing his own 40 (some 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage), he picked up a couple of blocks and headed back upfield.  As he got near the original line of scrimmage, he spotted RB Jamal Rashad standing all alone towards the left hashmarks.  Martinez threw him the ball, and Rashad not only picked up the first down but rambled all the way to the Southwestern 5-yard line before he was stopped.  The play, which covered almost 100 yards' worth of ball-carrying, excited the crowd and energized the Vaqueros.  When Martinez scored from the 1 two plays later, the margin was cut to 10 points.  And when Martinez connected with TE Julian Dewberry for a 2-point conversion moments later, it was once again a one-score game at 36-28 with 3:19 left.

Glendale then attempted an onsides kick, and it worked to perfection when Menifield came up with the ball.  But on the next play, Martinez threw deep and Soutwestern's Adrian Crabb intercepted the pass.  For a moment, it seemed the Glendale rally was over.  However, two plays later, the Vaqueros got the ball back when Carlos Velasquez intercepted a Riggs pass and ran it back over 30 yards.  But then Velasquez was hit from behind and lost the ball.  Luckily for Glendale, Dolfuss was in the right place and recovered the fumble for the Vaqueros at the 29-yard line. 

A 14-yard pass from Martinez to WR Darion Donnelly got the ball to the 15, but then three incomplete passes and an illegal substitution penalty made it 4th and 15 from the 20.  After a timeout, Glendale's last, Martinez took the ball and scrambled to his right.  He then spotted an open Donnelly near the goal line and got him the ball for a 20-yard TD that made it a 2-point game.  And on the conversion attempt, Martinez threw to Janos Serfozo in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 36 with 1:34 left.

In the final 94 seconds, each team had a chance to try to win the game.  Southwestern gained just 4 yards on 3 plays and punted.  Then Glendale got the ball to its own 46 before turning the ball over on downs with only 13.4 seconds remaining.  But that was more than Southwestern needed.  First came Riggs' pass to Pike, which got the Jaguars to the 22-yard line.  And then came the game-winning field goal by Bowling.  After the kick, Glendale had one final chance on the kick return, but Derek Leiphardt was tackled at the Glendale 27, ending the game.

For Southwestern, Riggs had a spectacular game, completing 17 of 25 passes for 279 yards and 4 TDs.  Bloom was his favorite target, hauling in 6 passes for 119 yards and 2 TDs.  Pike added 5 catches for 93 yards and a score, plus the key 32-yard catch that set up the winning field goal.  Byrd led all rushers with 71 yards on 18 carries, and also caught 3 passes for 35 yards and a TD.  And Richardson had 3 punt returns for 100 yards, including the 71-yard TD run.

For Glendale, the incredibly exciting Martinez finished 20 of 41 for 260 yards and 1 TD, and he also ran for 4 TDs.  Donnelly led all receivers with 11 catches for 121 yards, which included a TD.  Samuel Ledford III led the Vaqueros in rushing with 57 yards on 12 carries.  Bonwell was one of several standouts on defense, registering a pair of sacks and recovering a fumble.  And Dolfuss showed a knack for being in the right place at the right time, blocking an extra point and recovering the fumble on the interception return.

It was quite a night in Glendale as the field, named after current Athletic Director and longtime coach Jim Sartoris, made a memorable and long-awaited debut.  Located in the southwest corner of the campus , the stadium is one of the most scenic venues in California JC football and the grandstand was packed for Opening Night.  From the seats, one can see downtown Glendale, with the Santa Monica mountains in the background, to the left.  To the right, there is Crescenta Valley with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.  And straight ahead are the Verdugos, the tall hills that cover much of northern Glendale.  The new scoreboard was donated by current Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid, who played for Glendale in the 1970's and is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

Team Stats

Team Statistics: Glendale Southwestern
First Downs 20 (6 run; 12 pass; 2 penalty) 17 (7 run; 10 pass)
Rushes – Yards 32-66 39-37
Passing Yards 275 279
Comp - Att – Int 22-46-2 17-26-1
Return Yards 252  213
Sacks – Yards 5-46 3-11
Fumbles – Lost 2-0 2-2
Penalties – Yards 8-60 8-90
Time of Possession 29:1730:43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:

S – Bloom 15 yd pass from Riggs (Bowling kick) 11:43 -- 7-0
G – Martinez 5 yd run (Zuber kick) 0:27.9 -- 7-7 

2nd Quarter:

G – Martinez 1 yd run (Zuber kick) 10:07 -- 7-14
S – Pike 8 yd pass from Riggs (kick blocked) 9:22 -- 13-14
S – Byrd 14 yd pass from Riggs (Bowling kick) 5:38 -- 20-14
S – Safety – punter Barrett knocked ball out of end zone 3:59 -- 22-14
S – Bloom 26 yd pass from Riggs (Bowling kick) 0:26.8 -- 29-14 

3rd Quarter:

G – Martinez 5 yd run (kick blocked) 3:15 -- 29-20

4th Quarter:

S – Richardson 71 yd punt return (Bowling kick) 14:24 -- 36-20
G – Martinez 1 yd run (Dewberry pass from Martinez) 3:19 -- 36-28
G – Donnelly 20 yd pass from Martinez (Serfozo pass from Martinez) 1:34 -- 36-36
S – FG Bowling 39 yds 0:03.4 -- 39-36

Individual Stats

  22-Ledford 12-57, 34-Rashad 7-22, 5-Martinez 11-15, 26-McCullough 1-(-2), team 1-(-26) S:  32-Byrd 18-71, 20-Richardson 6-8, 24-McPeak 4-7, 1-Bloom 2-0, 7-Riggs 9-(-49)

  5-Martinez 22-46-2-260, 1 TD; 17-Doyle 2-4-1-15 S:  7-Riggs 17-25-1-279, 4 TDs; 32-Byrd 0-1-0-0

  80-Donnelly 11-121, 83-Watson 4-57, 36-Teeter 3-48, 14-Serfozo 2-22, 34-Rashad 1-25, 8-Le 1-4 S:  1-Bloom 6-119, 18-Pike 5-93, 32-Byrd 3-35, 8-Hellum 2-23, 24-McPeak 1-9

Int-Ret Yds:
  7-Velasquez 1-31 S:  4-Crawford 1-1, 22-Crabb 1-0

Fum R-Ret Yds:
  82-Ramirez 1-71, 33-Bonwell 10 S:  None

  33-Bonwell 2-6, 51-Boyadjian 1-15, 44-Martin 1-14, 50-Menifield 1-11 S:  66-Jasmund 1-6, 40-Hornsby 1-2 

  40-Barrett 4-38.3 avg + 1 blk S:  36-Bowling 5-30.0 avg

Kick Ret:
  8-Le 5-104, 27-Biggers 1-27, 6-Leiphardt 1-22 S:  1-Bloom 4-84, 20-Richardson 1-28

Punt Ret:
  none S:  20-Richardson 3-100

Missed FG:
  19-Zuber 33 yds (blocked) S:  none

Notes:  Season opener for both teams and first game ever at Sartoris Field.  15-Thompson blocked the punt for SWC.  21-Owens blocked the FGA.  9-Desmond blocked the XPA.  43-Dolfuss blk the XPA for Glendale.  Dolfuss also rec. Velasquez' fumble at the end of his int return.  Menifield rec. an onsides kick for Glendale with 3:18 left.  33-Weaver rec. a Glendale onsides kick att. in the 1st half.  Byrd's pass att. was a HB option.  Doyle played much of the 2nd qtr at QB for GCC.


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