All day, Flynn was outstanding as he led the Seahawks back from an early 14-point deficit, accounting for every touchdown and 410 yards of total offense. He even got a little lucky as not one but two of his touchdown passes deflected off the hands of one receiver into the waiting arms of another.
And yet, Southwest nearly pulled out the victory. On the final drive, they had two excellent chances at a game-winning touchdown. On the first, standout Darryl Crummie tried a halfback option pass that found a wide-open Gary White behind the defense. But White couldn't quite made the catch. Then, two plays later, quarterback Josh Williams threw an apparent 34-yard TD pass to tight end Vernon Catlin only to have the play waved off on an offensive pass interference penalty.
But after the penalty, Harbor made its most important defensive stand of the game. First, Jeremy Ehinger and George Faavae combined to sack Williams for a 5-yard loss. On second down, a Williams pass was incomplete. Then on third down, Ehinger sacked Williams for a 10-yard loss, all the way back to the Southwest 36, giving the Cougars a 4th-and-40 and only a few seconds left. On that fourth down play, Flynn made the interception, giving Harbor the win.
Early on, things started horribly for Harbor. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Seahawks lost 5 yards on their first three plays, and then lined up to punt. But on the punt, Southwest's Anthony Moore broke through and blocked the kick. Jocquise Island picked up the bouncing ball and carried it into the end zone to make it 7-0 Southwest just 1:53 into the game.
And it didn't get any better on Harbor's next possession. Three plays gained zero yards, though at least they got the punt away successfully this time. But it took Southwest just three plays to extend its lead to 14-0. Elijha Johnson took a screen pass from Williams, broke three or four tackles around the line of scrimmage and sped through the Harbor backfield for a 40-yard scoring play that put Southwest ahead by two touchdowns less than five minutes into the game.
After that, Harbor decided to focus on the passing game and have Flynn throw the ball, and things got better almost immediately. A 13-yard pass to Jaquon Morrison got the drive started, gaining more yards on one play than the Seahawks had gained on their first two drives combined as well as their initial first down of the game. On the drive, Flynn completed four more passes, the last of which was a 9-yard TD pass to Jamaal Collins that cut the margin to 14-7.
But Southwest's offense was still scoring, and even though Harbor was now on the board, the Cougars stayed ahead. Crummie took a handoff on Southwest's next drive and turned in a spectacular run, starting to the right before reversing his field and bursting through the Harbor defense towards the left sideline. By the time he was finally brought down, he had a 44-yard gain and the Cougars were in scoring position. Williams covered the final 2 yards on a keeper just after the second quarter began to make it 21-7.
When Harbor was forced to punt on its next possession, it looked like Southwest could be ready to take control of the game. But the Harbor defense also forced a punt. And when the Seahawks got the ball back, they embarked on a 12-play, 76-yard drive that ended on a strange play. Flynn rolled to his left and threw the ball towards Morrison, but the ball bounced off Morrison's hands and towards the back of the end zone. Standting in exactly the right spot for the deflection, Collins alertly made the catch right under the goal posts for the touchdown to cut the Southwest lead to 21-14.
And Harbor got the break it was looking for when Southwest's Crummie fumbled the ball on the Cougars' next drive. Ehinger appeared to strip the ball loose, and Maurice Pope made the recovery for the Seahawks at the Cougar 44. Four plays later, on 4th and 3 from the 38, Flynn dropped back, then rolled left to buy a little time before lofting a perfect pass to Morrison, who made the catch for a 38-yard touchdown that tied the game at 21.
Neither team scored again in the first half, but once the third quarter began both teams scored seemingly at will. Southwest took the second half kickoff and drove 62 yards in 9 plays, getting a 26-yard gain on a pass from Williams to Catlin and a 13-yard scoring run by Crummie. But Harbor answered back, thanks to four straight completions by Flynn that combined for 63 yards. And Flynn capped off the drive on a 1-yard sneak, tying the game. Then Southwest answered back with another scoring drive to re-gain the lead. One play after Catlin had dropped a pass that would have resulted in a long gain, he caught a pass that resulted in a 45-yard gain to the Harbor 7. On the next play, Crummie carried the ball in to make it 35-28. But Harbor responded with a 7-play drive of its own, tying the game when Flynn scored on a 12-yard run to make it 35-35.
Just before the end of the fourth quarter, Harbor got another break when Crummie fumbled again on the next play from scrimmage. This time it was Faavea who made the recovery. A 24-yard pass from Flynn to Morrison got the Seahawks into scoring range. Though the drive stalled at the Southwest 9, Harbor's Robert Ortega came on to kick a 26-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 38-35 lead early in the fourth quarter, their first lead of the game.
When Southwest got the ball back, it looked like Harbor was ready to take control of the game. The Cougars were flagged for a false start penalty before first down, and then on first down Crummie was thrown for a 1-yard loss. Then on second down, Faavae sacked Williams at his own 6 for a 14-yard loss. Then came an incomplete pass, and on fourth down Williams shanked the punt under heavy pressure, and it went just 17 yards, giving the Seahawks the ball at the Southwest 23.
But then came a flurry of turnovers, followed by a long Southwest drive. On the next play, Harbor's Robert Miller mishandled a pitchout and lost the ball. Southwest's Alex Copeland recovered the fumble at the 30. But two plays later, a Williams pass was intercepted by Harbor's Kenny Brown. Brown took the ball near midfield and ran down the right sideline towards the goal line. But just inside the 10, as he was tackled, the ball came loose and Southwest recovered. That gave the Cougars the ball at the 4 (a net loss of 40 yards on the interception/fumble exchange) but at least they still trailed by just 3 points.
And the Cougars covered the 96 yards needed to reclaim the lead in just 5 plays. First, Crummie broke off a 42-yard run to get the Cougars out near midfield. Then, after an incomplete pass, Williams threw a short pass to E. Johnson to get the ball into Harbor territory. Then Daniel Small did the rest. Showing blazing speed, the aptly-named 5-6 back took the handoff and burst 44 yards down the right side and back across the defensive backfield before finally being pushed out of bounds at the 5. But on the next play, Small took the ball straight up the middle for the other 5 yards, scoring to give his team a 41-38 lead. On the conversion, Southwest elected to try for 2 points and gave the ball to Small once again, but this time he was stopped, keeping it a 3-point game with 8:38 left in the game.
And of course, that was more than enough time for Flynn & Company to score once again. Starting from his own 20, Flynn got things started with a 22-yard completion to Jaycen Taylor. Then as the Cougars dropped more defenders back into coverage, Flynn had to run for the next first down; his runs of 24 and 11 yards got the ball down to the Cougar 28. Then came a 13-yard pass to tight end Jeff Clark. And then Taylor ran the ball to the 8.
And finally, it was good fortune that got the Seahawks on the board again. Flynn threw a pass that might have been intended for Clark, but was very high and Clark only got his fingertips on the ball. Then again, the pass might have been intended for Collins, who was standing in the back of the end zone. But it really doesn't matter. Just like in the first half, the pass deflected off the fingers of one receiver (Clark) and into the waiting hands of Collins for the touchdown. And once again, the Seahawks had the lead.
And this time, they held onto the lead, clinching the win when Flynn intercepted Southwest's last-chance pass
For Harbor, Flynn completed 25 of 48 passes for 319 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions. He also rushed 12 times for 91 yards and 2 TDs. And of course there was his interception. Clark led Harbor receivers with 9 catches (110 yards) while Morrison had 6 catches for 115 yards and a TD. Collins had just 4 catches, but 3 of them were for touchdowns (2 on deflections). Ehinger and Faavae (2.0 sacks each) led the defense; Faavae also had the fumble recovery.
For Southwest, Crummie was once again outstanding with 213 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries, though he did lose the two fumbles. And Small carried the ball just twice, but showed a lot of ability with 49 yards and a TD; he also returned 5 kickoffs for an average of 30.4 yards per return. Williams finished 6 of 14 for 125 yards and a TD though he also had 2 interceptions.
L.A. Harbor College (Seahawks) 45
L.A. Southwest College (Cougars) 41
S – Island 7 yd return of blocked punt (Guevara kick) 13:07 -- 0-7
S – E. Johnson 40 yd pass from Williams (Guevara kick) 10:31 -- 0-14
H – Collins 9 yd pass from S. Flynn (Ortega kick) 5:08 -- 7-14
S – Williams 2 yd run (Guevara kick) 14:09 -- 7-21
H – Collins 12 yd pass from S. Flynn (Ortega kick) 4:51 -- 14-21
H – Morrison 38 yd pass from S. Flynn (Ortega kick) 2:03 -- 21-21
S – Crummie 13 yd run (Guevara kick) 9:00 -- 21-28
H – S. Flynn 1 yd run (Ortega kick) 6:46 -- 28-28
S – Crummie 7 yd run (Guevara kick) 3:44 -- 35-28
H – S. Flynn 12 yd run (Ortega kick) 1:03 -- 35-35
H – FG Ortega 26 yds 13:55 -- 38-35
S – Small 5 yd run (run failed) 8:38 -- 38-41
H – Collins 8 yd pass from S. Flynn (Ortega kick) 4:28 -- 45-41
|First Downs||16 (12 run; 4 pass)||26 (5 run; 18 pass; 3 penalty)|
|Rushes – Yards||45-257||27-105|
|Comp - Att – Int||6-15-2||25-48-0|
|Sacks – Yards||1-6||4-36|
|Fumbles – Lost||3-2||2-2|
|Penalties – Yards||8-75||3-25|
|Time of Possession||30:41||29:19|
Rushing: S: 24-Crummie 30-213, 20-Small 2-49, 45-Ewell 4-14, 22-E.Johnson 2-7, 12-Williams 7-(-26) H: 2-S.Flynn 12-91, 3-Taylor 5-18, 5-Miller 9-(-3), team 1-(-1)
Passing: S: 12-Williams 6-14-2-125, 1 TD; 24-Crummie 0-1-0-0 H: 2-S.Flynn 25-48-0-319, 4 TDs
Receiving: S: 88-Catlin 3-66, 22-E.Johnson 2-45, 19-White 1-14 H: 81-Clark 9-110, 10-Morrison 6-115, 6-Collins, 4-48, 5-Miller 4-13, 3-Taylor 1-22, 16-Scott 1-11
Int-Ret Yds: S: none H: 19-Brown 1-40, 2-S.Flynn 1-0
Fum R-Ret Yds: S: 90-Copeland 1-0, 59-L.Moore (?) 1-0 H: 56-Faavea 1-0, 99-Pope 1-6
Sacks: S: 57-Morrison H: 51-Ehinger 2, 56-Faavae 2
Punters: S: 12-Williams 3-26.3 avg H: 41-Ortega 3-34.7 avg + 1 blk
Kick Ret: S: 20-Small 5-62, 24-Crummie 3-59 H: 5-Miller 3-71, 3-Taylor 2-40, 81-Clark 1-18
Punt Ret: S: 2-A.Moore 1-14, 27-Maldonado 1-8, 43-Island 0-7
Notes: Harbor entered 3-6, 2-4 in WSC-S while Southwest entered 5-4, 3-3 and ranked #18 in South. What a wild game! 2-A.Moore blocked the punt for LASW. Collins' 2nd and 3rd TD catches were deflections – the first bounced of the hands of Morrison (the intended receiver) and the second off someone else around the goal line. Brown fumbled at the end of his int. return and L.Moore appeared to be the Cougar who recovered. Small was stopped on the 2-pt conv. after his TD. Crummie's pass att was hb option that White almost caught on the final drive. LASW appeared to score the winning TD in the final minute on a 34-yd TD pass to Catlin but it was wiped out on an offensive PI call. Moments later, S. Flynn (inserted as an extra DB) sealed the win for Harbor with his int.