Scott took a 54-yard pass from Marcel Marquez on COC's first play from scrimmage to propel the Cougars into the second round of the playoffs with their 25th consecutive win and their 5th straight WSC Bowl Game championship.
With Scott providing the deep threat, and Marquez having his usual excellent game (265 yards and 2 TDs passing plus 65 yards and a TD rushing) the Cougars claimed superiority in the air. With former Birmingham HS (Lake Balboa, CA) standout Brian Stuart making his first college start and rushing for 100 yards and 2 TDs, the Cougars had superiority on the ground. And when the defense held Chaffey standout Brandon Payton, who entered the game averaging 151 yards per game and 8.1 yards per carry, to just 45 yards on 16 carries, the Cougars had a convincing win over the Panthers.
With the exception of a brief period in the second quarter when Chaffey scored all 10 of its points and managed an interception off Marquez, Canyons was in control all night. And even then, the Panthers only cut the Cougar lead to 10 points. Plus, when Stuart scored the first of his two touchdowns just before halftime, COC reclaimed a three-score lead at intermission. And after Stuart scored his second touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter, COC had all but clinched the victory.
When the game began, Chaffey took the opening kickoff but lost a net of 2 yards on three plays and a penalty before having to punt. And when Canyons got the ball, it took them just 10 seconds to take the lead. Scott sped past the Panther defense and was well clear of the secondary when Marquez lofted a pass which he caught around the 10-yard line to give the Cougars a lead just 1:27 into the game.
On its next possession, Chaffey drove all the way to the 50 before a sack of QB Casey Hansen by Gary Cox-Waag and Joey La Rocque pushed them back into their own territory. Then came a 10-yard sack by Steve Cenatus that pushed the Panthers back to their own 34 and forced a punt.
And when Canyons got the ball, they again scored the touchdown though this time they drove down the field in a more deliberate fashion. Runs by Marquez and Stuart got the Cougars a first down, and a 26-yard dash by Scott on an end-around got COC into Chaffey territory at the 36. Later on the drive, Marquez fumbled but Stuart was there to recover the loose ball and keep the drive alive. Finally, Marquez threw a 3-yard TD pass to Steve Silva to cap an 11-play drive that took 5:18, making it 14-0 Canyons.
Another Chaffey possession was stopped in three plays by the Canyons defense, forcing another punt. And when COC got the ball, Stuart gained 16 yards on the drive's first play to get the ball into Chaffey territory. Three plays gained zero yards, bringing about a 4th and 10, and COC lined up to punt. But the ball was snapped to up-man Garrett Graves, who turned right, stopped and turned towards the left sideline and ran for a 17-yard gain and a first down. Two plays later, Marquez threw to Sean Edwards for 25 yards, and on the next play Marquez scored on a 5-yard run to push COC's lead to 20-0.
Chaffey's rally began on their next possession when a penalty against COC on the kickoff gave the Panthers excellent field position. The Cougars tried a high, short kick and at first it looked like COC's Michael Carr had recovered the ball. However, the officials ruled that COC had interfered with Chaffey's fair opportunity to make the catch, and after the 15-yard penalty, gave Chaffey the ball at the COC 46. A 27-yard pass from Hansen to Darryl Price got the Panthers into scoring position, and though the drive stalled soon after that, Fortino Amancio came on to kick a 31-yard field goal to get Chaffey on the board.
And moments later, Chaffey got the ball back when Deyon McElroy intercepted a Marquez pass at the Cougar 38. Hansen threw to Price for 10 yards for a first down, and two plays later Hansen threw to Augustine Osuala for a 30-yard TD pass that cut COC's original lead in half, making it 20-10 with 9:19 left in the second quarter.
But that would be the extent of the scoring for Chaffey for the evening. And after an exchange of punts gave COC the ball back with 5:23 left in the first half, that proved to be plenty of time for COC to extend its lead once again. A 30-yard run by Marquez was shortened by a penalty on a downfield block, but the net 20-yard gain still got the Cougars into Chaffey territory at the 36. And two plays later, Marquez threw to Scott for an 11-yard gain to get the Cougars into scoring position. A 16-yard scramble by Marquez on the next play got the ball to the 1, and on the next play Stuart scored his first touchdown of the game. Jonathan Johnson's extra point made it 27-10 with 1:48 left in the first half.
When the second half began, Chaffey got what looked like an opportunity to get back in the game, but the COC defense held firm. On the first play of the second half (after the kickoff went out of bounds), Marquez threw his second interception of the night as McElroy again picked off the pass, this time giving Chaffey the ball at the Chaffey 46. A 30-yard pass from Hansen to Price got the ball to the COC 24. But the next three plays gained just 7 yards, leaving Chaffey with a 4th and 3 from the 17. And on 4th down, COC's Tryon batted away Hansen's pass attempt, turning the ball back over to COC on downs.
And when the Cougars got the ball, they went on an 8-play, 83-yard drive that secured the victory. Stuart got the drive started with a 20-yard run, and Marquez threw an 11-yard pass to Shane Morales to get the ball to midfield. A 15-yard pass to Scott moved the ball into Chaffey territory, and Stuart did the rest. A 13-yard run moved the ball to the 24, and on the next play Stuart broke through several would-be tacklers and powered into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game, making it 34-10 and all but guaranteeing a COC victory.
Later in the quarter, Chaffey's Howard Schwenke recovered a COC fumble at the Cougar 14-yard line. But that scoring chance was short-lived as Tryon intercepted a Hansen pass in the end zone on the very next play. The third quarter ended with the score still 34-10. COC's Johnson booted a 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
For Canyons, Scott had a marvelous game with a career-high 183 yards receiving and 209 all-purpose yards. And Marquez continued his strong play. Stuart, starting in place of the injured Brandon Clayton, hit the century mark rushing and scored twice. But this was a strong all-around team effort with the defense holding a strong Chaffey offense in check all night.
For Chaffey, Hansen had a solid game passing, finishing 10 of 27 for 143 yards despite being under heavy pressure much of the night and having a few balls dropped. Price led Chaffey receivers with 5 catches for 76 yards while Osuala scored the Panthers' only touchdown. But Payton was held to less than a third of his usual output, and the Chaffey offense managed just 201 yards of offense for the game.
Canyons will host WSC rival Bakersfield next Satuday at 7 pm at Cougar Stadium. When the teams met earlier this season, COC rallied to score late in the game and claim a 24-23 victory.
Chaffey finishes the season 7-4 but all four losses came to teams seeded first (Canyons, twice), second (El Camino) or third (Grossmont) in the Southern California playoff field.
Saturday, November 19, 2005 - 7 p.m.
at Cougar Stadium, Valencia, CA
The 2005 WSC Bowl
College of the Canyons (Cougars) 37
Chaffey College (Panthers) 10
Canyons – Scott 54 yd pass from Marquez (Johnson kick) 13:33 -- 7-0
Canyons – Silva 3 yd pass from Marquez (Johnson kick) 2:49 -- 14-0
Canyons – Marquez 5 yd run (kick failed – bad snap) 13:45 -- 20-0
Chaffey – FG Amancio 31 yds 11:25 -- 20-3
Chaffey – Osuala 30 yd pass from Hansen (Amancio kick) 9:19 -- 20-10
Canyons – Stuart 1 yd run (Johnson kick) 1:48 -- 27-10
Canyons – Stuart 24 yd run (Johnson kick) 8:58 -- 34-10
Canyons – FG Johnson 48 yds 11:29 -- 37-10
|First Downs||22 (11 run; 10 pass; 1 penalty)||12 (7 run; 5 pass)|
|Rushes – Yards||42-212||36-58|
|Comp - Att – Int||14-28-2||11-29-1|
|Sacks – Yards||4-30||3-22|
|Fumbles – Lost||3-1||4-0|
|Penalties – Yards||3-30||6-45|
|Time of Possession||30:21||29:39|
Rushing: Canyons: 15-Stuart 19-100, 4-Marquez 14-65, 83-Scott 1-26, 16-Graves 3-18, 32-Harris 2-7, 5-Edwards 2-(-3), team 1-(-1) Chaffey: 34-Payton 16-45, 20-Carmichael 9-31, 12-Niemann 1-(-2), 3-Hansen 9-(-14), team 1-(-2)
Passing: Canyons: 4-Marquez 14-27-2-265, 2 TDs; 16-Graves 0-1-0-0 3-Hansen 10-27-1-146, 1 TD; 12-Niemann 1-2-0-3
Receiving: Canyons: 83-Scott 7-183, 13-Morales 3-29, 5-Edwards 2-34, 7-Dove 1-16, 80-Silva 1-3 Chaffey: 11-Price 5-76, 1-Osuala 2-42, 7-A.Smith 1-13, 18-Acuna 1-8, 83-M.Williams 1-6, 88-Washington 1-1
Int-Ret Yds: Canyons: 9-Tryon 1-9 Chaffey: 36-McElroy 2-0
Fum Rec-Ret: Canyons: none Chaffey: 4-Schwenke 1-0
Sacks: Canyons: 6-Lewis, 46-Cenatus, 92-Landry, 24-Cox-Waag ½, 42-La Rocque ½ Chaffey: 37-Cutbirth, 41-M.Lewis, 54-Jones
Punters: Canyons: 22-Johnson 2-35.0 avg Chaffey: 19-Amancio 7-43.9 avg
Kick Ret: Canyons: 9-Tryon 1-28, 1-Holmes 1-5 Chaffey: 21-Legere 2-39, 7-A.Smith 2-28
Punt Ret: Canyons: 1-Holmes 2-6 Chaffey: none
Missed FG: Canyons: 22-Johnson 47 yds (wide left) Chaffey: none
Notes: Canyons entered 10-0, #1 seed in South, #3 JC Grid-Wire. Chaffey ent. 7-3, #8 seed in South. COC's 1st TD came on 1st offensive play from scrimmage. Scott had career best yardage. Graves ran 17 yds on fake punt play to keep COC's 3rd TD drive alive. Stuart had career high yds in 1st career start. It's COC's 25th straight win, 35th straight home win and 4th straight WSC Bowl win.