Lewis' 24-yard touchdown reception midway through the first quarter was the game's only offensive touchdown. The Owls added Cabana's field goal just before halftime, capping a nine-minute drive. And thanks to the defense, that turned out to be enough points – barely – for the Owls to get the win.
The sequence leading to the touchdown began with a Nick Somes punt that was downed at the Glendale 1 on an outstanding play by George Lewis, who grabbed the ball just before it bounced over the goal line. Three Glendale offensive plays netted zero yards, and Mark Castenada returned Victor Valdez' punt 14 yards to the Vaquero 28. Three plays later, Waggener connected with C. Lewis for the touchdown to make it 7-0.
Glendale got on the board later in the quarter after a sequence that also began with a punt being downed at the 1 yard line. The Vaqueros appeared to tie the game on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Brendon Doyle to Michael Barrett only to have the play called back on a personal foul penalty. Two plays later, Glendale had to punt, and Jarmon Sanford caught Valdez' kick at the Owl 1. Two plays after that, Glendale's Grant Valentine sacked Waggener in the back of the end zone for a safety, closing the gap to 7-2.
After a strange sequence during which each team fumbled on successive plays – the only two turnovers of the game – Citrus got the ball after a Glendale punt. A penalty pushed the Owls back to their own 4 yard line. But then the Owls went on a 16-play, 85-yard drive that chewed up 9:10 off the second-quarter clock. The longest play was a 19-yard pass from Waggener to Chris Marshall that got the drive started. It finally ended with Cabana's 28-yard field goal with 1:12 left before halftime, making it 10-2.
The second half was a defensive grudge match, with neither team managing to score a single point on offense. Citrus punted each time it had the ball until the final minutes, and Glendale's offense fared little better.
The only points of the second half came on a punt return by Glendale's Jesse Ayers. After taking the kick along the right sideline, Ayers found a couple of blocks, and then cut across the field towards the left sideline, outrunning the Citrus coverage and sprinting into the end zone for the touchdown. That made it 10-8 with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Glendale tried a 2-point conversion on a trick play that had Barrett throwing a pass, but the ball went out of the back of the end zone incomplete, keeping Citrus in front by 2 points.
Neither team threatened to score again until Glendale got the big play it was looking for midway through the fourth quarter. Quarterback Doyle threw a long pass over the middle that was hauled in by Christopher Marshall (same name but obviously a different player that Citrus' Chris Marshall). The 46-yard play got the ball to the Citrus 19. Three plays later, Doyle got the Vaqueros a little closer with an 8-yard scramble to the Citrus 7. The drive stopped there, so on came Esteban Moreno for a chip-shot field goal. But the snap was low, basically rolling to the holder, and though Moreno did well to kick the ball at all, the attempt sailed wide to the right.
Glendale got the ball back for one more drive at its own 32 with 4:38 left. But that series ended quickly with Citrus' Blair Chavez making a nice open-field tackle on Shaun Kermah on 3rd and long, forcing a Vaquero punt. Citrus then gained a pair of first downs and ran out the clock.
For Citrus, Waggener finished 16 of 24 passing for 169 yards and a touchdown. Charles Lewis (PHOTO) led all receivers with 7 catches for 94 yards and a score. Leonard Mason led all rushers with 72 yards on 22 carries.
But the real heroes for Citrus were on defense. The Owl defense held Glendale to just 193 yards of offense, 8 first downs and zero points. Demarcus Flanagan was the most visible of the Citrus defenders with a sack and a fumble recovery. Jason Assuana had a game-high 10 tackles.
For Glendale, Doyle finished 10 of 20 passing for 130 yards. Anthony Cullors rushed for a team-high 34 yards on 8 carries.
Citrus, now alone in first place in the WSC-South, will host LA Harbor next week at 1 pm. Glendale, meanwhile will host West LA next Saturday at 7 pm. JCFootball.com will be there to cover both games.
Citrus Owls 10, Glendale Vaqueros 8
Saturday, October 21, 2006 – 1 pm – Citrus College – Glendora – WSC-South
C – Lewis 24 yd pass from Waggener (Cabana kick) 6:37 (7-0)
G – Safety – Waggener tackled in end zone by Valentine 1:18 (7-2)
C – FG Cabana 28 yds 1:12 (10-2)
G – Ayers 42 yd punt return (pass failed) 5:21 (10-8)
TEAM STATISTICSFirst Downs: Citrus 14 (6 rush, 8 pass), Glendale 8 (3 rush, 4 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Citrus 32-98, Glendale 27-63
Passing Yds: Citrus 169, Glendale 130
Comp-Att-Int: Citrus 16-24-0, Glendale 10-20-0
Return Yds: Citrus 56, Glendale 169
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 2-13, Glendale 1-1
Fumbles-Lost: Citrus 2-1, Glendale 1-1
Penalties-Yds: Citrus 7-45, Glendale 12-91
Time of Possession: Citrus 32:23, Glendale 27:37
Rushing: Citrus 22-Mason 22-72, 4-Gaines 3-26, 10-Waggener 2-9,
24-James 1-1, 46-Sellers 1-0, 80-Castenada 1-(-5), team 2-(-5); Glendale 45-Cullors 8-34, 17-Doyle 7-13,
4-McNeil 3-6, 35-Torres 4-5, 28-Kermah 5-5
Passing: Citrus 10-Waggener 16-24-0-169, 1 TD; Glendale 17-Doyle 10-20-0-130
Receiving: Citrus 6-C.Lewis 7-94, 22-Mason 3-19, 89-Marshall 2-24, 87-Kerber 2-20, 83-Hunter 2-12; Glendale 85-Dewberry 2-27, 9-Magallon 2-19, 21-Marshall 1-46, 80-Ayers 1-21, 84-Burt 1-7, 2-Venegas 1-6, 28-Kermah 1-3, 6-Bryant 1-1
Fumble Rec.: Citrus 17-Flanagan; Glendale 55-Magee
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 55-Bundesmann 1-7, 17-Flanagan 1-6; Glendale 51-Valentine 1-1
Punters: Citrus 15-Somes 6-39.7 avg; Glendale 41-Valdez 7-42.6 avg
Kick Returns: Citrus 24-James 2-27; Glendale 5-Sanford 3-79
Punt Returns: Citrus 24-James 4-15, 80-Castenada 1-14; Glendale 80-Ayers 4-90
Missed FG: Citrus none; Glendale 42-Moreno 24 yds (wide right)
Notes: Citrus entered 3-3 overall but 3-0 in WSC-South and ranked #17 in South. Glendale ent. 6-0 overall, 3-0 in WSC-S and ranked #7 in South. Somes' 1st punt was downed by 25-G.Lewis at the Glendale 1, helping set up Citrus' 1st TD. Valdez' 2nd punt was downed by 5-Sanford at the Citrus 1, and the safety came 2 plays later. Glendale had an apparent TD pass to 40-Barrett called back on a penalty in the 1st qtr. Citrus' FG drive was 16 plays and chewed up 9:10. Glendale tried a trick play on their conversion attempt with Barrett throwing a pass that fell incomplete. A bad snap doomed the would-be go-ahead field goal attempt with 7:08 left. The loss breaks Glendale's 13-game regular season winning streak.