Brendon Doyle (PHOTO; WEBSHOTS.COM) added 187 yards and a pair of touchdown passes as Glendale stayed within a game of first-place Citrus with the win.
The difference in the game was that Glendale not only ran the ball effectively – 243 yards on the night – but kept West LA from running effectively. The Oilers finished with just 21 yards rushing on 20 carries, and gained zero first downs on the ground. That helped the Vaqueros dominate time of possession (35:37 to 24:23) and run 75 offensive plays compared to just 50 for the Oilers. And the result was that Glendale amassed 430 yards of offense, 28 first downs and won decisively.
In fact, West LA's rushing woes started from the third play of the game. After the Oilers received the opening kickoff, quarterback Boomer Welles carried on a keeper beginning at the Glendale 46. But Welles lost the ball, and Glendale's Jason Barbic recovered at the 35. 9 plays later, Cullors scored on a 4-yard run to cap a 65-yard drive, giving the Vaqueros a 7-0 lead.
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Neither team scored again until early in the second quarter when Doyle threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Abraham Venegas to cap a 13-play, 72-yard drive that chewed up 6:16 off the clock. That made it 14-7 with 10:35 left in the first half.
West LA got on the board less than a minute later when Jerrell Woods took a short pass from Welles and broke through several would-be arm tackles and sped 52 yards and into the end zone for a touchdown. That cut the margin to 7 points at 14-7, but it would also be West LA's only scoring play of the first half.
West LA drove deep into Glendale territory midway through the quarter, but a Welles pass was intercepted by Glendale's Matt Patterson at the Vaquero 4 yard line. Patterson then returned the ball to the Harbor 49, and a personal foul penalty on the Oilers moved the ball another 15 yards to the West LA 34. On the next play, Cullors broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run that made it 21-7.
After a West LA punt, Glendale extended its lead to 24-7 on a 31-yard field goal by Esteban Moreno with 21.8 seconds left before halftime.
When the second half began, Glendale received the kickoff. West LA kicker Jonathan Dotson tried a pooch kick, and that strategy seemed to work when the ball went to Glendale up-man Adam LeCroix. But the big lineman deftly handled the ball, making the catch and even returning it some 14 yards to the Vaquero 44 yard line. Buoyed by LeCroix' effort, the Vaquero offense put together an 8-play drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Doyle to Juan Magallon Jr., extending Glendale's lead to 31-7.
West LA answered with a touchdown drive of its own, scoring on a 6-yard pass from Welles to Roderick Montgomery, but even that had a limited effect. Strangely, the Oilers elected to kick the extra point (a 2-point conversion, if successful, would have made it a two-score game) but when Juan Siguenza's kick went wide, Glendale still had an 18-point lead at 31-13.
And then Glendale put the game away with a pair of touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. First, Jason McNeil capped a 7-play drive with a 1-yard scoring run that made it 38-13. Then, Josh Nesbitt delivered an absolutely devastating hit on West LA's Ryan Henry, who had taken the handoff on an end-around. The hit separated Henry from the ball, and Glendale's Ander Magee recovered at the Oiler 20. Three plays later, Shaun Kermah scored from 2 yards out to make it 45-13.
West LA rounded out the scoring when backup quarterback Joel Childress threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Newton with 53 seconds left in the game.
The win improves Glendale's record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the WSC-South with a road game against LA Southwest next week and a home game against East LA on November 11th remaining on the schedule. The loss drops West LA to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the WSC-South.
Glendale Vaqueros 45 West Los Angeles Oilers 21
Saturday, October 28, 2006 – 7 pm – Sartoris Field – Glendale – WSC-South
G – Cullors 4 yd run (Moreno kick) 8:05 (7-0)
G – Venegas 5 yd pass from Doyle (Moreno kick) 10:35 (14-0)
W – J.Woods 52 yd pass from Welles (Siguenza kick) 9:43 (14-7)
G – Cullors 34 yd run (Moreno kick) 4:28 (21-7)
G – FG Moreno 31 yds 0:21.8 (24-7)
G – Magallon 25 yd pass from Doyle (Moreno kick) 10:39 (31-7)
W – Montgomery 6 yd pass from Welles (kick wide left) 6:38 (31-13)
G – McNeil 1 yd run (Moreno kick) 11:47 (38-13)
G – Kermah 2 yd run (Moreno kick) 9:49 (45-13)
W – Newton 9 yd pass from Childress (Montgomery pass from Childress) 0:53.0 (45-21)
First Downs: Glendale 28 (15 rush, 12 pass, 1 penalty), West LA 12 (10 pass,
Rushes-Yds: Glendale 49-243, West LA 20-21
Passing Yds: Glendale 187, West LA 285
Comp-Att-Int: Glendale 18-26-2, West LA 18-30-1
Return Yds: Glendale 136, West LA 128
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 1-5, West LA 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: Glendale 0-0, West LA 4-2
Penalties-Yds: Glendale 5-55, West LA 7-69
Time of Possession: Glendale 35:37, West LA 24:23
Rushing: Glendale 45-Cullors 21-125, 28-Kermah 14-70, 4-McNeil 5-26,
17-Doyle 4-12, 35-Torres 2-5, 12-Merlos 2-4, 6-Bryant 1-1; West LA 11-Welles
5-20, 5-J.Woods 10-19, 84-Jones 1-1, 12-Childress 1-(-1), 3-Henry 1-(-18)
Passing: Glendale 17-Doyle 18-26-2-187, 2 TDs; 14-Proctor 0-1-0-0; 40-Barrett 0-1-0-0; team 0-1-0-0; West LA 11-Welles 11-20-1-182, 2 TDs; 12-Childress 8-10-0-103, 1 TD
Receiving: Glendale 9-Magallon 5-57, 2-Venegas 4-36, 85-Dewberry 3-32, 80-Ayers 3-31, 21-Marshall 1-13, 6-Bryant 1-11, 40-Barrett 1-7; West LA 15-Newton 6-99, 3-Henry 5-71, 2-Montgomery 5-59, 5-J.Woods 3-56
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Glendale 20-Patterson 1-47; West LA 27-Roundtree 2-16
Sacks-Ydss: Glendale 44-Magee 1-5; West LA none
Punters: Glendale 41-Valdez 1-36; West LA 1-Dotson 4-28.3 avg
Kick Returns: Glendale 5-Sanford 1-21, 6-Bryant 1-21, 82-L.Williams 1-20, 70-LeCroix 1-14; West LA 83-Parham 3-29, 22-Mason 2-51, 1-Dotson 1-12, 24-Fowler 1-12, 27-Roundtree 1-8
Punt Returns: Glendale 80-Ayers 2-13; West LA none
Notes: Glendale ent. 6-1, 3-1 in WSC-S, #11 in South. West LA ent. 1-6, 1-3 in WSC-South. Glendale's 1st TD came after Barbic's fumble recovery. Glendale's 3rd TD came 1 play after Patterson's interception and return. After that, Childress replaced Welles at QB for West LA for one series. 34-Nesbitt forced the fumble that Magee recovered.