It was a machine-like performance by the Owl offense. In 8 possessions (not counting kneeldowns at the end of each half), Citrus amassed 27 first downs and 415 yards of total offense, scoring 7 touchdowns and a field goal. And this came despite not having a big play – the longest gain of the day was a 23-yard pass that was Bryan Waggener's (SEE PHOTO) final completion of the game. But aside from the kneeldowns, Citrus didn't have a play that resulted in negative yardage either.
Citrus' only uneasy moment came on the opening kickoff when return man Mikio Bryan fumbled at the end of a 25-yard return. But teammate Eunique Williams was there to cover the ball, and from that point on the Owls were on their way. Charles Lewis caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Waggener to cap a 10-play drive, giving Citrus a 7-0 lead just 4:21 into the game.
Harbor answered with a 15-play drive that covered 69 yards and, perhaps more importantly, kept the Citrus offense off the field for over 8 minutes. But when quarterback Keith Lockwood was stopped just short when trying to reach the ball over the pile and across the goal line on 3rd and goal from the 1, the Seahawks were forced to settle for a David Torres field goal that made it 7-3.
And when the Citrus offense finally got back on the field, the Owl lead expanded. This time Waggener capped a 9-play, 77-yard drive with a 9-yard scoring toss to Colby Hunter, making it 13-3. A bad snap doomed the extra point, and kicker Kirk Cabana did well to kick the ball at all; the low kick hit Harbor's Justin Wilson, keeping the score 13-3.
On its next possession, Harbor got a break when Citrus' Xavier Tucker nearly blocked the punt but didn't and was instead flagged for running into the kicker, giving the Seahawks a first down. But moments later, Lockwood fumbled, and Citrus' Joshua Washington recovered at the Seahawk 22. Four plays later, Leonard Mason scored from 13 yards out to make it 20-3.
Harbor put together an 11-play drive to cut the margin to 20-10, with Lockwood throwing an 18-yard scoring pass to Kyle Flynn. But the Seahawks were forced to kick off from their 20 after a celebration penalty, and a 34-yard return by Damian James gave Citrus excellent field position at the Harbor 39. Four plays later, the Owls used a double-pass play on which Waggener lateralled across the field to Lewis, who threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mark Castaneda to make it 27-10. Still, Harbor was able to cut the lead back to 10 at halftime when Damien Cartwright capped a quick 4-play drive and snatched the ball away from Citrus' Paul Clark in the end zone, giving Lockwood a 20-yard touchdown pass just 21 seconds before halftime.
When the second half began, Harbor got the ball first and had the chance to cut further into the lead. But a reverse on first down backfired, resulting in an 11-yard loss, and the Seahawks had to punt without gaining a first down.
And when the Citrus offense got back on the field, it was the same as in the first half. A 7-play drive culminated with a 10-yard scoring run by Alex Gaines, pushing Citrus' lead to 34-17.
Harbor put together an 11-play drive to cut the lead back to 10, scoring on a 30-yard Lockwood pass to Deryn Bowser. But the Seahawks would fail to score on their next two possession, allowing Citrus to pull away.
After Bowser's touchdown reduced Citrus' lead to 10 at 34-24, the Owl offense put together a 13-play drive that extended into the beginning of the fourth quarter. The drive finally stalled at the 7, and for the only time all day the offense had to settle for something less than a touchdown. ON came Cabana, whose 24-yard field goal made it 37-24.
The Seahawks gained just one first down before having to punt, which gave the Owl offense a chance to create some breathing room. And when Kevin Germany scored on a 1-yard plunge to finish a 9-play drive, the Citrus lead was 20 at 44-24.
Harbor got the ball back, and with time winding down and the Seahawks facing a 20-point deficit, decided to go for the first down on a 4th and 1 at its own 36. But Ferdinand Flowers was thrown for a 3-yard loss by Citrus' Nick Williams, turning the ball over to Citrus at the Harbor 33 with 6:01 left. Even with reserves in the lineup, the Citrus offense continued to roll and when Anthony Morales scored from 2 yards out, the Owl lead was 51-24.
Harbor closed out the scoring when Lockwood threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 25-yarder to Cartwright with just over a minute left in the game.
For Citrus, Waggener finished 13 of 19 passing for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in a very efficient performance. Mason led all rushers with 104 yards on 20 carries. Hunter led Owl receivers with 5 catches for 52 yards.
For Harbor, Lockwood finished 23 of 42 for 355 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bowser had a magnificent day with 9 catches for 122 yards, while Avery also topped the century mark with 105 yards on 4 receptions. Cartwright had 3 catches for 50 yards, but two of those catches were for touchdowns. However, Harbor's troubles had little to do with the passing game. It was the lack of a rushing attack – the Seahawks finished with 24 yards and just one first down on the ground for the day. And the defense never had an answer for the Owl offense machine.
Citrus Owls 51 L.A. Harbor Seahawks 31
Saturday, October 28, 2006 – 1 pm – Citrus College – Glendora – WSC-South
C – Lewis 9 yd pass from Waggener (Cabana kick) 10:39 (7-0)
H – FG Torres 22 yds 2:35 (7-3)
C – Hunter 9 yd pass from Waggener (kick blocked) 13:17 (13-3)
C – Mason 13 yd run (Cabana kick) 10:00 (20-3)
H – Flynn 18 yd pass from Lockwood (Ortega kick) 4:05 (20-10)
C – Castaneda 21 yd pass from Lewis (Cabana kick) 1:46 (27-10)
H – Cartwright 20 yd pass from Lockwood (Ortega kick) 0:21 (27-17)
C – Gaines 10 yd run (Cabana kick) 10:32 (34-17)
H – Bowser 30 yd pass from Lockwood (Ortega kick) 4:46 (34-24)
C – FG Cabana 24 yds 14:47 (37-24)
C – Germany 1 yd run (Cabana kick) 8:03 (44-24)
C – Morales 2 yd run (Cabana kick) 2:38 (51-24)
H – Cartwright 25 yd pass from Lockwood (Ortega kick) 1:07 (51-31)
First Downs: Citrus 27 (14 rush, 12 pass, 1 penalty), LA Harbor 23 (1 rush,
18 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Citrus 45-233, LA Harbor 20-24
Passing Yds: Citrus 182, LA Harbor 355
Comp-Att-Int: Citrus 14-20-0, LA Harbor 23-42-0
Return Yds: Citrus 111, LA Harbor 142
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 0-0, LA Harbor 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: Citrus 1-0, LA Harbor 3-1
Penalties-Yds: Citrus 7-55, LA Harbor 6-55
Time of Possession: Citrus 30:13, LA Harbor 29:47
Rushing: Citrus 22-Mason 20-104, 4-Gaines 7-60, 46-Sellers 5-28, 10-Waggener
2-18, 29-Morales 3-13, 27-Vaden 3-11, 42-Germany 2-5, team 3-(-6); LA Harbor
27-Flowers 11-29, 14-Lockwood 4-8, 9-Flynn 2-5, 1-Bowser 1-(-11), team 1-(-7)
Passing: Citrus 10-Waggener 13-19-0-161, 2 TDs; 6-Lewis 1-1-0-21, 1 TD; LA Harbor 14-Lockwood 23-42-0-355, 4 TDs
Receiving: Citrus 83-Hunter 5-52, 46-Sellers 3-37, 22-Mason 2-34, 6-Lewis 2-32, 80-Castaneda 1-21, 4-Gaines 1-6; LA Harbor 1-Bowser 9-122, 6-Avery 4-105, 9-K.Flynn 6-72, 8-Cartwright 3-50, 27-Flowers 1-6
Punters: Citrus none; LA Harbor 48-Ortega 2-46.5 avg
Kick Returns: Citrus 24-James 3-59, 30-Bryan 1-25, 27-Vaden 1-18, 2-Daniels 1-9; LA Harbor 4-McClellan 6-107, 1-Bowser 2-23, 6-Avery 1-12
Punt Returns: Citrus 5-Sutton 1-1; LA Harbor none
Notes: Citrus ent. 4-3, 4-0 in WSC-South and ranked #15 in South. LA Harbor ent. 3-4, 2-2 in WSC-South. Citrus scored on each of its 8 possessions except for kneeldowns at the end of each half. Lewis' TD pass came on a flanker option. 13-Wilson "blocked" the extra point…actually the low kick hit him – a bad snap doomed the attempt and Cabana did well to kick the ball at all.