It was a game dominated by the defenses, and by Orange Coast's running game that allowed the Pirates to control the ball, particularly in the second half. And Crowell's 13-for-17 passing line and Banks' strong running combined with Orange Coast's only turning the ball over once to give the Pirates the win, which keeps them very much in the picture for the Southern California playoffs.
After an exchange of punts to begin the game, Orange Coast got on the board first when Crowell threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Moskus to cap a 9-play, 80-yard drive with 3:58 left in the first quarter. A 25-yard pass from Crowell to Nathan Barnett got the Pirates into Cerritos territory, and a 13-yard toss to Todd Holt got them into scoring position.
After another Cerritos punt, Orange Coast extended its lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Brock Jamamillo. A 23-yard shovel pass from Crowell to Banks was the big play on the drive, getting the Pirates from their own 49 to the Falcon 28. An 11-yard pass to Barnett got Orange Coast a little closer, putting them in position for Jaramillo's field goal.
Cerritos put together its only scoring drive of the night the next time it got the ball, covering 80 yards in 7 plays to cut the Orange Coast margin to 10-7. The big play was a long pass down the left sideline from Chad Manis to Genoa Dill, who appeared to score on what would have been a 43-yard touchdown pass before it was ruled that Dill stepped on the sideline at the Pirate 12. That mattered little when Rylon Thomas scored on a 15-yard run two plays later to get the Falcons on the board.
And on the ensuing kickoff, Cerritos got a further emotional lift when Darrell Tupuola, covering the kickoff, put an absolutely devastating (but clean) hit on return man Barnett at the Pirate 25. Barnett stayed down a few minutes before leaving the field under his own power, but did not return to the game.
Despite the momentum shift, Cerritos was unable to score on its final two possessions of the first half. After forcing an Orange Coast punt, the Falcons drove to the Orange Coast 29 but turned the ball over on downs after an incomplete pass by Manis on 4th and 8. The Pirates then drove into Falcon territory in the final minutes, but that drive ended when Cerritos' Hilton Dawson intercepted a Crowell pass at the Falcon 15. Dawson returned the ball to the Cerritos 40, but the Falcons were unable to move the ball and allowed the half to run out.
When the second half began, Cerritos got the ball and drove across midfield, reaching the Orange Coast 42. But then Manis threw to a receiver who slipped as he made his cut, and Chris Holmesly intercepted the pass for the Pirates. Each team then punted twice in the third quarter, with neither team posing much of scoring threat.
Late in the quarter, Orange Coast got the ball at its own 20 after a touchback on a punt. Then the Pirates embarked on a grinding, 12-play drive that not only chewed up nearly 7 minutes off the clock but widened its lead to 10 points. A 20-yard run by Crowell got things started, and a 14-yard pass to Craig Villalpando got the Pirates across midfield. From there, the running of Banks, along with a 12-yard run by Crowell, kept the Pirates moving down the field. Finally, Banks powered into the end zone from 2 yards out to make it 17-7 with 9:57 left in the game.
Cerritos then inserted backup quarterback A.J. Toscano into the game, and he led the Falcons on a drive that got into Pirate territory. The big play was a long pass that was simultaneously caught by Cerritos' Cory Rhoane and Orange Coast's Derrell Perkins, which resulted in a 38-yard gain for the Falcons. But three plays later, after a sack by Shaun Mohler (he had a hand in three of the Pirates' six sacks) pushed the Falcons back to the 47, Cerritos faced a 3rd and 16. On third down Toscano threw a swing pass to Thomas, but he was stopped for just a 3-yard gain. And on fourth down, Toscano threw downfield but his pass was intercepted by Chris Assily, giving the Pirates the ball with 5:30 left.
And from there, the Pirates ran out most of the clock behind the running of Banks. A 22-yard gain got the Pirates a first down, and a 14-yard dash by Crowell got them another one. Another run, this one for 7 yards, got the Pirates another first down and basically sealed the win for Orange Coast.
With the win, Orange Coast improves its overall record to 7-2 and its division record to 2-2 with a game against Golden West next week. The Pirates entered the weekend ranked #8 in the South, so the win keeps them in contention for one of the at-large spots in the Southern California playoff pool.
Cerritos drops to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the division with the loss. The Falcons finish the season next week at Santa Ana.
Orange Coast Pirates 17 Cerritos Falcons 7
Saturday, November 4, 2006 – 7 pm – Falcon Stadium – Norwalk
Misson Conference – National Division
OC – Moskus 8 yd pass from Crowell (Jaramillo kick) 3:58 (7-0)
OC – FG Jaramillo 27 yds 12:41 (10-0)
C – R.Thomas 15 yd run (Striuksma kick) 8:54 (10-7)
OC – Banks 2 yd run (Jaramillo kick) 9:57 (17-7)
First Downs: Cerritos 14 (4 rush, 7 pass, 3 penalty), Orange Coast 18 (10
rush, 7 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Cerritos 26-57, Orange Coast 44-177
Passing Yds: Cerritos 163, Orange Coast 163
Comp-Att-Int: Cerritos 12-27-2, Orange Coast 13-17-1
Return Yds: Cerritos 138, Orange Coast 32
Sacks-Yds: Cerritos 2-25, Orange Coast 6-36
Fumbles-Lost: Cerritos 1-0, Orange Coast 0-0
Penalties-Yds: Cerritos 3-18, Orange Coast 6-57
Time of Possession: Cerritos 26:08, Orange Coast 33:52
Rushing: Cerritos 24-R.Thomas 12-43, 25-Jenkins 2-29, 22-Reed 1-3,
16-A.Toscano 1-(-7), 5-Manis 10-(-11); Orange Coast 21-Banks 25-103, 7-Crowell
10-48, 34-Ballas 3-18, 5-Barnett 3-8, 8-Holt 2-2, team 1-(-2)
Passing: Cerritos 5-Manis 8-19-1-109; 16-A.Toscano 4-8-1-54; Orange Coast 7-Crowell 13-17-1-163, 1 TD
Receiving: Cerritos 3-Rhoane 2-45, 12-Moore 2-37, 84-Houston 2-29, 24-R.Thomas 2-7, 18-Dill 1-31, 85-Crow 1-10, 17-Perkins 1-9, 22-Reed 1-(-5); Orange Coast 84-Adeniji 3-59, 5-Barnett 2-36, 8-Holt 2-20, 21-Banks 2-18, 14-Moskus 2-14, 80-Villalpando 1-14, 34-Ballas 1-2
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Cerritos 6-Dawson 1-25; Orange Coast 6-Assily 1-7, 22-Holmesly 1-1
Sacks: Cerritos 2-Bell, 40-Kaawa; Orange Coast 47-Mohler 2½, 48-Wolfe 1½, 35-Marowicz, 90-Codd ½, 92-Welz ½
Punters: Cerritos 5-Manis 3-32.3 avg, 37-M.Thomas 1-37; Orange Coast 9-Santiago 4-39.0 avg, 36-Senizaiz 1-9
Kick Returns: Cerritos 18-Dill 2-33, 22-Reed 1-27; Orange Coast 5-Barnett 1-16
Punt Returns: Cerritos 8-Cole 1-24, 12-Moore 1-22, 17-Perkins 1-7; Orange Coast 6-Assily 1-8
Notes: Orange Coast entered 6-2, 1-2 in Mission-National, ranked #8 in South and #20 in nation (JCGW). Cerritos entered 3-5, 1-2 in Mission-N and #19 in South. Manis started at QB for Cerritos; Toscano entered in 4th qtr. Manis' punts were quick-kicks. Assily's interception on a fourth-down pass with 5:30 left sealed the win. 43-Tupuola put the hit of the year on 5-Barnett on the kickoff return after Cerritos' TD. After a couple minutes Barnett walked off under his own power, but he did not return to the game.