Williams, who carried the ball only three times before breaking off a 31-yard gainer as the first half ended. The Mounties came away empty on that drive, but Williams built on that 31-yard effort to rush for 108 yards in the second half and score on runs of 5 yards and 1 yard to help Mt. SAC overcome a 13-7 deficit.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with each team able to muster only a single touchdown and the teams combining for as many punts (7) as points scored by the offenses.
Fullerton's best first half scoring chance on offense came on the first drive of the game. Kyle Olson threw a 42-yard pass to Maciek Smolinski to get the Hornets into Mt. SAC territory. Then Olson threw to John Butler, who snatched the ball away from Mt. SAC's Thyrell and raced towards the goal line. But Lewis recovered well enough to run down Butler and knock the ball away. The ball bounced right to Smolinski, who recovered for Fullerton. But two plays later Lewis got the turnover after all when he intercepted a pass intended for Butler in the end zone to end that scoring chance.
Mt. SAC's touchdown came quickly, courtesy of Travis Lee (PHOTO). The speedy wideout lined up in the backfield, went in motion towards the right sideline before the snap and caught a short pass from Jake Fadden. With one move, he eluded his man and burst down the right sideline, outrunning any would-be pursuers. The 79-yard touchdown gave Mt. SAC a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Fullerton's touchdown came just as quickly. Late in the half, Mt. SAC had the ball and was driving until Fullerton's Ryan Pollow intercepted a Fadden pass at his own 45 and took it the distance for a 55-yard touchdown return to tie the game with 1:18 left before halftime.
Mt. SAC took the lead early in the second half on a 31-yard pass from Olson to Ray Magee. A high snap doomed the extra point, leaving the Hornets in front by just 6 points at 13-7.
A bizarre series of events led to Mt. SAC's go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. Facing 4th and 7 at their own 45, the Mounties punted the ball away. But there was an offsides penalty, and given a chance at 4th and 2 at the 50, Mt. SAC elected to try for the first down. Actually, QB Fadden tried to draw the Hornets offside, but the Fullerton defense didn't bite and the Mounties were whistled for delay of game, making it 4th and 7 again. On the next replay, Fullerton was again flagged for being offside, making it 4th and 2 once again. This time, Mt. SAC elected to go for the first down again, and Fadden threw a 10-yard pass to Aaron Taminich to end the sequence and keep the drive alive for the Mounties. Seven plays later, Williams scored from 5 yards out to tie the score, and Jeremy Gener's extra point put Mt. SAC ahead, 14-13.
Mt. SAC seemed to put the game away in the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 11 at 24-13. After a short Fullerton punt, Mt. SAC got the ball at its own 45. A 31-yard pass from Fadden to Michael Waller got the Mounties into Hornet territory, and a 19-yard run by A. Williams got the ball to the 3. Two plays later, Williams scored from the 1 to extend the lead to 21-13.
And the Mounties got the ball back moments later when Scott Burton intercepted an Olson pass and returned it to the Fullerton 13. That led to a 28-yard field goal by Gener that made it a two-score game at 24-13 with 3:34 left.
But Fullerton wasn't quite finished yet, thanks mainly to reserve back Ryan Blackley, a 230-pound sophomore who entered the game for the first time.. A penalty on the kickoff gave the Hornets the ball at the Mt. SAC 47, and a 13-yard pass from Olson to Blackley got the Hornets to the 34. Then came a 12-yard run by the powerful Blackley, moving the ball to the 22. After an incomplete pass, Blackley again got the call, and he plowed through several would-be tacklers for a 22-yard scoring run that closed the gap to 24-19 with 2:29 left.
However, that would be as close as Fullerton would get. On the 2-point conversion try, Mt. SAC's Lewis knocked down an Olson pass headed towards Marquis Avery, keeping it a 5-point game. And on the ensuing kickoff, Fullerton tried an onsides kick but Mt. SAC's John Paul Clark recovered. Finally, A. Williams finished off the Hornets' last hope, running 32 yards for a first down that allowed the Mounties to run out the clock.
With the win, Mt. SAC improves to 8-2 and claims a share of the Mission Conference American Division title. However, Mt. SAC's 42-7 loss last week to Palomar, the co-champion, means the Mounties must settle for a berth in the non-playoff U.S. Bank Beach Bowl. The Mounties will take on Orange Coast at 4 pm at Santa Monica College.
Fullerton, meanwhile, finishes 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the division after losing its last two games.
Mt. San Antonio Mounties 24 Fullerton Hornets 19
Saturday, November 11, 2006 – 1 pm – Fullerton HS – Mission Conference – American Division
M – Lee 79 yd pass from Fadden (Gener kick) 7:18 (7-0)
F – Pollow 55 yd interception return (Reyes kick) 1:15 (7-7)
F – Magee 31 yd pass from Olson (kick low – high snap) 9:00 ( 7-13)
M – A.Williams 5 yd run (Gener kick) 3:31 (14-13)
M – A.Williams 1 yd run (Gener kick) 7:00 (21-13)
M – FG Gener 28 yds 3:34 (24-13)
F – Blackley 22 yd run (pass failed) 2:29 (24-19)
First Downs: Fullerton 12 (2 rush, 9 pass, 1 penalty), Mt. SAC 14 (8 rush, 5
pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Fullerton 19-51, Mt. SAC 42-210
Passing Yds: Fullerton 217, Mt. SAC 226
Comp-Att-Int: Fullerton 14-29-2, Mt. SAC 10-22-1
Return Yds: Fullerton 100, Mt. SAC 77
Sacks-Yds: Fullerton 1-3, Mt. SAC 2-17
Fumbles-Lost: Fullerton 2-0, Mt. SAC 2-0
Penalties-Yds: Fullerton 8-75, Mt. SAC 11-95
Time of Possession: Fullerton 23:55, Mt. SAC 36:05
Rushing: Fullerton 13-Blackley 2-34, 26-K.Robinson 2-21, 2-Apraku 5-13,
19-Herard 8-0, 10-Olson 2-(-17); Mt. SAC 2-A.Williams 22-149, 36-C.Williams
8-26, 30-Taminich 4-13, 1-Brown 2-5, team 2-(-3)
Passing: Fullerton 10-Olson 14-28-2-217, 1 TD; 16-Coffelt 0-1-0-0; Mt. SAC 3-Fadden 10-22-1-226, 1 TD
Receiving: Fullerton 4-Magee 4-46, 6-Avery 3-31, 11-Merrill 2-46, 21-Hopson 2-10, 87-Smolinski 1-42, 80-Butler 1-29, 13-Blackley 1-13; Mt. SAC 5-Lee 4-155, 30-Taminich 4-35, 83-Waller 2-36
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Fullerton 31-Pollow 1-55; Mt. SAC 4-Lewis 1-0, 14-Burton 1-17
Sacks: Fullerton 90-Pedro ½, 99-Taloa ½; Mt. SAC 72-Le-Au, 42-Vaiomounga
Punters: Fullerton 10-Olson 6-36.3 avg; Mt. SAC 48-Parkhouse 4-32.5 avg; 65-Mata 1-23
Kick Returns: Fullerton 15-Miller 3-7, 55-Jablonsky 1-0; Mt. SAC 22-Leonard 1-23, 4-Lewis 1-14, 85-Clark 1-11
Punt Returns: Fullerton 6-Avery 1-20; Mt. SAC 5-Lee 2-12
Missed FG: Fullerton none; Mt. SAC 33-Gener 39 yds (blocked)
Notes: Showdown! Both teams entered 3-1 (tied for 1st with Palomar) in Mission-American. Mt. SAC entered 7-2 overall, #8 in South and #21 in nation (JC Grid-Wire); Fullerton entered 5-4 overall, #16 in South. Taloa blocked the FGA for Fullerton. Coffelt's pass attempt was a halfback option; Olson went the whole way for Fullerton at QB. Mata took Mt. SAC's 1st punt, Parkhouse took the rest. Burton's interception set up Mt. SAC's field goal. On Fullerton's last TD, Olson tried to pass to Avery for the 2-point conversion but Lewis broke up the play. After Fullerton's last TD, the Hornets tried an onsides kick but Clark recovered for the Mounties. The loss eliminates Fullerton from playoff contention; a win would have clinched the American Division title.