|Chaffey also got standout performances from RB John
Bogarin, who carried the ball 25 times for 152 yards and 2 TDs, and WR
Cody Sorenson, who made 8 catches for 134 yards.
And the Panther defense contained the Mounties most of the night,
allowing just 3 plays of over 13 yards and limiting Mt. SAC to just 259
yards of total offense.
The Panthers scored on their first three possession to take command
early on. The first
touchdown came on a short Fotia pass to WR Jerry Taylor, who broke free
from several defenders and ran down the left sideline for a 57-yard
scoring strike just over 5 minutes into the game.
The second score came on a 3-yard run by RB Ryan Lancaster that
capped a 6-minute drive. After
an interception by DB Donnell Jury gave Chaffey the ball once more,
Bogarin's first TD of the night on a 1-yd plunge made it 21-0 just
over 5 minutes into the second quarter.
The frustration extended onto the Mt. SAC sidelines as two
assistant coaches got into a brief shoving match before they were
Mt. San Antonio managed to settle things down after that.
Sacks on consecutive plays by Chuck Asiodu helped the defense
gain some momentum, and the offense put together two big plays just
before halftime to get on the board. First, QB Adam Ernst found WR Delanie Walker for a 29-yard
passing play. The Mounties
scored moments later on a 23-yard pass from Ernst to WR Calvin Byrd.
That made it 21-7 at the half.
But Chaffey got the big play they needed to keep control on the
opening kickoff as Robert Faulkner took the kickoff 96 yds and into the
end zone for the score. That
extended the Panther lead back to 21 at 28-7.
The Mounties responded with a big special teams play of their own
when Dontay Holloway took the ensuing kickoff 57 yards and into Panther
territory. Ernst's second
TD pass of the night – a 9-yarder to Walker – brought Mt. SAC to
back within 14 points at 28-14.
And Mt. SAC scored again before the quarter was over.
Speedy RB Corey Hudson took handoff and ran to the left.
He was cornered, so he reversed his field and sped away from the
defense to the right, and outran his pursuers all the way to the end
zone. Chaffey was able
contain Hudson for most of the night, but on this play he got away.
His 32-yard scoring play brought Mt. SAC to within a touchdown
entering the 4th quarter.
But Chaffey's defense held. The
Mounties never really got close enough to threaten on any of their four
4th quarter possessions.
The first two ended in punts, and the third ended when it was
ruled that Hudson fumbled before he hit the ground on a close play.
Chaffey recovered at the Mt. SAC 42 with 3:49 left and the score
And Bogarin put the game away for the Panthers with a 10-yd TD run
with 1:22 left. Mt. SAC had
one last possession, but being 2 scores behind with just over a minute
left on the clock left them with little chance.
DB Toph Grenfell intercepted Ernst's last pass with 10 seconds
left to finish off the win for Chaffey.
Fotia finished the night 16 of 23 for 265 yards, 1 TD and no interceptions. In fact, Chaffey did not turn the ball over all night. For Mt. SAC, Ernst finished 19 of 34 for 141 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. Hudson, the feature back for the Mounties, had 66 yards on 13 carries (though nearly half of that came on the one TD run) and 29 yds on 8 catches. Walker had 3 catches for 43 yards and Byrd had 3 catches for 34 yards. Another bright spot for the Mounties was punter Dominic Milano, who averaged 43.4 yards on 5 punts. Safety Donte Nicholson was especially impressive in the defensive backfield for Mt. SAC.
Saturday, September 14,
2002 - 6 p.m.
8-C.Hudson 13-66, 44-Belin 9-27, 10-Ernst 5-25
19-34-2-141, 2 TDs.
MSA: 8-C.Hudson 8-29,
81-Walker 3-43, 84-Byrd 3-34, 17-Mitchell 2-11, 18-Gilmore 2-11,
1-Milano 5-43.4 avg
89-Holloway 3-83, 9-McCullough 1-19, 35-Nembhard 1-11, 40-LaVigne
Season opener for both
teams. Chaffey entered
ranked #4 in South (preseason); Mt. SAC #10. Chaffey got off to great
start largely on the strength of Fotia, who went 13 of 14 for 227 yds in
1st half. The frustration got to Mt. SAC and two of their
defensive coaches got into a shoving match early in 2nd qtr.
Hudson's TD was a spectacular run – he went left, was stopped, broke
a tackle and ran to the right 32 yds. But Hudson fumbled trying to break
one off with 3:49 left, ending Mt. SAC's comeback bid. Gentis of
Chaffey put the hit of the night on Mitchell as he went for a catch, but
Mitchell held onto the ball!
Chaffey Tops Mt. San Antonio, 35-21
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