Chaffey Tops Mt. San Antonio, 35-21

Quarterback Nicholas Fotia, who transferred to Chaffey from San Bernardino Valley College, completed 13 of 14 passes in the first half and staked Chaffey to an early 21-0 lead, and the Panthers held on win, 35-21, at Mt. San Antonio on September 14th.

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 quickly separated. 

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 28-21.

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.
at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA
A Non-Conference California Community College Game

Chaffey College (Panthers)  35
Mt. San Antonio College  (Mounties)  21

1st Quarter:
C – Taylor 57 yd pass from Fotia (Betancourt kick) 9:46 -- 7-0
C – Lancaster 3 yd run (Betancourt kick) 1:13 -- 14-0

2nd Quarter:
C – Bogarin 1 yd run (Jakubiak kick) 9:41 -- 21-0
M – Byrd 23 yd pass from Ernst (Barajas kick) 1:41 -- 21-7

3rd Quarter:
C – Faulkner 96 yd kickoff return (Betancourt kick) 14:43 -- 28-7
M – Walker 9 yd pass from Ernst (Barajas kick) 12:15 -- 28-14
M – Hudson 32 yd run (Barajas kick) 4:39 -- 28-21

4th Quarter:
C – Bogarin 10 yd run (Jakubiak kick) 1:22 -- 35-21

Team Statistics: Mt. SAC Chaffey
First Downs 16 (8 pass -  6 run - 2 pen) 23 (9 pass - 13 run - 1 pen)
Rushes – Yards 27-118 43-202
Passing Yards 141 265
Comp - Att – Int 19-34-2 16-23-0
Return Yards 134 149
Sacks – Yards 2-11 1-5
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties – Yards 6-45 14-121
Time of Possession 26:53 33:07

Individual Statistics:


MSA:  8-C.Hudson 13-66, 44-Belin 9-27, 10-Ernst 5-25
C:  11-Bogarin 25-152, 28-Lancaster 5-24, 7-Fotia 10-18, 27-Bennett 2-7, 5-Prator 1-1


MSA:  10-Ernst 19-34-2-141, 2 TDs.
C:  7-Fotia 16-23-0-265, 1 TD  


MSA: 8-C.Hudson 8-29, 81-Walker 3-43, 84-Byrd 3-34, 17-Mitchell 2-11, 18-Gilmore 2-11, 83-Stewart 1-13
C:  82-Sorensen 8-134, 5-Prator 4-31, 3-J.Taylor 2-65, 86-Hernandez 1-23, 2-Lovelace 1-12


MSA:  1-Milano 5-43.4 avg
C:  13-Betancourt 5-33.4 avg

Kick Ret:

MSA:  89-Holloway 3-83, 9-McCullough 1-19, 35-Nembhard 1-11, 40-LaVigne 1-7
C:  20-Faulkner 2-119, 35-Meadors 1-30

Punt Ret:

MSA:  2-Tarin 2-14
C:  28-Lancaster 1-0

Int-Ret Yds:

MSA:  none
C:  4-Jury 1-0, 25-Grenfell 1-0


MSA:  52-Asiodu 2-11
C:  44-Hodges 1-5


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!


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