|Citrus took their lead largely by taking advantage of
Grossmont turnovers and penalties.
After a Engstrom pass to Jonathan Mitchell gave Grossmont an
early 7-0 lead, Citrus responded with a touchdown drive of their own.
Shaun Akbarian's 20-yd pass to Antoine Levells tied the score
7-7 less than 5 minutes into the second quarter.
Then Grossmont began turning the ball over and committing costly
penalties. By the end of
the first half, Grossmont had amassed 95 yds of penalties resulting in 4
free first downs for Citrus, and had thrown 3 interceptions. And they trailed at intermission, 16-7. Interceptions by Citrus' Thomas Sturgeon, Justin Sailor and
Steven Espinoza each set up field goals by Carlos Cardenas.
Taking advantage of a strong west-to-east wind, Cardenas nailed a
48-yarder among his three field goals.
As the second half started, Grossmont appeared to right itself and
scored on their first possession of the half.
Michael Yancy broke off a long run to begin the half, and
Engstrom's 5-yd pass to Jeremy Bush less than 4 minutes into the third
quarter closed the gap to 16-14.
But then Grossmont fumbled, and Citrus took advantage.
A 49-yd pass from Akbarian to Chris Greenwade on third and long
resulted in an Owl touchdown. After
a penalty for excessive celebration, the extra point try was moved back
to the 18. But it didn't
matter as Cardenas, still kicking with the wind, nailed the 36-yard
extra point. That made it
23-14, which is where things stood entering the 4th quarter.
And then Grossmont fumbled again. This time it was RB Quinton Ganther who took advantage,
rambling 44 yds into the end zone for the score.
This time the extra point went wide (kicking into the wind),
keeping the score 29-14 Citrus. It
looked like a major upset was in the making.
But then the turnover bug bit the Owls.
A fumble with 9:29 left was recovered by Grossmont's Chanti
Bloomer, and that was the break the Griffins needed.
Less than a minute later, Engstrom carried the ball across the
goal line for a Grossmont touchdown.
Dontay Crowder carried the ball across for the 2-point
conversion, making it 29-22 with 8:35 left.
A fired-up Grossmont defense held and forced a Citrus punt.
Then Engstrom found Todd Watkins in the middle of the end zone
for a touchdown with 5:16 to go. All
Grossmont needed was a 1-point conversion to tie it, and they lined up
to kick. But of course it wasn't going to be that easy.
A bad snap ruined the conversion try, and though Watkins picked
up the ball and tried to carry it across, he was stopped short of the
goal line, leaving the score 29-28 Citrus.
However, Citrus was still unable to move the ball and had to punt.
Engstrom got the ball back with 3:52 left.
In less than half that time, the Griffins were knocking on the
door for the go-ahead touchdown. With
the ball on the Owls' 1-yard line, Kashun McClay carried it across the
But of course it couldn't be that easy.
There was a flag on the play, and it was against Grossmont for
holding. That backed the
Griffins up to the 11.
This time there was no denying Grossmont.
McClay took the handoff on the next play and went into the end
zone untouched, giving the Griffins the lead.
They converted the 2-point try on a pass from Engstrom to Kyle
Bachelor, making the score 36-29.
Citrus had one last chance, but Kyle Hollis intercepted Akbarian's
pass, clinching the win for Grossmont.
Engstrom finished the day 25 of 40 for 317 yds and 3 TDs plus 2
passes for 2-point conversions and a rushing TD.
Yancy led all rushers with 128 yds on 23 carries.
However, The Citrus defense held him in check for the most part;
42 of those yards came on the one play to begin the second half, and
even that was shortened by a facemask penalty (on Yancy) on the play.
He also caught 4 passes for 40 yds.
Kashun McClay had a strong game for the Griffins with 60 yds on 9
carries including the winning touchdown.
Jeremy Bush was the game's leading receiver with 6 catches for
74 yards. For Grossmont, a
remarkable total of 12 different receivers each caught at least one
Quinton Ganther led the Owls' running attack with 104 yds on 12 carries. Akbarian finished the day 14 of 27 for 140 yds and 2 TDs. But the real dynamo for Citrus was 5-5 DB Darryl Fisher. His bone-jarring hit on Grossmont's Bush in the 3rd quarter not only knocked the ball loose but knocked Bush out of the game. It was one of several big hits he delivered. And Fisher originally blocked Grossmont's first XPA and returned it for 2 points, only to have the play nullified by a personal foul penalty. He and DB Justin Sailor, who had one of Citrus' 4 interceptions, were outstanding all day for the Owls.
Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 1 p.m.
Grossmont College (Griffins) 36
Grossmont Escapes at Citrus, 36-29
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