|Before the start of the game head coach Walt Justice
decided to start Sammy Chavez instead of the redshirt freshman Bellinger.
"I hung in there and I knew that if I was given a chance I would have to bring my team through," said Bellinger. "I ran in that touchdown, but I couldn't have done it with out the guys blocking for me. It was a good team effort."
Justice said that the two-point conversion play had been added to the playbook three days earlier. The play had work during practice so much that Justice felt comfortable going rather than kicking the PAT for the tie.
"I couldn't have written a better script," said Justice. "To come back in the fourth quarter and win with a two-point play. It was team effort."
The game's exciting pace was set from the opening kickoff when Jaguars receiver Chad Donaldson returned the kick 81 yards for a touchdown. On the Jags' second possession of the game Donaldson caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Chavez that made it 14-0. At halftime the Cougars had evened up the score at 14 all.
The Jaguars defense started the second half the same way they ended the first, allowing L.A. Southwest's Dale Hester to run it in for a touchdown. The Cougars took a 21-14 lead.
After scoring the go ahead touchdown The Jags' defense stopped the Cougars on three plays, allowing Bellinger and the offense to run out the clock.
"Defensively we're young and have some growing pains, but we came through in the end," said Justice who after the game's final whistle turned his attention to Palomar College. The Comets are ranked 12th in the nation. "I'll celebrate the win for about an hour and then it's time to prepare for the Comets next week."
The Jaguars improve their winning streak to four games. They will play Palomar this Saturday at Escondido High School. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Bellinger, Fresh, 7-10 60 yards, 0 INTs and 0 TD
Andrew Follins, Fresh, 11-77 yards 0 TDs
Matt Gravette, Soph, 3-27 yards
Donaldson, Soph, (kickoff return), 1-81 yards 1 TD (LA kicked away rest
of the game)