Southwest Too Much for West LA, 34-12

LA Southwest scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to break open a close game and claim a 34-12 win September 28th at West LA College.QB Chris Phillips completed 13 of 26 passes for 177 yds and a TD, and TE Chazley Foster threw a 33-yd TD pass on an option play to power the offense. WR/P James Thompson had 3 catches for 67 yds and a strong performance punting for the Cougars.

But the LASW defense had a big day as well with 6 sacks, 2 interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.  The defensive front 4 of Elijuawon Thompson, Ernest Davis, Andrew Gill and Leo Nobles controlled the line all afternoon, making things difficult for the West LA QBs.

And the Cougar defensive line was in the middle of the key play of the game as well.  Early in the 4th quarter, West LA trailed 13-12 but had driven to the LASW 12 yard line.  As Oiler QB Paulo Newman dropped back to pass, Robles charged in and blindsided him, knocking the ball loose.  Gill picked up the ball at the Cougar 20 and returned it all the way to the Oiler 20.  Three plays later, Phillips threw a 16-yard pass to Rex Stewart to extend Southwest's lead to 20-12.  And the Oilers never really threatened again.

After an Oiler punt, the Cougars made it 27-12 on the trick play.  Phillips fired a lateral to Foster along the left sideline, and the big Tight End found a wide-open David Whaley behind the defense for a 33-yard scoring play. 

Entering the 4th quarter, the game had been a defensive standoff.  The first quarter ended scoreless, and each team's offense had managed only one scoring drive of more than 2 yards. 

West LA took the lead when Newman entered the game in the second quarter in place of starter Andre Smith.  Newman's mobility fared a little better against the fierce pass rush than had the more dropback-oriented Smith.  After a bad snap had pinned the Oilers at their own 2 yard line, on the next play Newman scrambled and found Chico Mackey open in the middle of the field for a 39-yard gain.  After 2 more passes to Mackey, West LA was in scoring position, and Newman capped off the drive with a 14-yard scoring pass to Tony Griffin.  The extra point attempt, however, was low, which kept the score 6-0.

LA Southwest answered back on their next drive.  Two long passes from Phillips to James Thompson got the Cougars close.  Then Dale Hester scored the first of his 2 TDs of the game on a 3-yard run with 1:53 left in the half.  Dennys DeLeon's extra point kick made it 7-6 Cougars.

The Southwest defense struck next when Calvin Dumas grabbed an errant Smith pass and returned it 22 yards for a score.  The extra point was wide, leaving the Cougars 7 points ahead at 13-6.

West LA took advantage of a Cougar mistake for its next score.  A bad snap on a punt forced James Thompson to run with the ball, and he was tackled at his own 2 yard line.  Three plays later, Marquis Watson powered through the line and scored from a yard out.  However, on the extra point attempt the Oilers were assessed penalties for a false start and for unsportsmanlike conduct, making the XPA a 41-yard attempt.  Chico Mackey's kick fell just short of the bar, keeping it 13-12 Cougars, which is where things stood before Nobles and Gill combined on the sack and fumble recovery.

For West LA, Newman finished 12 of 19 for 150 yds and a TD in a relief effort.  Smith was 16 of 31 for 113 yds but also threw 2 interceptions.  The more mobile Newman also ran for 23 yds on 12 carries, making him West LA's leading rusher.  Mackey led all receivers with 12 catches for 92 yds.

Dale Hester of LA Southwest carried 16 times for just 34 yds, but claimed game honors for rushing and scored 2 TDs.  J.Thompson and DeShawn Edmonds each caught 3 passes to lead Southwest.  DL Elijuawon Thompson had 3 of Southwest's 6 sacks.  Calvin Dumas had the interception he returned for a TD and later recovered a fumble.

With the win, LA Southwest improves its record to 2-1.  West LA falls to 1-2.

Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 7 p.m.
at West LA College, Culver City, CA
A Western State Conference – Pacific Division Game

LA Southwest College (Cougars)  34
West LA College (Oilers)  12

1st Quarter:
No Scoring

2nd Quarter:
WLA – Griffin 14 yd pass from Newman (kick low) 4:58 -- 0-6
SW – Hester 3 yd run (DeLeon kick) 1:50 -- 7-6

3rd Quarter:
SW – Dumas 22 yd interception return (kick wide right) 11:53 -- 13-6
WLA – Watson 1 yd run (kick short) 5:44 -- 13-12

4th Quarter:
SW – Stewart 16 yd pass from Phillips (DeLeon kick) 11:59 -- 20-12
SW – Whaley 33 yd pass from Foster (DeLeon kick) 7:31 -- 27-12
SW – Hester 15 yd run (DeLeon kick) 2:07 -- 34-12

Team Statistics: West LA LA Southwest
First Downs 23 (11 pass; 6 run; 6 pen) 14 (10 pass; 3 run; 1 pen)
Rushes – Yards 27-16 16-34
Passing Yards 263 210
Comp - Att – Int 28-50-2 14-27-0
Return Yards 78 168
Sacks – Yards 2-8 6-56
Fumbles – Lost 5-2 2-0
Penalties – Yards 14-122 11-100
Time of Possession 35:06 24:54 

Individual Statistics:

WLA:  13-Newman 12-23, 17-A.Smith 7-5, 28-Moreno 3-4, 44-Watson 1-1, 5-Mackey 2-1, team 2-(-18) SW:  4-Hester 16-34, 30-Wheeler 4-16, 38-Jacobs 3-11, 34-Hogan 1-3, 33-Harper 2-3, 16-Phillips 3-(-9), 11-J.Thompson 1-(-13)

WLA:  13-Newman 12-19-0-150, 1 TD; 17-A.Smith 16-31-2-113 SW:  16-C.Phillips 13-26-0-177, 1 TD; 15-Foster 1-1-0-33, 1 TD

WLA: 5-C.Mackey 12-92, 1-J.Walker 6-52, 3-T.Griffin 5-56, 8-Hollis 2-33, 80-S.Christian 2-25, 23-M.Jackson 1-5 SW:  11-J.Thompson 3-67, 14-Edmond 3-30, 19-Whaley 2-46, 6-R.Stewart 2-30, 4-Hester 1-27, 33-Harper 1-6, 1-B.Thompson 1-3, 38-Jacobs 1-1

WLA:  3-Griffin 7-35.7 avg SW:  11-J.Thompson 8-35.1 avg; 2-Cooper 1-24

Kick Ret:
WLA:  2-L.Henderson 5-81, 44-Watson 1-0 SW:  3-Piper 2-46, 18-Moore 1-12

Punt Ret:
WLA:  2-L.Henderson 2-(-3) SW:  6-R.Stewart 3-28

Int-Ret Yds:
WLA:  none SW:  23-Dumas 1-22, 8-Chindah 1-0

Fum Rec-R Yds:
WLA:  none SW:  56-Gill 1-60, 23-Dumas 1-0

WLA 2:  43-Decuir, 90-Horne SW 6:  97-Scott 3, 9-Nobles, 53-Eric Davis, 56-Gill

Notes: Both teams entered 1-1.  Smith started at QB for WLA; Newman entered in 2nd quarter and they both saw plenty of action the rest of the way.  WLA's 2nd TD came after a bad punt snap gave the Oilers the ball at the SW 2. Key play of the game:  early 4th qtr – WLA had ball at SW 12 – Nobles sacked Nobles, causing fumble - Gill recovered and returned to the WLA 20.  LASW scored 3 plays later and took control of the game. Foster's pass was on a flanker option play.  Thompson's "run" was on the bad punt snap mentioned above. Hester's 2nd TD came 1 play after WLA lost the ball on downs.  WLA's 2nd XPA was from 41 yds out after penalties of 5 and 15 yds were assessed on the initial try.  Mackey's kick fell just short.  Rodriguez tried WLA's 1st XPA. The game was played in intermittent rain though it never got heavy enough to affect play.


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