Torres rushed for 63 yards and scored the game's first touchdown, while Kermah rushed for 76 yards and scored the touchdown that clinched the win for Glendale with 5:10 left in the game. And the Vaquero ground attack helped Glendale hold the ball for more than 20 of the 30 minutes in the second half.
And the Glendale defense did the rest. Led by Jason Barbic, who returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter, and Josh Nesbitt, who was a visible presence on the defensive front all night, the Vaquero defense surrendered just six points in the game, one less than Barbic’s interception generated. The Corsairs were held to just 185 yards of total offense and 10 first downs.
Early on both defenses controlled play as the teams combined for six punts and a fumble in the first quarter, which ended with the game still scoreless. There was also a bizarre moment when a Glendale punt attempt ended with a "do-over" after an inadvertent whistle stopped the play prematurely. After a low snap, Glendale punter Chandler Blevens was tackled as he attempted to kick and the ball went to Ray McDonough. As McDonough began to turn upfield, the whistle blew, depriving the 6-2 sophomore of what appeared to be an open field. After a lengthy discussion, the play was ruled "no play" and Glendale was given another chance to punt, which they did.
Glendale finally got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when Torres scored from one yard out to cap a 9-play, 51-yard drive. Then just less than two minutes later, Santa Monica lined up to punt and had its own misadventure with a bad punt snap. The ball sailed over punter Fernando Espinosa’s head and came to rest at the Corsair 6, where Espinosa turned and kicked it soccer-style off the ground and out of bounds. After the penalty for the illegal kick, Glendale took over at the Santa Monica 3, the Vaqueros appeared poised to take a 14-0 lead but Kermah fumbled just short of the goal line. Santa Monica recovered in the end zone with Trevon Cole appearing to cover the ball for the Corsairs, keeping the score 7-0.
Later in the second quarter, Santa Monica got on the board on another Glendale problem with the punting game when Devyn Clayborn broke through the middle of the Vaquero line and blocked Blevens’ punt attempt. The ball bounced to the Vaquero 6, where Chris Aragon picked it up and carried it into the end zone for the score. But Espinosa’s extra point try was wide left, leaving Glendale with a 7-6 lead. And that’s what the score remained at halftime.
In the third quarter, Glendale appeared to get the break it was looking for when McDonough intercepted a Eleston Thompson pass. But a pass interference penalty away from the ball negated the play and gave the ball back to Santa Monica. On the very next play, however, Barbic stepped in front of a receiver along the left sideline, intercepted the pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-6.
Glendale got a field goal to increase its lead to 11 points late in the third quarter after a Michael McDonald pass deflected off the fingertips of Santa Monica’s Michael Cleveland and into the hands of Glendale's Lucas Williams at the Corsair 25. After one more first down, Glendale faced a 4th and 10 but Chris Chapman came on to kick a 31-yard field goal to make it a two-score game at 17-6.
Finally, midway through the final quarter, Glendale took complete control of the game. After a Blevens punt pinned Santa Monica deep in its own end, the Glendale defense forced Santa Monica into a punting situation, facing 4th and 7 at its own 11. Espinosa’s punt was short, and bounced back towards the Santa Monica goal, going just 25 yards and giving the Vaqueros the ball at the 36. And then the Vaqueros went on a 10-play, 36-yard drive that chewed up over seven minutes off the clock. When Kermah scored from 1 yard out on a 4th and goal play, Glendale had a 24-6 lead with 5:10 left in the game.
Santa Monica got a quick score when starting quarterback Lagman Nasouf, who sat out in favor of Thompson for the second and third quarters, returned and completed a 15-yard pass to Daron Bartholomew to the Glendale 33. Then on the next play, Nasouf threw a backwards pass to Bartholomew towards the left sideline. The speedy Bartholomew then sprinted around the left side of the line and into the end zone for the score to make it 24-12. Glendale's Rene Perez tackled Nasouf on the Corsairs' two-point conversion try, keeping it a 12-point game with 3:33 left.
Santa Monica tried an onsides kick on the kickoff, but Barbic recovered for Glendale at the Santa Monica 40. Three plays later, Mark Henson scored from 29 yards out on his only offensive play of the game (he mostly played linebacker) to close out the scoring and seal the win for Glendale.
Glendale Vaqueros 31
Santa Monica Corsairs 12
Saturday, September 15, 2007 – 7 pm – Santa Monica College
G – Torres 1 yd run (Chapman kick) 14:26 (7-0)
SM – Aragon 6 yd return of blocked punt (kick wide left) 7:08 (7-6)
G – Barbic 44 yd interception return (Chapman kick) 7:23 (14-6)
G – FG Chapman 31 yds 2:01 (17-6)
G – Kermah 1 yd run (Chapman kick) 5:10 (24-6)
SM – Batholomew 33 yd run (run failed) 3:33 (24-12)
G – Henson 29 yd run (Chapman kick) 1:24 (31-12)
First Downs: Santa Monica 10 (5 rush, 3 pass, 2 penalty), Glendale 16 (10 rush, 5 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Santa Monica 32-102, Glendale 48-186
Passing Yds: Santa Monica 83, Glendale 98
Comp-Att-Int: Santa Monica 8-27-1, Glendale 7-22-0
Return Yds: Santa Monica 111, Glendale 90
Sacks-Yds: Santa Monica 1-6, Glendale 1-2
Fumbles-Lost: Santa Monica 5-2, Glendale 2-2
Penalties-Yds: Santa Monica 9-68, Glendale 12-101
Time of Possession: Santa Monica 24:20, Glendale 35:40
Rushing: Santa Monica 5-Bartholomew 23-117, 33-Hayes 4-10, 17-Nasouf 3-4, 8-Howell 1-(-2), team 1-(-27); Glendale 17-Kermah 22-76, 35-Torres 15-63, 40-Henson 1-29, 8-Thompson 5-16,
2-McDonald 3-4, team 2-(-2)
Passing: Santa Monica 8-Howell 3-15-1-45, 17-Nasouf 5-12-0-38;
Glendale 2-McDonald 7-22-0-98
Receiving: Santa Monica 1-Mack 3-39, 5-Bartholomew 2-20, 3-Martin 2-12, 85-K.Cole 1-12;
Glendale 81-Bryant 3-21, 82-L.Williams 2-52, 80-Spann 1-14, 21-Marshall 1-11
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Santa Monica none; Glendale 27-Barbic 1-44
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: Santa Monica 7-Aragon 1-0, 58-T.Cole 1-0;
Glendale 3-Young 1-3, 62-Klintworth 1-0
Sacks-Yds: Santa Monica 93-Miller 1-6; Glendale 51-Valentine 1-2
Punters: Santa Monica 10-Espinosa 8-27.8 avg; Glendale 28-Blevens 7-31.6 avg + 1 blk
Kick Returns: Santa Monica 19-Ramsey 4-62, 33-Hayes 1-17, 1-Mack 1-0;
Glendale 32-Wilson 1-21, 82-L.Williams 1-18
Punt Returns: Santa Monica 20-Clayborn 1-22, 7-Aragon 0-6, 4-Richard 1-4, 22-Ortiz 2-0;
Glendale 19-McDonough 1-4
Notes: Glendale entered 1-1 while Santa Monica entered 0-2. Nasouf started at QB for SMC, played the first quarter and the last two series. Howell entered in the 2nd quarter and played until Nasouf returned with 5:10 left. With 6:53 left in the first qtr Glendale went back to punt but the snap was short and Blevens was tackled as he tried to kick. The ball sailed to McDonough 9 yards behind the line of scrimmage but he appeared to have a lot of room to run when the whistle blew. After much discussion amongst the officials the play was ruled “no play” because of the inadvertent whistle. 20-Clayborn blocked the punt that Aragon returned for the TD. McDonough had an int negated by a PI penalty away from the ball but on the next play came Barbic's int & touchdown. Glendale put the game away with a 10-play, 36-yd drive that took 7:10 and ended with Kermah's TD. 73-Perez sacked Nasouf on SMC’s 2-point conversion try after its second touchdown. Then the Corsairs tried an onsides kick but Barbic recovered for Glendale and Henson scored 3 plays later to clinch the win. Glendale held the ball for 20:01 of the second half.