Glendale Holds Off Moorpark

With a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute on which the defense stopped three consecutive plays from the 1-yard line, Glendale (4-1, 3-0) held off Moorpark (3-2, 2-1), 28-21, to remain unbeaten in division play and retain a share of the WSC-Pacific Division lead.

Moorpark had driven from its own 26 after getting the ball with 3:34 remaining and trailing by 7 points.  The Raiders converted a 4th & 10 play from their own 39 when quarterback Bryan Randolph scrambled for 12 yards.  Then a 27-yard pass to Conrad Meadows got the ball to the 22.  Moments later, a 10-yard run by James Clay moved the ball to the 3 and gave Moorpark first and goal.  A 2-yard run by Clay on first down made it second and goal from the 1.

Three times the Raiders tried a quarterback sneak with the 6-3 Randolph trying to push the ball across the goal line.  And three times the Vaquero defense turned him away.  On the final play of the game, Glendale's Josh Nesbitt jumped over the pile and met Randolph, pushing him back as time ran out, saving the victory.

With the margin of victory being just a few inches, it's no surprise that this game was evenly-played throughout the night.  Glendale broke a 21-21 tie with a touchdown with 7:53 remaining, and then held off the Raider offense twice to preserve the victory.

Early on, Glendale took a 7-0 lead when Shaun Kermah scored from a yard out to cap a short 44-yard drive.  James Wilson had returned the game's opening kickoff 43 yards to give the Vaqueros excellent field position, and seven plays later Glendale faced a 4th and goal from the 1.  On that fourth down, which took place at the same goal line the Vaqueros would successfully defend at the end of the game, Kermah powered into the end zone to make it 7-0.

Moorpark cut the margin to 7-3 on a 35-yard field goal by Nico Grasu late in the quarter at the end of a 12-play drive that covered 62 yards.  The key play on that drive was a 26-yard pass from Randolph to Tomas Nicacio that got the ball into Vaquero territory.

Glendale extended its lead to 14-3 early in the second quarter when Michael McDonald threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Bryant.  That capped a 14-play drive that began at the Glendale 34 after the kickoff following Moorpark's field goal.

The Glendale defense stopped Moorpark near midfield when James Walker was stopped for no gain on a 4th and 1 play at the Raider 49.  But two plays later, Kermah fumbled (for what turned out to be the only turnover of the game) and Sam Hollis recovered for Moorpark at the Raider 46.  The Raiders then put together an 8-play drive that ended when Randolph threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wolverton to cut the Glendale lead to 14-9.  On the extra point, Glendale's John Young appeared to get a finger on the ball and force the kick wide to the left, keeping the Vaqueros five points ahead at 14-9.

But later in the second quarter, Moorpark got another touchdown pass from Randolph to Wolverton down the same left sideline to take the lead.  This one was good for 38 yards, and made it 15-14 in favor of the Raiders.  On the conversion try, Randolph's pass intended for Paden Hart fell incomplete, but Moorpark had its first lead of the game with exactly a minute left before halftime.

And the Moorpark lead would last exactly one minute.  Rather than run out the clock and go into the second half trailing, Glendale went on the offensive and tried to re-take the lead.  A 23-yard run by Kermah got the Vaqueros into Raider territory, and two plays later McDonald threw a long pass down the field.  Freshman Kenny Suber made a spectacular catch of the ball, but hit the turf at the 1 yard-line.  After a spike of the ball with four seconds left, Glendale had just one more play.  Rather than take the sure field goal, the Vaqueros gambled for the touchdown.  After faking a handoff to Kermah (and drawing most of the Raider defense his way), McDonald ran a bootleg to the left corner of the end zone, scoring to put the Vaqueros ahead, 21-15.

Moorpark got the only score of the third quarter when Shelton Banks took a backwards pass from Randolph, pulled up and lofted a long pass to a wide-open Meadows.  The flanker option was good for 58 yards and pulled the Raiders even.  However, on the extra point, Grasu pulled the kick wide to the left, keeping the score tied at 21.

Glendale had a chance to re-take the lead early in the fourth quarter after driving to the Moorpark 8 following a 24-yard pass from McDonald to Chistopher Bryant and a 20-yard pass from McDonald to Mark Burt.  But three plays later, the Vaqueros had to settle for a 27-yard field goal attempt by Esteban Moreno, who pulled the kick wide to the left, keeping the score tied.

After a Moorpark punt, Glendale got the ball at its own 43 with 10:35 remaining in the game and put together what turned out to be the winning drive.  It took just six plays and covered 57 yards,  An 18-yard run by Christopher Bryant got the Vaqueros started.  Then an 9-yard pass from McDonald to Kermah, a 6-yard run by C. Bryant and a 13-yard personal foul penalty on Moorpark got the ball to the 12.  Two plays later, McDonald threw a short pass to Christopher Marshall, who dodged defenders and sprinted into the end zone from 15 yards out to give Glendale the lead.

Still, with 7:53 remaining, the Raiders had plenty of time to rally.  And they got excellent field position when Meadows returned the ensuing kickoff 36 yards to the 50.  But four plays later, the Raiders turned the ball over on downs at the 45 after Glendale's Ander Magee batted down Randolph passes on both third and fourth downs.

The Moorpark defense allowed just a single first down, however, giving the ball back to the offense with 3:34 left.  And the Raiders got the ball at the 26 after a short 12-yard punt by Glendale's Chandler Blevins.  But as close as Moorpark would get at the end of the drive, they just couldn't quite get the ball across the goal line.

For Glendale, McDonald finished 16 of 26 for 221 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.  Kermah led the Vaquero rushing attack with 121 yards on 12 carries; the Vaqueros combined for 240 yards on the ground, which helped them hold the ball for 37:34.  D. Bryant led Glendale receivers with 4 catches for 68 yards.

For Moorpark, Randolph finished 20 of 35 for 183 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.  The speedy Meadows had a spectacular game receiving with 7 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, and he also had the 36-yard kickoff return.  Walker led Raider rushers with 71 yards on 15 carries.  And the versatile Shelton Banks had 13 yards rushing, 5 catches for 20 yards receiving and the 58-yard touchdown pass on the flanker option.

The win improves Glendale to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the division.  The Vaqueros' next game is at home in two weeks against College of the Canyons, and will be there.

Moorpark falls to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the WSC-Pacific Division.

Glendale Vaqueros 28

Moorpark Raiders 21

Saturday, September 29, 2007 – 7 pm – Sartoris Field - Glendale
Western State Conference – Pacific Division

1st Quarter:    
G – Kermah 1 yd run (Moreno kick) 12:27 (7-0)
M – FG Grasu 35 yds 2:29 (7-3)

2nd Quarter:   
G – D.Bryant 29 yd pass from McDonald (Moreno kick) 11:22 (14-3)
M – Wolverton 16 yd pass from Randolph (kick wide left) 5:51 (14-9)
M – Wolverton 28 yd pass from Randolph (pass incomplete) 1:00 (14-15)
G – McDonald 1 yd run (Moreno kick) 0:00 (21-14)

3rd Quarter:   
M – Meadows 58 yd pass from Banks (kick wide left) 6:34 (21-21)

4th Quarter:
G – Marshall 15 yd pass from McDonald (Moreno kick) 7:53 (28-21)

Team Statistics:
First Downs:  Glendale 22 (11 rush, 11 pass), Moorpark 16 (6 rush, 10 pass)
Rushes-Yds:  Glendale 51-240, Moorpark 31-141
Passing Yds:  Glendale 221, Moorpark 241
Comp-Att-Int:  Glendale 16-27-0, Moorpark 21-36-0
Return Yds:  Glendale 94, Moorpark 72
Sacks-Yds:  Glendale 0-0, Moorpark 1-9
Fumbles-Lost:  Glendale 1-1, Moorpark 0-0
Penalties-Yds:  Glendale 5-35, Moorpark 3-29
Time of Possession:  Glendale 37:34, Moorpark 22:26

Individual Statistics:
Rushing:  Glendale 17-Kermah 12-121, 35-Torres 15-53, 6-D.Bryant 5-35, 36-Oliver 12-24, 2-McDonald 7-7; Moorpark 10-Walker 15-71, 36-Hunt 5-26, 11-Randolph 6-15, 26-Banks 2-13, 29-J.Clay 2-12, 4-Meadows 4-4
Passing:   Glendale 2-McDonald 16-26-0-221, 2 TDs; team 0-1-0-0; Moorpark 11-Randolph 20-35-0-183, 2 TDs; 26-Banks 1-1-0-58, 1 TD
Receiving:   Glendale 6-D.Bryant 4-68, 17-Kermah 3-16, 5-Burt 2-28, 21-Marshall 2-19, 36-Oliver 2-16, 24-Suber 1-43, 81-C.Bryant 1-24, 80-Spann 1-7; Moorpark 4-Meadows 7-120, 26-Banks 5-20, 28-Wolverton 4-68, 84-Nicacio 1-26, 96-Hart 1-5, 29-J.Clay 1-2, 36-Hunt 1-1, 10-Walker 1-(-1)
Fumble Recovery:  Moorpark 34-Hollis
Sack-Yds:  Moorpark 56-Vass-Goosby 1-9
Punters:   Glendale 28-Blevins 6-22.3 avg; Moorpark 91-Vazquez 4-37.5 avg
Kick Returns:  Glendale 32-Wilson 4-94; Moorpark 4-Meadows 1-36, 70-McCrae 1-25, 25-Largen 1-11
Punt Returns:  Glendale 19-McDonough 1-0; Moorpark none
Missed FG:  Glendale 42-Moreno 27 yds (wide left)
Notes:  Both teams entered 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the WSC-Pacific.  Moorpark was ranked #9 in the South and Glendale was ranked #12.  Goal Line Stand!   Moorpark had three chances from the 1 in the final minute but the Glendale defense held them off to preserve the win. Kermah's TD came on a fourth-down play.  Moorpark's 1st TD came after the Hollis' fumble recovery.  On the XPA, 3-Young might have gotten a finger on the ball as it sailed by.  McDonald's TD came on a bootleg as time ran out.  Banks' TD pass to Meadows was on a flanker option. 

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