Garcia finished 21 of 26 for 192 yards and threw first-half scoring passes to Matt Cheaney, who led all receivers with 10 catches for 108 yards, and Mishaun Marshall. And the Owl defense held off a late Glendale charge in the final minutes to preserve the win for Citrus.
Glendale trailed 17-7 before Estaban Moreno kicked a 31-yard field goal with 2:33 left in the game. After the Vaquero defense forced a Citrus punt, Michael McDonald completed long passes to Christopher Bryant and Chachi Spann to move the ball deep into Citrus territory in the final minute. But after reaching the Owl 25, the drive was turned back when Devin Johnson sacked McDonald for a 13-yard loss and, on a fourth-down play moments later, Gunnar Bundesmann knocked McDonald down as he threw, smothering his final pass attempt and giving Citrus the ball and the win.
It was a game of defense and ball control, with Citrus putting together scoring drives of 8:14 and 6:16 in the first half to take a 10-0 lead. Then, after Andrew Cedergren recovered a fumble by Glendale’s Donald Oliver and returned it 45 yards to the Vaquero 28, Garcia threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marshall five plays later to make it 17-0.
Glendale answered with a quick, four-play drive on its next possession to cut the lead to 17-7. A 55-yard pass from McDonald to Spann got the ball deep into Citrus territory. After a pass interference penalty against Citrus, Shaun Kermah scored on a one-yard run with 2:42 left before halftime to get the Vaqueros on the board.
Then neither team scored until Moreno’s field goal brought the Vaqueros within 7 points with 2:33 left in the game. Glendale entered Citrus territory only once before that in the second half, but punted the ball away from the Owl 32 early in the third quarter. However, the Citrus offense managed just 4 first downs the entire second half and punted on each of its first five possessions.
Finally, Glendale put together a scoring drive that ended with the Moreno field goal that made it a one-score game. On the ensuing kickoff, the Vaqueros tried an onsides kick, but Matthew Rice recovered the ball for Citrus. However, three offensive plays gained just five yards, forcing Citrus to punt the ball away.
The punt went into the end zone, giving Glendale possession at the 20 with 1:41 left. McDonald began the drive with a 29-yard pass to Christopher Bryant. After a spike to stop the clock and a (conventional) incomplete pass, McDonald threw a 26-yard pass to Spann to get the ball to the 25. But that’s where the drive ended. After another clock-stopping spike on first down, Johnson sacked McDonald for a 13-yard loss on second down. Then came another spike, leaving Glendale facing a 4th and 23. On fourth down, McDonald was hit as he threw by Bundesmann, who at the same time knocked the ball to the turf, giving the Owls possession with 30 seconds left and sealing the win.
Citrus took the early lead thanks largely to Garcia’s pinpoint passing. The 6-4 sophomore completed an 11-play drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to Cheaney early in the second quarter. And after Cedergren’s fumble return, Garcia threw a 5-yard pass to Marshall to make it 17-0. A 40-yard field goal by Jarred Gross, which capped a methodical 15-play, 73-yard drive that consumed 8:14, gave the Owls a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.
For Glendale, McDonald finished 14 of 30 passing for 226 yards. Spann had 3 catches for 96 yards and Christopher Marshall had 4 catches for 41 yards to lead Vaquero receivers. Brandon Torres rushed for a game-high 56 yards on 9 carries. Brian Lynch registered a pair of sacks for the Glendale defense, and McDonough picked off his 8th pass of the season, the top total in Southern California.
With the win, Citrus would seem to have an edge over Glendale for what may well be the final spot for a postseason bowl bid. Both teams are 6-4 and 5-2 in the WSC-Pacific division, and both were hovering near the cut-off mark for bowl selection in the latest polls. Bowl selection as well as playoff pairings will be announced early this week by the COA.
Citrus Owls 17
Glendale Vaqueros 10
Saturday, November 10, 2007 – 1 pm – Citrus College – Glendora
WSC – Pacific Division
C – FG Gross 40 yds 5:20 (3-0)
C – Cheaney 10 yd pass from J. Garcia (Gross kick) 11:15 (10-0)
C – M. Marshall 5 yd pass from J. Garcia (Gross kick) 4:12 (17-0)
G – Kermah 1 yd run (Moreno kick) 2:42 (17-7)
3rd Quarter: No Scoring
G – FG Moreno 31 yds 2:33 (17-10)
First Downs: Citrus 18 (6 rush, 12 pass), Glendale 17 (6 rush, 9 pass, 2 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Citrus 38-104, Glendale 28-84
Passing Yds: Citrus 192, Glendale 226
Comp-Att-Int: Citrus 21-26-1, Glendale 14-33-1
Return Yds: Citrus 72, Glendale 111
Sacks-Yds: Citrus 3-34, Glendale 2-9
Fumbles-Lost: Citrus 1-1, Glendale 1-1
Penalties-Yds: Citrus 3-33, Glendale 8-50
Time of Possession: Citrus 32:52, Glendale 27:08
Rushing: Citrus 21-Winbush 14-45, 35-Davis 7-23, 36-Ridgeway 9-23, 33-M.Marshall 3-14, 12-J.Garcia 4-1, team 1-(-2); Glendale 35-Torres 9-56, 17-Kermah 9-38, 32-Wilson 4-9, 6-D.Bryant 1-0, 36-Oliver 1-(-2), 2-McDonald 4-(-17)
Passing: Citrus 12-J.Garcia 21-26-1-192, 2 TDs; Glendale 2-McDonald 14-30-1-226; team 0-3-0-0
Receiving: Citrus 19-Cheaney 10-108, 80-M.Castaneda 4-48, 21-Winbush 2-11, 33-M.Marshall 2-7, 81-LaCount 1-16, 14-J.Castaneda 1-3, 36-Ridgeway 1-(-1); Glendale 21-C.Marshall 4-41, 80-Spann 3-96, 81-C.Bryant 3-44, 17-Kermah 2-14, 6-D.Bryant 1-17, 36-Oliver 1-14
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Citrus 5-Sutton 1-0; Glendale 19-McDonough 1-3
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: Citrus 45-Cedergren 1-45; Glendale 55-Magee 1-0
Sacks: Citrus 44-Johnson, 91-Lange-Casillas, 20-Clark 1/2, 55-Bundesmann 1/2; Glendale 55-Lynch 2-9
Punters: Citrus 15-Somes 5-38.0 avg; Glendale 28-Blevens 6-37.2 avg
Kick Returns: Citrus 4-Roberson 1-17; Glendale 32-Wilson 3-55, 21-C.Marshall 1-21
Punt Returns: Citrus 5-Sutton 3-10; Glendale 19-McDonough 3-32
Notes: Both teams are now 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the WSC-Pacific. Glendale entered ranked #13 in the South while Citrus entered #15 in the South. Garcia completed his first 16 pass attempts, setting a school record and building the 17-point lead, before McDonough’s interception (his 8th of the season – leads SoCal) with one minute left in the first half. Citrus’ 3rd TD came after Cedergren’s fumble recovery & return to the Glendale 28. Glendale’s defense held Citrus to just 4 first downs in the second half. Glendale tried an onsides kick after its FG; 83-Rice recovered for Citrus but the Vaquero defense forced a punt four plays later. And the Vaqueros drove to the Citrus 25 in the final minute but a 13-yard sack by Johnson and a pass knockdown by Bundesmann ended the threat and preserved the win.