Glendale Wins Battle of the Vaqueros

On a day when passing the ball was difficult and quick changes of direction were impossible, the Glendale (CA) Vaqueros got big games from a pair of powerful runners to edge the Santa Barbara Vaqueros, 17-14, on November 9th.

The Moyse Stadium field was a virtual sea of mud, making power-running the best strategy.  And Glendale's 250-pound Tyrone Burwell rushed for 163 yards and 215-pound Kartrell Clayton rushed for 111 more, and each scored a TD.  They combined for 68 yards rushing on Glendale's game-winning drive which set up  a 26-yard field goal by Rafael Orellana that provided the margin of victory.

Santa Barbara began the day's scoring using a big back of their own.  Jamaal Byrd (210 lbs) scored on a 7-yard run midway through the first quarter to put SBCC ahead, 7-0.  Byrd would finish with 107 yards on 30 carries to lead the Santa Barbara offense.

Glendale took advantage of a Byrd fumble to score their first TD late in the first quarter.  Fred Gamble recovered the fumble for Glendale near midfield, and just less than 4 minutes later Burwell powered through the pile from 1 yard out into the end zone.  However, the snap on the conversion was low, causing the kick to go low and wide and keeping the score 7-6 Santa Barbara.

On their next possession, Santa Barbara embarked on a long drive that took over 7 minutes off the clock and reached the Glendale 15.  However, the Glendale defense dug in and forced a 4th down play, and SBCC's Allan Miller was stopped at the 17 by Glendale's Christopher Lovejoy, ending that threat.

The Glendale offense responded to the strong defensive stand with a long drive of its own.  Covering 83 yards in just over 4 minutes, Glendale took the lead on a 5-yard run by Kartrell Clayton with just under 5 minutes left in the half.  Burwell powered through the line for the 2-point conversion, making it 14-7.

Santa Barbara was then the beneficiary of a fluke play, but was unable to capitalize on it.  On 4th down at the SBCC 47, Rich Meier's punt was partially blocked by Glendale's Othniel Hinckson.  But the ball crossed the line of scrimmage and hit an unsuspecting Alfred Perkins on the back of the leg at the Glendale 49, and SBCC recovered the loose ball.  But the offense was unable to get another first down, forcing another punt.  This one didn't hit anyone, and the half ended with Glendale ahead, 14-7.

To begin the second half, Jason Ball entered the game at QB for Santa Barbara, replacing Bryan Petersen (who apparently was injured late in the first half).  Ball tried something different:  passing the football.  It worked, and Ball's 16-yard TD pass to Brandon Nicholson plus Meier's extra point brought SBCC even at 14-14 less than 5 minutes into the second half.

On their next possession, Glendale faced 4th and long at their own 46.  And Santa Barbara got another break when punter Jonathan Overturf dropped the snap.  He tried to run for the first down, but was tackled immediately, giving SBCC the ball at the Glendale 31.  A run by Byrd got the ball to the 20, but three plays later the ball was still at the Glendale 21 and SBCC had to settle for a 38-yard field goal attempt.  Meier's kick, out of the muddy middle of the field, sailed wide left, keeping the score knotted at 14.

After an exchange of punts, Glendale got the ball at its own 23 with 12:10 left.  With either Burwell or Clayton carrying the ball on each play, Glendale drove deep into SBCC territory, and most importantly advanced beyond the muddy part of the field and onto the small grassy patch inside the 20.  The drive took over 9 minutes and reached the SBCC 9.  That's when Orellana came on to kick the winning field goal.  His kick from 26 yards gave Glendale a 17-14 lead with 3:01 to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, Andre Vines returned the ball 18 yards to the SBCC 45 with nearly 3 minutes left.  But a pair of Byrd runs gained zero yards, and a pair of Ball passes fell incomplete.  Glendale took over on downs with 1:49 left and ran out the clock.

Saturday, November 9, 2002 - 1 p.m.
at Moyse Stadium (GHS), Glendale, CA
A Western State Conference (Mountain Division) Game

Glendale Community College (Vaqueros)  17
Santa Barbara City College  (Vaqueros)  14

1st Quarter:

SB – Byrd 7 yard run (Meier kick) 8:38 -- 0-7
G – Burwell 1 yard run (kick low after bad snap) 0:48 -- 6-7 

2nd Quarter:

G – Clayton 5 yard run (Burwell run) 4:42 -- 14-7

3rd Quarter:

SB – Nicholson 16 yard pass from Ball (Meier kick) 10:12 -- 14-14

4th Quarter:

G – FG Orellana 26 yards 3:01 -- 17-14

Team Statistics: Glendale Santa Barbara
First Downs 20 (1 pass; 19 run)  17 (4 pass;11 run; 2 pen)
Rushes – Yards 54-250 53-153
Passing Yards 31 53
Comp - Att – Int 5-7-0 5-11-0
Return Yards 65 39
Sacks – Yards 2-11 1-8
Fumbles – Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties – Yards 8-60 2-10
Time of Possession 31:45 28:15

Individual Statistics:


G:  6-Burwell 24-163, 5-Clayton 24-111, 16-Latham 1-1, 7-Ziska 4-(10), 30-Overturf 1-(-15)
SB:  43-Byrd 30-107, 10-Peterson 5-30, 42-Al.Miller 10-20, 34-Johnson 3-10, 45-Tremblay 1-0, 14-Ball 4-(-14)


G:  7-Ziska 5-7-0-31
SB:  14-Ball 4-9-0-43, 1 TD; 10-Petersen 1-2-0-10


G:  3-McGee 2-8, 44-S.Taylor 1-10, 42-Giangrasso 1-8, 46-P.Williams 1-5
SB:  37-Nicholson 3-38, 88-Risi 1-10, 5-Eckmans 1-5


G:  30-Overturf 3-21.0 avg
SB:  52-Meier 3-27.0 avg

Kick Ret:

G:  2-Riley 1-29, 3-McGee 1-22, 6-Burwell 1-8 
SB:  8-Riley 1-21, 25-Vines 1-18

Punt Ret:

G:  17-Holt 1-6, 35-Perkins 1-0
SB:  none


G 2:  23-A.Young, 50-Gamble
SB 1:  2-Conway

Missed FG:

SB:  52-Meier 38 yards (wide left)


Both teams are now 3-5.  It never rained more than a drizzle during the game but the field was very muddy and the footing was horrible.  Ball replaced Peterson (who apparently was injured) at QB for SBCC to start 2nd half.  SBCC's 1st punt was partially blocked by Hinckson, went 4 yards beyond the line of scrimmage and hit an unsuspecting Perkins on the leg; SBCC recovered but couldn't move the ball and ended up punting again.  Glendale's 1st TD followed a Byrd fumble that was recovered by Gamble.  Overturf's "run" was a dropped punt snap; SBCC's missed FGA followed.  On Glendale's game-winning drive they went 68 yards in 9:09, all on runs by Burwell and Clayton.  

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