Long Beach comes up short vs. Cerritos

Long Beach City College had two fourth quarter red zone scoring chances but couldn't come through, as Cerritos College held on to win tonight's game by a final score of 6-3 in a Mission Conference Northern Division match up in Long Beach.

A wet and soggy playing field made ball control difficult, as both teams combined to fumble 10 times. Cerritos (186 yards rushing) and Long Beach (144 yards) both kept the ball on the ground, while only passing for 19 and 45 yards, respectively.

LBCC opened the scoring at 8:41 in the first quarter with a 27-yard field goal by freshman Jeff Hastings.

The Vikings' defense held Cerritos to just 15 yards of offense in the first half, but the Falcons came alive in the second. Freshman running back Carlos Velasquez closed a 59-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left in the third quarter. Cerritos missed the PAT kick.

Long Beach sophomore running back Craig Richardson had another outstanding game in a losing effort, rushing for 128 yards on 23 carries. Richardson now has 1,128 yards on the season, which moved him to No. 2 on the all-time LBCC career rushing list with 2,297 yards. He needs just 99 yards to break Homer Williams' (1962-63) record total of 2,395 yards.

Jermaine Whiten ran for 98 yards on 16 carries for Cerritos, while Velasquez had 60 yards rushing on 9 carries.

With the win, Cerritos improves to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Mission Conference Northern Division. The Falcons also take home the "Crosstown Cup," the new perpetual trophy given to the winner of the rivalry game. The loss drops the Vikings to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Northern Division.

Long Beach returns to action next week in a division game at Mt. San Antonio College. Kickoff is set for 6 pm.

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