Canyons Tops Compton in a Wild One

Tyrell Smith and J.J. Arrington each scored 3 TDs, and Kyle Bauer threw for 4 TDs, as College of the Canyons outlasted Compton, 63-40, November 23rd at COC. The Cougars ralllied from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat the Tartars and claim the Western State Conference Pacific Division championship for the third straight season.

It was a game with a lot of offense, yet one of the game's key sequences began with a punt.  COC faced a 4th down at its own 40 early in the 3rd quarter with Compton leading, 32-21 when Josh Cummings boomed a 52-yard punt, sending return man Alvin Marshall back to his own 8 and only a few yards from the sideline.  The Cougars converged quickly, tackling Marshall at his own 5.  Three plays later, Compton QB Brandon Brooks' pass was intercepted by Greg McCardell at the Tartars' 28.  Less than 2 minutes later, COC scored on a 14-yard run by Arrington.

After three downs and a 13-yard punt by Tartars punter Edgardo Renoso, COC got the ball at the Compton 38.  On the next play, Bauer found Tyrell Smith in the corner of the end zone for a 38-yard TD pass, giving COC a lead it would hold the rest of the game.

Compton took an early 6-0 lead on a 56-yard TD pass on a flanker option play.  Marshall took the handoff and rolled right, but instead of running, he stopped and threw the ball to a wide-open Cedric Dawley, who was several yards behind the defense.  The kick was wide, but Compton had a 6-0 lead just over 3 minutes into the game.

Canyons answered back quickly and took the lead on a 29-yard pass from Kyle Bauer to TE Brian Miller.  Jason Tompkins' kick gave the Cougars a 7-6 lead.  And Canyons extended their lead on their next possession when Tyrell Smith caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Bauer.

But Compton hung tough, as they would throughout the afternoon and tied the game before the quarter was over.  A 15-yard pass from Brooks to Joshua Smith closed the gap to 14-12, and the Tartars decided to go for the tie.  Brooks' toss to Marshall on the conversion made it 14-14, which is where the first quarter ended.

Canyons took a lead early in the second quarter on J.J. Arrington's first TD, a 4-yard run.  That drive was set up by a 47-yard punt return by COC's Ramon Perry.

Then Compton responded with a drive that took 4:18 off the clock, the longest drive of the day for either team.  A 9-yard pass from Brooks to Dawley with 8:04 left in the half brought Compton to within a point at 21-20, but Erie Brown's XPA was wide again, keeping COC in the lead. 

COC drove deep into Compton territory just before halftime, but when the drive stalled they were forced to settle for a 26-yard field goal attempt, and Jason Tompkins' kick was wide right.

On the next play, Compton extended their lead when Alvin Marshall burst around the right side and down the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown run.  Compton's 2-point conversion attempt failed, but the Tartars took a 26-21 into the locker room at halftime.

Compton extended their lead to 32-21 on their first possession of the second half when Brooks found Joshua Smith for a 46-yard scoring pass.  And things seemed to be going Compton's way when the defense forced COC to punt on their next possession, but that punt, the 52-yarder by Cummings, was the point at which things turned in favor of the Cougars.

Canyons extended their lead on Arrington's 3rd TD of the day, a 1-yard plunge 38 seconds into the 4th quarter.  And that lead got even bigger less than 3 minutes later when Tyrell Smith took a short pass along the left sideline, broke through a tackle and outran the Compton secondary into the end zone for an 87-yard scoring play.  That made it 49-32 in favor of COC with just under 12 minutes left.

Compton rallied on another long TD of their own, a 37-yard strike from Brooks to Alvin Marshall.  Brooks found Jajuan Doakes on a pass for the 2-point conversion, making the score 49-40 with just over 6 minutes remaining.  And Compton lined up to try an onsides kick on the ensuing kickoff.

But COC's Ramon Perry fielded the bouncing ball at the Compton 38, and he just kept running.  He went untouched into the Tartar end zone for the touchdown, making the score 56-40. 

COC scored the game's final TD on a 15-yard run by backup QB Neil Gunn, who had entered the game earlier on the drive after Bauer was shaken up. 

For the game, Compton actually had the better of many of the statistics.  The Tartars racked up 558 yards of offense and 27 first downs.  Brandon Brooks finished 26 of 53 passing for 376 yards and 4 TDs.  Cedric Dawley caught 10 passes for 186 yards and a pair of TDs.  Joshua Smith had 3 catches for 80 yards and 2 TDs.  And then there was Alvin Marshall:  117 yards rushing on 11 carries, 123 yards receiving on 9 catches, 65 yards on returns, and a 56-yard TD pass on a halfback option.  In all, Marshall had a hand in 361 yards and 3 TDs, and he also caught a pass for a 2-point conversion.

It was just another typical game for the Cougars, average nearly 54 points per game.  Bauer finished 22 of 40 for 311 yards and 4 TDs.  J.J. Arrington rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries and also caught 4 passes for 35 yards.  Tyrell Smith had 7 catches for 191 yards and 3 TDs, giving him 12 TD catches on the season (a new COC record).  For the defense, DL Lex Maka had 3 sacks, and DL Dennis Ellis had 2 sacks and a blocked XPA.  Return specialist Ramon Perry had a punt return of 47 yards and the TD kickoff return.  And of course there was punter Josh Cummings, who averaged 46 yards per kick on 5 punts, including the key 52-yarder.

With the win, College of the Canyons moves to 9-1.  They entered the game ranked #3 in Southern California. Compton, which entered ranked 9th, falls to 7-2.

Saturday, November 23, 2002 - 4 p.m.
at Cougar Stadium (COC), Valencia, CA

A Western State Conference – Pacific Division Game

College of the Canyons (Cougars)  63
Compton Community College  (Tartars)  40

1st Quarter:

Compton – Dawley 56 yard pass from Marshall (kick wide left) 12:55 -- 0-6
Canyons – Miller 29 yard pass from Bauer (Tompkins kick) 10:16 -- 7-6
Canyons – T.Smith 20 yard pass from Bauer (Tompkins kick) 6:23 -- 14-6
Compton – J.Smith 15 yard pass from Brooks (Marshall pass from Brooks) 2:57 -- 14-14                   

2nd Quarter:

Canyons – Arrington 4 yard run (Tompkins kick) 12:22 -- 21-14
Compton – Dawley 9 yard pass from Brooks (kick wide left) 8:04 -- 21-20
Compton – Marshall 80 yard run (pass failed) 2:22 -- 21-26

3rd Quarter:

Compton – J.Smith 46 yard pass from Brooks (kick blocked by Ellis) 13:01 -- 21-32
Canyons – Arrington 14 yard run (Tompkins kick) 7:16 -- 28-32
Canyons – T.Smith 38 yard pass from Bauer (Tompkins kick) 5:25 -- 35-32

4th Quarter:

Canyons – Arrington 1 yard run (Tompkins kick) 14:22 -- 42-32
Canyons – T.Smith 87 yard pass from Bauer (Tompkins kick) -- 49-32
Compton – Marshall 37 yard pass from Brooks (Doakes pass from Brooks) 6:04 -- 49-40
Canyons – Perry 38 yard kickoff return (Tompkins kick) 5:57 -- 56-40
Canyons – Gunn 15 yard run (Tompkins kick) 2:39 -- 63-40

Team Statistics: Canyons Compton
First Downs 25 (11 pass; 10 run; 4 pen) 27 (17 pass; 8 run; 2 pen)
Rushes – Yards 34-103 31-126
Passing Yards 311 432
Comp - Att – Int 22-40-1 27-54-1
Return Yards 165 203
Sacks – Yards 6-52 2-20
Fumbles – Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties – Yards 9-71 22-128
Time of Possession 26:18 33:42

Individual Statistics:


Can:  30-J.Arrington 15-94, 12-Gunn 2-20, 7-T.Smith 1-14, 33-Hogan 1-(-1), 24-M.Williams 1-(-4), 10-Bauer 3-(-20)
Comp:  24-Marshall 11-117, 5-McNeal 5-29, 9-Bowen 5-8, 12-Brooks 10-(-28)


Can:  10-K.Bauer 22-40-1-311, 4 TDs           
Comp:  12-Brooks 26-53-1-376, 4 TDs; 24-Marshall 1-1-0-56, 1 TD (hb option)


Can:  7-T.Smith 7-191, 4-B.Miller 5-47, 30-Arrington 4-35, 3-Brackett 3-21, 19-Boyle 1-10, 8-Lopez 1-7, 33-Hogan 1-0
Comp:  1-Dawley 10-186, 24-Marshall 9-123, 3-J.Smith 3-80, 82-Doakes 3-44, 5-McNeal 1-2, 9-Bowen 1-(-3)


Can:  20-Cummings 5-46.0  avg
Comp:  41-Renoso 6-34.7 avg

Kick Ret:

Can:  5-Perry 2-58, 15-E.Robinson 2-29, 7-T.Smith 1-7
Comp:  5-McNeal 3-90, 24-Marshall 3-59, 9-Bowen 1-48

Punt Ret:

Can:  5-Perry 3-71
Comp:  24-Marshall 2-6

Int-Ret Yards:

Can:  1-McCardell 1-0
Comp:  5-Douglas 1-0


Can 6:  47-Maka 3-25, 44-Ellis 2-20, 38-Adams 1-7 
Comp 2:  7-Branch 1-10, 58-Andrews 1-10

Missed FG:

Can:  22-Tompkins 26 yards (wide right)


COC entered 8-1, ranked #3 in South, #13 JCGW.  Compton entered 7-1, ranked #9 in South, #24 JCGW.  T.Smith tied COC record with 3 TD catches, giving him 12 on the season (a new COC record). With this win, COC clinches the COC-Pacific championship.

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