Hughes did a marvelous job of managing the game, completing 14 of 22 passes for 156 yards and not committing a turnover in the victory.
Orange Coast built a 31-10 lead early in the fourth quarter after Hughes’ second touchdown run, and seemingly took control of the game. But Glendale’s Dylan Martinez passed for a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:20, bringing the Vaqueros back within a score with 2:16 left. Only after Josh Jordan recovered Glendale’s final attempted onsides kick did Orange Coast finally secure the victory, running out the clock before the Vaqueros could get the ball back again.
Both defenses were in control early on, as neither team scored in the first quarter. Glendale had the best scoring chance, driving to the Pirate 9, thanks largely to four personal foul penalties on Orange Coast during the drive. But the drive stalled at the 10, and Chris Chapman’s 27-yard field goal try from the right hash marks stayed right of the goal posts, keeping the game scoreless after 15 minutes.
Orange Coast took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter with a 10-play, 80-yard drive after Glendale’s missed field goal. Hughes capped the drive with a 19-yard scoring pass to Scott Lefrandt with 10:18 left in the quarter. Then, just less than a minute later, an interception by Karlo Bantan gave Orange Coast the ball back at the Glendale 21. Four plays later, Hughes scored on a 3-yard run to make it 14-0.
But Glendale got back in the game late in the half, foreshadowing its fourth-quarter comeback. Spurred by the season debut of Utah bounceback Lavelle Peterson, the Vaqueros drove deep into Pirate territory. Peterson gained at least a dozen yards on each of his first three carries of the night, and Orange Coast again aided the Vaqueros with a personal foul penalty on a fourth down play at the Pirate 24. Four plays later, Chapman kicked a 39-yard field goal to get the Vaqueros on the board. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Benjamin Soza returned the ball some 57 yards for the Pirates, but lost the ball at the end of the run. Glendale’s Joseph Lake recovered. Five plays later, Martinez threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison to cut the Orange Coast lead to 14-10.
Orange Coast seemed to take control of the game when the second half began, driving for a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Casano on its first possession of the third quarter. Then, after a Glendale punt, the Pirates drove 75 yards in 10 plays to increase its lead to 24-10 on a 2-yard scoring run by Ray Holley. Then Glendale drove to the Orange Coast 23, but saw that drive end abruptly when Dean DeLeone sacked Martinez and stripped the ball away. Christian Bonsall recovered for the Pirates at the 34. That led to another Orange Coast scoring drive, with Hughes carrying the ball into the right corner of the end zone on a scramble from 9 yards out with 10:48 left to make it 31-10.
The game seemed destined to end that way after a Glendale punt, especially when Orange Coast got a 41-yard run by Oregon State bounceback Ahmed Mokhtar to get the ball to the Vaquero 34. But that drive stalled there, and the Pirates turned the ball back over to Glendale at the 28 with 6:29 remaining.
Then came Glendale’s final rally, with Martinez getting it started by throwing to Jason McNeil for 8 yards and to Harrison for 10 yards. But then Martinez connected with Harrison for a 41-yard catch, getting the Vaqueros deep into Pirate territory. On the next play, Martinez threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to onetime UNLV signee Robert Linda, narrowing the margin to 31-17 with 4:20 left.
Glendale’s attempted onsides kick was recovered by Orange Coast’s Anthony Curry, but three plays later Orange Coast had to punt the ball away anyway. David Harrington’s kick went into the end zone. Martinez then led the Vaqueros two another touchdown, first throwing to Harrison for 27 yards and then hitting Brian Williams with a 22-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-24 with 2:16 left. But the Vaqueros’ onsides kick after that score was recovered by Jordan for the Pirates, and since Glendale had used its timeouts on the previous Pirate possession, Orange Coast was able to run out the clock without gaining a first down.
For Orange Coast, Hughes played a very solid game at quarterback as the Pirate offense rolled up 367 yards of offense and did not turn the ball over. Kevin Ah-Hi rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries, and Mokhtar added 65 yards on 6 attempts as the Pirates gained 211 yards on the ground. Johnny Butler led Pirate receivers with 5 catches for 40 yards.
For Glendale, Martinez was 17 of 35 passing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Peterson topped the century mark with 107 yards on 16 rushes. And then there is the diminutive Harrison, generously listed in the program as 5-4 but with the toughness and athleticism to make him a most productive receiver. Harrison finished with 5 catches for a game-high 135 yards, the first Vaquero to top the 100-mark receiving this season. He also added 101 yards on 4 kickoff returns and a run on an end-around for 5 yards, totaling 251 all-purpose yards for the night.
Orange Coast Pirates 31, Glendale Vaqueros 24
Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 7 pm - Sartoris Field - Glendale
OC - Lefrandt 19 yd pass from Hughes (Casano kick) 10:18 (7-0)
OC - Hughes 3 yd run (Casano kick) 7:57 (14-0)
G - FG Chapman 39 yds 3:09 (14-3)
G - Harrison 46 yd pass from Martinez (Chapman kick) 0:51.1 (14-10)
OC - FG Casano 33 yds 10:14 (17-10)
OC - Holley 2 yd run (Casano kick) 2:39 (24-10)
OC - Hughes 9 yd run (Casano kick) 10:48 (31-10)
G - Linda 18 yd pass from Martinez (Chapman kick) 4:20 (31-17)
G - Williams 22 yd pass from Martinez (Chapman kick) 2:16 (31-24)
First Downs: Glendale 27 (8 rush, 13 pass, 6 penalty), Orange Coast 21 (9 rush, 8 pass, 4 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: Glendale 38-137, Orange Coast 40-211
Passing Yds: Glendale 287, Orange Coast 156
Comp-Att-Int: Glendale 17-35-1, Orange Coast 14-23-0
Return Yds: Glendale 136, Orange Coast 106
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 2-12, Orange Coast 2-21
Fumbles-Lost: Glendale 1-1, Orange Coast 2-1
Penalties-Yds: Glendale 12-101, Orange Coast 11-116
Time of Possession: Glendale 32:42, Orange Coast 27:18
Rushing: Glendale 40-Peterson 16-107, 33-Youngblood 9-19, 35-Chaidez 7-19, 6-Harrison 1-5, 4-McNeil 1-0, 9-Martinez 4-(-13); Orange Coast 1-Ah-Hi 17-92, 27-Mokhtar 6-65, 22-Holley 6-35, 2-Hughes 6-15, 47-Redding 1-4, 23-Lawrence 2-2, 31-King 1-1, team 1-(-3)
Passing: Glendale 9-D.Martinez 17-35-1-287, 3 TDs; Orange Coast 2-Hughes 14-22-0-156, 1 TD; team 0-1-0-0
Receiving: Glendale 6-Harrison 5-135, 4-McNeil 4-23, 2-Williams 3-37, 19-Linda 2-49, 18-Stangby 2-17, 24-Suber 1-26; Orange Coast 82-Butler 5-40, 81-Vidal 3-31, 22-Holley 2-35, 12-Hall 2-22, 5-Lefrandt 1-19, 47-Redding 1-9
Interceptions-Ret Yds: Glendale none; Orange Coast 25-Bantan 1-5
Fumble Rec: Glendale 20-Lake; Orange Coast 92-Bonsall
Sacks-Yds: Glendale 16-Curvey 1-6, 50-Valdez 1-6; Orange Coast 46-DeLeone 1-11, 44-Reupena 1-10
Punters: Glendale 45-Favor 4-22.5 avg; Orange Coast 19-Harrington 3-45.3 avg
Kick Returns: Glendale 6-Harrison 4-101, 18-Stangby 2-33; Orange Coast 4-Soza 2-78, 8-Reihanifam 1-11
Punt Returns: Glendale 18-Stangby 1-2; Orange Coast 20-Baichtal 2-12
Missed FG: Glendale 38-Chapman 27 yds (wide right)
Notes: Orange Coast entered #9 in the regional poll and improves to 4-0; Glendale entered ranked #14 and falls to 2-2. OCC’s 2nd TD came 4 plays after Bantan’s interception. After Glendale’s FG, Soza fumbled the ensuing return and Lake recovered for the Vaqueros; Glendale’s 1st TD came five plays later. OCC’s FG came after a shanked punt (9 yds) by Favor. DeLeone stripped the ball from Martinez, causing the fumble that Bonsall recovered; OCC’s final TD came eight plays later. Glendale tried onsides kicks after each of its two fourth-quarter TDs; 33-Curry recovered the first and 28-Jordan recovered the second, both for OCC. This was the first game of the year for bouncebacks Peterson (Utah/Glendale) and Mokhtar (Oregon State/Orange Coast).