Mounties' Train Keeps On Rolling Along

#1-ranked Mt. San Antonio demonstrated just why they're ranked at the top, scoring four touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the game en route to a 54-14 romp over host Citrus (1-5) Saturday afternoon in Glendora.

Nick Lamaison passed for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Mounties (5-0) won their first game in the new Central Conference of Southern California’s National Division.

Lamaison finished 23 of 31 passing for 247 yards and 3 TDs, leading a Mt. SAC offense that finished with 418 yards of offense and repeatedly took advantage of Citrus mistakes.  And the defense helped with the scoring as well, with Alfred Rowe returning an interception 29 yards for a score in the first quarter as the Mounties built an early 28-0 lead.

Mt. SAC jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 1:35 into the game, moving down the field in just 5 plays after taking the game’s opening kickoff.  Chivas Naone flew over the pile from a yard out to cap a 59-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run to give the Mounties a 7-0 lead.  Then, just less than a minute later, Rowe intercepted what was to have been a screen pass from Citrus’ David Potts and returned it for a score to make it 14-0 2:25 into the game.

From there, the lead just grew, thanks largely to a pair of costly mistakes by Citrus.  First, on a 4th down play from the Owl 19, Citrus punter Victor Valdez dropped the snap and was tackled at his own 4.  Two plays later, Isaac Garcia scored from 2 yards out to make it 21-0.  Then on the next series, the Owls faced another 4th down and Valdez again dropped back to punt.  This time the snap bounced on its way back to him, and the loose ball was downed at the Citrus 7.  Two plays later, Lamaison threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Etimani to make it 28-0.

And that was really all the scoring Mt. SAC needed to secure the win.  Citrus scored early in the second quarter, thanks largely to four 15-yard penalties by the Mounties (two pass interference calls and two personal fouls) that were responsible for 60 of the 64 yards on the drive.  Treveon McNair got the Owls on the board with a 6-yard run that made it 28-7.  But Mt. SAC answered that with a 10-play drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Marcus Wagner that restored the Mounties’ 28-point lead, and added a field goal by Jacob Harfman later in the quarter that made it 38-7 at halftime.

Mt. SAC extended the lead to 51-7 thanks to a pair of Lamaison touchdown passes in the third quarter.  The first went to Jesse Canada from 16 yards out, and the second went to Matt Austin from 6 yards out with 8:38 left in the quarter.  That not only extended Mt. SAC’s lead to 44 points but also ended Lamaison’s afternoon.

Citrus got its other touchdown late in the third quarter when quarterback Austin Goldsmith, who replaced Potts late in the first quarter, broke away from USC-bound Hebron Fangupo and scrambled for a 14-yard touchdown run that made it 51-14.  Mt. SAC got a 35-yard field goal from Harfman early in the fourth quarter that made it 54-14 and finished the game’s scoring.

With the win, Mt. SAC improves to 5-0 overall in the rugged Central Conference.  The Mounties will host Riverside next Saturday at 6 pm.  Citrus, which falls to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference, travels to Cerritos next week to take on the Falcons.

Mt. San Antonio Mounties 54, Citrus Owls 14

Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 1 pm - Citrus College Stadium - Glendora
National Division - Central Conference

1st Quarter:    
M - Naone 1 yd run (Harfman kick) 13:25 (7-0)
M - Rowe 29 yd interception return (Harfman kick) 12:35 (14-0)
M - Garcia 2 yd run (Harfman kick) 8:17 (21-0)
M - Etimani 7 yd pass from Lamaison (Harfman kick) 7:13 (28-0)

2nd Quarter:   
C - McNair 6 yd run (Eden kick) 14:21 (28-7)
M - Wagner 4 yd run (Harfman kick) 9:52 (35-7)
M - FG Harfman 44 yds 6:55 (38-7)

3rd Quarter:   
M - Canada 16 yd pass from Lamaison (kick hit left post) 11:11 (44-7)
M - Austin 6 yd pass from Lamaison (Harfman kick) 8:38 (51-7)
C - Goldsmith 14 yd run (Eden kick) 4:10 (51-14)

4th Quarter:    
M - FG Harfman 35 yds 14:44 (54-14)

Team Statistics:
First Downs:  Citrus 19 (5 rush, 9 pass, 5 penalty), Mt. SAC 22 (8 rush, 12 pass, 2 penalty)
Rushes-Yds:  Citrus 31-54, Mt. SAC 43-153
Passing Yds:  Citrus 139, Mt. SAC 265
Comp-Att-Int:  Citrus 14-47-2, Mt. SAC 26-38-1
Return Yds:  Citrus 114, Mt. SAC 88
Sacks-Yds:  Citrus 2-15, Mt. SAC 1-7
Fumbles-Lost:  Citrus 2-2, Mt. SAC 3-2
Penalties-Yds:  Citrus 10-73, Mt. SAC 8-95
Time of Possession:  Citrus 27:43, Mt. SAC 32:17

Individual Statistics:
Rushing:  Citrus 26-McNair 4-41, 20-Tucker 11-25, 12-Goldsmith 4-16, 27-Couch 2-4, 14-Moore 5-(-2), 7-Price 3-(-3), 17-Valdez 1-(-15), team 1-(-12); Mt. SAC 34-Garcia 9-77, 29-B.Iosefa 9-45, 16-Cornell 10-22, 33-Johnson 7-18, 20-Wagner 1-4, 7-Lamaison 4-1, 47-Naone 1-1, 22-Owens 1-(-6), 9-Jansen 1-(-9)
Passing:   Citrus 12-Goldsmith 11-34-1-104; 10-Potts 2-11-1-17; 25-Benjamin 1-1-0-18; team 0-1-0-0; Mt. SAC 7-Lamaison 23-31-1-247, 3 TDs; 12-Vanderzee 2-5-0-14; 9-Jansen 1-2-0-4
Receiving:   Citrus 3-Overstreet 5-75, 4-Waits 3-13, 2-Adams 2-16, 11-Baca 1-14, 1-Stewart 1-11, 7-Price 1-5, 20-Tucker 1-5; Mt. SAC 4-Canada 9-77, 86-Sherman 9-69; 6-Austin 4-87, 85-Joe 2-19, 89-Etimani 1-7, 29-B.Iosefa 1-6
Interceptions-Ret Yds:  Citrus 23-James 1-15; Mt. SAC 10-Rowe 1-29, 39-Ball 1-2
Fumble Rec:  Citrus 16-Salazar, 38-Galindo; Mt. SAC 18-Cohen, 36-Mitchell
Sacks-Yds:  Citrus 93-Augustyn 1-9, 91Lange-Casilas 1-6; Mt. SAC 94-Miller 1-7
Punters:   Citrus 17-Valdez 5-31.0 avg; Mt. SAC 40-Mata 2-36.0 avg
Kick Returns:  Citrus 6-Whitehead 2-51, 3-Overstreet 2-44; Mt. SAC 3-Gaisie 2-40
Punt Returns:  Citrus 6-Whitehead 1-4; Mt. SAC 22-Owens 2-13, 3-Gaisie 1-4
Notes:  Mt. SAC entered 4-0, #1 in California (COA) and the nation (JC Grid-Wire).  Citrus entered 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the National-Central.  Potts started at QB for Citrus but was replaced by Goldsmith after the 4th Mt. SAC touchdown.  Garcia’s TD came 2 plays after punter Valdez dropped the snap and was tackled at the Citrus 4.  Etimani’s TD came 2 plays after a bad punt snap gave Mt. SAC the ball at the Citrus 7.  Citrus’ 1st TD drive was technically 2 plays, 64 yards but was helped mightily by 4 15-yd penalties on Mt. SAC.  Harfman’s 1st FG came after Cohen’s recovery of Overstreet’s fumble on the kickoff after Wagner’s TD.

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