The game was a tough defensive battle for three quarters, as Cerritos led
14-7 entering the final stanza. But the teams combined for 5 TDs in that 4th
quarter, and by the time the horn sounded the game was tied at 28.
Saddleback's Aaron Barret tried a potential game-winning 39-yard field goal on
the final play of regulation time, but Cerritos' Justin Burks got a finger on
the ball and it fell well short of the goal line.
In overtime, Saddleback got the ball first. Facing a 3rd and goal from
the 5, Ferrel dropped back and found O'Gorman in the right corner of the end
zone for the go-ahead touchdown.
And when Cerritos got the ball, Saddleback's defense stopped star RB
Jermaine Whiten on both 3rd and 4th downs to win the game for the Gauchos.
Saddleback opened the scoring by driving for a touchdown on its first
possession of the game. Farrel scored on a 1-yard sneak less than 3
minutes into the game to make it 7-0. The drive was kept alive when a
defensive holding penalty negated an apparent interception by Cerritos' Doug
After an exchange of punts, Cerritos evened the game midway through the first
quarter. A 44-yard pass from Glenn DeBerg to WR Andrew Harris got the ball
to the Saddleback 8, and moments later DeBerg hit Randy Raphiel with a 7-yard
scoring pass to tie things up.
The game stayed tied until Cerritos' RB Jermaine Whiten almost
singlehandedly created the Falcons' next TD. His 9-yard run gave
Cerritos the lead, but he also had runs of 22 and 24 yards earlier on the drive.
Those two runs, however, would be his most productive plays of the night.
The remainder of the first half and the entire third quarter were scoreless
as the defenses took control of the game. Saddleback nearly drew even
early in the third quarter when Wale Dada intercepted a DeBerg pass and returned
it 30 yards for an apparent TD, but the play was negated by a roughing the
passer penalty. So it stayed 14-7.
Late in the third quarter Saddleback got a break when Whiten fumbled, and
Teralle Bush recovered at the Saddleback 37. Saddleback had driven to the
Cerritos 31 when the third quarter horn sounded. And that's all it took
for the points to start coming for both teams.
Saddleback pulled even on the first play of the 4th quarter when Farrel
connected with Jeff Diulio on a 31-yard scoring pass.
But the lead was short-lived. Cerritos took the ensuing kickoff and
drove down the field in just 1:16, taking the lead on a spectacular catch by
Randy Raphiel. The Falcon receiver jumped to make the catch in the end
zone but was spun around into the air by a Saddleback defender. But he
held on, giving Cerritos a 21-14 lead with 13:37 left in the 4th quarter.
Then Saddleback pulled even again. And again it was a Farrel-to-Diulio
pass that did the trick, this one coming from 13 yards out. The entire
drive took just 2:22. That left the score tied at 21 with 11:15 left in
Though Cerritos got the ball back on the kickoff, it was Saddleback's turn
to score next. CB Jeff Dixon jumped in front of a Falcon receiver and
intercepted a DeBerg pass at his own 31 and returned it 69 yards down the left
sideline for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:23 left in the 4th.
Saddleback appeared ready to take control of the game when the Gaucho defense
forced a Cerritos punt. But the game took a surreal turn next when
Cerritos' Burnell Jordan intercepted a Farrel pass and returned it 69 yards
– the same distance as Dixon's score – for the game-tying TD with 5:17
left in the quarter. Jordan's TD return tied the score at 28.
After an exchange of punts, Saddleback had one last chance to win the game in
regulation. A 20-yard pass from Farrel to Diulio got the ball to the
Cerritos 22, and the Gauchos called timeout with 4.9 seconds left to set up a
field goal attempt. But when Burks deflected the kick, regulation time
ended with the score tied, setting up Farrel's game-winning TD pass in OT.
For the game, Farrel finished 14 of 23 passing for 186 yards and 3 TDs.
He also rushed for 27 yards on 25 carries, but that includes 52 yards lost on 7
sacks (so without the sacks he rushed 18 times for 79 yards). RB Chris
Smith ran for 106 yards on 18 carries, caught 4 passes for 40 yards and returned
4 kickoffs for 79 yards (giving him 225 all-purpose yards). And WR Jeff
Diuliu caught 5 passes for 85 yards including a pair of TDs.
Cerritos was led by Whiten, who had 117 yards on 28 carries, but nearly half
that yardage came on 3 carries on a single drive. Whiten was also stopped
twice in OT, ending the game. DeBerg finished 7 of 17 passing for 120 yards
with 2 TDs and 2 ints. WR Randy Raphiel caught both of DeBerg's TD
passes. DE Armando Calderon led the defensive line with 2-1/2 of the
Falcons' 7 QB sacks on the night.
Saturday, December 7, 2002 – 7 p.m.
at Falcon Stadium, Norwalk, CA
The 9th Annual Cerritos Strawberry Bowl
Saddleback College (Gauchos) 35
Cerritos College (Falcons) 27
S – Farrel 1 yard run (Davenport kick) 12:17 -- 7-0
C – Raphiel 7 yard pass from G.DeBerg (Sonntag kick) 7:35 -- 7-7
C – Whiten 9 yard run (Sonntag kick) 9:23 -- 7-14
No Scoring in 3rd Quarter
S – Diulio 31 yard pass from Farrel (Davenport kick) 14:53 -- 14-14
C – Raphiel 13 yard pass from G.DeBerg (Sonntag kick) 5:17 -- 14-21
S – Diulio 13 yard pass from Farrel (Davenport kick) 11:15 -- 21-21
S – Dixon 69 yard int return (Davenport kick) 8:23 -- 28-21
C – Jordan 69 yard int return (Sonntag kick) 5:17 -- 28-28
S – O'Gorman 5 yard pass from Farrel (Davenport kick) -- 35-28
|First Downs||16 (5 pass; 7 run; 4 pen)||24 (9 pass; 12 run; 3 pen)
|Rushes – Yards||37-142||48-134
|Comp - Att – Int||10-22-2||14-23-1
|Sacks – Yards||7-52||3-14
|Fumbles - Lost||5-1||0-0
|Penalties – Yards||9-80||5-64
|Time of Possession||28:41||31:19|
C: 30-Whiten 28-117, 16-Keeling 5-27, 2-G.DeBerg 3-0, 40-Herrera 1-(-2)
S: 4-C.Smith 28-106, 11-Farrel 25-27, 3-Shorter 2-4, 33-Sullivan 2-0, 29-Cunningham 1-(-3)
C: 2-G.DeBerg 7-17-2-120, 2 TDs; 16-Keeling 3-5-0-18
S: 11-Farrel 14-23-1-186, 3 TDs
C: 11-Bajza 3-49, 7-Raphiel 3-24, 8-Harris 2-54, 15-Kirkpatrick 1-6,
S: 18-Diulio 5-85, 4-C.Smith 4-40, 31-O'Gorman 3-28, 1-Crosby 1-24, 88-Lyon 1-9
C: 39-Cornejo 7-34.4 avg
S: 46-Berneking 8-36.9 avg
C: 80-Endemano 4-103, 24-Jordan 1-28
S: 4-C.Smith 4-79, 33-Sullivan 1-9
C: 10-Hicks 5-60, Hicks to Jordan 1-13
S: 17-Moon 4-22
C: 24-Jordan 1-69
S: 6-R.King 1-0, 5-J.Dixon 1-69
Cerritos 7: 55-Calderon 2½, 60-Bowen 1½, 6-Miller, 70-Ko, 45-Kailahi
½, 58-Fletes ½
Saddleback 3: 59-Parsons 2, 19-K.Jones
S: 48-Barret 39 yards (tipped by Burks on final play of regulation
Both teams entered 8-2. Cerritos was ranked #7 in South, #18 JCGW;
Saddleback was ranked #8 in South, #21 JCGW. This was the 7th time
Cerritos has played in this Bowl and their first loss in it. Each team had
an INT negated by a penalty – Stewart of Cerritos and Dada of Saddleback.
Stewart's would have stopped Saddleback's first scoring drive.
Dada's int would have been returned for a TD. Saddleback scored 1st in
OT. Their defense stopped Whiten on 3rd and 4th downs to win the game.
DeBerg started at QB for Cerritos but he and Keeling both saw plenty of action.
Diulio's 1st TD came on 1st play of 4th qtr and followed the fumble recovery.
Whiten had 3 runs for 55 yards including the 9-yarder on the drive that led to