East County Sports

Olympians break down Brahmas for road shutout

2018 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SAN DIEGO MESA 29, L.A. PIERCE 0

 

By Nick Pellegrino
Special to East County SportsWOODLAND HILLS (9-16-2015) – DEJON SMITH collected a pair of touchdown passes from TREY COX in the first quarter, while the San Diego Mesa College defense limited L.A. Pierce College to just a pair of first downs in the first half, carrying the Olympians to an easy shutout of the host Brahmas, 29-0, at Shepard Stadium.

Smith, a sophomore from Downey, finished with a game-high six receptions for 64 yards, while KEVIN LEVESQUE (Morse) and ISAIAH WILLIAMS (Olympian) added TD catches from JAKE DUNNINWAY (St. Mary’s HS, Tracy).

Smith caught TD passes of 10 and 8 yards to mount a quick 13-0 cushion after just two possessions in Cox’s return from an injury. Cox missed a Week 2 start at Golden West but then left this contest with an undisclosed injury late in the first half.

The last three plays by Cox (No. Little Rock, Ark.) resulted in two quick, short passes and a handoff, with the QB not receiving contact on any of the plays from the Brahmas defense. Yet Cox did not return to the field.

“Trey suffered an injury and had to be removed from the game,” Mesa head coach GARY WATKINS said. “Jake did a really good job. He was ready. He wasn’t sure he was going to be the starter. But he was ready to step in and relieve Trey. He did a really good job of managing the team.”

Meanwhile, the Mesa defensive front of ISAIAH SAYLES (Wagner, Texas), HUGH ANTHONY (Mar Vista) and ALEX LEMON (Mount Miguel) which combined for 4.5 sacks in their previous start against Golden West, pressured a pair of Pierce quarterbacks all contest. Included were first-half sacks by Anthony and Lemon.

DEVIN SANDERS (Mira Mesa) also garnered a sack, part of 10 different Mesa defenders to be part of tackles for losses.

DAMURIER PALMER (Kearny) and HUNTER ALLEN (Cathedral Catholic) also registered interceptions, as the Mesa defense limited Pierce to a mere 117 yards in total offense. Mesa rolled up 326 yards, including 112 through the air by Dunnaway.

“Our defense played lights on tonight,” Watkins said. “Coach JOHN JENNINGS is doing a really great job of making the other team play left-handed.

“Our defense did a good job of pinning them back and forcing a big play in the backfield or break up a big pass. They were nails.”

It was a total upgrade for Mesa, which had gone just 5-for-33 on third-down conversions in the first two weeks of the season. This time, Cox found ANTWOINE WARE for 20 and 23 yards on Mesa’s first pair of third-down plays to key the opening drive.

Smith then caught his first scoring pass by being able to drag his foot just inside the left front pylon for a 7-0 lead. His second score saw him go in motion to the right side, catching the ball just inside the LAP-10 and sliding around a tackler for a 13-0 lead.

The second drive was sparked by a 22-yard rush by JOSE SANCHEZ, then a shoestring catch by Ware, also for 22 yards, to make it first-and-goal.

“We had different guys stepping up making the big plays,” Watkins said. “We have a younger team in the skill spots, so its exciting to see them grow and make plays.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Sayles drilled the return man with the open-field tackle of the game.

Pierce had two scoring chances, yet to no avail.

Following a muffed punt, the hosts needed to settle for a 40-yard field goal. However, they ran a trick play, faking that they had 12 men on the field. The “12th” man starting running off the field, but he was actually a motion man who went uncovered by Mesa. However, he turned up-field before the snap for a penalty.

Late in the second quarter, another punt muff by Mesa saw a Brahma pick up the loose ball and rumble 47 yards for a touchdown. However, the referees ruled that a muffed ball cannot be advanced to nullify the score, adding to a long evening for the Brahmas (1-2).

“It’s always great to get the ‘W’ so I’m super excited about the win,” Watkins said. “We talk to our boys about letting the score take care of itself. If we execute to our standard of performance, that should happen.”

For coach Watkins, he has two wins and a shutout in his first three games as a college head coach.

“We had some moments tonight offensively where we looked like we were gelling together and making plays, then the next player, we’re like, ‘we gotta fix that one,'” said the coach. “A cleaner game for us would go a long way right now but we’re starting to put it together with better execution and better focus.”

Mesa (2-1) returns home to Merrill Douglas Stadium next Saturday (Sept. 22), entertaining county rival Grossmont. It will be Homecoming for the Olympians.

“Whenever Grossmont comes in, it’s going to be an exciting game,” Watkins said. “That game is going to be a back alley fight. It is going to be hard-fought and the team that makes the fewest mistakes is probably going to be the one who wins, so we’re going to be preaching that to our boys.”


San Diego Mesa vs. LA Pierce at Los Angeles, CA
9/15/2018 at 6:00 PM
San Diego Mesa
29
LA Pierce
0
SCORING 1 2 3 4 FINAL
San Diego Mesa (2-1)  13  3  13  0  29
LA Pierce (1-2)  0  0  0  0  0
Los Angeles, CA |
PRD TIME SCORING SUMMARY SAN DIEGO MESA – LA PIERCE
1 09:46 San Diego Mesa – Dejon Smith 10 yd pass from Trey Cox. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards in 2:11.
7 – 0
1 00:51 San Diego Mesa – Dejon Smith 8 yd pass from Trey Cox. (Justin Kaplan kick failed).
Drive: 11 plays, 50 yards in 6:55.
13 – 0
2 05:41 San Diego Mesa – Justin Kaplan 38 yd field goal.
Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards in 4:01.
16 – 0
3 05:41 San Diego Mesa – Kevin Levesque 8 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 7:54.
23 – 0
3 02:51 San Diego Mesa – Isaiah Williams 8 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick failed).
Drive: 1 plays, 16 yards in 0:37.
29 – 0
SAN DIEGO MESA STATISTICS LA PIERCE
21 FIRST DOWNS 9
16
3
2
Passing
Rushing
Penalty
6
3
0
38% (6 of 16) THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 20% (3 of 15)
67% (2 of 3) FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0% (0 of 4)
326 TOTAL OFFENSE 117
66
4.9
Total Offensive Plays
Average gain per play
58
2.0
265 NET YARDS PASSING 129
21-28
9.5
2-15
0
Completions-Attempts
Net yards per pass play
Sacked: Number-Yards
Had intercepted
13-34
3.8
4-33
2
61 NET YARDS RUSHING -12
38
1.6
Rushing Attempts
Average gain per rush
24
-0.5
5-181 PUNTS: Number-Yards 8-250
36.2 Average 31.3
38 TOTAL RETURN YARDS 13
4-16
1-20
2-2
Punt Returns: Number-Yards
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
Interception Returns: Number-Yards
3-20
3–7
0 0
6-59 PENALTIES: Number-Yards 10-66
2-2 FUMBLES: Number-Lost 0-0
4-33 SACKS: Number-Yards 2-15
2-2 INTERCEPTIONS: Number-Yards 0 0
39:56 TIME OF POSSESSION 20:04

San Diego Mesa

LA Pierce

PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Jake Dunninway 10-12 112 28 2 0
Trey Cox 8-12 98 31 2 0
Laquan Williams 3-4 55 25 0 0
PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Rijkard Altidort 5-10 48 17 0 0
Jonathan Saavedra 6-13 45 18 0 1
Kwon Peterson 2-11 36 28 0 1
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Trey Cox 3 49 16.3 57 0
Jose Sanchez 8 14 1.8 10 0
Milan Grice 12 12 1.0 8 0
Jake Dunninway 4 6 1.5 8 0
Aveon Irving 3 2 0.7 4 0
Junior Salas 4 2 0.5 8 0
Laquan Williams 4 -24 -6.0 5 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Rijkard Altidort 4 40 10.0 19 0
Corey Horvath 1 12 12.0 12 0
David Kates 5 3 0.6 10 0
Doma Morris 2 -4 -2.0 0 0
Ben Broadwell 3 -4 -1.3 1 0
Kwon Peterson 2 -11 -5.5 5 0
Williams Pena 1 -21 -21.0 0 0
Jonathan Saavedra 6 -27 -4.5 6 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Christian Baker 3 64 21.3 28 0
Dejon Smith 6 61 10.2 25 2
Dominic McManus 2 34 17.0 31 0
Junior Salas 1 25 25.0 25 0
Isaiah Williams 2 21 10.5 13 1
Jose Sanchez 2 17 8.5 10 0
Kevin Levesque 2 17 8.5 9 1
Antwoine Ware 2 14 7.0 17 0
Hunter Allen 1 12 12.0 12 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Jalen Burton 3 39 13.0 18 0
David Kates 3 31 10.3 28 0
Marcus Johnson 2 31 15.5 17 0
Javon Elliott 1 13 13.0 13 0
Justin German 1 8 8.0 8 0
Corey Horvath 2 7 3.5 5 0
Cameron Perry 1 0 0.0 0 0
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Justin Kaplan 1/1 38 2/4 5
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Jayme Vicente-Colon 0/0 0
Mosiah Brame 0/0 0
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Jake Dunninway 1 30 30.0 30 0 1
Anthony Barksdale 4 151 37.8 42 0 2
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Williams Pena 8 250 31.3 44 0 0
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Justin Kaplan 6 228 38.0 0 1
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Williams Pena 1 55 55.0 0 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Darriel Weathers 1 20 20.0 20 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Dehron Holloway 1 27 27.0 27 0
Ben Broadwell 1 14 14.0 14 0
Rondele Woods 1 -48 -48.0 0 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Hunter Allen 2 18 9.0 18 0
Havani Makihele 1 0 0.0 0 0
Damurier Palmer 1 -2 -2.0 0 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
David Kates 3 20 6.7 12 0
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Hunter Allen 1 0 0.0 0 0
Damurier Palmer 1 2 2.0 2 0
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
FUMBLES NO LOST
Hunter Allen 1 1
Havani Makihele 1 1
FUMBLES NO LOST
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
# SAN DIEGO MESA SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
6 Reginald Prince 3 2 5 1 – 4 1
58 Devin Sanders 4 0 4 1 – 9 2 – 13
TM Team 4 0 4 1 – 7
14 Sammy Muniz 1 2 3
17 Joel Bracomontes 3 0 3 1
43 Isaiah Bolden 2 1 3 1
2 Isaiah Sayles 1 1 2
11 Dejon Smith 2 0 2
12 Isaiah Williams 2 0 2 2 – 12 2 – 12
13 Anthony Barksdale 0 2 2 0.5 – 2
20 Brendan Torrance 1 1 2
28 D.J. Dotson 0 2 2 0.5 – 2
30 Havani Makihele 1 1 2 1 – 21
39 Jose Briseno 0 2 2
99 Hugh Anthony 2 0 2 1 – 12 1 – 12 1
15 Edward Stokes 1 0 1
19 Santino Pacheco 1 0 1
23 Damurier Palmer 1 0 1 1-2
27 Milan Grice 1 0 1
29 Fernando Harris 1 0 1
31 Andre Kell 1 0 1
50 Kalid Ali 0 1 1 0.5 – 0
54 Isaiah Mitchell 0 1 1 0.5 – 1 1
21 Hunter Allen 1-0
TOTALS 32 16 48 4 – 33 10 – 74 0-0 2-2 3 2
# LA PIERCE SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
21 Jayme Vicente-Colon 5 7 12 0.5 – 7 1 1
24 Marqi Hathorn 6 2 8 1 1-0
1 Jalen Burton 3 4 7
38 Mosiah Brame 6 1 7 1 1-0 1
51 Yaroslav Krasnovskyi 2 3 5 2 – 18
13 Sterling Cooper 3 1 4 2 – 15 3.5 – 26
17 Eli Sloan-El 2 2 4 1 – 1
23 Javon Austin 1 2 3
25 Sione Tuifua 2 1 3
32 Dimetri King 3 0 3 1 – 3 1
50 John Galan 1 1 2
6 David Williams 0 1 1
22 Jermaine Williams 1 0 1
34 Erinn Jones 1 0 1
37 Joseph Guevara 1 0 1
45 Cyrus Najera 0 1 1
47 Tigran Elvadgian 1 0 1 1 – 2
81 Nicholas Laureano 1 0 1
TOTALS 39 26 65 2 – 15 9 – 57 2 2-0 3 1
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 0
Temperature: 74*
Referee: Cyd Zeigler
Umpire: Frank Rosa
Head Linesman: Daniel Easley
Line Judge: Michael Lyman
Back Judge: Terrence Little
Field Judge: Daryn Berman
Side Judge: James Decker
Scorekeeper: Ethan Spector

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