East County Sports

Jaguars blank OCC, head to SoCal Bowl

Southwestern's Deandre Daniels rushes against Orange Coast on Saturday night. / photo by Nicholas James

Southwestern rushes Orange Coast. / photo by Dave Dickens

2019 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SOUTHWESTERN 41, ORANGE COAST 0

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

CHULA VISTA – The Southwestern Jaguars shut out Orange Coast, 41-0, at DeVore Stadium on Saturday to become bowl eligible and on Sunday they were announced as the No. 10-ranked team in Southern California in the postseason, sending them to face the SoCal postseason seventh-ranked Long Beach Vikings in the Southern California Bowl in Long Beach next Saturday at 6 p.m.

“We’re happy to be back in a bowl,” Southwestern head coach Ed Carberry said. “This will be the eighth bowl we’ve been to. That’s pretty incredible, really. We’ve got a really good opponent that are on-par with some of the teams we’ve already played.”

Southwestern’s Atoa Fox had a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown for the first score of the game with 3:06 left in the first quarter.

Southwestern tries to tackle Orange Coast. / photo by Dave Dickens

Southwestern’s offense was slow to get going, as Cary Enos started at quarterback with a pair of signal-callers ahead of him on the depth chart out with injuries. He responded, however, by throwing for three touchdowns in the victory.

“He did some things that quarterbacks that haven’t played awhile might do,” Carberry said. “But he threw some nice passes. He was effective and that’s what we needed him to be.”

Enos

Sophomore running back Deandre Daniels carried the rock 15 times for 124 yards and a 39-yard score with seven minutes to play in the second quarter to increase the score to 14-0.

“I kept telling him that one of these games he was going to explode and it was going to be when we needed him the most,” Carberry said.

Matthew Linton and Diego Mascareno also caught touchdown passes for Southwestern (6-4) in the second quarter, as the Jags led 27-0 at halftime.

Omari Green rushed 36 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Southwestern tackles Orange Coast on Saturday. / photo by Nicholas James

Davion Johnson caught one of the scoring throws, finishing with four receptions for 123 yards.

Brian Williams had three sacks for the Jaguars, while teammate Andrew Schasa also recorded a sack.

Terry Wright returned to the Jag lineup and forced a fumble.

“Our defense has been solid,” Carberry said. “They have come back and played well after the Golden West game, but these guys from Long Beach are super fast and athletic.

“We’re getting some of our players back from injury and hopefully we can get a few more back. Long Beach has some big kids, especially on defense.”

 

GOLDEN WEST 33, GROSSMONT 7 – The visiting Griffins managed just 104 yards of offense against the Rustlers, who sacked Grossmont seven times.

Sophomore Mylik Steen, surely the team’s most valuable player this season, had four receptions for 44 yards.

Quarterback Lukas Arthur threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Harold Dobbin in the fourth quarter to put Grossmont on the board after trailing 33-0. The score came with 21 seconds left in the game.

Sophomore Jarius Burnette had 88 all-purpose yards, including a 69-yard kickoff return, to conclude his fine career with the Griffins, who finished 1-9.

Grossmont’s Anthony Sola had a pair of sacks.

Anthony Jordan had six solo tackles for the Griffins, while Derek Southerland concluded a very good career at Grossmont with seven tackles, including 1 1/2 for loss and a pass breakup.

SAN DIEGO MESA 41, PALOMAR 31 – Former Steele Canyon High great Thomas Fishburne rushed for a touchdown and threw for another in the fourth quarter to rally the Olympians and Mesa (7-3)  finished as the mythical Kings of the County with the road win over Palomar (2-8).

Fishburne accounted for four touchdowns in the game overall – two in the air and two on the ground.

Trailing 31-27 after three quarters, Fishburne had a 15-yard score with 8:52 left in the game to give Mesa a 34-31 lead.

A little more than three minutes later, Fishburne threw a pass to Dom McManus, who turned the play into an 82-yard score with just over five minutes left in the game.

Fishburne, who has played a variety of positions for the Olympians this season, had his best day as a community college quarterback, going 17-for-28 for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 55 yards and two scores.

Palomar’s Rodney Thompson finished his Palomar career with a 486-yard performance.

Postseason fifth-ranked Mesa will host the Patriotic Bowl against El Camino College on Saturday at 6.

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