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Olympians overcome mistakes, Jaguars

2021 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SAN DIEGO MESA 35, SOUTHWESTERN 29

By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

CHULA VISTA —- Over his passing career as a quarterback in high school varsity and community college football, San Diego Mesa College quarterback Gunner Gray has thrown for more than 10,000 yards.

However, after Gray committed the greatest faux pas in his career to help blow a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead, Gray picked himself off the turf.

Gray fired his fifth touchdown pass with 1.2 seconds remaining, allowing the Olympians to escape with Saturday’s (Nov. 13) dramatic 35-29 triumph over host Southwestern College at Devore Stadium.

Gray fired three TD passes in the second half to assume a 29-12 advantage with 4:01 remaining, but the Jaguars tallied the game-tying points over a 4:59 span.

Southwestern opened its comeback by all-state kicking candidate Asher Booth, who booted a 44-yard field goal with 6:40 left.

Mesa’s next drive ended on a solo tackle by middle linebacker No.23. Mesa then elected to punt rather than go for it on a fourth down in Jags territory, but the boot just went a mere 11 yards.

Southwestern followed with a double-pass trick play saw quarterback Kahanu Davis toss a swing pass to the left side to receiver JaQuan Dorsey, who never hesitated in firing a home run bomb down the left sideline. The lefty found a wide-open Christian Jourdain for 51 yards.

Gray then committed his near-fatal mistake, fumbling away a perfect snap in the shotgun formation. The loose ball was recovered by Gabe Acosta.

On a short field from the Mesa-19, Davies survived a pair of hard hits yet stayed in the pocket to complete short passes to gt to the Mesa 5. Then he looked right and sprinted for the end zone in what could’ve been a designed draw to tie the game with 1:41 to go.

However, the contest barely got tied as Booth’s conversion kick was tipped by Mesa, yet went through.

However, Gray bounced back with his fifth TD pass — one each to five different receivers — hitting Timieion Jackson on a 9-yard crossing pattern with 2.6 seconds left. The PAT was botched.

Despite the 30 combined points in the fourth quarter, the first half was anything but a score-fest. Tied ay 7-all through the first period, a Booth field goal, and a safety gave Southwestern a 12-7 halftime advantage.

Mesa finished the regular season with a 6-3 overall record; the Jaguars went 3-6.



2021 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

PALOMAR 47, EL CAMINO 42ECS staff report

TORRANCE —– How close is the pennant race in the CCCAA football standings? Entering the month, Palomar College was part of a group of four ballclubs tied for second place in the National Conference’s Central Division.

The margin of separation finally was decided after the Comets captured their final two outings, capped by a “wild” finish in Saturday’s (Nov. 13) dramatic 47-42 triumph at El Camino.

Four lead changes and a late 42-42 tie finally tilted towards Palomar on a wild defensive play, creating a go-ahead safety.

The Comets then took the ensuing free kick by the Warriors, killing most of the clock before Landon Ogles kicked a 32-yard field goal in the closing second to clinch the decision.

Back-to-back botched snaps resulted in the safety, giving the Comets a 44-42 lead and the ball with just 2:38 left.

The El Camino quarterback covered the first poor snap for a 13-yard loss. Then in a mirror play,, a 16-yard loss was again covered in the end zone, at least preventing a touchdown.

In the early going, Palomar quarterback Zeke Payne (Rancho Bernardo) tossed for a pair of touchdowns and a 14-7 lead. However, El Camino controlled the next two quarters to take a 31-24 lead entering the final stanza.

 
In the fourth, Payne fired for two of his four TD passes to Malachi  Russell, covering 32 and 49 yards for a 42-34 advantage. However, the Warriors moved level on a pair of consecutive rushes.
 
With 6:20 remaining, Mehki Jordan scored on a 1-yard run, then Keshawn Dupree added a 2-point conversion burst up the middle to pull the Warriors even.
 
For the contest, Payne (29-for-39) tossed for 431 yards. His first two scores went to Brandon Johnson, including a 75-yard bomb.
 
Palomar finishes the season at 5-5 overall; El Camino went 6-3, yet finished tied for fourth in the division at 2-3 with Mt. San Antonio.
NATIONAL – NORCAL CONFERENCE OVERALL
GP W-L PCT PF PA GP W-L PCT PF PA L10 STRK
RIVERSIDE 5 5-0 1.000 198 114 10 8-2 0.800 300 204 8-2 Won 5
PALOMAR 5 3-2 0.600 194 181 10 5-5 0.500 311 295 5-5 Won 1
CERRITOS 5 3-2 0.600 172 142 9 4-5 0.444 228 211 4-5 Won 1
MT. SAN ANTONIO 5 2-3 0.400 170 148 9 6-3 0.667 324 203 6-3 Lost 1
EL CAMINO 5 2-3 0.400 168 127 10 6-4 0.600 352 240 6-4 Lost 1
CHAFFEY 5 0-5 0.000 40 230 10 0-10 0.000 97 410 0-10 Lost 10

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