Fri, Nov 29 2013 01:48 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Southwestern College football team won its second community college bowl game in as many years after defeating San Bernardino Valley College, 34-23, in last Saturday’s Southern California Football Association-sponsored Patriotic Bowl at Olympian High School.
The Jaguars finished the season with a 9-2 record, falling just short of last year’s 10-1 mark.
Southwestern’s players were particularly motivated to make amends for the previous week’s 39-20 loss to Chaffey College in the American/Mountain Conference championship game.
“It’s a great feeling — it’s a lot different than high school,” said SWC freshman punter Juan Luna, a Castle Park High School alumnus. “We put in a lot of hard work. It paid off. We wanted to go out with a ‘W.’”
“We played hard,” concurred Southwestern freshman receiver J. Dickinson Gaines, who scored one touchdown in the bowl game win. “We did have a lot of penalties but we came out of halftime with the mentality that we were going to win as one team.”
SWC sophomore linebacker Khaalid Abdullah received the defensive player of the game award while Jaguars teammate Cameron Lee was named the game’s most valuable player after making seven catches for 151 yards with three touchdowns.
Southwestern sophomore signal-caller Frank Foster, setting up most of the game in the shotgun position, completed 35 of 57 passing attempts for 321 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for one score.
Lee caught touchdown passes of four, 19 and 29 yards while Gaines hauled in a 16-yard scoring pass. Junior Nemorin led the Jags rushing attack with 12 carries for 74 yards.
Southwestern led 14-3 at halftime but the teams combined for six second-half touchdowns, including five in the fourth quarter alone to set the tone for a furious finish.
SBV quarterback Collin Willis cut the Jags’ lead to 20-17 on a 12-yard run with 11:22 left in the game. Willis was named the offensive player of the game with two rushing scores and 214 passing yards.
The Wolverines, who dropped a 41-20 decision in conference play to the Jags in late September, finished the season 8-3.
The game was hard-hitting defensively on both sides, reflective of a post-season contest.
Kiman Edwards recorded a 24-yard interception while SWC teammates Daniel Castro and Darrien Booker each were credited with fumble recoveries. David Clark and Andrell Snowden received credit for one sack each.
“It was awesome,” Foster said. “We had a lot of mistakes but we overcame each one.”
SWC dean Terry Davis and Jaguars coach Ed Carberry pointed out the team is extremely proud of its 19-3 record over the past two seasons — among the most successful in school history.
“Our team came out ready to go,” Carberry said. “We put everything that happened the previous week behind us. It’s hard to invest a lot of energy into a game when you’ve beaten the other team already once in the same season but our guys showed they were willing to put in that type of dedication.
“We’re losing about 20 sophomores but we have a lot of talented players coming back. It’s looking good for next year.”
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