Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:43 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The California Community College Athletic Association regional state football poll will likely have a new leader when the next set of rankings are issued.
San Bernardino Valley owned the No. 1 ranking among American Division teams with a 3-0 record entering last weekend’s spate of games — a mark matched by the No. 2-ranked team, L.A. Valley.
The Southwestern College Jaguars sat fifth best among the 10 teams listed in the poll. However, that will likely change following Southwestern’s emphatic 41-20 defeat of host San Bernardino Valley on Saturday.
The game was the American Mountain Conference opener for both teams.
“A key to the win came in the second quarter when they ran a ‘flea flicker’ for a TD to cut our lead to 13-10,” SWC coach Ed Carberry said. “The Valley side was fired up only to have us run a reverse on the kickoff return for a 97-yard touchdown. That play broke their momentum. We received the ball to open the second half and drove down for a TD. After that the game was never in question.”
The Jaguars (3-1 overall) are 1-0 in conference play along with Chaffey, Mt. San Jacinto and San Diego Mesa, all of which also picked up wins last weekend.
Mesa (2-1) upended Compton by a score of 55-15 while Chaffey (2-1) won a 39-28 shootout against Victor Valley and MSJ (2-2) topped East Los Angeles 26-13.
SWC next plays East L.A. Saturday at Olympian High School. Kick-off is 6 p.m.
The Jaguars’ lone loss on the season came against L.A. Valley. However, L.A. Valley fell from the ranks of the undefeated last weekend after dropping a 25-23 decision at fourth-ranked Santa Barbara.
L.A. Valley (3-1) competes in the American Pacific Conference. The regular season champions from the American Mountain and American Pacific conferences meet in the American Division championship bowl at the end of the season.
Southwestern defeated Santa Monica in last year’s American Division bowl game.
Revenge remains on the minds of SWC players, however, after the 28-23 loss to L.A. Valley in the second week of the season.
“Hopefully, we’ll win out the rest of our games and they’ll win out the rest of their games and we’ll meet each other again,” Jaguars sophomore running back Cedrick Agyeman said.
Agyeman scored two touchdowns in the win against San Bernardino Valley while quarterback Frank Foster led the team with 105 rushing yards and scored on a 55-yard keeper.
Andrell Snowden scored on a 97-yard kickoff return, Luis Perez tossed a five-yard pass to Khari Kimbrough and Dominique Fuqua scored on a two-yard run to round out the scoring for the visitors.
The Jaguars rushed for 213 net yards and passed for 123 net yards while San Bernardino Valley totaled 169 yards through the air and 99 yards on the turf.
SWC totaled 154 yards on four kickoff returns.
Daniel Castro and Jeremy Burgos led Southwestern’s defensive effort with 10 tackles each. The Jaguars recorded three sacks and one fumble recovery to aid the defensive effort.
Blake Wilson recorded one sack for eight yards while Khaalid Abdullah and Jalal Yousofzai shared one drop for minus-four yards, and Alfonso Hampton and Ray Clapper combined for a two-yard loss.
Castro also recovered a fumble.
Foster completed seven of 15 passing attempts for 87 yards while Perez misfired on just one of his five passing attempts for 36 yards. Foster was intercepted once.
East L.A. is 1-3 on the season. Gustavo Ornelas kicked a pair of field goals and Jorge Rios scored on a one-yard run in last weekend’s loss to Mt. San Jacinto.
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