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Mt. SAC Captures Another Football Championship

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five straight football titles

Members of Mt. SAC's football team celebrate playoff win against Cerritos on Nov. 26 photo by James Choy

source: Mountiewire.com

City by the Bay, the state champion Mounties are coming for a visit.

It wasn’t easy, but the Mt. SAC football team, two time defending state champions, captured an unprecedented 5th consecutive Southern California championship with a 17-14 victory over Cerritos Saturday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

In a rematch of last year’s SCFA championship game, the Mounties (11-1) hosted the Falcons, champions of the Northern Division in the SCFA, but the game figured to be closer than last year’s result when Mt. SAC crushed Cerritos 51-0 en route to an undefeated season and the state title.

Down 17-7 by halftime after Mt. SAC’s Abraham Torres connected on a 30 yard field goal, Cerritos (8-4) fought back in the second half and regained momentum in the game when quarterback Brandon Denker escaped from defensive pressure and rolled out to throw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Lavulo, cutting Mt. SAC’s lead to three points.

Cerritos had scoring opportunities throughout the final quarter, but the Mounties, as they have done throughout the season, came up big on defense when they needed to most as they held the Falcons scoreless through the 4th quarter and just 270 total yards on offense, while also benefiting from two second half interceptions by defensive back Ashtun Williams.

Cerritos faced a 4th and 18 on the Mt. SAC 33 yard line with only 1:50 left in the game, but Williams picked off Denker for the second time in the game and returned the ball into Cerritos territory to close out the Falcons’ final scoring threat. Williams finished with 65 yards on kick returns.

Last week Cerritos dominated Palomar College in the Southern California Football Association Bowl, 45-28, but against Mt. SAC, Denker was limited to 11 of 22 passing and 148 yards, two touchdowns and the two interceptions.

Since suffering their only setback of the season, a 29-26 loss to Riverside on Sept. 24, the Mounties have won eight in a row, including a 34-7 win over El Camino last week in the National Bowl.

Mt. SAC coach Bob Jastrab said he was proud of the way his team fought, not only this week but throughout the year.

“They found a way to win all season and I’m proud of the effort of the coaches and the players, that game could have gone either way and we thank God that we were able to hold on,” Jastrab said.

Running back Matt Botello, who reeled off 74 rushing yards, including a game long 32 yard run to open up the 4th quarter for Mt.SAC was named Most Valuable Player, while receiver Alonzo Agwuenu, who finished with 32 yards and scored Mt. SAC’s first touchdown on the day, received the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year award.

“It’s great right now, hard work and dedication does pay off,” Agwuenu said, “we’ve been out here 9 months working hard to show them we’re the best team in the conference and the nation, so it feels good to know we’re one step closer.”

Agwuenu added he felt admiration for the Falcons’ effort, despite coming up short of the win.

“They were great, that’s the second best team in Southern California, they did what they had to do, I guess you can say that the winner prevailed on this day but I’m going to give them my own props, congratulations to them.”

Jastrab also praised the Falcons’ play and said he felt the game would be closer than last year’s blowout.

“It’s usually a close game, we knew it was going to be a battle even though we were up by 10.”

“My hat is off to their coaching staff and their players, they started off slow this season and they came on strong, they’re a great football team, I feel very fortunate to have beaten them today.”

“It’s another challenge for us,” remarked Jastrab in reference to Mt. SAC facing San Francisco City in the title game on Dec. 10. San Francisco City College defeated Fresno to advance.

“The job’s not done, we’ve got one more,” Jastrab said.

 

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November 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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