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SBCC Offense Goes Quiet in 2nd Half in Loss to San Bernardino

Vaqueros gain only 25 yards and are outscored 25-0 after halftime

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SBCC running back Clifton Taylor is stopped short of the goal-line by a pair of San Bernardino defenders. (JC Corliss / Noozhawk photo)

San Bernardino Valley shut down SBCC's offense in the second half and ruined the Vaqueros' home football opener by taking a 35-13 victory at La Playa Stadium on Saturday night.

SBCC led 13-10 at halftime, but San Bernardino (2-0) outgained the Vaqueros 276 to 15 yards and outscored them 25-0 in the last two quarters.

The Wolverines dominated in first downs (22-11), rushing yardage (174-39) and total yardage (458-119). Jeffrey James had 12 tackles and Nijel Lockhart added nine tackles and 3.5 sacks for SBVC. Santa Barbara punted eight times in the second half and managed just two first downs.

Vaquero quarterbacks were sacked nine times for 63 yards in losses and starter Gerald Hickson left the game with an injury. 

Quarterback Armando Herrera led the Wolverines, completing 18-of-28 passes for 284 yards and four second-half touchdowns. He was intercepted twice by Lucas Olgiati and Javan Gail.

Olgiati stepped in front of a flat pass and returned it nine yards for a touchdown to give the Vaqueros a 10-3 lead with 9:34 to go before halftime. SBVC tied it at 10 on a 3-yard run by Herrera.

Martin Ahlstroem booted his second field goal, from 37 yards out, with 12 seconds left to give the Vaqueros a 13-10 halftime advantage.

The Wolverines scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter, driving 62 yards and 51 yards for touchdowns. Herrera hit CJ Harris with a 17-yard pass to the left side of the end zone and then found DeJuan Moon for a 14-yard TD and a 23-13 lead with 7:40 to go in the third quarter.

“They’re a good football team that runs the ball well and their running back got loose a lot,” said SBCC coach Craig Moropoulos. “I thought our defense played well, they rose up and were on the field a lot. We couldn’t sustain anything offensively and that was very frustrating.

“I’m proud of the way the guys fought to the end. We have some things to work on.”

Jeff Proctor ran 15 times for 96 yards for the Wolverines. Herrera tossed two more TDs in the fourth quarter, a 3-yarder to

Dionzae Nolan and a 33-yard fly pattern to Elijah Smith with 4:13 to play.

Olgiati, a sophomore linebacker from Gilroy, Calif., led the Vaquero defense with eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. He also punted nine times for a 33.7-yard average. Isaac Brown had seven tackles and a 31-yard fumble return on the fourth play of the game.

Will Bayonne rushed 22 times for 65 yards for the Vaqueros and Hickson completed 12-23 passes for 77 yards. Hickson suffered an injury at the end of a short run and left the game with 5:37 to play.

“We have to find the right combinations,” said Moropoulos. “They were really good up front and their defensive line was strong.”

San Bernardino committed five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions) and the Vaqueros only had one.

 The Wolverines drove 90 yards in six plays late in the first quarter and had a first-and-goal inside the 1-yard line. Herrera was stuffed by Nakota Shepard-Creer on first down and threw two incompletes with Michael Francis breaking up the second-down pass. On fourth-and-inches, Proctor tried the center of the line and was stuffed by multiple defenders, led by Daniel Ekstrum and Rory Hayes.

“That was a great goal-line stand,” Moropoulos stated. “That’s not something to laugh at, it takes a lot of guts and energy. I felt real good at halftime. Then they brought a lot of people into the box and our pass game has to improve. We’re a work in progress.”

The Vaqueros face another tough opponent on Saturday when they travel to Santa Clarita to take on No. 6 Canyons at 6 p.m.

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