Will Doherty and Kayden Chan led Santa Barbara City College football to a 30-22 win over Moorpark on Saturday at La Playa Stadium.
The win brought the Vaqueros to 4-5 on the season and 2-4 in conference play with one week to go in the regular season.
Following a stop by the SBCC defense and a blocked punt by the special teams unit, the Vaquero offense got the ball deep into Moorpark territory.
They took advantage, as Doherty hit Chan for a 7-yard touchdown pitch and catch to grab a 7-0 lead just a few minutes into the game.
The rest of the first quarter was quiet, as the two offenses combined for eight straight stalled drives.
The Raiders broke that streak with their first score of the night early in the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pitch and catch from Macloud Crowton to Noah Cronquist, knotting the game up at 7-7.
After back-to-back stops by both defenses, Moorpark was forced to punt the ball back to SBCC.
Chan took that punt and ripped off an electrifying 70-yard punt return touchdown to pull the Vaqueros ahead 14-7.
That lead didn’t last long, however, as Crowton and Cronquist connected once again, this one for a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game back up.
That 14-14 tie would hold heading into halftime.
The third quarter was all Vaqueros, as the defense did its part in shutting out Moorpark and the offense responded with a pair of touchdowns.
The first of those touchdowns was Chan’s third of the game, as Doherty hit him from eight yards out for the go-ahead score.
Chan had a monster game, accumulating 312 all-purpose yards to go along with his trio of touchdowns.
Doherty then joined Chan in the three-touchdown club later in the quarter with a huge 55-yard touchdown pitch and catch to Easton Clements, extending the lead to 28-14.
When all was said and done, Doherty had completed 17-of-29 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns.
The momentum from the offense and defense carried over to the special teams unit to begin the fourth quarter when Daniel Burke and the Vaqueros blocked a punt and forced a safety to bring the advantage to 30-14.
Moorpark got one more score before the final whistle sounded, but SBCC survived any comeback effort and clinched the win.
The Vaqueros will take on Bakersfield next Saturday at 6 p.m. at La Playa Stadium to close out the regular season.