Ventura football’s offense exerted its dominance on Santa Barbara City College, defeating the Vaqueros 56-25 on Saturday in Ventura.
The Pirates came out of the gates fast, rattling off 10 plays in less than four minutes on the first drive of the game.
In that drive, quarterback Chris Irvin connected with Tyler Woodworth for 47 yards to get down the field and Irvin found Caleb Alvary for a 3-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Vaquero offense then answered with a drive into Pirate territory but a missed field goal left the score at 7-0 with about four minutes left in the first quarter.
Ventura jumped on the opportunity to build on the league on the ensuing drive when Irvin hit Drew Lopez for an electric 48-yard touchdown pitch and catch to go up 14-0.
Needing a score to prevent the game from getting out of hand in the first quarter, the Vaqueros went to work. On the third play of the drive, Will Doherty and Kayden Chan woke up the offense with a 49-yard reception to get inside the 20-yard line.
Two plays later, Jake Foye scampered into the endzone for a 13-yard touchdown, cutting the lead in half before the end of the first quarter.
Foye ended the night with 10 carries for 73 yards.
The second quarter was all Pirates, as the SBCC offense couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the rest of the half while Ventura scored three rushing touchdowns by Irvine, Jaylen Thompson and Lamonte James.
When it was all said and done, the Pirates carried a 35-7 lead into the halftime locker room.
The Vaqueros received the ball to start the second half and wasted no time as quarterback Shaun Smith and Ryles Buckley linked up for a 24-yard catch on the second play from scrimmage.
SBCC marched down the rest of the field and Smith found Damare Ward for a 5-yard touchdown to cut the Ventura lead to 35-13 just two and a half minutes into the half.
The Pirates punched right back on the next drive, needing only five plays to go 58 yards for the scoring drive. James came up with the score, breaking off a 20-yard run to bring the lead to 42-13.
Smith was under center on the next drive for the Vaqueros and he once again marched the offense down the field and hit Cameron Woolsey, dashed 27 yards into the endzone to cap it off and continue the back-and-forth third quarter.
Woolsey, a running back, got it done in the receiving game on Saturday to the tune of nine catches for 84 yards.
Smith, who alternated at quarterback with Doherty, finished 11-of-16 for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Now up 42-19, the Ventura offense kept its foot on the gas and needed just one play to score as Irvin fired a strike to Naseem Pacheco for a 72-yard touchdown.
Following an interception by the Pirates, the score sat at 49-19 in favor of Ventura with a quarter to go.
The Pirates kept that momentum to begin the fourth quarter, capping off a long 16-play, 94-yard drive with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Jake Murphy to bring the game to a lopsided 56-19.
The rest of the fourth quarter was relatively quiet aside from an exciting 99-yard pick-six by SBCC’s Dquan McClennon. Unfortunately for the Vaqueros, the game was already decided and they ultimately fell 56-25.
The Ventura offense dominated all night, racking up a whopping 734 total yards, 411 through the air and 323 on the ground.
SBCC is now 0-2 in league play and will head into the bye week before traveling to Antelope Valley on Oct. 14.