Vaquero football routs Compton, grabs first win
The Vaqueros tasted victory for the first time in 13 games when they pounded Compton 41-7 Friday night at La Playa stadium.
City College (1-2) owned the air game, completing 24 of 33 passes for 322 yards and 5 touchdowns.
“It was a team win,” said freshman quarterback Jarred Evans. “We did well in all three phases of the game and finished.”
Evans (6-4, 188) completed 14 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sophomore Jake Umphreyville (6-0, 195) added 10 completions for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“You try to utilize your weapons,” said head coach Craig Moropoulos. “At [quarterback], you have to have all the confidence in the world, and I have confidence in both those guys.”
The Vaqueros marched 60 yards in 6 plays on their first possession, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeff Walton. The 5-foot-10 inch, 195-lb running back turned in a breakout game, rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown.
City College’s defense dominated Compton (0-3), holding the Tartars to 228 total yards. Freshman linebacker Morgan Nevin (6-0, 222) made 12 total tackles, 4 solos. Sophomore safety Mitch Nelson (6-0, 200) added 5 tackles and an interception.
“We got a lot of sophomores back on [defense] from last year,” Nelson said. “We just hated that feeling of going 0-10. It’s great motivation to make stops and give the [offense] more chances to score.”
The Vaqueros’ 41 points are the most scored since the last game of 2009, when City College lost to West LA 52-46.
Friday’s blowout score also allowed backups and role players to get some valuable playing time.
“Its always valuable to see how guys respond when the lights are on,” Moropoulos said.
“Perry Pipkin stepped up for us tonight at wide receiver. He’s done a great job and made a nice catch in the end zone, but there were a lot of other guys out on the field tonight.”
Pipkin (6-3, 205), a freshman from Seattle, Washington, contributed two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown. Mike Petersen (6-4, 230), a freshman running back from Nyleoebing, Denmark, scored his first touchdown of the season on a 12-yard screen pass from Evans, with 6:22 left in the first half.
“It wasn’t like it was a gift to him. He took that ball and dove to the end zone,” Moropoulos said. “He deserved that. He’s worked as hard as anyone on this football team.”
The Vaqueros look to stay hot on the road as they travel to L.A. Valley for a 6 p.m. game Saturday.