SBCC football suffers second straight loss of season

Justin Covington

Vaqueros football head coach Craig Moropoulos heads back to the locker room after their 17-38 loss at La Playa Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Vaqueros football head coach Craig Moropoulos heads back to the locker room after their 17-38 loss at La Playa Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Anna Logan, Channels Staff

The Vaqueros football team saw their second loss of the season, 38-17, against the Santa Monica Corsairs Saturday, Nov. 2, at La Playa Stadium.

City College is ranked 14th in the American Pacific Conference while the Corsairs are ranked 16th.  The Vaqueros showed a shocking resemblance to last year’s team, where the record was 4-6 overall and 3-4 conference. This season the Vaqueros are 6-2 overall and 3-2 conference.

“We gotta finish the season like we did the first six games,” said Head Coach Craig Moropoulos.

Defensive linebacker Morgan Nevin (No. 33) had a career high for tackles assisting with 18 and making 10 of his own for a total of 28, making him the No. 1 tackle in the state.

In the first quarter, recently injured Vaquero Josh Martin (No. 10) threw three interceptions. There was a glimmer of hope  when Giovanni Sanders (No. 85) made an 80-yard return run, only to fumble the ball at the Vaquero two-yard line.

Martin attempted 14 passes in the first half but only completed six because of the Corsairs tight defense. At the end of the first half, the Vaqueros made a total of 36 plays next to the Corsairs 67. The score at the end of the first half was 33-3 Corsairs.

The second half was just as unforgiving as the first as the City College offense struggled to find their rhythm. Vaquero wide receiver, Jacob Arnell (No. 3), tried to pick up a Corsair punt in the third quarter  only to fumble and turn the ball right back over to Santa Monica at the seven-yard line.

The fourth quarter showed mercy to Sterling Cash (No.17), who caught a 39-yard pass from third-string quarterback Bruce Shipley (No. 6) to make the score 38-10.The last touchdown of the game was a 69-yard touchdown pass from Martin to Sanders to bring the score to its final resting place of 17-38.

City College will face Glendale Community College at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at La Playa Stadium for the last home game of the season.