Edwards, King lead SBCC football to six straight wins

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Jazmyne Cushenberry

Tyler Higby (No. 22) runs the ball towards the end zone for the City College Vaqueros on Oct. 4 at La Playa Stadium. The Vaqueros are now 6-1

STEVEN WELLBROCK, Sports Editor

The now 6-1 City College football team added another win to the stat sheet in its impressive victory over league rival Pierce College Saturday at La Playa Stadium.

Coming into the contest, Pierce (2-4) carried 14 Division I commits on its roster. City College, a young team carrying 57 freshmen, took no notice of that number, and instead beat its opponent by 15 at home.

“I’ve never watched so much film before,” said quarterback Brandon Edwards (No. 8). “We knew coach really wanted it so we put in the extra effort.”

His coach Craig Moropoulos saw his team coming together nicely winning their sixth game in a row and sitting ranked at number 15 in Southern California.

“The biggest thing is we’ve had a lot of adversity that we’ve dealt with,” said Moropoulos. “The thing that I’ve been most proud of when you look at the team, when we’ve lost a couple guys on defense, the offense has stepped up.”

The game started slowly for both schools. But setting the tone in the first quarter was Linebacker Jake Pettit (No. 40) who had a big sack on third down to force the ball into his offense’s hands.

City College was in great field position for much of the first 15 minutes but was having difficulty capitalizing on its opportunities. Running back Cedric Cooper (No. 9) changed that with a seven-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left in the first quarter.

But it was the passing game that stood out the rest of the way, as later in the second quarter Elijah King (No. 12) beat his defender and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to go up 13 in the first half.

But Edwards and his team were not finished yet.

Taking the momentum into the red zone and scoring yet again was King, his second touchdown coming on the play of the game.

Edwards threw a back shoulder fade to the right side and King timed it perfectly, leaping and staying in bounds for a score worthy of the highlight-real.

“Coach really wants us (receivers) and the quarterback to be on the same page with timing,” said King. “It’s key.”

But it was the other side of the ball that solidified the advantage for the Vaqueros.  Displaying swarming defense and holding the Brahma Bulls to zero points and 33 yards of total offense in the first half of play, the tone of the game was set and attained by the Vaqueros.

The preparation proved essential in such a dominant performance throughout the half, and Moropoulos knows that’s what it takes.

“When you’re rolling and things are going good, the good ones keep watching more (tape), the good ones try and get better,” said Moropolous. “That’s what I try and tell (the team). You don’t ever want to be satisfied.”

But there’s no denying that Moropoulos was happy with the first half efforts, completely dominating both sides of the ball, and certainly controlling the line of scrimmage.

The dagger came in the second half and sealed the deal for the red and black.

The 15-point victory did not illustrate the mismatched performance by the teams, as City College’s only real opponent was itself committing 18 penalties for 162 yards.

After two late fourth quarter scores and a successful onside kick attempt, free safety Jacob Girgle (No. 2) put the game away for City College with an interception on first down. The sophomore also led the team with eight tackles.

“As a team we just function together defensively,” said Girgle. “We’re clicking and we’re on a roll, we just have to keep it up.”

City College looks to make it seven in a row next week at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1, at Antelope Valley.