Offense sets scoring records in blowout

Zach Cavanagh

The Saddleback College football team spread the offense around in a record-breaking 72-7 win over Mt. San Jacinto College on Saturday.

Saddleback, the nation’s 11th-ranked team, scored on 11 of its 12 possessions in the game only failing to score on its final offensive drive.

Saddleback set the tone early converting a five-play, 69-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Ingram to receiver T.J. Knowles. Michael Frisina missed the following extra point leaving the score at 6-0.

The defense made an early impact in the offensive show. After the Gauchos opening touchdown, the defense forced a three-and-out by the Eagles. Richard Crawford returned the ensuing punt 75 yards for the touchdown and the 13-0 lead. On the Eagles’ first offensive play of the following drive, the Gaucho defense forced a fumble and Devin Thurman returned the loose ball 16 yards for a touchdown.

In the latter part of the first quarter, Ingram scored on a four-yard touchdown run and Tre Villahermosa caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from receiver Ben Gomez to put the score at 34-0. The 34 points scored in the first quarter set a school record for points in a quarter.

In the second quarter, running back Keegan Gogerty put in a pair of one-yard touchdown runs for the Gauchos. Following Gogerty’s second touchdown, San Jacinto quarterback Carmen Boyer orchestrated an 11-play, 74-yard drive capped by a four-yard touchdown pass to Julian Luna for the Eagles’ only score of the night.

With 18 seconds left in the half, Frisina knocked in a 30-yard field goal to bring the halftime score to 51 points, a Saddleback record for points in a half.

Gogerty added a third one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Crawford also had a repeat performance in the third quarter with a 42-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Saddleback capped off the game’s score and set another record with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brad Curtis to D.J. Gallegos in the fourth quarter to put the final score at 72-7. The final of 72 points set a Gaucho record for points in a game.

With the 72nd point, Frisina equaled a Saddleback record of nine consecutive extra points. Frisina could have broken the record if the first extra point of the game was made.

Craig Woods led the Gauchos in rushing with 73 yards on 11 carries.

Ingram led in passing with 168 yards and completed 13 of 17 passes.

Knowles led all receivers with 94 yards receiving on three catches.

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