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Cabrillo edges Hancock for first win
Cabrillo edges Hancock for first win
TitleCabrillo edges Hancock for first win
DescriptionFirst Cabrillo football victory
Original sourceSanta Cruz Sentinel
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Santa Cruz Sentinel, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format15w x 13h inches
TextCabrillo Edges Hancock For First Win Sweet Taste Of Victory, 22-20 Hawks Stop Bulldog Drive On 14 With Seconds To Go By Gordon Sinclair The Cabrillo Seahawks scored their first football triumph in history last night. And for Coach Larry Seimering and the 23 members of the new junior college squad, it was a good win as they trounced a good Hancock college eleven 22 to 20 before 1000 fans at Memorial field. The Seahawks did it the hard way as they stopped a Bulldog drive on their own 14-yard line with just seconds left to play after the visiting club had rallied for two last half touchdowns. The margin of victory was a plunge for the conversion made by John Kirby in the second quarter. The two points grew larger and larger as the game drew near a close. Kirby tallied twice on extra point tries while Hancock was able to score only once for the vital conversion points after their touchdowns. It was the first win in four games for Cabrillo while the Hancock club suffered its third loss in six games. Famed for their generosity in giving away touchdowns, Cabrillo played for keeps last night as they took advantage of the breaks and played their best defensive game of the season. As it was they lost bhe ball twice on fumbles and had a clipping penalty that cost them a touchdown, but when the chips were down, the Seahawks had it, although the club tired badly in the last quarter. The Seahawks only had five penalties and their passing game took on new strength as Fred McPherson completed eight out of 13 tosses for 89 yards. McPherson handled the ball well at the T in playing his best game of the season. Besides passing for 89 yards, McPherson gained 52 yards in ten tries including a beautiful 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter on a keepit play that completely baffled the Bulldog defenders. McPherson faked to Gary Marinovich, tucked the ball in his tummy and rolled off guard isolated from the Bulldog defense. What turned out to be the winning touchdown was scored early in the third quarter after Pete Patterson blocked John Thomas' punt on the Hancock 46. Quarterback Sal Reyes picked up the ball and made a valiant effort for the first down, but was stopped a yard short. The Seahawks took charge with Marinovich, who had his best night of the season, cracking for four and five yards. Kirby made eight on a cutback for the first down. Bobby Costa ripped off tackle for 13 and McPherson made 12 on a keepit to the Hancock four. On third down, Kirby bulled his way into the end zone for the touchdown which put Cabrillo in front 22 to 6 as Costa failed on the conversion run. Cabrillo grabbed a 16 to 0 lead in the first half scoring first on a 64 yard drive that took eight plays. Kirby made 17 on a beautiful run, Costa added seven and the Seahawks gained 15 on a Hancock penalty. Marinovich lost eight on a pitchout, but McPherson passed to Jack Knight in the flat for 16. Kirby rambled 17 for a touchdown which was called back for offsides. McPherson then passed to Knight for 11, Costa made three and Kirby scored on an eight-yard smash. He added the extra points on the same play, the cutback. The second touchdown came on a fine play by Gary Marinovich who recovered Sal Reyes' fumble on the Cabrillo 20 to halt a Bulldog drive. After one first down, Marinovich tore through a big hole, cut back and went for 44 yards to the Hancock 22. Kirby made two, then McPherson scored on the keepit. Kirby again scored the extra points. Hancock got back in the game when Manny Jones took a reverse from John Thomas on a punt return of a Kirby kick and rambled 20 yards to the Cabrillo 35. Reyes passed to Firth for nine, then hit Jones in the clear for a touchdown pass as the Cabrillo secondary was caught sleeping on a spread formation. Thomas' drive for the extra point failed. Hancock scored late in the third quarter ona 72 yard drive that took 10 plays, sparked by the brilliant running of Halfback Thomas. The touchdown came on a 13-yard scamper by Jones through a big hole in the Cabrillo line. The attempt for extra points failed again when the Seahawk line ganged up on Thomas. The Seahawks took the kickoff and returned to their 40 when they started eight minutes of ball control that failed to produce a touchdown when McPherson was hauled down on a fourth-and-four play, a yard short of pay dirt. Hancock boomed back with a 99-yard drive, climaxed by a 35-yard pass from Thomas to Gary Capps, who was all alone behind the foggy Seahawk secondary. This time, Hancock made the extra points on a rush by Dave Sanders to make the score Cabrillo 22, Hancock 20 with 4:31 left to play. On the second play from scrimmage, Marinovich fumbled and Firth recovered on the Cabrillo 44. Jones boomed for 29 and a first down on the Cabrillo 24. Antonio hit for five, then made three more to the 16. Thomas was stopped by Kirby for a yard gain, then on fourth and one, the Seahawks held Antonio for no gain and the ball game was over after the Seahawks downed the ball twice to keep possession for the final 43 seconds of play. Thomas played outstanding ball for the visitors while Kirby, Costa, Marinovich, Knight, Patterson, Baird and company came up with their best game of the season for the Seahawks. Knight made a fantastic diving catch of a long pass in the second quarter but the play was called back for offside. Coach Larry Seimering was extremely pleased with the Seahawk performance, especially the way they held the Bulldogs in the closing minutes as the fog drenched the field. Scoring: Seahawks: Touchdowns—Kirby- , (runs of 8 and 1); McPherson. run of 20). Extra points: Kirby 4, (runs). Hancock: Touchdowns—Jones (run of 13, pass from Reyes for 26). Capps, (pass from Thomas for 35). Extra points, Sanders 2 (run).
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