SAN DIEGO, Calif. - El Camino College opened up conference play in exciting fashion as they scored twice in the final four minutes of the game to take a 51-44 win over San Diego Mesa and extend their win-streak to 4 games.
After a slow opening half for both teams, the score was for 16-7 in favor of San Diego Mesa (3-3, 0-1) heading into halftime. The Warriors (4-2, 1-0) scored 44 points in the second half including a huge 29 point third quarter.
The El Camino offense combined for 546 yards. Grant Ferrauilo was 16-30 for 187 yards and three touchdowns and three interceptions. Aaron Thomas was 16-20 for 159 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Trevon Clark put up another huge game with 10 receptions and 151 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Kishawn Berry had 8 receptions with 82 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Raymond Graham led the Warriors in rushing with 132 yards on 21 carries. Jonah Tavai added two more rushing touchdowns for the season.
On the defensive side, Isaiah Lemos had two interceptions. Jaymin Austin led the defense with 8 tackles and Justin Martz had three tackles and one sack. The defense came up huge with two goal line stops in the first and second quarter.
El Camino's defense started the game strong with a goal line stand on SD Mesa's second drive of the game. However, the Olympians would score on their next possession to make it a 7-0 game. The Olympians had great field possesion to start the 2nd quarter after getting the ball back on an El Camino fumble at the 29-yard line. The Olympians drove the ball down to the 2-yard line before the Warrior defense once again held the Olympians on 4th and 2 and had their second goal line stand of the game.
The Olympians made it a 13-0 game in the second quarter after starting on the El Camino 36 yard line.
Isaiah Lemos intercepted a pass on the San Diego Mesa 39 yard line to give the Warriors some life in the second quarter. Grant Ferrauilo was able to find Kishawn Berry for a 19 yard touchdown to cut the lead in half, 13-7.
TOUCHDOWN!!!! Ferrauilo to Berry! 13-7 Mesa with 8:12 left in the half! pic.twitter.com/Zs4vS2boAL— ECC Football (@FBWarriorsECC) October 14, 2018
The Olympians were able to a 31-yard field goal to take a 16-7 lead into halftime before the Warriors had a huge 29 point third quarter.
The Warriors started the second half with a 62-yard drive. After facing a huge 4th and 4 situation on the SDMC 34-yard line, Ferrauilo was able to find Kyrin Cannon for a 9-yard reception. Ferraulio passed to Trevon Clark for a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it a 16-14 game.
San Diego Mesa College responded with a 70-yard scoring drive of their own to make it 23-14. However, the Warriors offense stayed right with them and scored on a 60-yard drive of their own right after. Ferraulio was able to find Kishawn Berry for a 10-yard touchdown to keep the score down to a 2-point lead for SDMC.
TOUCHDOWN! Ferrauilo to Berry for the TD! 23-21 Mesa with 7:11 left in the 3rd Quarter! pic.twitter.com/XdU5zb5hAJ— ECC Football (@FBWarriorsECC) October 14, 2018
The Warriors defense forced another turnover on a fumble on SDMC's next drive and Bryan Jones recovered the ball at the SDMC 40-yard line. However, SDMC was able to intercept a Ferraulio pass for a pick-six and extended their lead to 30-21 with 5:31 left in the third quarter. SDMC picked off another Ferraulio pass on the ensuing drive but the Warrior defense was able to come up big again and the SDMC kicker missed a 28-yard field goal.
Aaron Thomas came in at quarterback with 4:10 left in the third quarter and led the Warriors on a 80-yard scoring drive. Thomas found Clark for a 15-yard touchdown for Clark's second touchdown of the day to make it a 30-28 game.
The Warrior defense got another turnover after Isaiah Lemos picked off another Jake Dunninway pass to give the Warriors the ball at the SDMC 28-yard line. Jonah Tavai scored on a 3-yard touchdown and the Warriors converted the 2-point conversion to take 36-30 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter.
San Diego Mesa was able to respond right away to open the 4th quarter with a 56-yard drive to regain a one point, 37-36 lead. They extended their lead to 44-37 with 10:44 left in the game. The Warriors responded with a 13-play, 55 yard drive of their own to tie the game at 44-44 with 3:21 left in the game. Aaron Thomas was able to find Trevon Clark on a huge 4th and 27 situation on the SDMC 32 for a 30-yard pass. Then Jonah Tavai scored his second touchdown of the day on a 1-yard rush.
TIE GAME! After a huge pickup on 4th and long by Clark, Tavai gets his second TD of the game and @ECCWarriors get the two point conversion! 44-44 with 3:22 left in the game! pic.twitter.com/Wg7fsI4yGp— ECC Football (@FBWarriorsECC) October 14, 2018
The Warrior defense came up big again to force a 3-and-out on the Olympians next drive. The Warriors started their drive at their own 26-yard line. Aaron Thomas led the Warriors down the field for a 11-play, 74 yard drive. On a 3rd and 15 on the SDMC 18-yard line, Aaron Thomas was able to find Trevon Clark for his third touchdown of the game with 14.7 seconds left in the game.
TOUCHDOWN!! Thomas to Clark to take the lead 51-44 with 14.7 seconds left in the game! pic.twitter.com/ZyXky85O3B— ECC Football (@FBWarriorsECC) October 14, 2018
The defense was able to shut the door on the Olympians final drive as Christion Johns forced a fumble on a 20-yard pass to complete the great comeback effort for the Warriors.
The Warriors now head to Mt. Sac for another road conference game next Saturday, October 20th at the Covina District Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.