College of the Canyons football enjoys playing Allan Hancock College so much, they went to overtime with them on Saturday night; for the second straight year.
This time, the result was different.
College of the Canyons defeated Allan Hancock College, 30-27 in overtime on Saturday night in a game played at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. Wide receiver Rickeem Jackson hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass, his third of the night, from quarterback Justin Arias on the Cougars first overtime possession to put the game away.
COC (5-2, 2-0) controlled the game for most of four quarters. But Hancock (3-4, 0-2) came roaring back, scoring twice in the final 12 minutes to send the game to overtime.
The Bulldogs struck first in the extra frame, when Jared Miller kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Hancock their second lead of the game. But on the Cougars fourth play of their first OT possession, Arias tossed a jump ball to the back of the end zone for Jackson, and the 6-4 freshman came down with it to send the Cougars to their second consecutive National Division, Northern Conference victory.
The Cougars are just a win away from postseason eligibility now, while the Bulldogs need to run the table over their final 3 games to become eligible.
Arias had a career day, completing 28 passes for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns. The freshman avoided turning the ball over and was sacked just one time in the victory. Jackson finished the game with 10 receptions for 96 yards to add to his 3 scores. All were career highs.
Ryan Zirbel led the Cougars rushing efforts with 52 yards on 10 attempts.
Hancock quarterback Seth Tripod played admirably in the loss, completing 15 passes for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. Scott Cathcart was on the receiving end of 2 of those touchdowns, while adding 92 yards on his 8 catches.
The Bulldogs scored the first points of the game early in the second quarter, when Tripod connected with Cathcart on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars tied the game at 7 on Jackson’s first touchdown with less than 30 seconds to play in the half.
Everett Goldberg gave COC its first lead on the evening with a 25-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Just over 3 minutes later, Cameron Bailey hauled in a 56-yard pass from Arias to give the Cougars a 10-point lead. Jared Miller’s first field goal cut the Hancock deficit to 7 heading into the fourth quarter, but Jackson’s second score put the Cougars up 24-10 with 11:34 left in the game.
Tripod then led two masterful scoring drives for Hancock. The first, a 10 play, 72-yard drive, ended with Cathcart’s second touchdown, but Miller missed the extra point, leaving COC with an 8 point lead to defend for the final 6 minutes. But with 2:17 remaining, Hancock marched down the field, going 77 yards on 9 plays in just over a minute, and the ensuing two-point conversion tied the game at 24.
But for the second straight year, home field advantage proved to be a disadvantage, and the Cougars walked away with momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. The three toughest conference opponents lie ahead, with Cerritos coming to Cougar Stadium on Saturday at 7pm.
Check back Friday morning for a full preview of the Cougars 8th game of 2010.