Last Saturday the College of the Canyons Cougars played their home opener against College of the Desert Roadrunners. COC new head coach Ted Iacenda was looking to impress Cougar fans with his first home win after upsetting number four ranked Saddleback college the previous week.
The first quarter displayed great defenses from both COC and COD.
Both teams opened up their first drives with three and outs.
COC ended the first quarter driving down the field , ending the quarter inside the ten yard line.
It only took a minute and five seconds into the second quarter for running back Matt Bowen to score the first touchdown of the game, off a one-yard run, putting COC up 7-0.
COC did shoot themselves in the foot, after driving to a first and goal on the 1 yard line, they had back to back false starts, to put them in a 3rd and goal, which they had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Eric Kreitz to put them up 10-0.
COC would once again hold their ground on defense, in which they held the opposition to only 76 total yards in the half, to get the ball once again on their own 32 yard line with 1:34 left in the second quarter.
COC would drive, but Kreitz would miss the 28-yard field goal to keep the score at 10-0, Cougars.
The third quarter started off with a new quarterback for the Road Runners, Dakota Dartis, as he delivered a drive from their own 30-yard line, after a couple big catches, including a huge TD saving tackle by Cougar linebacker Ryan McAleenan.
COC’s defense held up with a huge fourth and three stop on their own thirteen-yard line.
After a three and out by COC, the Roadrunners started to drive again, got to the COC 36 yard line, and a bad snap threw them back all the way to their own 36 yard line.
In the end, the third quarter looked like the first quarter, as the score remained at 10-0 COC.
COC QB Tony Dawson would dominate the fourth quarter. COC would start on their own 3 yard line.
After a big first down run by Dawson, he completed a screen pass that results in a first down with a late hit by the Road Runners tacked on at the end of the play to advance COC all the way to the Road Runner 32 yard line.
On a 4th and 7, Dawson would come under pressure, roll to his right and connect with Kwasi Washington for a huge 29-yard touchdown catch to put the Cougars up 17-0.
On the ensuing Road Runners drive COC intercepted COD to get the ball on the Road Runner 35-yard line.
After a failed fourth down attempt by COC, the defense would once again come clutch, with another interception off Dan Tiedeman.