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College football: COC tops ’Dogs in OT

Cougars avenge overtime loss to Allan Hancock

Posted: October 23, 2010 11:37 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

SANTA MARIA - The situation was the same. The result was different.

For the second consecutive year, College of the Canyons needed overtime to decided a game against Allan Hancock College.

This time around, COC came out on top 30-27 thanks to wide receiver Rickeem Jackson's third touchdown of the night Saturday at Righetti High School in Santa Maria.

"I love playing Hancock College," said Cougars head coach Garett Tujague. "We've had games against them that were 52-50. There have been some epic battles between these two teams. It's just a great, clean, hard-fought football game."

Last year, COC lost to Allan Hancock 16-13 in overtime at Cougar Stadium.

On Saturday, the Cougars' sealed an overtime win with a fade route to the back of the end zone from 11-yards out. The touchdown came after the Bulldogs kicked a 36-yard field goal on their overtime possession.

Jackson, who finished with 10 receptions for 96 yards and three scores, said he was the one that urged his coaches to call the play on first down.

"Once (Tujague) believed in me and gave me the OK, I just knew it was going to happen," the freshman wideout said. "I knew what time it was."

COC (5-2, 2-0) won its second straight game to open National Division, Northern Conference play.

Early on, it didn't look as though they would need overtime to do it.

When Jackson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass with less than 12 minutes to play in regulation, the Cougars led 24-10.

The Bulldogs (3-4, 0-2) came back with a 4-yard touchdown pass of their own from Seth Tripod to Scott Cathcart on the ensuing drive. After a missed extra point, the Bulldogs trailed 24-16.

With just over two minutes to play, COC faced a fourth-and-10 at the Allan Hancock 35-yard line. Instead of attempting a long field goal to go up 11 points, the Cougars went for it but fell two yards short.

"I may have gambled and took a risk," Tujague said. "I had faith in our defense, and I didn't think they'd drive it 70 yards downfield."

The Bulldogs took over at the 23-yard line and proceeded to do just that, scoring on a 4-yard swing pass to Jovan Davis. A successful two-point conversion knotted it up at 24-24 with 1:14 to play.

Despite the abundance of late-game action, both offenses struggled to get anything going in the first half.

The Cougars didn't get on the board until the 0:23 mark of the second quarter, when Arias connected with Jackson on his first score of the day - a 5-yard pass. That put the score at 7-7 going into halftime.

In its six previous possessions, COC punted five times and turned it over on downs once.

The unit seemingly came alive in the second half starting with a 25-yard field goal by Everett Goldberg to cap off a 67-yard drive.

The next time the Cougars had the ball, they scored on a 56-yard pass deep down the middle to Cameron Bailey.

Arias finished the game 28-of-47 for 293 yards with four touchdowns on the night.

Ryan Zirbel led COC with 10 carries for 52 yards.

"I've known for a long time how special this offense is," Tujague said. "Arias did a phenomenal job managing the offense."



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