Corsairs cruise to victory in season opener

The Santa Monica College Corsairs dominated the Compton College Tartars in a 24-0 rout this past Saturday afternoon.

Head Coach Gifford Lindheim, who is going into his second year, said that his team had a very competitive pre-season camp.

“Obviously, we will be judged by our wins and losses,” Lindheim said. “I expect us to get out of the gates fast.”

The defense pitched a shutout forcing three turnovers and menacing Compton’s quarterbacks the entire game.

The defense recorded a key sack, and a forced fumble that lead to a Corsair touchdown.

All through the first half the Corsairs looked like the better team.

They marched the ball downfield and scored early in the first quarter on a four yard run by sophomore Daniel Pipkin.

Myles Johnson caught a seven yard pass in the second quarter from freshman quarterback Alfonso Medina scoring a touchdown to end the half.

The Corsair running game proved very productive against the Tartar defense.

A rare four-running-back rotation used by the Corsairs turned out to be successful.

During the Corsair's first possession of the second half, the Corsairs marched downfield in an 11 play drive scoring on an five yard run by Pipkin.

From then on, the game was completely in the Corsairs’ corner and Trevor Dionne kicked in a field goal to seal the win.

The Tartars were unable to move the ball offensively and could not stop the run defensively.

Corsairs running back Alonzo Fredrick led the Corsair football team in rushing with 72 yards on 16 carries and freshman quarterback Alfonso Medina was 11 for 18 for 111 yards passing for one touchdown.

The Corsair offense racked up 392 yards of total offense for the night while Compton College only had 2.

“We are better than what we looked like today,” said Compton head coach Sean Fernandes. “We have some players who need to improve and we will get that fixed for the next game.”

“We were able to hang our hat on the run game today,” Lindheim said. “We knew we had to establish a run game early on (and) we wanted to keep possession of the ball to keep the defense fresh.”

The Corsairs’ next game is this Saturday against East Los Angeles Community College at East LA stadium starting at 6:00 p.m.