Corsairs Prevail Over Circling Seahawks
The victorious Santa Monica College Corsairs held off the LA Harbor College Seahawks 61-36. A game in which SMC quarterback, Troy Williams contributed to a whopping total of seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing.
The Corsairs started off the game with an early touchdown by Williams only 4 minutes into the game. The Corsairs carried the momentum of their first touchdown to add another three touchdowns, while only giving up one, to take a 28-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Corsairs went into the second quarter with a comfortable lead and didn't expect LA Harbor to fire back the way they did. LA Harbor roared back in the second with touchdown after touchdown. The Corsairs were forced into committing several turnovers that LA Harbor capitalized on. After a 72-yard pass play by the Seahawks for yet another touchdown, the Corsairs fell behind 29-28 with a 1:25 left in the first half. This was actually the first time all season that the Corsairs trailed in a game. To understand how unbelievably dominant the Corsairs have been all season, the Corsairs had not trailed in 268 minutes and 35 seconds of game play.
After coughing up a 21 point lead, the Corsairs moved down the field with the hopes of finding the end zone again before halftime. With only twelve seconds remaining, Williams ran for one of his three rushing touchdowns. The Corsairs retook the lead 35-29 and failed to look back after that point.
An interception half way through the third quarter by SMC's Max Lyons, helped give the Corsairs great field position. Only a handful of plays later, Troy Williams connected with Terry Jackson for a Corsair touchdown.
LA Harbor were able to answer back with a touchdown of their own with 4:11 left of the third quarter clock. With the score 41-36, the game looked to be a neck and neck battle between two teams that could not stop scoring. However, the Corsairs defense made sure that their side would come out with the victory by keeping the Seahawks from scoring another point.
Entering the fourth and final quarter of play, the Corsairs led 47-36 and looked to add to their lead. With the temperature nearing the triple digits, the players were exhausted. However, the Corsairs took advantage of LA Harbor's fatigue and added two fourth quarter touchdowns to cap off their fifth victory of the season, 61-36.
Quarterback Troy Williams threw for 408 yards that day, and rushed for 49 yards. The other two touchdowns for the Corsairs, not by Williams, were by running backs Martaveous Holliday and Roger Jones who each rushed for one.
Through what proved to be a tough victory for the Corsairs, SMC showed that they are going to be a very difficult team to beat this year.
The next game for the Corsairs will be a conference showdown against local rival West LA college on October 17th. The game will be played at West LA college who enters the game with a 1-4 record on the season and 0-2 in conference play.