By Jaime Cárdenas
SWC Sports Information Director
CHULA VISTA The Southwestern College Football Team got what it wanted last Saturday a win.
While it may not sound like much, with the 30-7 trashing of Mt. San Jacinto College (1-6, 1-8), the Jaguars snapped a seven-game home losing streak and pushed their record to 4-4 in conference and 5-5 overall.
“I didn’t do anything, the kids did it all,” said an elated Walt Justice, head coach. “These kids worked long and hard during the off-season. They deserved some reward for their hard work.”
In what was their most convincing win of the year, the Jaguars defense only allowed 196 total yards, most of them in the fourth quarter, and took a shutout into the final three minutes of the game.
“This week Coach (Dionicio) Monarrez figured out a tendency in their game,” said linebacker Myles Bush. “It seemed like we knew what they were running on every single play.”
Bush was one of 21 sophomores who played their last game of their Jaguars career. Bush said that while it was important to finish the season at .500, that it was more important to win their last game.
“I am very proud of the defense and how the played,” said Justice. “Special teams was also big, they recovered an on-side kick and scored a touchdown too. They played great.”
Justice was not the only to notice how great his special teams played, on Sunday, punter Ryan Seale was named the conference special teams player for the final week of the season.
Another sophomore that left his mark on Saturday was safety Jovone Murhpy who tied the school’s mark for most career interceptions. Sitting on 10 interceptions since the first game of the season, Murphy picked off Eagles quarterback, Bryan Abihider, late in the third quarter to tie Mike Wright’s mark set in 1980-81.
The Jaguars defense, which was decimated by injuries the entire season, got a shot in the arm when defensive end Brian Dimmock started the game. Dimmock, who was injured for most of the season, forced a fumble and recovered another in the end zone for at touchdown. His touchdown was the first of three Jaguar touchdowns in the third quarter to blow the game wide open.
Their first touchdown came on a 71-yard hook up between wide receiver Ray Miller and quarterback Tanner Harris in the first quarter. After the touchdown, the Jaguars got the ball back on a surprised on-side kick. Even though Harris threw an interception on the next play, the momentum was clearly on the Jaguars side.
Following Dimmock’s touchdown, on the ensuing kickoff, the special teams forced its third turnover of the game. Five plays after James Armstrong recovered the fumble, Harris, who three interceptions in the first quarter, connected with Sam Forsythe from nine-yards out to put the Jags up 21-0.
Andrew Follins, who rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries, scored his only touchdown of the day on a 15-yard scamper through the left side of the offensive line, which is patrolled by left tackle Ernie Pelayo.
Pelayo, the heart and soul of the Jaguars team, anchors an offensive line which included fellow sophomores Michael Albright (center), David Abbot (guard) and Onofre Gascon (tackle).
“They formed a relationship that will last a lifetime. You make most of your best friends here community college football,” said Justice, a former El Camino Community College football player, about the sophomores.