CHULA VISTA On the heels of their first win last weekend, the Southwestern College (SWC) Jaguars (1-0) are ready to battle the Golden West College Rustlers (1-0) this Saturday, Sept. 13 at DeVore Stadium at 5 p.m.
As an added bonus to the Jaguars home opener, the first 1,000 kids under 12 will receive a free miniature football. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission; $4 for seniors and military; $3 for students with a valid identification. Children under 10 are free.
Last week, a relentless defense, led by Myles Bush, team captain and Foothill Conference player of the week, held Santa Monica College Corsairs (0-1) to 34 rushing yards, 198 total yards, and forced two turnovers.
Bush had eight tackles, one sack, caused a fumble and a tackle for a safety in the third quarter to give SWC a 21-6 lead.
Running behind a mammoth offensive line, that averages 315 pounds, Jaguar running backs Andre Buggs, Andrew Follins and Vern-on Jones totaled 295 yards on 44 carries.
Follins led the group with 101 yards on 17 carries, followed by Jones who had 99 yards on 11 rushes, an average of 9 yards per carry. Buggs, who scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run, had 72 yards on six carries with one touchdown. He also added 44 yards on two receptions, to total 116 overall yards.
“We have enough confidence in our running backs to gain positive yards on any play. We can run around you or through you. It makes no difference to us,” said SWC head coach Walt Justice.
Justice was delighted with the Jaguars’ ability to not turn the ball.
“The give away take away ratio is the biggest factor in the outcome of a football game,” he said. “We won that battle versus Santa Monica.”
Quarterback Tanner Harris, a transfer from Ricks, Idaho, threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Two of Harris’ touchdowns were caught by freshman Anthony Hellum. Hellum, who suffered a season-ending knee surgery in the game, had three catches for 102 yards, including one 66-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put the Jags up 13-0.
Punter Ryan Seale kept the Corsairs in their own side of the field the entire game. Seale averaged 42 yards on 7 punts, including a long of 56 yards.