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COC football: Overtime dooms COC

Cougars fall to 0-3 in conference with double-OT loss

Posted: October 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons running back Matt Bowen dodges Cerritos defenders during the first half of Saturday’s game at Cerritos College.

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NORWALK — Cerritos quarterback Brandon Denker found a wide open Garioni Manning in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 42 seconds remaining to send Saturday night’s contest between College of the Canyons and Cerritos to overtime at Cerritos College.

In the second overtime period, the Cerritos defense held Canyons scoreless before running back Cory Westbrook scored on a 1-yard carry to give the Falcons a 48-42 victory.

In the first overtime period, Denker scored on a 10-yard run to take the lead, which was followed by COC running back Matt Bowen’s touchdown run on a play where he appeared to fumble on the 1-yard line before officials huddled and ruled he had crossed the goal line for the tying score.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, COC quarterback Tyler D’Amore hit Brandon Graves down the left sideline for a 38-yard touchdown with 8:28 left to give COC its first lead of the ball game at 32-28.

After Canyons added a field goal with 2:48 remaining, Cerritos orchestrated the game-tying drive on 10 plays to tie the score on Denker’s pass to Manning.

For Canyons, D’Amore entered the game with his team trailing eight points after starting quarterback Chris Rini left with an undisclosed injury early in the third quarter.

Rini, who had played well for a half, sat out after throwing for 79 yards on 8-of-17 attempts.

D’Amore led an eight-play, 59-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 10-yard touchdown run by running back Bowen to pull within 28-20 with 9:51 to play in the third quarter.

After COC missed a 26-yard field goal on its next drive, defensive back Jesse Sampson intercepted a pass by Denker at the Cerritos 29-yard line.

The Cougars took advantage of their second chance when Bowen ran 10 yards with 13:38 left in the game to pull Canyons within two points at 28-26 after a failed two-point conversion.

Bowen finished with 84 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns and D’Amore threw for 161 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-21 attempts.

But Denker continued to keep the pressure on the COC’s defense, completing 13-of-28 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns, including a 41-yard pass to wide receiver Clark Evans, who made a one-handed catch over the defender and dove into the end zone for a 28-13 lead with 12:25 to play in the third quarter.

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