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College football: Another block party for COC

Cougars’ Dan Vear stops crucial PAT for 3rd time this year

Posted: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2012 2:00 a.m.

College of the Canyons free safety Vanard Placide (20) intercepts a pass over wide receiver Tristan Henderson (88) as Kori Gaines looks on Saturday at Cerritos College.

CERRITOS — This is beginning to get outrageous.

College of the Canyons football defeated Cerritos College 38-36 at Falcon Stadium in Cerritos Saturday night in a National Division, Northern Conference matchup. And for the third straight victory Cougar Dan Vear made a humongous play on special teams that helped determine the outcome.

After Cerritos went ahead 30-24 with 4:36 to play in the third quarter on a Michael Jasper 1-yard touchdown run, Falcon kicker Marcos Torres attempted the point after.

Vear, whose blocks Oct. 6 against Antelope Valley and Oct. 27 against Moorpark led to one-point Cougar wins, charged right up the middle and blocked Torres’ kick.

“Dan the man Vear. When are people going to start recognizing him?” said COC head coach Garett Tujague. “It’s astronomical. It’s not a freak thing. His will is greater than his opponents’.”

COC (5-4 overall, 3-2 in conference) now enters next Saturday’s regular season finale at home against Allan Hancock needing a win to earn an invite to a state bowl game.

“Obviously you’ve got to believe in the Cougars,” Tujague said. “This was a great win at their place and we were both fighting for the same thing.”

The Cougars are now alone in third place in the conference.

But early on, COC had a hard time stopping the run in a back-and-forth first half.

The Falcons (4-5, 2-3) went into halftime with a 24-17 lead.

But the Cougars finally started making defensive stops in the second half.

And they kept scoring.

COC tied the score at 24-24 with 12:44 to play in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Kasdorf to Dan Vear — Vear’s second touchdown of the game.

He had seven catches for 83 yards.

After Jasper’s score and Vear’s block, the Cougars scored on the first play of the fourth quarter — a 25-yard pass from Kasdorf to Tim White, giving COC a 31-30 lead.

The Kasdorf-White connection scored again on an 11-yard pass play with 4:25 to play in the game, giving the Cougars their biggest lead at 38-30.

Kasdorf was 22-of-31 for 357 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. White had six catches for 103 yards and two scores.

Cerritos had one last gasp, though.

After a short kickoff brought the Falcons to the Cougar 42, Cerritos drove quickly down the field.

Jasper, who ran the ball 21 times for 108 yards, scored his third touchdown of the game — his third from 1-yard out.

On the two-point conversion try, quarterback Morgan Fennell failed to connect with his intended receiver Ricky Carrigan Jr.

COC has now won three of its last four games and has turned a lost season into a comeback season.

Next Saturday could turn it into even more.


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