January 7, 2013
The California Community College Football Coaches Association released their list of 2012 All-America and All-California teams this week and the Warriors received some representation.
Sophomore wide receiver Luckner Brady was named to the All-California Region IV First Team Offense after leading the Warriors with 597 receiving yards during the 2012 season and played nine of the team’s 10 games.
Brady averaged 22.1 yards a catch and had a breakout game on Sept. 22 against Long Beach, catching four balls for 147 yards and one touchdown.
A couple of games later, Brady shined again as he caught seven passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors threatened to upset Riverside, who was ranked No. 2 in Southern California at the time.
On the defensive end, sophomore Ivan McLennan landed on the All-California First Team Defense in Region IV after tallying 79 tackles (38 solo) for the Warriors. He also had 9.5 tackles for a loss and scored a defensive touchdown against Long Beach on Sept. 22 on a 44-yard interception return.
He had at least eight tackles in seven of the 10 games he played, including a 14-tackle performance at L.A. Harbor on Sept. 29. He was second on the team in total tackles and third in tackles for a loss. He also forced a fumble and a fumble recovery to go along with 1.5 sacks.
Coupled with his success on the field, McLennan was also one of the Warriors team captains this season.
November 3, 2012
After 63 years of football at El Camino College’s Murdock Stadium, the Warriors ended the era the same way it began, with a loss to one of the top-ranked teams in the state.
Freshman quarterback Nicholas King went 23-of-33 for 171 yards and rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries but it was not enough as they lost to Mount San Antonio, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, 38-10 Saturday in the Warriors’ season finale.
The Warriors (3-7, 2-4) managed to hang around against the top-ranked Mounties (9-0, 5-0) and trailed by just four points at halftime. Cody Thornton’s 26-yard field goal cut the Warriors deficit to 7-3 with 5:18 left in the half and, after a Jamal Overton touchdown run extended the Mounties’ lead, the Warriors put together a four-play, 65-yard drive in 44 seconds to cut the deficit again to 14-10.
The scoring drive was sparked by a 43-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Luckner Brady, giving the Warriors a first down at the Warriors 10 yard line. King then found Holmes in the back of the end zone on the very next play.
But the Mounties defense stymied the Warriors in the second half, shutting them out 24-0. Quarterback Nick Montana was efficient, completing 11-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Overton ran all over the Warriors defense, recording 116 yards on 17 carries to go along with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kaelin Clay finished with just two catches for the Mounties, but one went for 64 yards and a touchdown on the Mounties’ first drive of the second half.
The game marked the final football game at Murdock Stadium, which will be torn down to make way for Phase Two of the Kinesiology and Fitness Complex project. The $37.2 million project includes the construction of a new stadium, incorporating a running track and field for both football and soccer programs. It is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2014.
October 27, 2012
TORRANCE, Calif. – For three quarters, the Warriors played one of their best games of the season but they could not sustain the effort as they fell to visiting Citrus 32-18 in a National Central Conference game Saturday night at Murdock Stadium.
The Warriors (3-6, 2-3) still held hopes of finishing the season with a winning conference record after College of the Desert was forced to forfeit last week’s game, but were outscored by Citrus (6-2, 2-2) 15-0 in the fourth quarter, turning a one-point lead into their sixth defeat of the season.
Freshman fullback Johmel Charles had one of his better games of the year, rushing for 80 yards on 10 carries. As a team the Warriors put up 215 rushing yards.
The Warriors led 10-9 at halftime after Cody Thornton’s 30-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the second quarter, but the Fighting Owls, ranked No. 5 in Southern California, lived up to their name with a 10-play, 83-yard scoring drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Haines. The following two-point conversion gave the Fighting Owls a 17-10 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Warriors answered with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Melvin Richardson. The Warriors then faked the extra point as wide receiver Kenneth Holmes pulled the ball back and ran it into the end zone to give them a one-point lead.
But once the fourth quarter began, the Warriors offense ground to a halt as they gained just 22 total yards in the final frame. The Fighting Owls went up for good on Michael Ball’s 38-yard touchdown reception with 10:55 left in the game and then sealed the win with Ball’s second touchdown, a 20-yard catch over a Warriors defender in the corner of the end zone.
Ball finished the game with four catches for 73 yards to go along with the two scores. Quarterback Bernard Porter went 23-of-30 for 319 yards and four touchdowns and added 16 rushing yards. Jojo Curiel and Isaiah Kepley combined for 12 catches and 159 receiving yards for the visitors.
The Warriors will close out the regular season next week when they host Mt. San Antonio, ranked No. 1 in Southern California. It will also be the final football game in the 64-year history of Murdock Stadium.
October 22, 2012
Freshman Nicholas King went 19-of-31 for 206 yards and two touchdowns and sophomore Luckner Brady hauled in six catches for 81 yards but the Warriors offense ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as they lost 49-39 at College of the Desert in a National Central Conference game on October 20.
The Warriors offense put up solid numbers for the second straight week, accumulating 354 total yards and 39 points, the fourth time they have scored at least 35 points this season. But the Warriors record dropped to 1-3 in those games thanks to 438 yards of total offense put up by the Roadrunners.
Jathyel Gutierrez rushed for 100 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns and wide receiver Vanzell Richardson had six catches for 124 yards and two scores for the Roadrunners.
The Warriors defense put up decent numbers with 12 tackles for a loss and two interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Faigofie Faaituala in the fourth quarter. The pass rush was solid again despite the loss as they sacked Roadrunners quarterback Dane Tiedeman five times.
Sophomore Ivan McLennan tied for the team lead with eight tackles (four solo) and three tackles for a loss to go along with a sack. Esera Iosefa also recorded eight tackles (six solo) and linebacker Auston Johnson added six tackles (four solo), including two tackles for a loss.
The Warriors hung around for the majority of the game, tying the game on two occasions. Running back Eric Capacchione’s two-yard touchdown run tied the game 7-7 with 6:32 left in the first quarter. After two scores by the Roadrunners gave them a 14-point cushion at halftime, Capacchione scored on a one-yard run two minutes into the third quarter and then Kenneth Holmes’ 12-yard touchdown reception pulled the Warriors even again.
But the Roadrunners took another two-possession lead after a safety and a 54-yard touchdown reception from Richardson that occurred within 20 seconds of each other.
The Warriors tried to rally back again, cutting the deficit to five points after Faaituala’s interception return for a touchdown but they could not complete the comeback.
The loss guaranteed the Warriors a losing season for just the fourth time in the last 12 years and only the sixth time during head coach John Featherstone’s 28-year tenure at El Camino College.
The Warriors will return home for their final two games of the season, starting with a tough test against Citrus on Saturday before the Warriors play their final game at Murdock Stadium when they host Mount San Antonio on November 3.
October 15, 2012
Despite putting up nearly 500 yards of total offense, the Warriors once again came up short with a 63-35 loss to Riverside on the road.
Quarterback Jesse Scroggins had his best passing game of the season, going 16-of-25 for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He added a rushing touchdown but was forced to leave the game in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.
Luckner Brady returned to the lineup and had an outstanding day with seven catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scoring grab to close out the first half and pull the Warriors within a touchdown of the No. 3 ranked team in Southern California.
The game remained close after three quarters with the Warriors trailing 42-35 after Brady’s third touchdown reception from freshman Nicholas King, but it was the Warriors’ last stand as they were shutout in the fourth quarter.
As good as the Warriors defense was, the Tigers were that much better as they set a new school record with 733 yards of offense and quarterback Zach Adkins threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns while running back E.J. Schexnayder piled up 126 yards on 22 carries.
For the Warriors defense, Christopher Davis led the way with 12 tackles while Ivan McLennan and Royshaun Lewis each added nine tackles. The team came into the game as one of the best teams in the state at sacking the quarterback, but only managed to take down Adkins once, a three-yard sack by Aaron Price.
The Warriors will close out their road schedule this week when they travel to play College of the Desert, who is coming off a 50-17 loss at home to Citrus College.
October 6, 2012
TORRANCE, Calif. – The Warriors offensive woes continued Saturday as they gained just 270 total yards and just 86 in the second half as they dropped a 40-13 nonconference game to visiting Bakersfield at Murdock Stadium.
It was the final meeting between the two teams at Murdock Stadium and the visiting Renegades (4-2) made themselves at home right away, gaining 299 total yards on offense by halftime. The Warriors offense on the other hand couldn’t get much going through the air as quarterbacks Nicholas Kings and Jesse Scroggins combined to go 11-of-27 for 125 yards and one touchdown but each quarterback threw one interception.
Running back Terrell Dolberry was the lone bright spot on offense for the Warriors, running for 46 yards on seven carries. The Warriors running game as a whole performed well enough, gaining 145 yards via the ground game on 31 carries, but the team managed to reach the end zone just twice, their last touchdown coming with 14:17 left in the game but it was already too late.
The Renegades jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a 73-yard catch-and-run effort by freshman wide receiver Marquise Johnson on the team’s second drive of the game. They tacked on a 23-yard touchdown reception by sophomore tight end Mike Dunn just before the first quarter ended.
The Warriors cut the deficit in half in the second quarter as Scroggins marched the team 83 yards down the field on 12 plays, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Melvin Richardson.
But it was the closest the Warriors would get as the Renegades needed just two plays on the ensuing drive to tack on another touchdown, this time a 63-yard bomb to Dunn to regain their 14-point cushion and they never looked back.
The Warriors will get back to National Central Conference action next week when they travel to play Riverside, one of the top-ranked teams in the state.
October 1, 2012
Sophomore Ivan McLennan made 14 tackles (9 solo) and the defense three sacks and 12 tackles for a loss, but the Warriors could not get any rhythm on offense as they lost 17-6 to L.A. Harbor in a National Central Conference game Saturday on the road.
After scoring a combined 105 points in their previous two games, the Warriors had a rough time scoring on the Seahawks defense as the Warriors managed just 154 yards of total offense. The Warriors also turned the ball over four times, three of them interceptions.
The quarterback duo of Jesse Scroggins and Nicholas King, who were brilliant in victories over Pasadena and Long Beach, struggled against the Seahawks, as they completed just 10 of 32 passes for 75 yards.
Running back Ricky Johnson was the lone bright spot on offense for Warriors, who averaged 4.1 yards per carry as he ran for 66 yards in 16 attempts, but the rest of the team managed just 13 rushing yards combined, thanks largely to Scroggins getting sacked twice.
After surrendering 14 points in the first 11 minutes of the game, the Warriors defense shut down the Seahawks, allowing three points the rest of the way. Three of McLennan’s 14 tackles were for a loss, tying him with Jabari Mathieu who also had three tackles for negative yardage.
Mathieu and Aaron Price each had 1.5 sacks to lead the team. The Warriors also forced one turnover, a fumble recovered by Faigofie Faaituala.
The Warriors will get a break from conference action this week as they host Bakersfield of the National Northern Conference. The Warriors won last year’s matchup 31-7 at Murdock Stadium.
September 24, 2012
Wide receiver Luckner Brady had his best game of the season and the Warriors defense was outstanding in a 59-7 victory over Long Beach Saturday in the National Central Conference opener at Murdock Stadium.
Brady came into the game with just four receptions in the Warriors (2-2, 1-0) first three games, amassing just 62 yards. In Saturday’s game, Brady nearly surpassed his total yardage on a 55-yard connection with quarterback Nicholas King that proved to be the key play in a 10-play, 97 yard scoring drive late in the second quarter that gave the Warriors a 24-7 cushion by halftime.
King and starting quarterback Jesse Scroggins shared the load again, combining to go 11-for-23 for 269 yards. Scroggins threw two touchdowns; a 57-yard catch-and-run effort by Michael Thompson to open the scoring and a 47-yard strike to Brady to start the third quarter.
The offense piled up 393 total yards, but it was the defense that stole the show as the Warriors harassed Long Beach quarterbacks Casey Nielsen and Nick Pope all night, recording six sacks.
Linebacker Auston Johnson again paced the defense with 11 tackles (five solo) and 1.5 sacks for 11 yards. He also had a quarterback hurry. Aaron Price led the team with 3.5 sacks. He finished with 4.5 tackles for a loss, amounting to 28 yards.
Sophomore and defensive team captain Ivan McLennan had eight tackles (two solo) and picked off Nielsen early in the second quarter, taking the interception 44 yards the other way for a touchdown and gave the Warriors a 17-0 lead.
Defensive lineman Ronald Battle added a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the utter dominance by the Warriors defense.
The Warriors will look to stay unbeaten in conference next week when they hit the road to take on South Bay rival L.A. Harbor.
September 17, 2012
Quarterbacks Jesse Scroggins and Nicholas King combined on 11 completions to eight different receivers as the Warriors notched their first victory of the season, a 46-27 romp over Pasadena on Sept. 15 at Pasadena City College.
The Warriors (1-2) were 5-of-11 on third downs against the host Lancers and had four scoring plays of more than 30 yards. After leading 18-6 at halftime, the Warriors outscored the Lancers 21-7 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Kenneth Holmes led the Warriors receiving core with three catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a 63-yard bomb from Scroggins late in the second quarter and then hauled in a 33-yard strike from King early in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors a dominating 46-13 lead.
Scroggins finished the game 7-for-12 for 152 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 23 rushing yards on two carries. King was 4-for-7 for 60 yards and one touchdown and had five carries for 35 yards.
Running back Terrell Dolberry had just one carry for the Warriors in the first two games of the season, but he carried the bulk of the workload against the Lancers. He averaged 6.5 yards a carry, running for 72 yards on 11 attempts and scored two touchdowns, including a 29-yard scamper in the second quarter that gave the Warriors a 12-3 lead. As a team the Warriors rushed for a season-high 217 yards in 41 attempts. The 429 total yards for the offense was also their best showing of the season.
On defense the Warriors clamped down and held the Lancers to 93 rushing yards after allowing a combined 480 rushing yards in their first two games of the season. Linebacker Auston Johnson was outstanding against the Lancers, recording 14 tackles (nine solo) and had three of the Warriors four sacks in the game. He also had 3.5 tackles for a loss and forced a fumble.
The Warriors will return home this week after two straight road games and open National Central Conference action against Long Beach, a team still seeking its first victory of the season.
September 10, 2012
The Warriors (0-2) managed just 229 yards of total offense, including just 110 passing yards as they dropped their second straight game to start the season, a 33-20 defeat to Allan Hancock at Righetti High School on Sept. 8.
Quarterback Jesse Scroggins struggled to get any consistency going as he finished the game 10-of-33 for 110 yards. He added 32 rushing yards in 12 attempts, including a 21-yard scoring run late in the first quarter to give the Warriors their only lead of the game at 7-6.
Allan Hancock put up 20 points in the second quarter to take a 26-10 lead into the half and they never looked back. The Warriors again had trouble stopping their opponents’ rushing attack as Hancock’s Cameron Payne erupted for 232 rushing yards on 22 carries for three touchdowns, including a 62-yard scamper early in the second quarter that gave Hancock the lead for good.
For the Warriors, Melvin Richardson had a solid afternoon as he gained 52 yards on just eight carries, good for a 6.5 yards per carry average. He also scored a touchdown.
Linebacker and team captain Ivan McLennan led the defense with nine tackles (five solo), including one for a loss. Auston Johnson chipped in with eight tackles (four solo) and Shaquielle Wilson and Taj Mathis each had seven tackles apiece. Esera Iosefa had two tackles and blocked an extra point attempt in the first quarter.
The Warriors will look to get themselves in the win column this week as they travel to Pasadena on Saturday.
September 1, 2012
TORRANCE, Calif. – It was a game full of penalties, turnovers and sloppy play and, by the time it was over, the Warriors found themselves on the wrong end of a 20-7 defeat at the hands of Palomar Saturday night at Murdock Stadium.
Quarterback Jesse Scroggins was 21-of-42 for 280 yards and one touchdown and Derrick Macon hauled in five catches for 63 yards but that was the extent of the offensive highlights for the Warriors (0-1) as the game was riddled with mistakes. The Warriors fumbled five times, losing three and Scroggins threw one interception. The team added 13 costly penalties for 82 yards.
About the only highlight for the home team was the play of their defense which recorded two takeaways and two quarterback sacks.
“I thought our defense played great,” Warriors head coach John Featherstone said. “We just needed to make a play (on offense).”
The Warriors couldn’t provide that play.
Instead the Warriors had many missed opportunities, highlighted by a lost fumble deep in Comets (1-0) territory early in the second quarter.
After forcing a Comets turnover, the Warriors started their drive on the Comets’ 5. After a personal foul on the Comets, running back Ricky Johnson got the call and was stripped of the ball in the backfield by De Marcus Henderson, who recovered the ball and killed the Warriors threat.
Coupled with multiple drops by the Warriors receiving core and badly timed penalties doomed the Warriors chances.
Sophomore linebacker Auston Johnson was stellar for the Warriors with 14 tackles (seven solo). Defensive end Jabari Mathieu added nine tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for a loss. Defensive back Royshaun Lewis had one interception to go along with four tackles (three solo) and one pass defense.
For the Comets, running back Chad Dobbins hammered the Warriors all night, going for 170 yards on 31 carries including a 92 yard scamper in the second quarter. Quarterback Ryan Lamb was an efficient 14-of-28 for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
The Warriors will attempt to regroup Saturday when they travel to Allan Hancock.
June 1, 2012
Mike Harris, a cornerback for El Camino College during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, signed a four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars this week after the team selected Harris in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft in April.
Harris, a native of Miami, Florida, transferred to Florida State University for his junior season in 2010. Last year he had his best season for the Seminoles, racking up 58 tackles (43 solo), ranking second on the team. He added four tackles for a loss, one interception and one quarterback sack. In his two-year career at Florida State, Harris recorded 99 tackles including six for a loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and five interceptions.
Harris began his collegiate career at El Camino College in 2008 where he played defensive back and special teams. He recorded 26 tackles (17 solo), 10 pass defenses, one fumble recovery and one interception in his first season with the Warriors, helping lead the team to a 10-1 record and a victory in the American Bowl at Murdock Stadium.
The 5-foot-10 defensive back elevated his game in his sophomore season as he was tied for fifth on the team with 40 tackles and was second on the team with 35 solo tackles. He led the team with three interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. He had one fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown, recorded one safety and also led the team with six passes defended.
Harris will be a welcome addition to an already talented Jaguars defense that ranked sixth in the league in total defense and eighth in passing yards allowed per game.