Hancock College coach Kris Dutra said two weeks ago after a tough home loss to San Bernardino Valley College that his football team had made far too many mistakes that day.
The Bulldogs didn't make many mistakes Saturday.
With both teams coming off a bye week Hancock, the No. 5 team in Southern California, dominated county rival Santa Barbara City College on both sides of the ball and pounded the Vaqueros 31-3 at SBCC's La Playa Stadium in the Pacific League opener for both teams.
Nipomo graduate Isaac Bausley ran for two touchdowns and Jimmy Kelleher threw for two as the Bulldogs moved to 4-2 overall. The Vaqueros fell to 3-3.
After years of Hancock dominance, SBCC had owned the past several editions of this county rivalry game.
Not this time as the Bulldogs’ snapped the Vaqueros’ four-game winning streak in the series.
On the first possession Saturday, Bausley finished a 16-play drive that covered 68 yards and 7:43 with a nine-yard scoring run. Although Russell Enholm blocked the PAT kick by Jordan Pollard, it was an indicator of how things would go the rest of the way for these two teams.
The Vaqueros drove from their own 23 to the Bulldog 19 early in the second quarter with Nwosu gaining 27 yards on the ground. Martin Ahlstroem’s 36-yard field-goal try hit the left post and bounced back into the end zone, drawing the Vaqueros within 6-3, but that was the last hurrah for the home team.
Hancock's defense racked up three quarterback sacks and easily shrugged off Emmanuel Nwosu's 117 yards of rushing for the Vaqueros. It was Nwosu's fifth straight 100-yard game.
Speaking of rushing, Hancock amassed 296 yards on the ground. Its ballcarriers lugged the ball 59 times for a 5.0 yards per carry average.
Bausley had 20 carries for a game-high 124 yards total. Damon Whitmill Jr. had 84 yards on 19 carries and Ryheem Skinner carried 13 times for 59 yards.
The Bulldogs out-gained the Vaqueros 370-204.
Hancock had been flagged for an average of 140 yards per game in accepted penalties going in. The Bulldogs had just four accepted penalties, for a total of 40 yards, against them Saturday.
The Vaqueros had no accepted penalties against them.
Kelleher had thrown three touchdown passes and seven interceptions going in. He was an efficient 8-for-16 for 74 yards, and no interceptions, Saturday.
His touchdown passes covered 28 yards to Dominic Chance and nine yards to Michael Ferraro.
Opponents' passing games had given Hancock trouble this year, but the Bulldogs kept the Vaqueros to 83 yards passing Saturday. SBCC used three passers Saturday, and none of them were effective.
Cornerback Stephen Sings was Hancock's tackles leader with 12, Defensive end Oso Omokaro had 10, including 1.5 sacks.
“Obviously, it was a tough day,” said SBCC coach Craig Moropoulos. “Our guys kept playing hard and we kept getting after ‘em defensively. They’re a good team. They pound you and they get a chance to do what they want to do.
“Unfortunately, our offense had some opportunities but just couldn’t convert. We were in the red zone three times in the first half and only got three points out of it. When you face a team that runs it as well as Hancock, you have to convert your opportunities.”
Hancock will host defending league champion Los Angeles Valley College at 2 p.m. next Saturday. The Monarchs went 11-0 last year.
Women's water polo
GLENDORA — Shay McMann made a total of 16 saves and Shannon Copeland scored a total of six goals as Hancock College (10-13) won its last two games of this tourney at Citrus College.
The Bulldogs defeated Pasadena City College 9-3 and El Camino College 11-6 to finish 2-2 in the tournament.
McMann made nine saves against Pasadena. Copeland and Makena Blanco put in three goals each. Meagan Coyne, Ellyn Clardy and Maddison Stangl all scored once.
Copeland and Coyne tossed in three goals apiece against El Camino. McMann made seven saves. Clardy and Stangle both scored twice, and Alicia Reyes scored once.