No. 3/3 Ventura spoils No. 15/16 Saddleback's stadium opening, 31-17; Get all CCCAA scores here

The Ventura College football team spoiled the grand opening of Saddleback's new stadium with a 31-17 triumph over the Bobcats Saturday in Mission Viejo. (Courtesy VC Athletics)
The Ventura College football team spoiled the grand opening of Saddleback's new stadium with a 31-17 triumph over the Bobcats Saturday in Mission Viejo. (Courtesy VC Athletics)

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MISSION VIEJO - Saddleback planned a big party on Saturday to open their new football stadium in Mission Viejo. The Pirates spoiled the opening with a 31-17 victory over the Bobcats. Quarterback Jordan Pachot overcame a difficult start to pass for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Ventura defense forced key turnovers that led to a pair of VC touchdowns in the victory.

The Pirates (5-0), ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 1 in Southern California, seemed out of sync in the early going. VC had a pair of punts and Pachot threw an interception in the first quarter, and Saddleback took advantage with a touchdown at the 2:46 mark of the opening period for a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second period the Ventura defense got things going when Kyle Stanback forced a fumble and Ralph Navarro recovered the ball at the Bobcats' 29-yard line. 

Running back Julian Kelly ran the ball four of the next seven plays, reaching paydirt on a four-yard run with 10:32 remaining in the first half. Alberto Arroyo's kick tied the game at 7-7.

The defense maintained the momentum, forcing another Saddleback punt on the next possession. the Pirates then followed with an 82-yard drive in just 2:16. On 3rd-and-6 at the VC 33-yard line Pachot hit Derek West on a swing pass to the left side. West appeared to be downed shortly after the catch, but he managed to keep his knee off the ground, racing 67 yards for the touchdown. Arroyo's kick made it 14-7 for the Pirates with 4:42 left in the half.

Saddleback came back quickly to score a field goal before the Pirates returned the favor. VC drove 70 yards in 13 plays, punctuated by Arroyo's 24-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 17-10.

Ventura continued to hold the line at the beginning of the second half forcing another Bobcat punt on the opening possession of the third quarter.

Pachot then led VC down the field, completing a 43-yard pass play to Terrell Vaughn to set up a five-yard Pachot to Vaughn touchdown two plays later.

Saddleback responded with a drive deep into Pirate territory when Jonah Rubadue intercepted a Bobcat pass to end the threat.

Late in the third period, Saddleback drove to the VC 28, but a fourth down stand by the defense turned the ball over once again.

The Bobcats finally broke through early in the final stanza, scoring a touchdown with 13:08 left to play. The PAT reduced the Pirate advantage to 24-17.

After a Ventura punt, Saddleback methodically drove down the field again, reaching the Ventura 5-yard line. On a 3rd-and 2 play, Donyai Dixon forced and recovered a Bobcat fumble to turn back yet another Saddleback scoring opportunity.

Behind Pachot, Ventura then used 5:12 of the clock, driving 83 yards in 11 plays. James Miles punctuated the drive with a five yard touchdown run in the final minute of play to seal the win for the Pirates.

Pachot completed 25 of 39 passes on the night for 279 yards and two scores. Miles led the ground attack with 32 yards on nine carries and Vaughn had another solid night out wide with seven catches for an even 100 yards and a score.

Adrian Soracco led the defensive effort with 10 tackles and Dixon recorded nine stops. Travis Calloway had eight tackles on the night.

Ventura heads into their bye week with a perfect 5-0 mark. They will host Long Beach on Saturday Oct 16 in their National Northern Conference opener. Kickoff at the Sportsplex is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

(Ventura College Athletics)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
City College of San Francisco 42, Santa Rosa JC 7
College of San Mateo 32, Modesto JC 7
College of the Siskiyous 31, West Hills 7
Contra Costa 30, San Jose CC 7
Foothill 28, Monterey Peninsula 19
Fresno CC 30, Butte 28
Hartnell 27, De Anza 25
Laney 30, American River 16
Los Medanos 38, Gavilan 29
Merced 42, Yuba 10
Reedley 21, San Joaquin Delta 14
Shasta 30,  Chabot 17
Sierra 35, Sacramento CC 14

Diablo Valley at Sequoias, postponed (air quality) to Oct. 4 (to be played at DVC)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Antelope Valley 31, Citrus 21
Bakersfield 52, San Bernardino Valley 8
College of the Canyons 41, Riverside CC 24
El Camino 35, Fullerton 28
Golden West 37, Long Beach CC 20
Los Angeles Valley 36, Los Angeles Harbor 31
Mt. San Jacinto 56, Grossmont 26
Orange Coast 3, Moorpark 0
Pasadena 35, College of the Desert 23
San Diego Mesa 31, Palomar 27
Santa Ana 83, Los Angeles Pierce 0
Santa Barbara CC 24, Glendale 6
Southwestern 26, Chaffey 24
Ventura 31, Saddleback 17

Cerritos at East Los Angeles, to be played Oct. 7

Compton at Victor Valley, postponed
Mt. San Antonio at Allan Hancock, postponed
West Los Angeles at Santa Monica, postponed