By William Martin / Video Editor
LBCC football fell to a record of 0-2 after facing two ranked opponents, Fullerton and Ventura, to kick off their 2014 season. Amid the losing streak that is now extended to 13 straight continuing from last year’s winless season, the Vikings have a rising star in freshman quarterback Kenny Potter (San Pedro HS). Potter came into the season as the third string quarterback, however, his strong performance late in the game against Fullerton won the nod as the number one quarterback coming into Ventura. Potter was named the SCFA Central Conference Offensive Player of the Week after his six touchdown outing against Ventura.
He completed 20 of 39 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Potter ran 55 yards on the ground, hammering in two goal line quarterback sneaks for touchdowns.
Through two games Potter has completed 25 of 45 attempts for 416 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Accumulating three touchdowns on just 24 carries, Potter proved he is a duel threat because his speed and powerful running in the red-zone. LBCC lost their season opener against the Fullerton Hornets at Veteran Stadium, Sept. 7, with a final of 41-21.
The game was a tale of two halves. The first half was dominated by the hard hitting Hornets. Fullerton jumped to a controlling 28-0 lead to trump the high hopes of new coach Brett Peabody in his debut. During the second half against Fullerton, the Vikings defense stepped up and held the Hornets to just 13 points in the third quarter and shut them out in the fourth quarter. The Vikes’ offense was sluggish moving the ball in the new hurry up offense implemented by Coach Peabody until Potter was put under center late in the game. Potter connected with wide receiver Josiah Blandin for a 14-yard touchdown to cap off a ten play 76-yard-drive.
The chemistry between Blandin and Potter has been on display throughout the first games of the season. Blandin’s 13 receptions leads the team and is averaging 107 yards per game. After a late forth quarter interception from freshman defensive back, Terance Harvey, Potter put the team on his back driving 30-yards in 3 plays, scoring on a 2 yard run with 1:28 remaining, topping it off with a 2 point conversion. Sept. 14, the Vikes lost 44-42 on the road against sixth ranked Ventura College. The Vikes had another slow beginning and started off with a costly safety 15 seconds into the game. Potter scampered in a 1-yard touchdown to put the Vikes on the board with 14:44 left in the first half.
It was a good ending to the 10-play 85-yard drive that was executed in 2 minutes and 22 seconds of game play. Penalties plagued the Vikings against Ventura. They were flagged 14 times in the game and forfeited 158 yards to the costly mental errors. A late field goal block by Ventura doused the Vikings hope of a come from behind upset with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings will look to put an end to their losing streak, Sept. 21, when they go on the road to face Orange Coast College in a non-conference game.
The next game will be away at Orange Coast at 6 p.m., then the team will visit El Camino for a game at 6 p.m. The LBCC Homecoming game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 16. The theme of Homecoming has not been decided. Students interested in joining the Homecoming committee are encouraged to contact the ASB.