By William Martin / Video Editor
Taped up in pink to support breast cancer awareness the LBCC football team cruised to victory, snapping a two-year home winless streak against Santa Ana, 55-33, in a non-conference game Saturday, Oct. 12 at Veterans Memorial.
“Thank God,” exclaimed Coach Brett Peabody after the game. “That streak was killing me. We had such high expectations coming into the season. We let a few games slip away that were really disappointing. But God, it feels good to get that monkey off our backs.”
Viking freshman quarterback Kenny Potter threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns on 27 of 37 passes with no interceptions. He exploited the Dons’ soft run defense, rushing for a season-high 174 yards and two touchdowns on only 18 attempts.
Potter averaged almost a first down per carry with two long touchdown runs of 55 and 35 yards in the second and third quarters, giving the Vikings the confidence on offense and allowing Peabody to rest Potter by the fourth quarter. He had 9.7 yards a touch to be exact, for all you stat junkies.
This season, Potter has thrown for 1,628 yards, 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions in six games, according to lbccvikings.com. He has a 67 percent completion rating and as a mobile quarterback, most of it is done outside the pocket on the move. Potter is second on the team in rushing yards and first in touchdowns on the ground for the season with 436 yards, reaching the end-zone 10 times. He is on pace to throw 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards. He has 2,064 total offensive yards and 25 touchdowns.
Potter said, “The O-line blocked well, the receivers made plays so it was nice to finally get a win at home.”
Sophomore running back Joel Panteau had two touchdowns and 70 yards on 13 carries. Panteau leads the Vikes’ ground game, averaging 82 yards per game, accounting for 495 yards of the team’s rushing offense for the season.
All three Viking quarterbacks contributed in the fourth quarter after Peabody rested his freshman workhorse, Potter, who contributed 475 total yards.
Despite two fourth-quarter mistakes by the secondary that resulted in one-play 60-plus-yard drives for touchdowns, LBCC defense looked great otherwise. Perhaps it could have been a combination of a sub-par Santa Ana offense and a progressively stingy LBCC defense.
The Vikings defense and special teams matched the big play potential of the offense with two interceptions and a big punt block that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown toss from Potter to freshman wide receiver Jeremy Villa for his first of the season.
The Vikings, 2-4, are going into a much needed week off and then will travel to their National Central Conference for L.A. Harbor (0-6) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. They will gear up in pink in continued support of breast cancer awareness month.