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By D.A. Phillips / Sports Editor
Twitter: @DA_LBJournalist

WALNUT – The No. 2 state-ranked LBCC football team defeated the defending state champion and current No. 13 state-ranked Mount San Antonio in a double-overtime thriller, 38-31, on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

The Vikings improved to 5-0 and they will host Allan Hancock on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.
Vikings sophomore cornerback Kiante Goudeau third quarter heroics helped LBCC defeat L.A Harbor, 32-27, on Saturday, Sept. 26. Goudeau scored two defensive touchdowns, a 51-yard interception return and a 48-yard fumble return.

In the Mt. SAC game, the Mounties started with the ball in overtime at LBCC’s 25-yard line. The Vikings defense forced the Mounties’ Brandon Garcia into a 46-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide left, giving LBCC the ball at the Mounties’ 25-yard line.

Long Beach just needed to score to pull out the victory. On fourth down, Jack Lowary was picked off by freshman defensive back Jeffery Farrar and he ran it back 98 yards for what seemed to be a game winning interception return. The play was called back due to a holding call, sending the game into double-overtime.

The Vikings started with the ball first, scoring in just three plays when Lowary found freshman receiver Jerkin Scroggins in the back of the end zone to give Long Beach a 38-31 lead.

Mt. SAC almost sent the game into a third overtime with a first and goal. Viking sophomore safety Christian Woo intercepted McConico’s pass in the end zone to give the Vikings the victory.

After a missed 43-yard field goal by Viking kicker Sergio Garcia, the Mounties started with the ball at the 26-yard line. Viking freshman linebacker Rodney Smith caused Mt. SAC backup quarterback sophomore Jerry McConico to fumble the ball into the end zone and it was recovered by Mountie sophomore fullback Josh Smith, capping a 14-play, 74-yard drive to tie the game, 7-7.

On the ensuing drive, Mt. SAC’s defensive back and sophomore Derek Norman blocked and recovered LBCC freshman punter Riley Williams’ kick at the 3-yard line, giving the Mounties a first and goal.

The Vikings defense held the Mounties’ goal-line offense to a 20-yard field goal by freshman Brandon Garcia, giving Mt. SAC a 10-7 lead going into the half.

LBCC coach Peabody said, “Our defense is our defense. They bend, but don’t break and they don’t break too often.”

In the third quarter, LBCC scored 10 straight points to go ahead, 17-10, after Wilson’s second touchdown grab from Lowary. Viking Kiante Goudeau picked off his state-leading fifth interception of the season, which led to a 23-yard field goal by Sergio Garcia.

Mt. SAC answered by scoring 21 straight points after a fumble by Lowary late in the third quarter and capitalized in the fourth when McConico found sophomore wide receiver Cameron Akins for a 15-yard touchdown pass, making the score 17-17.

Long Beach’s special teams failed again after an 88-yard punt return by Mounties’ sophomore running back Aaren Vaughns, giving Mt. SAC 24-17 lead with under 12 minutes remaining in the game.

The Mounties’ defense led by sophomore linebacker Suliasi Tamaivena put pressure on Lowary, sacking and causing him to fumble at the 28-yard line. Mt. SAC went up, 31-17, after 12-yard touchdown run by Vaughns with 9:30 left in the game. Tamaivena finished the game with 16 total tackles and five sacks and one forced fumbled.

Despite the pressure Lowary faced, he led the Vikings to another touchdown drive in just under two minutes, connecting with Wilson for a 26-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 31-24.

With 3:43 remaining in regulation, the Vikings began the drive on the 9-yard line. During the drive, LBCC caught a break on fourth down when the Mounties defense was hit with an unsportmanlike conduct penalty, giving the Vikings an automatic first down at the 13-yard line.

Once again, Lowary found his favorite target Wilson on a 7-yard touchdown pass, evening the game at 31-31 with 27 seconds remaining.

LBCC freshman quarterback Jack Lowary threw for a season-high 432 yards and five touchdowns and wide receiver Mike Wilson had a season-high 218 yards receiving while grabbing 14 receptions and four touchdowns.