Thursday, October 6, 2011
No. 5 St. Bonaventure 28, Moorpark 17
By Sean Ceglinsky
MOORPARK -- Pick your poison: Shaun Wick or Zack Green.
It did not matter Thursday night as neither could be stopped.
The running back tandem for Ventura St. Bonaventure did just about whatever it wanted to against Moorpark. When all was said and done, Wick and Green combined for 170 yards on the ground in 33 carries in a 28-17 Marmonte League victory on the road.
“Our goal was to grind it out, wear them down, we did that,'' Wick said. “We feel like we can pick up yards any time. We showed everyone we can get the job done.''
The Seraphs (4-1, 3-1) were impressive from start top finish, no question about it. Their recent No. 5 spot in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings was a worthy selection.
The Musketeers (3-2, 2-2) were overmatched, plain and simple.
Tony Mack picked off Marc Evans' pass in the fourth quarter and Moorpark capitalized on the turnover. Grant Rohach directed a nice drive and Aaron Stanton capped things off with a 14-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 28-17 with 6:15 left in the game.
The Musketeers, however, would not get any closer.
Wick and Green were instrumental in directing a 13-play drive that took the final 6:08 off the clock in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
"Our defense was in a hole the night,'' Moorpark coach Tim Lins said.
Wick, a senior, is the featured back. He finished with 110 yards in 19 carries. Green is the backup. Nevertheless, the junior had 60 yards in 14 rushes.
“I know my role on this team,'' Green said. “Shaun is the man this year. I respect him and he helps me out. Hopefully, next year, it will be time to shine.''
Bobby Marquez intercepted a Rohach pass late in the third quarter and returned the miscue 65 yards. Green took over from there. He picked up 10 yards in his first carry and scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Seraphs an insurmountable a 28-10 advantage with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
With good field position to open the second half, near the midfield stripe, St. Bonaventure got right to work. Evans connected with Elijah Henderson on a 37-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-10 with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Evans did a good job of spreading the ball around to his receivers just before halftime. That, of course, opened things up for Green. He capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to give St. Bonaventure a 14-10 lead at the break.
The Musketeers did not waste any time scoring in the second quarter. On his first touch, Stanton scored on a 71-yard run. All of a sudden, Moorpark had plenty of momentum and a 10-7 advantage to boot with 9:30 remaining on the first half clock.
On fourth-and-1 in Moorpark territory, St Bonaventure decided to keep the ball on the ground and go for the first down. Wick got the job done. And then some. He scored on a 23-yard touchdown to give the Seraphs a 7-3 lead with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
"We've got a good one-two punch with Wick and Green,'' Seraphs coach Todd Therrien said.
The Moorpark special teams unit delivered the first big play of the night. Alex Tolliver returned a punt 49 yards to the Seraphs 30-yard line. Minutes later, Eric Kreitz kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Musketeers a 3-0 lead with 5:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Stanton finished with 130 yards on 13 carries.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.