Los Angeles Preps: Andrew Van Voy

Football: Thousand Oaks 27, Moorpark 24

September, 16, 2011
MOORPARK -- Goat or hero? It was one or the other for Jamie Sutcliffe. The senior from Thousand Oaks had his choice of monikers and the latter ended up sticking.

Sutcliffe nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to lift the visiting Lancers to a 27-24 victory over Moorpark in a Marmonte League opener for both teams.

"Staying calm, cool and collected, that's all I was thinking about,'' Sutcliffe said.

Easier said than done.

Keep in mind, he had missed three of four field-goal attempts before splitting the uprights for the game-winner. Talk about pressure. Nevertheless, Sutcliffe delivered when it mattered most.

"You're only as good as your last kick, that's something us kickers believe,'' Sutcliffe said. “I made sure not to worry about my other chances. I put those kicks in the back of mind. I had already moved on. My thought was the kick in the fourth quarter was the most important one of my career. Glad it went in. Glad I made it.''

Grant Rohach had Moorpark (1-1, 0-1) in position to win with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Max Player had other ideas. He interceped a Rohach pass at the Lancers 8-yard line.

Behind the passing of Clark Abourisk and the running of Nathan DeBeikes, Thousand Oaks (2-0, 1-0) marched downfield to set the stage for Sutcliffe.

“Jamie is our guy, he is the one we want up there in pressure situations,'' Lancers coach Mike Leibin said. “I told him to keep his head down. He did. He banged that kick home, it would have been good from 50-plus yards. I had confidence in him the whole time.''

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