In the initial stages of the Western State Conference match-up between Ventura and Glendale colleges Saturday night it appeared as if the Pirates would again emerge as giant killers.
Instead, Ventura, which upset previously unbeaten Moorpark last week, self-destructed and Glendale escaped with a 7-0 victory at Ventura High.
If the Vaqueros wanted to beef up their interception totals, this was the game. Ventura quarterbacks Todd Paffhausen and Juan Moreno teamed for 7.
“I just wasn’t patient enough,” said Paffhausen who was responsible for 6. “I didn’t audible much, I just stuck with what we had.”
Which was very little.
The Pirates finished with 181 yards offense--134 of which came by the pass.
Glendale (9-1 overall, 8-1 in WSC play) only needed a single score to greatly enhance its chances of a bowl berth.
“If you’re 9-1, you have to go to a bowl,” said Coach Jim Sartoris, adding that he should hear from the bowl selection committee today or Monday.
With 7:59 remaining in the third quarter, quarterback Keith Fitzgerald, who was hammered by Ventura rushers for much of the first half, found Brian Kaloustian open in the front right corner of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
The third quarter began with a comedy of errors for both teams.
A Paffhausen pass was intercepted by safety Michael Hampton on the Pirates’ first play from scrimmage.
The Vaqueros opened by giving the ball to Sean Hampton, who led all rushers in the first half with 70 yards in 9 carries. Hampton coughed it up and Ventura (5-5, 4-5) had new life.
But again, Paffhausen was off target and his pass was intercepted by Mark McMillian at the Ventura 30.
Ventura came closest to scoring midway through the second quarter by putting together a 14-play, 80-yard drive. All went for naught, however, when Jose Reveles’ 27-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right with 5:53 left in the half.