Pierce 30, West L.A. 15--The Brahmas, who had allowed an average of 37 points and a WSC-high 470.4 yards per game, turned in their best defensive effort of the season, snapping a four-game losing streak in a game at West Los Angeles College.
Pierce (2-4, 1-4), which had not allowed fewer than 28 points in a game, limited the Oilers to 283 yards while using its second defensive unit for much of the game.
The Brahmas' offense also snapped out of its slump. Pierce, held to 17 points in its past two games combined, equaled that amount in the first half.
Quarterback Jamie Grossman led the Brahmas to scores on their first two possessions, hitting Shannon Culver with a 27-yard touchdown pass 4:03 into the game and Chad Zeigler with a 14-yard pass 5:26 later. Andrew Munoz's 23-yard field goal 1:49 before halftime gave Pierce a 17-0 lead.
West Los Angeles scored four minutes into the third quarter. Wymon Henson caught a pass from Ruanada Manuel that had been deflected to him at the Pierce 40-yard line and sprinted untouched into the end zone.
The game's final 15 points came in a 15-second span. Manuel tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Epps with 3:33 left, then Culver returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a score.
Holder Mike Knieriem bobbled the snap on the conversion attempt, and his pass was intercepted by Demetrius Jennett. The 5-foot-10, 230-pound freshman nose guard ran 95 yards for two West Los Angeles points, under a rule instituted last season.