Wide receiver Dameon Porter caught only two passes in El Camino College’s football game against Orange Coast on Saturday night at El Camino.
But they couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.
Both of his catches went for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors came from behind for a 28-24 win. The win improved El Camino to 1-1 and Orange Coast is 0-2.
Porter’s first touchdown, which came on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Steve Sarkisian, narrowed El Camino’s deficit to 24-21 with 9:29 remaining. His second, a nine-yard option pass from wide receiver Leandrew Childs with 4:04 remaining, gave the Warriors their final margin of victory.
“This was a huge win for our young kids,” Coach John Featherstone said. “We were in the same position last week and we kind of folded our tents. But I told them at halftime it was going to come down to the last series and it did.”
After Porter’s second touchdown reception, Orange Coast had one last scoring opportunity. But El Camino defensive back Jermaine Ferguson sealed the win with an interception at his own 10 with 1:35 remaining.
The victory capped a brilliant game by Sarkisian, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 298 yards and two TDs. The Warriors outgained Orange Coast in total yards, 382 to 313.
Tight end Damon Terrell was Sarkisian’s favorite target with six catches for 114 yards. Running back Jeff Clayton paced Orange Coast with 105 yards and one TD in 19 carries.
El Camino started off well in the game, driving 54 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown on the first possession of the game.
Running back Kendall Alexander ran the final four yards for the score and a 6-0 lead with 9:49 left in the first quarter. But the point-after attempt was blocked by Orange Coast’s Israel Ifeanyi.
Orange Coast surged ahead, though, with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter.
The Pirates went ahead, 7-6, on a 33-yard pass play from quarterback Todd Mather to wide receiver Ryan Blanchard with 11:51 remaining in the half. The score was set up by a 57-yard punt return by Orange Coast’s Christian Moore.
Orange Coast added a 33-yard field goal by placekicker Gene Adair and a 40-yard touchdown pass from Mather to Ulysses Trammell for a 17-6 advantage before the Warriors fought back.
El Camino drove 80 yards in nine plays for a touchdown, scoring on a 15-yard shovel pass from Sarkisian to running back Morell Ollis. Then placekicker Joseph Furlow ran for a two-point conversion on a fake to cut the deficit to 17-14 at the half.