Two weeks of lamenting a season-opening lopsided loss and waiting for vindication ended swiftly for the Pierce College football team Saturday.
The Brahmas dominated Harbor in a rare afternoon game at Casey Field for a 23-0 victory in a Western State Conference interdivisional game marred by a postgame brawl that injured three Pierce coaches.
Pierce (1-1, 1-0 in conference play), which had lost to powerful Palomar, 40-0, on Sept. 11, controlled the action from the start with quarterback Davis Delmatoff inflicting heavy aerial damage to the Seahawk secondary.
Delmatoff, a freshman from Hart High, completed 16 of 36 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He had excellent protection from the Brahma offensive line and was able to locate his receivers without difficulty.
"I had all the time that I needed to get the plays off," Delmatoff said.
He had plenty of time to throw when he hooked up with slotback Rodney Williams on a 36-yard pass that gave Pierce a 7-0 lead as time ran out in the first quarter. Delmatoff pumped to his right and then found Williams open up the middle.
Delmatoff struck again late in the second quarter on a 12-yard pass to receiver Victor DeSantis that put Pierce ahead, 13-0. A conversion run by Williams failed.
The Brahmas increased their cushion to 20-0 early in the third quarter when cornerback Ron McKelvey intercepted a pass from quarterback Gabe Sadi and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of two interceptions for McKelvey, who has four this season.
Doug Sidwell added a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close out the Brahmas' scoring.
Harbor (1-1, 0-1) couldn't generate any offense and had only 182 yards. The Seahawks turned the ball over seven times, including five interceptions. Sadi, who opened at quarterback for Harbor, had two picked off and did not complete any of his seven attempts. Backup Rino Marconi (seven for 19 for 80 yards) threw three interceptions.
The Seahawks threatened seriously only twice but came away empty-handed. They marched to the Brahma 14 midway through the first quarter but Jon Williams missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt, and they reached the Pierce 16 just before the half but Kalonji Watts intercepted a pass by Marconi after it was deflected by a Harbor player.
"We had a swarming defense today," Pierce Coach Bill Norton said. "(The Brahmas) really pressured the quarterback when they threw the football."
Linebacker Ryan Hourigan recorded one sack, and tackle Jeff Sardell and linebacker Scott Blowers combined on another for the Brahmas. Hourigan and linebacker Howard Diggins each recovered a fumble.
Wide receiver David Doyle, a freshman from Saugus, had 10 receptions for 92 yards for Pierce and running back Michael Justin carried 13 times for 25 yards.
* 3 INJURED IN POSTGAME MELEE B1