From Whittier College sports infomation director Travis Peters:
EL PASO, Texas – Sophomore quarterback Alesana Sausau and senior running back Paul Schilling combined for 347 yards and four touchdowns as they led the Whittier College football team to a 31-28 come-from-behind victory over Sul Ross State Saturday morning at the Socorro Athletic Complex.
Schilling filled in mightily for graduated running back Anthony Pomponio as he carried 20 times for 117 yards, including three touchdowns on runs of 1, 6 and 7 yards, and averraged 5.9 yards per carry.
Sausau added 13 rushes for 92 yards and a score and sophomore Rodrigo Muratalla pitched in with 11 carries for 44 yards.
Whittier totaled 310 yards rushing, and converted on three of four fourth downs, the biggest on fourth-and-two with 4:55 to play in the third.
Schilling punched it in from 6 yards out to cap a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ate up over 10 minutes to open the third quarter. The score gave Whittier a 24-21 lead.
After Sul Ross State (0-2) and Whittier traded punts on their ensuing possession the Lobos reclaimed the lead, 28-24, on a Laurence Smith 35-yard run. The drive took a mere 1:06 and lasted just two plays.
Whittier got the ball back with 13:09 left in the game and needed only six plays to score the eventual game winning touchdown.
Freshman Daniel Enriquez (Whittier HS) carried the ball on consecutive plays for 14 and 5 yards, and freshman Marcus Langkilde hauled in a 40-yard pass to set up Schilling’s third score of the game. The six-play, 66-yard drive ate up just 2:07 but gave the Poets a 31-28 advantage.
Junior Josh Lomeli (La Mirada) then sealed the win with an interception on Sul Ross’ final drive.
Some information on the results of game reports that were too late for our early deadlines:
El Rancho 21-14 over Cerritos, as Art Franco rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Troy Campos, a late replacement for starter Josh Perea who sat out with an ankle injury, scored on a 3-yard sneak to break a 14-14 tie in the third quarter. LInebacker Tate Harshbarger keyed a strong defensive effort with six tackles and Jake Garcia knocked down a fourth-and-goal pass in the end zone with four seconds to play to preserve the victory.
Whittier Christian 37-30 over host Santa Paula, the Heralds battling back from a 27-13 halftime deficit. Tailback Garrett Fulbright rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns, and defensive lineman Jeff Worthy had a monster game with 13 solo tackles, two sacks, and four tackles for losses. Quarterback Stephen Anderson struggled with just eight completions in 20 attempts but for a respectable 160 yards and two scores. He was intercepted three times.
Records to date: Roger Murray 2-2; Andrew Campa 1-3
Baldwin Park at Montebello, 7 p.m.: Murray (Montebello); Campa (Montebello)
Cantwell Sacred Heart at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.: Murray (Cantwell); Campa (Bishop Montgomery)
El Rancho vs. Cerritos, at Gahr HS, 7 p.m. (Murray (El Rancho); Campa (El Rancho)
John Glenn at Pioneer, 7 p.m.; Murray (JGlenn); Campa (JGlenn)
Burbank Burroughs at Schurr, 7 p.m.; Murray (Schurr); Campa (Schurr)
Santa Fe at Warren, 7 p.m.; Murray (Santa Fe); Campa (Santa Fe)
La Habra at La Mirada, 7 p.m.; Murray (La Habra); Campa (La Habra)
Downey vs. La Serna, at Whittier College, 7 p.m.; Murray (Downey); Campa (Downey)
Rowland at California, 7 p.m.; Murray (California); Campa (Rowland)
Whittier at Chino, 7 p.m.; Murray (Whittier); Campa (Chino)
Whittier Christian at Santa Paula, 7:30 p.m.; Murray (WhChristian); Campa (Santa Paula)
St. Paul at Garfield, 7 p.m.; Murray (St. Paul); Campa (St. Paul)
The first week of prognostications for Murray and Campa:
West Covina at El Rancho: Murray (West Covina); Campa (West Covina)
La Mirada at St. Paul: Murray (La Mirada); Campa (St. Paul)
Montebello at Bellflower: Murray (Bellflower); Campa (Montebello)
Ontario Christian at Whittier Christian: Murray (Whittier Christian); Campa (Ontario Christian).