Solano football can’t make PAT’s in loss

Peter Withey
October 16, 2008

The Solano College football team scored three touchdowns to Monterey Peninsula College’s two.

However, the final score didn’t favor the Falcons. Solano special teams didn’t show-up in a sense, as three blocked point-after-touchdowns and a safety on a blocked punt led to a five-point swing in a disheartening 19-18 loss to the Lobos Saturday Oct. 11.

“We improved on both offense and defense,” said head coach Floyd Burnsed. “We had some special teams breakdowns that really cost us the game. I think it was a good game to get us ready to go into conference (play), with some confidence and playing well.”

The Falcons (1-4) had 360 yards of total offense to Monterey’s 358. Bryce Hawthorne led the charge with 24 carries for 223 yards and two TDs including a school record, 95-yard touchdown run. Darnell Grier caught six passes for 122 yards and a TD.

Starting quarterback Blake McAhren returned from an ankle injury to complete 10 passes for 117 yards with one touchdown and interception.

Solano was down 10-0 when Hawthorne ran for a 43-yard touchdown to make a 10-6 game. Then Tyler Bales first PAT was blocked.

With 4:23 left before the half, and fourth-and-23 from their own 18-yard line, the Lobos blocked Tyler Bales punt into the end zone for a Monterey safety.

The Lobos took a 12-6 lead into halftime. They extended it early in the third quarter with a quick three-minute, 70-yard drive capped off when Jeremy Haynes caught an 8-yard pass from Brian Reader to make it 18-6.

The Falcons would then use four big plays on several sides of the ball to tighten the score. It took less than 30 seconds for the Falcons to respond with the first.

Maleek Gilliard returned the ensuing kickoff after the Haynes touchdown 48 yards to the Monterey 46. Grier then caught a 46-yard pass from McAhren for a touchdown which brought to score to 18-12. Then Bales second PAT was blocked.

Late in the third quarter, Gillard then fumbled a punt return deep in Solano territory, which was recovered by the Lobos at the Falcons 22. Monterey then drove deep into the red zone and on third-and-goal, Tyler Jefferies forced the ball from the grasp of Lobos running back Achilles Savali and Solano recovered at their five yard-line.

Hawthorne then broke the school record for longest play from scrimmage with his 95-yard touchdown run and closed the game within one point. That’s when Bales had his final PAT blocked.

The Falcons play Marin College of Kentfield this Saturday at 1 p.m. in their first Bay/Valley Conference game.

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