Football team gets revenge

Rick Gomez

Revenge could not have been any sweeter.

One season ago, the Cerritos College football team fell short to rival Long Beach City College in the “The Crosstown Cup” 28-24.

But this time around, Cerritos avenged its loss and regained possession of the trophy defeating LBCC, 47-10, on Saturday night and improves to 3-0 for the season.

The Falcons displayed another stellar offensive performance racking up 525 total yards, 360 from the passing game.

Chris Morales threw 20-26, three touchdowns, and one interception for 315 yards.

Morales had no problem connecting to different receivers as he threw to 6 different players. 

Michael Willie led all receivers with six receptions including a touchdown.

Cerritos faced two lackluster opponents in its first two games and head coach Frank Mazzotta had concerns heading into Saturday’s game.

Mazzotta explained that every team hits a low spot where things don’t go its way.

“We really beat ourselves up in last year’s game.

We don’t want to hit our low spot. I thought it was going to be scary tonight but (Cerritos) did a nice job. (Cerritos) was very responsive.”

In terms of hitting a low, the only thing low in Saturday’s game was the points Cerritos allowed. 

Despite the late fourth quarter touchdown allowed by the second-string defense, the Falcons allowed one field goal early in the game.

The defense had a crucial goal-line stand in the first quarter that kept the momentum for Cerritos after scoring in the opening drive for the third straight game.

“(Cerritos) started slow but were really good at responding to what the coaches asked of them,” Mazzotta said.

Vikings’ Kevin Lubner connected with wide receiver Darrius Young for a 31-yard pass to Cerritos’ two-yard line to set up a first and goal.

The defensive line stuffed two runs up the middle, one for loss to set up a third and goal.

LBCC ran a fade route intended to Young that went over his head and was incomplete before settling for a field goal.