Coming off a disappointing loss in last week’s home opener, the San José City College Jaguars roared back for a win on the road against conference rival De Anza Mountain Lions with a final score of 51-13.
The Jaguars came out strong in the first quarter, scoring two touchdowns to take an early 14-0 lead. The first touchdown came on a 17-yard pass from Trent Cousens to Jesse R. Lajes, followed by a 15-yard run by Mattias Carrillo.
In the second quarter, SJCC continued its offensive onslaught. Cousens connected with Jordan B. Mayfield for a 13-yard touchdown pass, extending their lead to 21-0. Later in the quarter, SJCC’s defense came up big with a team safety, making the score 23-0. Cousens then threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jake Taddie, increasing their lead to 30-0.
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The third quarter started with another defensive touchdown for the Jaguars. Aisosa Amas intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, making the score 37-0. De Anza finally got on the board in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Simon Loeffler to Alan Tanielu, cutting the deficit to 37-7.
In the fourth quarter, the Mountain Lions showed signs of life with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Loeffler to Aidan Butler, but their extra point attempt failed, making the score 37-13. SJCC quickly responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cousens to Taddie, extending their lead to 44-13. Amas added another defensive touchdown for the Jaguars with a 35-yard interception return, making the final score 51-13.
Looking at the statistics, SJCC dominated in almost every category. They had 18 first downs compared to De Anza’s 15. SJCC had a higher third-down efficiency, converting 33% of their attempts compared to De Anza’s 31%. They also had a perfect fourth-down efficiency, converting 100% of their attempts.
In terms of total offense, the Jaguars had 335 yards compared to De Anza’s 228 yards. SJCC had a higher net yards passing with 222 yards compared to De Anza’s 191 yards. They also had a higher net yards rushing with 113 yards compared to De Anza’s 37 yards.
The Jaguars had a more efficient passing game, completing 18 of 26 attempts for a net yards per pass play of 8.5. De Anza completed 22 of 38 attempts for a net yards per pass play of 5.0. SJCC’s defense was also dominant, sacking De Anza’s quarterback three times for a loss of 19 yards and intercepting two passes.
SJCC special teams had a better average for punts with 39.0 yards compared to De Anza’s 38.8 yards. SJCC also had more total return yards, with 177 yards, compared to De Anza’s 180 yards.
Overall, it was a dominant performance by the Jags, both offensively and defensively, controlling the game from start to finish.