Leading the Leopards with 78 rushing yards on Saturday, La Verne running back Philip Craig straight-arms Richard Dinh from Chapman. La Verne won with 23 points against Chapman in Saturday’s game. Scoring came from a touchdown pass caught by Dustin Hauled, a quarterback keep by Brian Guerrero, a rare safety and a pass to Roger Logan for the last La Verne touchdown.
The University of La Verne football team rolled over the Chapman Panthers, 23-13, in a convincing win Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium in La Verne.
After the thrashing the Leopards received from Cal Lutheran in their previous game, La Verne needed a win to contend for second place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
La Verne entered the game with a 2-2 record, tying them for fourth place in SCIAC.
This week the Leopards’ defense actually showed up to play.
The Leopards’ defense allowed 189 yards in total offense and contained fullback Javon Smith, allowing him only 32 yards of rushing.
Jeff Magdaleno and Gabe Segovia anchored the Leopards defense, picking off quarterbacks Luke Robinson and Blake Sartini for two interceptions.
Senior Nate Mendoza also pitched in with three tackles and a sack.
“Our defense played well,” head coach Don Morel said. “We took their fullback out of the game.”
Punter Brian Paulk played an important role in the victory. Paulk averaged 41.4 yards on his punts and had four punts that landed on the Panthers own 20-yard line.
Paulk’s superior punting allowed the Leopards to win the field position game over the Panthers.
Junior quarterback Brian Guerrero and senior wide receiver Roger Logan got the show started when they hooked up for a 52-yard reception that setup a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dustin Elliot.
Logan led the Leopards with 107 yards receiving and one touchdown.
This was Logan’s best game since getting hurt early this season against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
“This week I was healthy,” Logan said.
“I finally played a game where my body felt good and I played good,” he added.
The Leopards running attack finally got back on course after weeks of inconsistency.
The senior running back duo of Phillip Craig and Michael Anello combined for 126 yards on the ground and had an average of five yards per carry.
As a team, the Leopards combined for 177 yards of rushing and 410 yards of total offense.
Guerrero also got his first rushing touchdown of the season in addition to the two touchdowns that he threw.
“The offensive line picked up their assignments well,” Craig said.
“Without the line playing so well we would not have had a good game,” he added.
With only two games left on the schedule, ULV has hopes of finishing second in SCIAC and ending the season with a 6-3 record.
The only thing standing in the Leopards’ way of accomplishing its goal is the nationally ranked Occidental, which is undefeated in SCIAC.
“Our goal is to beat Occidental tomorrow,” Morel said.
“We need to play well on offense and the defense has to be ready to play,” he added.
Occidental’s high-octane offense averages 38 points per game, double what its opponents average, and post 500 yards of offense per game.
To win tomorrow, the Leopards need to contain running back Mike Anderson and quarterback Andy Collins.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Occidental in Los Angeles.
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