seahawks put up fight vs warriors, but falter late in tight game
Coming off a dismal home loss to Riverside, the Harbor football team found a resurgence in the return of quarterback Bram Kohlhausen from injury, giving host El Camino all it could handle before a late play doomed the Seahawks in a 33-28 loss Saturday night.
Leading 28-27 with just over a minute remaining, Harbor (0-5 overall, 0-2 National Central Conference) looked to drain the clock for its first win this season. Stopped on three downs, Harbor lined up to punt, but the punt was blocked and returned 20 yards for a touchdown with 0:55 remaining and only one timeout in Harbor's favor. The Warriors' two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Seahawks with a chance to win the game in the final minute.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Seahawks following a kick return to the Seahawks 21-yard line pushed them back to the 10-yard line. A bad snap forced Kohlhausen to throw a pass away from Harbor's end zone on first down. The remaining three downs were incomplete passes on desperation heaves, leaving Harbor with another loss, but one that was its closest to the win column.
The Seahawks took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, as two straight turnovers on El Camino drives led to Harbor's first lead this season. On what was Harbor's highlight of the night, a flea flicker play confused the El Camino defense, leaving three Harbor receivers wide open, one of them being Alijah Arnold for a 40-yard touchdown catch from Kohlhausen for the inaugural Seahawk lead this season. Cornerback Thomas Andrews snatched an interception at the Warriors' 40-yard line to set up the scoring play.
Following a lost fumble by El Camino deep into their own territory, Kohlhausen connected with all-purpose back Darren Walker for a 14-yard score for the double-digit lead. El Camino struck back with 17 unanswered points for a 17-14 Harbor deficit early into the third quarter. Kohlhausen and receiver Corey Butler responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass for the 21-17 lead. El Camino punched in another score to take a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
Butler then broke out with a 57-yard touchdown run off a Wildcat formation with 12:57 remaining, as Harbor held the lead until the go-ahead special teams score by El Camino.
Kohlhausen went 15-of-25 for 192 yards and three touchdowns, while Butler led the ground and aerial game with 64 rush yards on five carries and the long score, along with eight receptions for 98 yards and the touchdown catch. Converted offensive lineman-to-defensive lineman Mao Tosi led the team with two sacks, while linebacker Abraham Cornejo tied a game-high with 10 tackles.
The Seahawks will play their final non-conference game Saturday at a special 4 p.m. start, hosting Allan Hancock College.