seahawks give visiting Vikings all they can handle in close loss
The Harbor football team came out firing on all cylinders in a special home meeting vs former Harbor head coach Brett Peabody and visiting Long Beach City College Saturday night, but a familiar struggle defending the run game doomed the Seahawks in a 35-28 loss.
The Seahawks (0-8 overall, 0-4 National Central Conference) rushed to an early 8-0 lead, scoring on their first possession after quarterback Colton Glandorff connected with receiver Corey Butler from 28 yards out, followed by a two-point conversion run by safety Jaylar Adams.
Long Beach City responded with two touchdowns to put Harbor in a 14-8 hole midway through the 2nd quarter, but the Seahawks battled back with an incredulous one-yard rush touchdown by Butler, who recovered a bad snap that sailed over his head and scampered from nearly 15 yards out to race into the end zone for the simple one-yard gain and score. Harbor led 15-14 at halftime, but were hit with two more touchdowns by the Vikings in the 3rd quarter to trail 28-15.
However, cornerback Tyler Singleton came up with an easy interception after Vikings quarterback Kenny Potter's arm was batted in mid-throw. Singleton returned the interception 21 yards for the score towards the end of the 3rd, as Harbor trailed 28-21 (Adams' two-point conversion pass failed).
Harbor's woes defending the run began to surface once more during the 4th, as the Vikings drained just over eight minutes of clock with a versatile ground attack, led by Potter's 100 yards on 17 scrambles. Potter punched in his second rush touchdown from four yards out as Harbor trailed 35-21 with 11:29 remaining. Glandorff and Butler struck back with another score - a 13-yard touchdown pass from Glandorff to Butler with 2:57 remaining. The Seahawks' onside kick attempt failed and the Vikings were able to run the rest of the clock out with their rush attack, totaling 241 yards on the night. Harbor also lost the time of possession battle 36:32-23:28.
Glandorff finished with a career-high 145 pass yards, completing 10 of 24 attempts. Glandorff also ran for a team-high 37 yards on 11 carries. Receiver Alijah Arnold had a breakout game with a career-high 60 yards on four receptions. Butler's two receptions were both touchdowns as he finished with 41 receiving yards and accounted for the three touchdowns from the Harbor offense.
Linebacker Daniel Torres continued his flurry of double-digit tackle games, finishing with 13 on the night (nine solo) and added a forced fumble. The Seahawk defense totaled seven sacks for the game after entering the contest with just 12 total this season, as defensive lineman Mao Tosi and defensive end Justin Mino notched two sacks apiece.
Harbor hits the road for its final road game of the season, facing winless College of the Desert Saturday at 6 p.m.