seahawks give up nine points off miscues, go winless on road in 2013
The Harbor football team once again found itself overwhelmed by a dominant ground game Saturday night at Desert, but poor snaps and costly fumbles further led to the Seahawks' demise in a 29-17 setback to the Roadrunners.
Harbor (0-9 overall, 0-5 National Central Conference) saw two bad snaps on punts sail over the head of punter Edgar Pina and lead to a 9-0 deficit in the 1st quarter, the first becoming a safety, followed by a 33-yard loss on another poor snap resulting in a Desert touchdown.
The Seahawks managed to rally back with 11 unanswered points, as Pina connected with a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 9-3. Strong safety Ricky Goodson then intercepted a pass by Desert quarterback Dakota Dartis for a 22-yard return to the Roadrunners' nine-yard line. Quarterback Colton Glandorff then landed a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Corey Butler - followed by a two-point conversion run by offensive tackle Leo Fuiamaono - to take a 11-9 lead with 11:37 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Desert struck back with a 13-yard touchdown run by running back Brenton Lockett, as Harbor trailed 16-11 at halftime.
Things would take a turn for the worse for Harbor in the second half, as receiver/kick returner Jailin Singleton returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a 22-11 Harbor hole (Desert's two-point conversion attempt failed). Pina's 42-yard field goal attempt was then blocked to begin the 4th quarter and despite cornerback Trey Martin's interception on Desert's next drive, the Seahawks were unable to convert from the crucial takeaway, as another big run by Desert stretched their deficit to 18 with 7:09 remaining.
Running back Barry Thomas sprinted up the middle for a 26-yard score with 2:04 remaining, but the Seahawks' onside kick attempt failed to end the contest.
Glandorff went 13-of-31 for 65 yards with the touchdown and interception, adding 25 yards on three scrambles. Thomas had 21 carries for 56 yards and the score, while Butler caught four passes for 32 yards and a touchdown, his seventh this season. Defensive lineman Mao Tosi tacked on seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, while top tackler Daniel Torres notched six tackles for 91 this season, third in the state.
Harbor will finish the season with a home meeting against Citrus College Saturday at 6 p.m.