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JC Football: SMC’s Lindheim named Pacific Conference coach of the year; Eight Corsairs earn first-team honors
Santa Monica College head coach Gifford Lindheim won his third consecutive Pacific Conference Coach of the Year, the Southern California Football Association announced last week.
The Corsairs finished the year 8-2 and have won the last three league titles, a first in school history.
Eight Corsairs earned first-team conference honors. Among them is All-American safety Qujuan Floyd, the only SMC player to repeated has he was the conference defensive player of the year last season.
Two West Los Angeles Colleges players, LeRon Barnes and Treviel Boone were also selected to the first-team.
The list of All-Pacific Conference football team is below:
Keilan Horton had a team-high 16 points and three assists for Santa Monica College helping them improve to 3-0 after a hard fought 78-74 victory against Cerritos. It was the team’s first win at home and their second against a ranked opponent.
The game was tied at 74 with under a minute left and the Falcons had possession after a crucial turnover by the Corsairs. Horton intercepted the Falcon’s inbound pass and was fouled immediately and had a chance to give SMC the lead with 22 seconds left.
“I got to make it I have no choice but to make it,” he told himself at the free throw line. “It had to go in for the team, not just for me, but the team.”
He made both free throws giving the Corsairs a 76-74 lead. Anthony Harris Jr. eventually ended the game after his two made free throws and watched the Cerritos heave a desperate shot across the court.
Santa Monica College All-American safety Qujuan Floyd has announced that he will take two official visits to colleges next year.
The sophomore will travel to Salt Lake City to visit Utah on January 16th and then will head to the Midwest for a trip to Iowa State on January 22nd.
Floyd had 86 tackles and seven interceptions last season and has a team-high four interception this year with one game remaining.
It took only eight games, but Santa Monica College is finally starting to look like a team that is the defending two-time American Pacific Conference champs.
The timing could not be better as they cleared the first hurdle of a tough three-game stretch with a 38-17 victory over Santa Barbara up the coast in beautiful La Playa Stadium on Saturday.
Quarterback Jerry McConnico had four touchdowns in the first half while the defense forced six Santa Barbara turnovers to extend their league winning streak to 18 games.
The stat line shows how dominate SMC (6-2, 5-0 American Pacific) was throughout the game. They had 601 yards of total offense, was 12 of 23 on third-down conversions, and held Santa Barbara to -6 yards rushing in the first half
Still SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim does not think his team has reached their full potential.
Santa Monica College defensive end James Brock has been named the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced by the Southern California Football Association.
The sophomore had seven tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Corsairs 38-7 victory over LA Valley on Saturday.
Brock has 32 tackles and team-high four sacks in six games.
He is the fourth SMC player to be honored as player of the week this season. Quarterback Stephen Hamm, linebacker Daveed Carter and punter Marcos Ordonez have also been honored this year.
West Los Angeles College’s Marguet Miller has seen some tough days, but this season has been nothing short of frustrating for the fifth-year head coach. Saturday’s game against Glendale left him questioning his team’s competence and heart.
It looked like West L.A was about to capture their first victory, all they had to do was score and the game would be over which should have been easy considering they were inside the ten-yard line. Derek Stewart dropped back to pass but was intercepted by Chris Riley giving Glendale one more chance at a victory.
One minute twenty-three seconds later, the Vaqueros scored on a two-yard touchdown connection between Sean Murphy and Tanner Mays, giving them a 24-21 lead with 28 seconds left in the game. The Wildcats tried a desperate Hail Mary but was intercepted giving them their sixth straight loss to open the season.
Miller was left scratching his heading searching for answers.
“The players got to execute and not make mistakes. You can’t run the wrong play,” Miller explained.
Last season, Santa Monica College’s victory over LA Southwest was one of the largest in school history.
Yesterday, it was anything but that in the first half, but the Corsairs manage to recover in the final thirty minutes for an easy 27-2 victory to extend their Pacific Conference winning streak to
15 16 games.
Not many people were expecting to see a repeat performance of a 68-0 win for a year ago. However, coming off a bye week, SMC seemed lost early on as they gave up a safety, missed two field goals and a PAT, while continuing their season long inability to move the ball on offense.
Once again, SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim was forced to go to the bench in search of a spark as newly installed starting quarterback Brad Hunt was pulled in favor of freshman Jerry McConnico in the second quarter after Hunt had only 14 yards passing.
The move paid off as the McConnico was a dual threat completing 15-of-21 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown while running for a team-high 76 yards on the ground.