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Moorpark Forgoes Tie, Winds Up a Loser, 17-16

September 28, 1986|GERRY PRICE

Moorpark College's defense "came of age" in its coach's eyes Saturday against Long Beach City.

Unfortunately for Raider Coach Jim Bittner, his offense took a few steps backward, which proved fatal in a 17-16 nonconference loss to the Vikings at Moorpark's Griffin Stadium.

The Raider defense, which was notably porous in its first two games, allowed 311 yards to Long Beach (3-0), but gave up only 10 points and took the ball away from the Vikings eight times on four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Cornerbacks Rudy Lopez and Jeff White were on the receiving on the majority Long Beach's turnovers, with Lopez recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass and White intercepting a pass, recovering a fumble and blocking the kick.

On offense, however, the Raiders sputtered despite rolling up 336 yards. An unrelenting Viking pass rush against Moorpark quarterbacks Dan Nagelmann and Steve Armstrong forced them into throwing three interceptions. Armstrong's interception was returned 75 yards by cornerback Erick Pembrooke and broke a 10-10 tie with 2:39 to play in the game.

Then, after Moorpark (1-2) had cut the lead to 17-16 on a six-yard scoring pass from Armstrong to Ron Williams with 40 seconds left, Long Beach defensive pressure forced Armstrong to throw a wobbly two-point conversion pass that was intercepted by cornerback Jamie Henderson.

Moorpark got the ball back on an onside kick, but managed only five yards on four plays.

Bittner said he never thought of kicking for the tying point. "We don't play for ties, especially when it doesn't have any effect on league," Bittner said.

The Raiders also were hurt by Dan Eastman's three field goal misses, and trailed 3-0 at halftime, when Stan Lambert kicked a 49-yard field goal as the second quarter ended. Lambert had previously missed a 31-yard field goal.

LB--FG Lambert 49

LB--Cooper 2 run (Lambert kick)

M--Opp 6 pass from Armstrong (Eastman kick)

M--FG Eastman 40

LB--Pembrooke 75 interception return (Lambert kick)

M--Williams 6 pass from Armstrong (pass failed)

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