Santa Paula Times

Almost every player on the field is in this pileup. Who knows where the ball is.

Cards come back in the 2nd half, but can’t catch Warriors

October 27, 2004
“The guys never quit,” says Coach Ed Gomez
A very strong rushing game overwhelmed the Cardinal defense Friday night at Carpinteria, as the Warriors beat the Cards 32-27. Cardinal rushing leader Jon Duran came back in the second half but the clock ran out before Santa Paula could catch up. Bobby Perez scored the first Santa Paula TD in the first quarter on a 48-yard run.The Warriors had a 17-7 lead at the half and early in the third quarter they jumped to a 25-7 advantage. The Cards came alive at this point. Duran scored two touchdowns, one off a 57-yard run. Quarterback Anthony Bavero took the ball across the goal line from one yard out for a third TD.Duran scored again the final quarter with an 11-yard run.“Offensively, we played well enough to win,” said Coach Ed Gomez. “In fact if the defense could’ve stopped Carpinteria sooner on their last drive, I believe the offense would’ve scored the game winner. But, would’ve, could’ve, and should’ve don’t mean much in the league standings. We didn’t get the job done. Their offensive line dominated our defensive line and they won the game.”Gomez said he was proud of the fact that they kept playing. “The guys never quit, and that is one of the concepts that we focus on in our program,” he said.
“We’ve got three weeks left in the regular season, we are still very much alive in the playoff hunt, but we’ve got to get some victories if we want to reach the post season. We’ve got to treat this week like a playoff game.”This loss puts the Cards at 1-3 in league play and 3-4 overall.Santa Paula plays Bishop Diego Friday night at Santa Barbara City College. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.