Ventura College Athletics

Stanton Leads VC Past AHC

Freshman Aaron Stanton rushed for 238 yards to lead VC past Hancock 28-20 Saturday night at the Sportsplex, leaving the Pirates in need on one more victory to become bowl eligible for the third straight season.
Freshman Aaron Stanton rushed for 238 yards to lead VC past Hancock 28-20 Saturday night at the Sportsplex, leaving the Pirates in need on one more victory to become bowl eligible for the third straight season.

FOOTBALL:  On the Pirates' first play from scrimmage, freshman running back Aaron Stanton raced 85 yards for a touchdown. Ventura never looked back, led by Stanton's 238 rushing yards and two touchdowns in their 28-20 SCFA Northern Conference contest over Allan Hancock College at the Sportsplex Saturday night. Quarterback Brad Odeman threw for 198 yards and a score as the Pirates (5-4, 3-2) ended a three-game skid and put their focus back squarely on qualifying for their third straight post-season bowl berth.

Stanton, who prepped at Moorpark High School, opened the first half scoring, and Odeman closed the first half scoring. With 1:37 remaining in the second quarter he hit Tajon Mondy for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Alex Nelson's second extra point conversion of the evening gave the Pirates a 14-0 lead at intermission.

Ventura took firm control of the contest early in the third quarter when Montre Lee scored a touchdown on a 7-yard run with 12:36 remaining i the third quarter. However, Hancock was not going to go down without a fight. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns with 6:50 left in the third quarter, and 13:49 remaining in the fourth, respectively, to close to within 21-12, but Patrick Hall's block of the first extra point, and a failed two-point conversion after the second touchdown kept AHC down two scores.

With the Bulldogs closing in, the Pirates returned to a steady dose of Stanton running on their next drive. The freshman carried the ball on 12 of the 14 plays on the drive, capping it off with a 12-yard scamper to paydirt. The drive covered 90 yards and used up 5:35 of the clock, all-but putting the game away for VC.

Hancock managed a touchdown i the final minute and converted the two-point conversion, but their onsides kick attempt failed, ending the game in a 28-20 Ventura victory.

Dylan McDaniel led the Pirate receiving corps with nine catches for 83 yards. Defensively, Antonio Cowart and Matt SIngleton each recorded 10 tackles.

The Pirates complete the regular-season on the road at Pasadena on Saturday Nov. 9. With a win, VC will qualify for its third-straight post-season bowl berth on Saturday Nov. 23. The game Saturday can be seen live on www.socalcollegesports.com.