Dennis Downey, a 1973 Ventura College alumnus and a member of the VC Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2020. A graduate of Ventura High School, he was a standout for the Pirates in football and baseball before transferring to Oregon State.
Three Ventura College football alumni continued their dreams of playing in the National Football League on the final day of the NFL Draft Saturday. Jake Luton, the 2016 SCFA Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year for VC, was drafted in the sixth round, the 189th pick overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile 2017 Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Jessie Lemonier signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Case Cookus, a grey-shirt member of the VC's 2014 team was signed by the New York Giants.
Coming off the program's first trip to the CCCAA State Championship Game in 2018, the Ventura College Pirate football team looked to keep the momentum rolling in 2019. VC started out the year winning six of their first seven games before a tough loss against College of the Canyons derailed the plans. The Pirates responded with two more wins, however, to claim a share of the Northern Conference title, the team's sixth in the past eight years.
VC football sophomores Brandon Ocheltree and Steve Sanchez have been named Academic All-State by the California Community College Football Coaches Association as announced last month. Ocheltree posted a team-high grade point average of 3.62 while Sanchez earned a 3.52 GPA. The pair were among 41 players from throughout he state honored with the highest academic distinction. Ventura was one of 11 programs with multiple players honored.
The tradition of academic achievement by the Ventura College football team continues with 16 Pirates being named to the 2019 Southern California Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team. The Pirates honored were led by punter Steve Sanchez and wide receiver Dustin Sanchez, both of whom were named to the Dean's list in the fall with grade point averages of 3.52 and 3.50, respectively. VC (16) was second to Saddleback (17) in the total number of honorees.
Ventura College football coach Steve Mooshagian has announced seven transfers from the 2019 Northern Conference champion Pirates, five of whom were mid-year transfers. Among the transfers and signees, two are moving on to NCAA Division I, three to NCAA Division II, one to NAIA and one to theNCAA Division III level. With the addition of these transfers, coach Mooshagian has now helped 241 student athletes move on to the four-year level in his ten years leading the Pirates.
A pair of record-breaking performances from the 2019 season earned wide receiver Terrell Vaughn and kicker Alberto Arroyo All-American honors, as voted upon by the California Community College Football Coaches Association last month. They were joined by three other Pirates on the CCCFCA Region III All-State list. The Pirates, meanwhile, were voted 10th in the final state poll released by the JC Athletic Bureau and the CCCFCA.
Five members of the Northern Conference co-champion Pirate football team have earned unanimous selection onto the all-conference team, leading a host of Pirates honored with post-season awards. Right tackle Will Bonkavich leads the list of unanimous honorees, along with wide receiver Terrell Vaughn, kicker Alberto Arroyo, all-purpose back Chris Reaves and utility player Juan Gaytan. A total of eight Pirtes were named first team All-Northern Conference while six were named second team.
The Pirate football team fell into a 21-6 hole early in the second quarter of Saturday's Joe Kapp Real Estate Beach Bowl, and, despite a valiant attempt, could not climb out of it, falling to Cerritos 46-39 at the VC Sportsplex. VC (8-3) held an early 3-0 lead, but the Falcons scored 21 of the next 24 points to secure the advantage in the season finale. Alaka'I Yuen was 17-20 in the air for 310 yards and two scores while tight end Daniel Moraga caught eight passes for 119 yards and a score to earn team MVP honors for the game.
Despite finishing fourth in the Southern California Football Association RPI rankings, the Ventura College football team will not be heading back to the playoffs to defend their SCFA title from a year ago. But fresh off their win at Long Beach on Saturday to clinch a share of the program's sixth conference title in eight seasons. the Pirates (8-2) will host the Joe Kapp Real Estate Beach Bowl on Saturday Nov. 23 at the VC Sportsplex against No. 8 Cerritos College (6-4).
Running back Jayden Vargas had another solid outing, and the bend-but-don't-break Pirate defense came up with big plays when they needed it the most as the Ventura College football team held on for a 30-26 victory Saturday night at Long Beach City College. With the victory, VC (8-2, 4-1) captured a share of the Northern Conference championship with LBCC and Canyons, the program's sixth conference title in the last eight seasons. Kicker Alberto Arroyo had three field goals and Travis Calloway had 13 tackles to lead Ventura to the triumph on the last day of the regular season.
The Pirate football team raced out to a 24-7 first half lead over visiting East Los Angels College Saturday night, then made it hold up in their 45-42 victory over the Huskies. Jayden Vargas rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Chuck Wick had two more rushing scores while Terrell Vaughn had 10 pass receptions for 110 yards and two trips to the end zone. Ventura's win, combined with Long Beach's defeat of Canyons, brings the Pirates (7-2, 3-1) back into the Northern Conference title hunt with one game left visiting LBCC next week.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, VC quarterback Dino Maldonado hit Mark Ferrell for a 25 yard touchdown giving the Pirates a 35-21 lead. Unfortunately it was all Canyons from that point as CoC scored 27 of the final 30 points of the game in defeating Ventura 48-38 in a pivotal Northern Conference battle. Maldonado was 21-33 for 257 yards and two scores and running back Jayden Vargas had 19 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead VC (6-2, 2-1) in the contest.
On the wave of 31 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, the Pirate football team raced to a 55-20 victory over rival Moorpark Saturday night. In claiming a series-record 12th straight Citrus Cup triumph, VC outgained the Raiders 457-280 and forced three Raider turnovers. The fourth-ranked Pirates (6-1, 2-0) were led by the quarterback duo of Alaka'I Yuen and Dino Maldonado who combined for 301 passing yards and three touchdowns and running back Jayden Vargas, who totaled 14 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
It's always an adventure when the Pirate football team travels to Bakersfield. Saturday was no exception. In the Northern Conference opener for both teams, Ventura came away with a wild 29-21 victory over the Renegades on the strength of five Alberto Arroyo field goals. The freshman kicker connected from 22, 41, 19, 18, and 26 yards on the night to help lead the Pirates to victory. Jayden Vargas had 99 yards rushing for VC (5-1, 1-0) while quarterbacks Dino Maldonado and Alaka'I Yuen combined for 227 passing yards. Travis Caoloway had 12 tackles to lead the defense.
Hearts stopped and records fell Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex as the Pirate football team gave up a 21-point fourth quarter lead over visiting Fullerton, only to reclaim victory in overtime, 48-47 on the Hornets' missed extra point attempt on the first extra possession. Quarterback Alaka'I Yuen totaled a school-record 493 yards of offense including 481 passing yards and three touchdowns while wide receiver Terrell Vaughn tied the VC record for passes caught with 15 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the barn burner.
On the Pirates longest road trip of the season, the team overcame an 11-point first quarter deficit to defeat Palomar College 45-38 in Escondido Saturday night. Juan Gaytan rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and had five tackles on special teams, and Nevin Yuen passed for 280 yards and two more scores in the victory for state No. 8-ranked Ventura (3-1). Wes Anusiem had eight tackles defensively to lead the Pirates.
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the Ventura College football team posted a 35-14 victory over visiting Allan Hancock College Saturday at the VC Sportsplex. Quarterback Nevin Yeun passed for 157 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 99 yards with a score, but he night belonged to the defense. Faced with a short field on many occasions, the Pirates held the Bulldogs to two touchdowns and came up with big plays when it counted in the win. Travis Calloway recorded 13 tackles to lead the "D."
The VC football team gave up 19 unanswered points in the first half, and were unable to comeback in a 48-24 loss at Saddleback College on Saturday. VC's Terrell Vaughn, who had 109 receiving yards on the night, hauled in a 33-yard score from Dino Maldonado to bring the Pirates to within 8-7 late in the first quarter before the Gauchos went on the run from which the Pirates could not recover. Maldonado passed for 290 yards and a score in the game and Travis Calloway led the defense with 10 tackles.
The Ventura College football team lived up to its SCFA No. 1 ranking on Saturday with a strong 45-7 victory over Orange Coast at the VC Sportsplex. In the season opener for both teams, Ventura amassed 636 total yards offensively, including 314 in the air from quarterback Dino Maldonado and 119 on the ground from signal caller Nevin Yuen. Chuck Wick had 105 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns and Terrell Vaughn caught eight passes for 116 yards and two scores. Defensive end Cory Owens led the defense with six tackles and a forced fumble.
Ventura College football head coach Steve Mooshagian has announced that 31 players from the 2018 SCFA champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. Among the Pirate transfers, 17 have inked with NCAA Division I schools, 12 playing in the Football Bowl Series with five in the Football Championship Series, and 10 are transferring to NCAA Division II schools. With the addition of these transfers, coach Mooshagian has now helped 234 student athletes move on to the four-year level.
Ventura College football and head coach Steve Mooshagian has announced that 27 players from the 2018 Southern California Football Association champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. Among the Pirate transfers, 15 have inked with NCAA Division I schools, 11 playing in the Football Bowl Series with four in the Football Championship series, and eight are transferring to NCAA Division II schools.
The California Community College Athletic Association has announced its state academic awards for 2017-18, and the 2017 Ventura College football, women's cross country and women's soccer teams were all awarded the Scholar Team Award, the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. These are Ventura's 35th, 36th and 37th Scholar team awards since the program's inception in 1997-98. At least one VC team has earned Scholar Team distinction for 19 consecutive years.
For the third year in a row, and for the fourth time in the past five years, the Pirate football team has topped the Southern California Football Association's Scholar-Athlete team. VC has placed a program-best 20 players on the honor roll, led by offensive lineman Dane Nelson with a 3.95 Grade Point Average and by tight ends Trennan Carlson and Jared Thomsen at 3.58 and 3.54, respectively. All of these honorees have also been nominated for Academic All-State. The Pirates achieved a 3.01 GPA as a team in the fall, posting an 11-2 record while capturing the school's first ever SCFA Championship, advancing to the CCCAA state championship game in December.
Ventura College football and head coach Steve Mooshagian has announced that 13 players from the 2018 Southern California Football Association champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. Among the mid-year transfers, early signees, and signing period commits, Nine have inked with NCAA Division I schools, six playing in the Football Bowl Series with three in the Football Championship series, and four will transfer to NCAA Division II schools.
The post season awards continue to roll in for the Pirate football team as offensive lineman Scott Breslin, running back Thomas Duckett and defensive back Jaylen Watson were all named California Community College Football Coaches Association First Team All-Americans as released by the JC Athletic Bureau on Tuesday. The three led the Pirates to the best finish in the 94-year history of Ventura College football, an 11-2 overall record, the Southern California Football Association championship, and a state runner-up finish.
Ventura College Head Coach Steve Mooshagian has been named the 2018 American Community College Football Coaches Association (ACCFCA) Coach of the Year. The award will be presented to Mooshagian during the American Football Coaches Awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 8, at the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The Ventura College football team ended the greatest season in school history just short, 13 yards short. Driving for a potential championship-winning score, time ran out on the Pirates 13 yards shy of the end zone Saturday as they fell in the CCCAA State Championship game in Sacramento 40-35 to Laney College.
It does't get any bigger than this. In the 90-plus years of Ventura College football, the Pirates have never played for a state title, until Saturday. The 2018 California Community College Athletic Association football season will reach its conclusion when the Southern California champion Ventura Pirates (11-1) will take on Northern California champion Laney College (10-2) at 1:00 pm at Sacramento's historic Hughes Stadium. Fans can watch the game live on Eleven Sports USA and online at http://baosn.tv/
Ventura running back Thomas Duckett was named the Southern California Football Association National Division, Northern League Offensive Player of the Year in voting by the conference coaches last month. The sophomore from Pacifica High School leads 22 all-conference selections for VC, who will take to the field one final time in 2018 on Saturday against Laney College for the 2018 CCCAA State Championship in Sacramento.