Coming off its best game of the year, the Hancock College football team will try to keep its momentum going Saturday.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-0) routed county rival Santa Barbara City College 31-3 at SBCC's La Playa Stadium last week. Saturday, Hancock will host Los Angeles Valley College at 2 p.m. in another league game.
After having run the table at 11-0, the Monarchs are 4-2, 1-0 this year. They broke a two-game losing streak by edging Los Angeles Pierce 7-6 in their Pacific League opener last week.
They have had some very rough years in the recent past, but the Brahmas (2-4) have already won twice this year.
As for the Monarchs, their defense yields a stingy average of 239 yards, 130 passing and 109 rushing, a game. Their offense averages an unimpressive 287 yards a game — 180 through the air and 107 on the ground — but the Monarchs average a decent 22 points a game.
The Hancock rushing offense vs. the L.A. Valley rushing defense figures to be an interesting one.
At 217 yards-plus a game, the Bulldogs' ground attack has been typically powerful. After no one was putting up particularly big numbers for awhile the team's leading rusher, Ryheem Skinner, averages nearly 76 yards a game now. He has run for two touchdowns.
Damon Whitmill Jr., the team's second-leading rusher, averages 47 yards a game. He has also scored twice.
Nipomo graduate Isaac Bausley has come through in some clutch times for the Bulldogs. He's the team's rushing touchdowns leader, with three.
Another Nipomo graduate, Nick Kimball, and Michael Ferraro have established themselves as Hancock sophomore quarterback Jimmy Kelleher's leading receivers.
Kimball is the team's season receptions leader with 25. Ferraro leads in receptions average, at nearly five a game, and game reception yardage at 60-plus. Kimball averages just over four receptions a game and nearly 53 yards a game in reception yardage.
L.A. Valley quarterback Kalawaja Judd is 46-for-103 passing on the year. He has thrown three touchdown passes and four interceptions. Kelleher's numbers in those categories are five and seven, but he did throw two TD passes, with no interceptions, at Santa Barbara.
Judd's two favorite receivers have been Jeremiah Lorick, at 58-plus yards in receptions per game, and Devin Heckstall, at just under 45.
Hancock's pass rush has been big this year. The Bulldogs have 30 quarterback sacks on the year.
Oso Omokaro is picking up where he left off from last year. He is the team's sacks leader with eight. Linebacker Basiru Jobe, the team's leading tackler overall, has 6.5 sacks this year.