SANTA ANA — The Hancock College football team rang up half a hundred points Saturday, and that was more than enough for the Bulldogs to ring up their third straight win.
Rykeem Skinner ran for 127 yards and two scores, and the Bulldogs defeated Santa Ana College 50-35 at City of Santa Ana Stadium's Eddie West Field.
The Bulldogs, who play in the Pacific League moved to 3-1 with their third straight win over a Metro League team. The Dons are 1-3.
Hancock sophomore Jimmy Kelleher threw for 239 yards as the Bulldogs racked up 572 yards of offense, with 333 of that coming on the ground. Kelleher was 18-for-24 passing, with one interception.
All of Hancock's touchdowns came on the ground. Kelleher, Martiez Prather, Damon Whitmill Jr., Laron Gilchrist and Nipomo graduate Isaac Bausley all ran for a touchdown.
Skinner was the leading rusher. Santa Ana's Deven Boston ran for 116 yards and a score.
Hancock was ahead from the time Whitmill scored on a six-yard run at the 11-minute mark of the first quarter for the first score of the game.
The Dons, down 22-7 at one time, drew within 22-20 on a 30-yard Porfirio Hernandez field goal with 56 seconds left in the first half. That was the halftime score.
Skinner capped an eight-play, 63-yard scoring drive with a 27-yard touchdown run at the 11:05 mark of the third quarter. The Dons couldn't come closer than 15 points thereafter.
Hancock won fairly handily despite another game of spectacular penalty yardage against the Bulldogs. Hancock was hit with 17 accepted penalties for a total of 172 yards.
Those numbers make it 75 accepted penalties for the year against the Bulldogs, for a total of 759 yards.
The Dons drew within 50-35 on Conner Miller's 28-yard touchdown pass to Devon Jackson Jr. at the 4:13 mark of the fourth quarter. The Dons got the ball back once more after that, but they turned it over on downs and the Bulldogs ran out the clock.
Both teams had fat yards-per-play averages, 8.7 for Hancock and 6.4 for Santa Ana. Both teams had 27 first downs, but the Dons' defense leaked for a lot of opposition points in their first two losses and they couldn't slow the leaking Saturday.
Prather burst through a hole his line created and ran 57 yards for a score to put Hancock up 50-28 at the 6:41 mark of the fourth quarter, and his team's third consecutive win was pretty much assured.
Jackson (141 yards) and Nipomo graduate Nick Kimball for Hancock (136) were the reception yardage leaders Saturday. Kimball had the most receptions, a whopping 11. Jackson and Boston (68 yards in receptions), both caught four passes and were Santa Ana's receptions leaders.
Prather had 76 yards on just four carries. Whitmill lugged the ball 13 times for a total of 69 yards, and Gilchrist's lone carry resulted in a 34-yard touchdown run.
Hancock will host San Bernardino Valley College at 2 p.m. next Saturday in its last non-league game of the year. The Bulldogs will open Pacific League play Oct. 14 at county rival Santa Barbara City College.
St. Joseph junior Joseph Domingues won at an invitational for the second straight time, this time by nearly a minute at this meet that Atascadero hosted at Santa Margarita Lake in Santa Margarita.
Domingues won in 16 minutes, 36.21 seconds over the 5K course. Atascadero won the Boys Small Schools team title with 40 points. St. Joseph was second in the eight-team field with 65, Santa Ynez was third with 71 and Orcutt Academy was fourth with 77.
Lorenzo Papworth (fourth place) led Orcutt Academy and Shane Silva (fifth) led Santa Ynez.
Pioneer Valley's girls finished second in the five-team Large Schools Girls meet. Sanger won with 22 points. The Panthers scored 72.
Andrea Pasillas was the top Pioneer Valley runner. She finished 11th in 22:22.24.
Audrey McClish of Morro Bay and Emily Donahue of Santa Ynez have been the top two girls runners in the Los Padres League, and they resumed their rivalry at this meet Saturday. McClish won the Girls Small Schools race in 19:51.95. Donahue was second in 20:02.39 and her teammate, Kiely West, was fourth.
Morro Bay edged Santa Ynez 26-27 for the team championship. There were only three teams in the field.
Santa Maria finished third with 63 points in the six-team Boys Large Schools field. Pioneer Valley was fourth with 114. Bakersfield Ridgeview won with 28.
Sergio Jacacuaro led Pioneer Valley with a seventh-place finish in 17:42.92. Cesar Ayuso, in eighth place, led Santa Maria.