The streak is over.

San Bernardino Valley College ended the Hancock College football team's winning streak at three Saturday, rallying for a 24-18 non-league upset win at Hancock.

Both teams are 3-2. Hancock was ranked second in the Southern California Football Association's American Division going in. San Bernardino was ranked ninth.

"We just made way too many mistakes today," said Hancock coach Kris Dutra.

The Bulldogs went ahead 16-3 on Nick Kimball's 12-yard run on a reverse at the 3:01 mark of the first quarter. The offense didn't come close to scoring another point afterward.

Hancock drew to within 24-18 when Ben Wilkomm hit Wolverines quarterback Armando Herrera, forcing a fumble which the Wolverines recovered in their end zone.

The Bulldogs lost the turnovers battle 4-1, saw penalties (not for the first time this year) help thwart their own drives and help the opposing offense and, when they weren't getting sacks (five) struggled to cover just about everything the Wolverines tried through the air.

"We were very inconsistent today," said Dutra. "We need to be more consistent. Unless we can overcome the inconsistencies in these up-and-down affairs, it's going to be a struggle." 

Hancock built an early 16-3 lead on a Jordan Pollard 24-yard field goal, a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Kelleher to Kimball and then Kimball's scoring run on the reverse.

The momentum changed after a SBVC punt hit a Hancock player and the Wolverines recovered at the Bulldogs' 40.

The Wolverines flat took over the game from that point until the 10:29 mark of the third quarter, and the Bulldogs couldn't quite recover.

Two plays after SBVC recovered the punt, Wolverines' quarterback Armando Herrera hit Brian Boyd Jr. for 37 of his 415 yards passing and a touchdown.

Herrerra floated a beautiful pass toward Kellen Pachot with 47 seconds left before halftime and Pachot, with a step on a Hancock defender, grabbed it for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

On the Wolverines' first drive after intermission, Herrera's 4-yard pass to Pachot capped a six-play, 83-yard drive.

The Wolverines didn't get any more points after that, but their defense made sure they didn't need any more.

On the Wolverines' punt that they recovered, the ball appeared to hit an SBVC player first before caroming into the Hancock player. If that was the case, Hancock should have had the ball at its 40.

"I wasn't in a position to see," whether the ball hit his or an SBVC player first, said Dutra.

Boyd was the leading receiver, with seven catches for a whopping 179 yards. Pachot had 91 yards on six catches. Kimball was Hancock's leading receiver, with four catches for 70 yards.

Hancock freshman Ryheem Skinner led all rushers with 69 yards on 13 carries.

Hancock was hit with 117 yards in penalties. That put the Bulldogs at 704 yards of accepted penalties this year. However, the Wolverines were the ones who were hit with a rash of costly penalties late.

On the Wolverines' final possession, a late holding penalty wiped out what would have been Herrera's game clinching 47-yard touchdown pass to Brandin McDowell.

After a punt, the Bulldogs were pinned at their six with 2:40 left as they prepared to start their last-ditch series. A penalty gave them some breathing room at their 21 and another flag on the Wolverines put them at the Hancock 34.

Kelleher hit Michael Sheppard for 20 yards and a first down at the Wolverines' 44, but Kindrick Haynes intercepted Kelleher on fourth down to seal it.

Two of Hancock's defensive leaders, linebacker Basiru Job and defensive back Domanic Chapa, were injured Saturday. Job was able to return. Chapa was not.

"I have no idea," what the status of Chapa's injury is, Dutra said afterward.

With all those sacks on Herrera, the Wolverines finished with minus 56 yards on the ground. None of them had positive rushing yardage. Still, the Wolverines out-gained the Bulldogs 359-308 in total offense.

The Bulldogs had just two first downs after halftime. The Wolverines had just seven themselves.

Hancock has a bye next week. The Bulldogs will play at county rival Santa Barbara City College at 1 p.m. Oct. 14 in their Pacific League opener.

Boys water polo

Villa Park Classic

VILLA PARK — Righetti (9-6) lost both of its games Saturday and finished eighth in the 32-team tournament game.

Righetti goalkeeper Daxton Miller made 27 saves Saturday, 12 in the Warriors; 12-11 overtime loss to Palos Verdes and 15 in a 13-6 loss to Irvine Woodbridge.

Ryan Trenev scored four goals for the Warriors against Palos Verdes.

Cross Country

Bell-Jeff Invitational

LOS ANGELES — St. Jospeh junior Joseph Domingues won for the third straight time, and the Knights took the team title.

Domingues won with a time of 15 minutes, 18.9 seconds. No other details were available at press time.       


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