The Freshmen Hawks improved their PCL record to 3-1 with a hard fought 7-0 victory over the Irvine Vaqueros. The Hawks scored with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter then withstood two Irvine scoring chances to pull out the win.
The Hawks opened the game with an onside kick recovered by Irvine. Two running plays and an incomplete pass gained but 5 yards and forced Irvine to punt. A fake punt by Irvine initially resulted in a 49 yard TD run but the play was negated by a holding penalty. After an Irvine punt, the Hawks started their first drive from their own 25 yard line. A first down run by Kai Kanno moved the ball to the Hawks’ 40. QB Connor Landberg ran for an apparent first down into Irvine territory but the play was negated by a penalty forcing the Hawks to punt. The Hawks defense forced a punt after a three and out. The punt return was fumbled by the Hawks giving Irvine the ball near midfield. The Vaqueros then tried to score quickly but a long pass was intercepted by Riley Tendler and returned to the Irvine 42 yard line. The Hawks moved inside the Irvine 35 yard line but a fumble gave the ball back to the Vaqueros. Irvine then moved the ball into LH territory. A 40 yard TD pass was negated by a penalty. The teams then exchanged punts to end the half with a 0-0 score.
LH received the second half kickoff but went three and out. Irvine got the ball in LH territory but a sack but Daniel Vandal forced an Irvine punt. Starting at their own 20, the Hawks moved into Irvine territory thanks to a 32 yard pass from Landberg to Sean Mackey. An penalty killed the drive and the Hawks punted. The Hawks defense forced another Irvine punt after a three and out. Starting at their own 47, the Hawks used 10 plays for the games’ only score, a three yard TD run by Landberg. The drive was highlighted by first down runs by Kanno and Landberg and a 30 pass play from Landberg to Andrew Whitt. The PAT kick by Austin Weems was good giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead with 6:19 to play. Irvine used a 35 yard run and a 40 yard pass play to move the ball to the LH 8 yard line. A first down pass play was intercepted by Whitt in the endzone to stop the threat. The Hawks had to punted after a three and out. A 50 yard punt by Landberg forced Irvine to start at their own 25 yard line with just over two minutes to play. A 43 yard run moved the ball to the Hawks 25. The Hawks’ defense once again met the challenge. A fourth down pass was batted down in the secondary by Whitt securing the LH victory. The 5th period ended 0-0.
The Hawks finish the season next Thursday (11-13) with a home game against the San Juan Hills Stallions.