Football Long Beach City College

JuCo Football: LBCC Falls To Mt. SAC

Saturday night’s rivalry game between LBCC and Mt. SAC wasn’t the tightwire classic that the teams’ recent meetings have been, mostly because the Vikings got off to a slow start. Playing in front of a nice-sized crowd of 2,000 fans, Mt. SAC jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead and was able to hang on despite a late charge from LBCC, 36-20.

“It took us too long to get going, and against a team like that you can’t spot them a lead,” said LBCC coach Brett Peabody.

Mt. SAC went up 29-0 early in the third quarter, and from that point until the end of the game LBCC outscored them 20-7, cutting the lead to two scores twice before running out of time. 

The Mounties struck first as Zach Rangel threw a touchdown and then Mt. SAC’s defensive line recorded a safety. Rangel threw two more touchdowns and then the Mounties opened the third quarter with a 38-yard touchdown run to take the 29-0 lead.

After that LBCC dug in, as quarterback Derrach West hit Julian Woodard for a 32-yard score, then Saeed Galloway ran in a 38-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 29-14. The Vikings couldn’t score on their next few drives, and Mt. SAC put the game away with a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to go up 36-14.

Mt. SAC outgained LBCC 389-244 yards and more importantly out-possessed the Vikings 35:43 to 24:17, chewing up the clock in the second half to preserve the win.

LBCC (1-1) will look to bounce back on the road against LA Valley. The Vikings’ next home game is Oct. 5 against Cerritos.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.