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Hartnell 55, MPC 34

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Hartnell beats MPC 55-34 to close out conference with a 4-1 record

Panthers have too many weapons

Herald Correspondent
Updated: 11/16/2009 10:36:29 AM PST

For more than half a century, Hartnell and Monterey Peninsula colleges have been rivals and you never know what to expect when the two get together on the football field.

Often, there have been shootouts, as well as blow outs and close games. Saturday night's season finale for both teams fell in the shootout category, but Hartnell had too many weapons for the Lobos and posted a 55-34 victory to finish conference play at 4-1, but behind De Anza College regardless of what the Dons did last night. De Anza had the tie-breaker with its win over Hartnell.

One of the impressive things by both coaches post-game was the feelings they each expressed that their goal was to help young men become better adults and the winning was secondary.

For the record, Hartnell evened its overall mark at 5-5, this after a losing record in 2008. MPC posted a perfect 10-0 season and Coast Conference title last year, but fell to 1-4 in league play and 3-7 overall.

"We're on the right track," said third-year Panther coach Matt Collins. "We want student-athletes in this area to know Hartnell is the place to play."

Often, players in local schools move away, even if it's to another junior college to try to improve their game.

MPC's Mike Rasmussen feels the same way and is trying to build more home-grown athletes on his team.

"I'm proud of you; be positive together," Rasmussen told his players after the game. The definition of a winner is someone who doesn't give up. We had no one give up."

Hartnell drew first blood when Vincent Bain connected on a 30-yard pass play from quarterback Dwayne Gatlin, who would wind up completing 14 of 21 passes for 261 yards.

Bain started the year as a receiver but an injury to Yan Cyr pressed him into duty. He did quite well but yielded to Cyr in the second half so the sophomore quarterback,, who had to sit so much of the season, could build his resume a bit. Cyr, with the game basically in control, completed seven of eight for 75 yards.

For Hartnell, Ricky Rodwell scored on runs of 4- and 7-yards as he rushed for 141 yards on 26 carries.

Gatlin scored on a 22-yard run and on the receiving end of a 39-yard pass from Cyr. Isiah Tate added a 25-yard TD pass from Gatlin, Jarvious Smith scored on a 56-yard punt return and Kiero Small scored on a 12-yard run.

For MPC, it was only fitting that workhorse running back Andrew Russo should close out his sophomore season with a 4-yard TD run. Russo had 59 yards on 15 carries.

Lobo quarterback Daniel Connors hit Bret Chernetsky with a 21-yard TD passand connect twice with Alex Martinez for scores of 8 yards and 7 yards. Connors, a 6-foot-6 freshman ran in another from a yard out. He completed 21 passes of 42 attempts for 225 yards.


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