Covina Hangs on 16-14

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(Pomona) – With Billy Livingston out of the lineup with an injury, Covina Coach Darryl Thomas knew he would have to rely on the running attack. Vinny Venegas and Gevontray Ainsworth responded by rushing for 209 yards combined in the Colts 16-14 win over Pomona Friday night in the Valle Vista League opener. 

Venegas did most the of the damage running for 137 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. His score came early in the third quarter on a five yard run to cap an 80 yard drive to put the Colts up 14-0. 

“That third quarter drive was huge, ” Thomas said. 

The Colts were threatening to go up 21-0 later in the quarter, but Pomona had a goal line stand stopping the Colts on four straight downs inside the five yard line. 

After taking over at the three, a bad snap over the head of Brandon Schreiman resulted in a Covina safety and a 16-0 lead with 11:06 left in the contest.

Pomona looked dead and buried but instead made one last push. Schrieman started connecting with Terell Mosby and the Red Devils came to life. A pass interference penalty on Covina set up a 15 yard touchdown pass from Schreiman to Mosby to cut the lead to 14-8 after Mosby also caught a two point conversion pass. 

After the Colts fumbled on thier next possession Pomona was in  business again. First Mosby hauled in a 45 yard pass from Schreiman down to the Colt 13. Three plays later Schreiman found Mosby again for a seven yard score. However the Colt defense stiffened when Schreiman’s pass was batted down on the two point conversion. 

Pomona recovered the onside kick following the touchdown but a Red Devil player touched the ball before it traveled the necessary ten yards and Covina retained possession.   

Covina then ran out the clock thanks to a couple of first downs and a personal foul penalty on Pomona.

The Colts led 7-0 at the half and it came on a trick play. Darren Torres, lining up for a field goal, instead took the snap, rolled out and hit Nick Simons for a 16 yard touchdown pass with 5:12 left in the second quarter. The fake field goal caught the Devils by surprise. 

Covina only threw the ball four times. Daniel Sifuentes was one for two, Venegas 0-1 and then Torres’ TD strike. But the running game made up for Livingston’s absence.

“We just wanted to keep the ball on the ground and chew up some clock. We’re happy to get out of here with a victory,” Thomas said.

For Pomona Mosby had four receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns, all in the second half. Sir-Darius Yabrough had 10 carries for 40 yards.

Pomona dropped to 2-3 and 0-1 in the Valle Vista while Covina improved to 4-1 and 1-0.

C  0  7  7   2     16

P  0  0  0  14    14

2nd Qtr:

C 5:12 Simon 16 yd pass from Torres (Torres Kick)

3rd Qtr: 

C 4:56 Venegas 5 yd run (Torres Kick)

4th Qtr:

C 11:06 – Pomona bad snap out of end zone – Safety 

P 8:37 Mosby 15 yd pass from Schreiman (Mosby pass from Schreiman – 2 pt)

P 2:44 Mosby 7 yd pass from Schreiman (2 pat pass incomplete)   

12 Comments to "Covina Hangs on 16-14"

  1. Pomona's Gravatar Pomona
    October 2, 2011 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Colt74, I’m wounder who you had on your side we had three San Dimas coaches sitting on our side, Yes, all three were talking mad crap about both Covina and Pomona, but what would you expect.

    If we do meet Covina in the playoffs it will be a very interesting game, Livingston will be back (and the passing game) and I would have to believe the 4th quarter offense for Pomona would be the new game plan. With that game plan our running game was open but we couldn’t really use it with the time constraint. I’m sure Covina will also come out with a different defensive game plan also.

    Colt74 thanks for the positive comments.

  2. P-Town is a joke's Gravatar P-Town is a joke
    October 2, 2011 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    colt 74…say who the coach is that said that, why make that statement and not say who said it.

  3. Colt74's Gravatar Colt74
    October 2, 2011 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I said this right after the game last year and I will say it again. If ANYONE does not take Pomona serious from this point out, they will regret it. They have some athletes. I was really impressed with their QB’s composure under the rush. We got to him a few times but he stayed calm, cool, and collected.
    You can tell that their team is starting to come together and they played with intensity from the first snap to the last. That has to be credited to Coach Rice.
    Was standing behind another VVL coach when I heard him comment that their team would have no problems with either of us.
    HOLD THAT THOUGHT and be sure to refer back to this post after we BOTH play you. ” I don’t care who you are…that there is funny!”
    Good luck to the Devils the rest of the season. I have a feeling we will be playing again this November.

  4. Pomona's Gravatar Pomona
    October 2, 2011 - 2:22 am | Permalink

    This is the last time I will address this comment but it is very interesting that everyone on the Covina sideline saw these incidents but the video didn’t see them, last time I checked video don’t lie, people do.

  5. Valle Vista Fan's Gravatar Valle Vista Fan
    October 1, 2011 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Rice had no reason to complain. The officiating was equally bad on both sides. Giving Covina possession on the onside kick was the correct call because Pomona clearly touched the ball before it went 10 yards- I was standing right there. Also Rice and the Devils may not like it but the unsportmanlike penalty on Pomona that iced it for Covina was the right call also. The ref was two feet away. That was just undisciplined and stupid on the Pomona player. (We won’t mention names.) Why did Mosby only get the ball in the second half? He was the best weapon they had. Pomona’s ok…not special. They will lose to San Dimas…but they could still finish third. The announcer? He needs to go…way too many mistakes and his commentary is horrible.

  6. Pomona's Gravatar Pomona
    October 1, 2011 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Colt74,

    You park in the student parking its free, you should have let me know it was an issue, I could have gotten you free parking and admission.

  7. Clt74's Gravatar Clt74
    October 1, 2011 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    What was with the BS of charging $5 to park ????????????????????

  8. Parent's Gravatar Parent
    October 1, 2011 - 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I agree with all those.

    Just don’t like the refs. deciding the outcome of the game.

  9. Innocent Bystander's Gravatar Innocent Bystander
    October 1, 2011 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I was just watching the game for fun. My thoughts:
    Pomona had a game long mismatch against Covina’s corner backs. Seriously… Just throw fades all night long. Covina double teams WR. Slant open all night long. Pomona should have seen this mismatch before the 4th quarter.
    Also… Personal foul to end the game was bogus. Ref was a little ambitious there.
    All in all though, the game was quite even (granted Covina was without Livingston). Both teams have some athletes and big hitters. Pomona needs to controls their emotions and play 4 steady quarters.

  10. Another Parent's Gravatar Another Parent
    October 1, 2011 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    Now let’s state the facts of Pomona’s strengths.
    1- Todd…….
    2- Todd…….
    3- defense is very good…….
    4- Coaches 2nd half adjustments…….

  11. Another Parent's Gravatar Another Parent
    October 1, 2011 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    Don’t blame the refs. let’s state the facts of Pomona’s issues. 1- another bad snap = another safety……
    2- not establishing the passing game early……..
    3- personal fouls = field position = both Covina’s T.D’s.
    4 – need counters and traps to aide run game.

  12. Parent's Gravatar Parent
    October 1, 2011 - 1:27 am | Permalink

    I have to say I thought that the refs were going to need a police escort out of Pomona. I have never seen Rice that piss off. To bad the officials decided the outcome and not the kids.

    Many very questionable call, way to many.

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