By Duane Barker
(Glendora, CA) On a warm Saturday evening at Citrus Stadium, the APU Cougars lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 58 points while holding the Simon Fraser Clan to just 14 to start GNAC Conference play.
It was the usual cast of playmakers who led the charger for APU. Weston Carr got in the mix early grabbing a 30 yard touchdown pass from Tyron Williams Jr. with 5:45 left in the first quarter. Jacob Hall added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
It’s not often you get to see a 6-1 260 pound defensive tackle go rumblin to paydirt on a pick six but that’s just what Robbie Polimeni provided when he picked off a Miles Richardson pass and returned it 54 yards. Hall again added the extra point to push the lead to 14-0.
Although the final score did not show it, this year’s Clan team appears to be a much better version than the one that took the field in 2017. That version lost to APU for a combined total of 144-7.
Richardson got the Clan on the board with 14:47 left to play in the second period on a 29 yard run but also paid the price getting hit hard when he went airborne to get into the endzone.
The rest of the half belonged to the Cougars who got touchdown runs of two and 18 yards by Williams, a 38 yard field goal by Hall and a 14 yard pass from Williams to Lucas Widmer. With the scores APU took a 38-7 lead in to the locker room at halftime.
APU’s offense picked right up where it left off coming out of the break. Hall booted through a 47 yard field goal and Williams hit Carr again for a score this time from 43 yards out to extend the lead to 48-7
The Cougar defense that dominated the Clan in the first half, came out with the same intensity in the second half. After a hard hit on Simon Fraser’s Iwunze Kester force a fumble, Cole Anderson scooped up the loose ball an outraced the Clan to the endzone.
Up 55-7, APU put up their final points on the night when Hall stretched out his leg a dialed long distance to boot through a 50 yard field goal.
“I was proud of our guys. They finished off that first have in the way you would like to finish it offensively” commented Cougar head coach Victor Santa Cruz after the game.
With the game out of reach, new Simon Fraser head coach Thomas Ford gave some of his starters a rest and brought on Justin Seiber. Against the Cougar reserves, Seiber drove the Clan downfield and found Spencer McCabe in the endzone from 3-yards out.
With two wins under their belt, the Cougars will now go on the road for two against Western Oregon and North Alabama.