The West Los Angeles College Wildcats, undefeated in conference play, made the short drive to Corsair Field to take on the Santa Monica College Corsairs, also undefeated in conference play, for the American Pacific Conference championship. West LA jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after their second possession of the game. SMC answered back with a 18-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Frederick. West LA added two more touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the first half to take a 21-10 lead into halftime. SMC held West LA scoreless in the second half and put up 21 unanswered points for a 32-21 victory. The Corsairs (8-2, 6-0) on the season earned their first conference championship since 1991. The win also entitles them to a bowl game.
With the clock ticking down and the victory in hand, players on the Corsair sideline searched for the water jugs to pour on their coaches but they came up empty-handed. I think the coaches spoke with the training staff prior to the start of the game and asked them to pour out the water to prevent a Gatorade bath. Gatorade or not, SMC had no trouble celebrating their championship.
Santa Monica College players lift up head coach Gifford Lindheim after their 32-21 victory over West L.A. College for the Pacific Conference championship on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Corsair Field in Santa Monica, California. SMC has not won the conference title since 1991.
Santa Monica College head coach Gifford Lindheim (right) and quarterback Alfonso Medina embrace after the game to celebrate their 32-21 victory for the Pacific Conference championship.
Santa Monica College defensive lineman Gerald Blockmon reacts to winning against West L.A. College.
Santa Monica College running back Daniel Pipkin and tight end Aaron Boesch celebrate after Pipkin’s 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against West L.A. College.
Santa Monica College quarterback Alfonso Medina throws a 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Taylor in the third quarter against West L.A. College.
West L.A. College quarterback LeAndre Thompson stiff arms Santa Monica College linebacker David Mayo on a scramble play.
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