San Bernardino – Daniel Algatas’ high-tempo offense isn’t established so quickly.
The two quarterbacks combined for four interceptions but mistakes in all three stages of the game resulted in a major early loss as San Bernardino Valley College lost to El Camino 59-13 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday night.
“A lot of them were small mistakes that (El Camino) turned into a big advantage for them,” Algatas said. “Small things meant a big difference tonight.”
The total of six turnovers was a season high for the Wolverines (1-2 on aggregate), who had not played in two weeks after last week’s game against Mount San Antonio College was postponed due to COVID protocols.
“With football being a big game of preparation, planning and execution, it was not the plan, but the installation was scaled down,” Algatas said. “I’m not sure it’s an excuse (but) I think we’ve gotten more wild then relaxed.”
Running with purpose behind new right tackle Andrew Ostrecht in the first quarter, the Wolverines came onto the scoreboard when Austin Baker set up Cooper Justice’s 29-yard pass to Kevan Johnson.
Baker excited fans with a 52-yard run in the second quarter, but the possession ended with a drop in business. He led the SBVC with 75 rushing yards on 16 carries.
A poor picture in fourth place led to safety, and El Camino scored four more times in the second quarter – including a recovered fumble in the final field – to take a 39-6 lead.
SBVC could not get out of their way or their half in the second quarter, and the Wolverines’ ongoing game was otherwise suppressed by El Camino’s defensive front eight.
“It’s definitely a wake-up call, and it was a really messy scoreboard,” Algatas said.
David Shoemaker entered the game for Cooper before halftime and led the team on a scoring drive late in the third quarter, running for a 3-yard touchdown to highlight an otherwise difficult start.
Shoemaker completed 12 of 30 pass attempts for 124 yards, but was also intercepted three times.
“For me, it was difficult to just get my rhythm,” said Shoemaker. “I think we’ve done some simple things well, but for my part, I’ve made it difficult to work for my offense so I take my blame.”
Stephen Bradford, Jr., ran for 107 yards and one touchdown to El Camino (2-2), with a total of five rushing touchdowns and over 210 yards to the ground.
El Camino QB Mekhi Jordan passed for 131 yards and a touchdown and also ran for the second in the first half, and Noah Gustala scored 3 of 3 field goals in the win.