Duane Woodlief score winnning tally in the 3rd quarter 3 Oct 1982
Soquel bends, but does not break By ROLLY BLOOMSTRAND Sentinel Correspondent Facing a 15-0 deficit in the second quarter, the Soquel Knights' sputtering offense finally tuned itself up and rolled like a well-oiled machine through the visiting Washington Huskies of Fremont to post a 20-15 non-league victory Saturday night at Santa Cruz High's Memorial Field. The Soquel defense bent, but did not break, holding off a last-minute Husky drive which carried all the way down to the Knight 9-yard line. "We did a good job comin' back," said a relieved Soquel Coach Dewey Tompkins just moments after the final Husky drive was thwarted. "We got kinda scared at the end." Washington High had mounted the furious last-ditch drive from its own 10-yard line with 1:46 to play. After Husky quarterback Ed Pedeira connected with halfback Ron Martin for 18 yards and a first down at the Soquel 12, the Knights' defense dug in for one last play. With just 10 seconds to play a pass was in order, but the Huskies, hoping to catch the Knight defense off guard, ran Martin on a trap up the middle that gained just three yards before the Soquel front line stopped the play. "We were ready for it," explained Tompkins. Time finally expired before the Huskies, who were out of time outs, could run another play. . Earlier in the week Tompkins predicted that if his Knights could score three times, they would win the game. The Knights scored three times and won, but it wasn't as easy once Soquel spotted the visitors eight quick points with spotty special teams play. With 3:03 remaining in the first quarter a high snap from center on an attempted punt sailed into the end zone where punter Keith Van Den Heuvel covered the ball and was tackled for a safety. On the kickoff following the safety, Martin took the ball and raced straight ahead to the 45-yard line where he broke a shirt tackle and then ran all the way into the end zone to cap the 72-yard scoring jaunt and give the Huskies an 8-0 lead. Washington scored again early in the second quarter when Martin capped a 61-yard drive by going off tackle for six yards. The PAT gave the Huskies a 15-0 lead and the Knights had dug themselves into a hole. Soquel scored twice on consecutive possessions and the defense finally figured out the Washington veer attack. "They started reading their keys and stayed with the quarterback." said Tompkins. Soquel's first score came on a 6-yard, off-tackle blast by Duane Woodlief who gained 88 yards on 14 carries on the night with 5:36 left in the half. The scoring run capped a 63-yard sustained drive. Quarterback Jim Carmon's passing touch highlighted Soquel's second drive as he connected on 4-of-5 passes for all but nine of the 67 yards in the drive. The big play was a 20-yard strike to Dave Vargas at the back-line of the end zone. Vargas dove to make the catch and Seigo Mukoyama's extra point pulled the Knights to within 15-13 at the half. Carmon completed 8-of-15 passes for 125 yards in the game. Vargas was on the receiving end of five of those passes for 73 yards. Woodlief scored the winning tally with 2:11 left in the third quarter when he broke out of the grasp of two tacklers and jaunted 29 yards to the end zone. Robert Olds led the Soquel ground game with 98 yards on 19 carries. Washington High won the frosh-soph contest, 20-0.