INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 14, 2017) -- The host Inglewood Blackhawks would come out on top in a tense Defensive battle coming away with a 19-14 win over the previously un-beaten and 2016 SCFL Champion Vegas Trojans. The home team would get on the board first in the 1st Quarter with a 9-yard TD pass from QB Nic Stephens to WR Solomon Jones to make it 7-0, Blackhawks. Not one of Stephens better days but he put together some solid stats going 12 of 32 for 199 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Vegas would answer with a 27-yard hard run to pay dirt by RB Akoya Hudgins to cut the lead down to 7-6 after Vegas missed the XP attempt with 14:50 to play in the 2nd Quarter. Things got a little tricky in the 3rd Quarter as Vegas QB Chad Jeffries had his 6-yard TD pass to WR Raymond Shannon called back on a penalty after a obvious holding penalty. They then tried a 33 yard FG that was good – but they took the points off the board when a penalty was called against the Blackhawks. So with a fresh set of downs, the Trojans went for the score but the Inglewood Defense held a classic 4 and out goal line stance and the score remained 7-6, Blackhawks. The Blackhawks defense played lights out all night with big time performances by DB Brandon Smith (2 INT's), DT Edwin Flores (5 tackles 2 sacks), LB Roy Otis (5 tackles 2 sacks), Thyrell Lewis (7 tackles 1 TFL) and DT Devin Johnson (2 sacks). Overall the Blackhawk defense sacked Vegas quarterback Chad Jeffries 8 times intercepting him twice.
Things picked up a bit with 5:26 remaining in the 3rd Quarter when Vegas would take the lead with a QB Jeffries 15-yard scamper and a 2-point XP pass to Randy Shannon to make it 14-7, Trojans. With 4:29 to play in the 3rd Quarter the Blackhawks would strike with a 39-yard TD toss from QB Stephens to WR Julio Gage. Gage had 3 receptions for 72 yards 1 touchdown and 175 all-purpose yards. The XP by Dionne was missed so the Trojans clung to a 14-13 lead. With 1:48 remaining in the 4th Quarter, Inglewood would finally re-take the lead on a 12-yard TD pass from QB Stephens to WR Jones to take the lead 19-14. Jones was voted as the Crab Shack Player of the Game. He finished with 7 receptions for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. The final one being the game winning one. Rookie running back Terrell Alex led the ground game toting the ball 17 times for 77 yards.
The closing seconds were a flurry of desperate plays by Vegas as they made it all the way down to the Blackhawks 15-yard line but ran out of time as the clock wound down. The Inglewood Blackhawks moves to 8-0 and (5-0) in Pac West Big 8 play. They will travel to Las Vegas this weekend to take on the Las Vegas Royals at 7PM at Western High School. For team information, call the Blackhawk team office at 310.946.9733.