PITTSBURG -- With his team trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter, Los Medanos College running back Shawn Vasquez broke six tackles in a 58-yard touchdown run that gave the Mustangs a heart-stopping 40-37 Bay Valley Conference win over Mendocino on Saturday.
Vasquez's thundering run capped a wild ending for Los Medanos, which scored 27 points in the fourth quarter -- including the final 15 points -- as it rallied from a 12-point deficit.
Before his touchdown run and with his team trailing 37-35, Vasquez took a screen pass from Adam Nesheim 56 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 125 yards rushing on 13 carries with and touchdowns, and caught two passes for 61 yards. He was also ejected from the game on a questionable penalty with 3:12 remaining.
"He (Vasquez) got caught up, he might be held out the first half next week. We'll take a look at it," Mustangs coach Chris Shipe said, adding that after the game, "We had emotion in the locker room, I didn't talk about football, I talked about life, and to enjoy it."
The only other time Los Medanos had the lead was early in the first quarter on its first possession, as Nesheim directed a seven-play, 75-yard drive capped by receiver Jermaine Sims' 6-yard touchdown catch.
Mendocino responded on its next possession as quarterback Trevor Taylor directed a seven-play, 64-yard drive which ended with receiver Dionte Perry catching a 25-yard touchdown.
The Eagles took the lead 14-7 on their ensuing possession as Taylor threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dionte Perry. Kris Selita added to the Eagles' lead with a 25-yard field goal before halftime.
The Eagles late took a 31-19 lead early in the fourth quarter as backup quarterback Andrew Paulson found receiver Jacquari Chandler for a 13-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff, though, Los Medanos return specialist Jamal Lockett's 89-yard kick return cut the Eagles' lead to 31-25.
"We never gave up," Nesheim said of his team's comeback. "(Shipe) preaches it to us day-in, day-out to basically never give up, we kept fighting."
Los Medanos 40, Mendocino 37
Mendocino 14 3 6 14-- 37
Los Medanos 7 0 6 27-- 40
LM -- Sims 6 pass from Nesheim (Jackson kick)
M -- Perry 25 pass from Taylor (Selita kick)
M -- Perry 19 pass from Taylor (Selita kick)
M -- Selita 25 FG
M -- Paulson 1 run (kick failed)
LM -- Vasquez 8 run (kick failed)
LM -- Sims 61 pass from Nesheim (pass failed)
M -- Chandler 13 pass from Paulson (Malnasi run)
LM -- Pickett 89 yard kick return (run failed)
M -- Graves 15 pass from Paulson (pass failed)
LM -- Vasquez 56 pass from Nesheim (Nesheim run)
LM -- Vasquez 58 run (Jackson kick)
Rushing: M -- Graves 21-141, Fyne 3-17, Bernal 4-13, Paulson 8-10, Malnasi 1-4, Taylor 5-(-4), Thompson 1-(-10). Totals 43-171. LMC -- Vasquez 17-125, Ortiz 6-14, Williams 3-12, Lockett 2-5. Nesheim 12-5, Bossett 1-3. Totals 41-164. Passing: M -- Taylor 9-19-0 195, Paulson 8-15-0 174, Primus 5-7-0 75. Totals 22-41-0 444. LMC -- Nesheim 12-24-0 302. Receiving: M -- Fyne 6-138, Chandler 4-93, Malnasi 3-47, Graves 2-51, Perry 2-44, Thompson 2-44, Mock 2-14, Robinson 1-22. L -- Pruitt 3-113, Pickett 3-54, Sims 2-67, Vasquez 2-61, Harper 1-7, Williams 1-0. Fumbles/lost: Mendocino -- 6/3, Los Medanos -- 5/2. Records: Los Medanos 4-3 1-1 BVC; Mendocino 1-6, 0-2.