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The Chabot College football is still alive for a bowl bid.

On Saturday night the Gladiators rode the hot hand of sophomore quarterback Jack Moroney and a stifling defense to secure a 31-21 win over College of Sequoias in Valley Conference action at Gladiator Stadium.

Moroney bounced back nicely from a three-interception performance in a loss to Modesto to throw for 274 yards on 16 for 24 passing with three touchdowns while connecting with six different receivers. His 28-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Josh Revay with 1:11 left in the first half gave the Gladiators a 28-7 lead. 

The defense took over from there.

"(Jack) did a great job running the offense, especially after struggling in last week's loss," Chabot coach Dan Calcagno said Saturday night . "His ability to move around in the pocket and extend plays really helped."

Moreover, the Gladiators (4-5, 3-1 Valley Conference) kept the Giants offense silent for most of the game until Sequoias scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

"Our defense battled and gave us a chance to take control of this game and that's what we really needed," Calcagno added.

After giving up a 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper which tied the score at 7-all, the Gladiators defense then forced five straight punts by Sequoias.

Ivan Flores connected on a 34-yard field goal on the Gladiators' first possession of the second half to extend their lead to 24. The Chabot defense bent but didn't break on the Giants next possession as Sequoias moved from their 21 to the Gladiators 1.

Chabot stopped the Giants on two straight sneaks, including a fourth down stop by a host of Gladiators, led by linebacker Chris McCormick. The heroic goal-line stand squashed a Giants drive that ate up nearly nine minutes on the clock.

Sequoias (4-5, 1-3) tried to claw back into it when Thomas Wilson scored his second touchdown on another 1-yard sneak with 8:56 remaining, but Chabot got three first downs on its next possession to end any thoughts of a Giants comeback.

The one-two punch of DeAngelo Stubbs (Irvington) and Keon Suber paid dividends as the duo combined for 136 of the Gladiators 178 rushing yards.

Stubbs had 50 of his 56 yards in the first half, and Suber finished with a game-high 80 yards, 68 of them in the second half.

Next, the Gladiators will face rival and host Laney Friday night with a potential bowl berth on the line. That scenario seemed unlikely after Chabot opened the season with four straight losses.

"We probably had the most difficult schedule in Northern California, but these guys did a tremendous job of turning everything around on both sides of the ball," Calcagno said.

Chabot opened the scoring on its initial possesion when Moroney connected with Alan Busey for a 9-yard scoring play as Busey did an incredible job getting his foot down in the corner of the end zone to cap a 72-yard, 10-play drive with 7:26 left to go in the first quarter.

Stubbs gave the Gladiators the lead for good at 14-7 with a 37-yard burst to the Giants 7, where he reached the end zone one player later on a 7-yard run up the middle.

Moroney hit Stubbs out of the backfield for a 9-yard scoring play with 4:10 left until halftime. Moroney then ended the first half in style, finding Revay for a 28-yard gain to the Giants 28 where the two connected again for the Gladiators fourth touchdown in the first half.

-- Tony Gonsalez


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