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Battered and bruised

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As it enjoys its bye week, Ventura College football team's biggest issue may be the condition of its offense.

Just 275 yards from the school single-season passing record, quarterback Ebahn Feathers (bruised ribs) was knocked out of the season finale against Pasadena City and did not practice this week.

"We're waiting to see on Ebahn," Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said. "We're taking it slow with him."

Which means backups Chase Smith and Brad Odeman, who have combined for 64 pass attempts this fall, are preparing to take postseason snaps.

"Obviously, you can't take away what Ebahn has done this season for us... with his huddle presence and leadership skills," Mooshagian said. "But we've got a nice situation in that we've got three quarterbacks that have all played in games."

Starting running back Victor Caro Jr., who was leading the team in touchdowns when he suffered a knee injury in the win at Canyons Oct. 13, hasn't seen the field since and isn't expected to return.

"Don't believe so," said Caro, who is scheduled for surgery Dec. 4.

With potential three quarterbacks, five running backs and eight receivers, Ventura will continue to play offense by committee.

"That's been one of the things that's been really good," Mooshagian said. "We've had a lot of all-purpose guys that have done a lot of things for us."

Saturday night to remember for VC football

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The Ventura College football team's dramatic 29-28 win at Hancock Saturday night had plenty to make it one of the most memorable games in recent school history:

The domination of the Pirates' first-half performance, when it rolled to a 21-0 lead.

The collapse of the second half, when they fell behind 28-21 with 1:40 to play.

The season-saving late scoring drive, that quarterback Chase Smith directed for 63 yards over 14 plays, including a fourth down and three third downs.

The game-turning touchdown with two seconds on the clock, when Smith hit receiver Tim Vizzi in the back of the end zone.

The decision and execution of the subsequent game-winning, two-point conversion play, which Smith ran a bootleg into the right corner of the end zone behind the pancake block of tackle Kenston Redfearn.

All after week when head coach Steve Mooshagian buried his mother, Janet.

"They rallied together and found a way to get it done," said Mooshagian. "They gave me all the strength that I needed to get through this.

Vizzi, Caro earn plaudits, honors

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Along with quarterback Chase Smith's recovery from a four-interception night to execute the game-winning drive, the Ventura College football team Saturday night benefited from perhaps the best offensive performances it has seen from a receiver and a running back during the four-year Southern California Football Association era.

Receiver Tim Vizzi, the sophomore from Moorpark High, tied a school record with 12 receptions, which he turned into 149 yards and three touchdowns. All three are school's top marks during the SCFA era.

Freshman running back Victor Caro ran for 189 yards on just 19 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run and a 71-yard run to set up another.

"Those are big-time performances," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian.

Vizzi, who was named the SCFA Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, tied Bob Kimball (1976) and Charles Dillon (2005) for the single-game reception mark. Kimball holds the school record for receiving yards in a game (263), which came in the same record-setting performance against Hancock on Nov. 13, 1976.

Caro, a Brentwood, Tenn. native whose father played for VC and Channel Islands High, earned VC Student-Athletic of the Week for his performance.

"The run he made on the sprint draw right before halftime set us up," said Mooshagian of Caro's 71-yard run on third and 11 from the Ventura 4, which set up VC's third score right before halftime.

Smith to start for VC

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It looks like Ventura will open SCFA Northern Conference play Saturday against visiting Cerritos (2-3) with a new starting quarterback.

Buena High product Chase Smith, who came off the bench to lead Ventura to a 31-19 win over Pasadena City Oct. 1, is set for his first collegiate start.

"I've given Chase more of the first-team reps," said Mooshagian. "I'm going to use them both, but Chase may start the game."

At the season's midpoint, Koman is 64-for-152 passing for 572 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Smith, who is 24 for 51 with 270 yards and two touchdowns, has yet to throw an interception.

Smith, who started the season at receiver, may have a new target, as Koman is now splitting his time at wideout.

"I'm giving Matt a lot of reps at receiver, too," said Mooshagian. "Matt may start the game at receiver."

Koman played both quarterback and receiver at College of the Charleston before playing basketball at Northern Kentucky.

"He's a very good athlete," said Mooshagian. "He's a very good wide receiver. He can definitely help us there, too."

VC "mock" game

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The Ventura College football team wrapped up its preseason training camp Friday night with a "mock game" at the VC Sportsplex.

Highlights included a Matt Koman's 24-yard scoring strike to Kendall Newsome, running back Jalen Craver's 25-yard touchdown run and Scotty Wong's 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Wong's interception was one of four by the Pirates' defense, including one each by Oak Park High product Jeremy Chang and safety Mike Campbell.

Chase Smith picked up plenty of work as the backup quarterback. The athletic freshman from Buena High had spent much of training camp as a receiver.

"I'm just trying to learn everything," said Smith.

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