The decision was even more frustrating for the Raiders because they were essentially 40 yards from field-goal range and a win, considering Derek Kirk has been nothing short of automatic as a freshman.
"It was set up perfectly," Moorpark quarterback Ben Conlin said. "I trust Derek anywhere on the field and the wind was at our back, too."
The St. Bonaventure High product leads the state in field goal kicking, with nine makes in nine attempts, including kicks of 46, 47 and 48 yards.
The kicking game is one place where 1-3 Moorpark has an advantage over unbeaten Ventura College in Saturday night 's 45th Citrus Cup game.
Ventura kickers Carlos Luna and Kevin Kircher combined to miss five field goals in Saturday's wild quadruple-overtime win over Bakersfield, including three potential game-winners.
"They've been good... They're not bad kickers," Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said. "They just had a bad game... It was just one those games when nobody could make a kick."
Two of the five misses were blocked. Kircher, the designated kicker from distance, saw his low 48-yarder on the final snap of regulation batted down at the line. Luna's 20-yarder on the final snap of the third overtime was tipped at the line.
"The guy came through," Mooshagian said. "That was on the protection... He just got his hand on it and changed the trajectory of the kick."
Mooshagian said the two would continue to compete in practice this week.
"They'll be fine, Mooshagian said. "They've been pretty good most of the year."