A record-setting performance by Joseph Campbell and another shutout by the Garces defense led to a 35-0 win over Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley on homecoming on Friday night at Sam Tobias Field.
Campbell broke a 33-year-old record set by Mike Lewis for career completions when he connected with Jack Hatten on the opening drive of the third quarter. That was his 332nd career completion in his third year as the starting quarterback for Garces.
“It’s important, but at the end of the day, records are meant to be broken,” Campbell said. “We just have to worry about getting wins and hopefully going far in the playoffs.”
Campbell finished the night with 264 yards passing on 22 of 28 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. Campbell also ran the ball 10 times for 65 yards. Campbell also rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter and had 65 rushing yards.
“What he’s gone through, what a heck of a story, right?,” Garces first-year coach Paul Golla said.
Campbell missed the first two games of the season with a bout of Valley Fever and has returned to the field with nearly 700 passing yards in his three games back.
“It’s a story of a guy that may not have played the whole season,” Golla said. “He has battled back from laying in a hospital bed and has believed in the process and the team believes in him. The offensive line did a great job and the receivers were great.”
Phillip Bradford was Campbell’s top target all night with 12 catches for 175 yards. Those 12 catches ties a single-game school record set by Mike McCaffrey in 1963 and David Robles in 1977.
“It was great. We worked as a team and played for our school, our alumni and tried to make them proud,” Bradford said.
But it was Jalen Smith who found the end zone the most for a second consecutive week. After rushing for four touchdowns against Tehachapi a week ago, Smith again found paydirt three more times on Friday.
Smith caught an 8-yard pass from Campbell in the second quarter aftera 9-yard scoring strike from Campbell to Xavier Marshall to give the Rams a 21-0 halftime lead.
Smith scored both of the second half touchdowns for Garces on a fumble recovery that was forced out by Justin Eccleston. Smith then scored again on another 5-yard scamper that began a running clock for the Rams for a second consecutive game.
But it was Smith and the defense that posted another stellar performance.
Smith had seven tackles and Logan Bowers had a team-high eight as the Rams have outscored the last two opponents 98-0.
“Defensively, we really showed we can play lights out two games in a row,” Smith said.
Garces JV (3-2) beat Pioneer Valley 43-14 behind a three-touchdown performance by Andrew Tobias and the freshman team beat Pioneer Valley on the road, 49-26 on Thursday to move to 5-0.
All three levels are in action next week in the Southwest Yosemite League opener at Frontier.
Garces 35, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley 0
At Sam Tobias Field
G – Campbell 5 run (Delis kick)
G – Marshall 9 pass from Campbell (Delis kick)
G – Smith 8 pass from Campbell (Delis kick)
G – Smith fumble recovery (Delis kick)
G – Smith 5 run (Delis kick)
RUSHING: Smith 9-67, Campbell 10-65, Wimberly 3-1, Bowers 1-2.
PASSING: Campbell 22-28-1-264.
RECEIVING: Bradford 12-175, Bell 2-25, Marshall 5-39, Smith 2-17, Hatten 1-8.
W-L: GMHS 2-3
JV: GMHS 43, PVHS 14. F/S: GMHS 49, PVHS 26.