The football team extended its winning streak to four games Oct. 21, beating the University of La Verne on the road 38-21. Chapman’s offense helped seal the game with a 21-point third quarter.
Chapman led La Verne 10-9 at halftime, during which the team had a discussion in the locker room about its focus.
“We were focusing too much on the other team, and really, for us, we don’t need to worry about other teams, we need to worry about ourselves and playing up to our potential,” said senior defensive end Derek Hart.
Chapman started out slow with three points in the first quarter, before adding seven in the second before half-time.
“We know that we can play,” said head coach Bob Owens. “We knew that we could play harder. We’ve set some definitive goals and we believe that we can accomplish these goals we just simply needed to turn it up.”
Despite the slow offensive first half, Chapman broke away from La Verne in its 21-point third quarter, highlighted by a trio of seniors: wide receiver Jacob Isabel, quarterback Ricky Bautista and running back Joe Mudie.
Isabel, who had 171 receiving yards and a touchdown in the game, ranks first in the conference with 117.5 receiving yards per game and second with seven receiving touchdowns. Bautista, who leads the conference with 287.7 passing yards per game, completed more than 70 percent of his passes for the fourth consecutive week while tallying three passing touchdowns. Mudie, who is second in the conference with 118 rushing yards per game, had a career-best 166 yards on the ground, along with two touchdowns.
The win against La Verne maintains Chapman’s first-place spot in the conference.
“It doesn’t make us conference champions,” Owens said. “We still have games to go, but it does place us in a key position.”
Chapman has the chance to clinch at least a share of the conference title at home at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 against California Lutheran University.
“It’s going to be tough,” Owens said. “We understand that it’s going to be a physical football game, but we’ve been willing to bring out some tough wins and so there’s no question, our guys know what is at stake. They prepared for this and have looked forward for the opportunity.”