by Larry Ham
On paper, Saturday night’s football game between The Reedley College Tigers and the Fresno City College Rams looked like a mismatch, but as the old saying goes, the game is played on the field, and the Tigers nearly pulled off a huge upset.
The Rams won the game 28-24, but after the first quarter, it appeared the Rams were going to breeze, leading 21-3. Ram Quarterback Mike Baker completed his first three passes of the game, and all three went for touchdowns. But after a horrendous start defensively, the Tigers rebounded, making a dramatic comeback and after taking the lead in the fourth quarter and then surrendering it, came within an eyelash of winning it in the final moments.
Tiger head coach Randy Whited made a change at quarterback, starting Sean Stell in place of Ian Hall, and Stell responded with a strong game. He completed 37 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and was a constant threat on the ground as well, gaining 28 yards rushing. Running back Ernest Carter gained 87 yards on the ground and caught four passes.
It was another loss for the Tigers – their tenth straight, and as former Tiger head coach Michael White told me on the sidelines at the end of the game, there’s no such thing as a moral victory, but this team may have turned a corner Saturday night. A newfound confidence on offense, and a much improved defense may very well translate into some wins this season. The Tigers will travel up the 99 freeway this Saturday to face Sacramento City College at six pm.
Check back every Monday evening during football season for the latest game recap and watch for some RC football interviews!
To hear this weekend’s webcast go the the Reedley College website and scroll down for Tiger Football on the web.