by Larry Ham
That the Tigers won the game easily, by a score of 40-2, was expected. Gavilan is in a rebuilding process and hasn’t won a game this year. And their four losses include a loss to Mendocino – a team Reedley beat by forty points on the road in week one. But there are signs that the Tiger offense is beginning to find its stride, and the key to success this season is going to rest on the accuracy and decision making of quarterback Austen Bray.
After throwing four interceptions in a week three loss to Contra Costa, Bray was much better against Gavilan, completing fourteen of twenty-five passes for 237 yards and two scores, with only a single interception.
Caleb Horton, the Tigers’ outstanding sophomore wide receiver was left wide open all game long, and took advantage of the free space by hauling in eight catches for 142 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown on a beautiful pass from Bray.
The Tiger defense was excellent as well, holding the Gavilan offense off the scoreboard and scoring two TD’s – on a fifty yard fumble return by Malik Chatman, and a spectacular 92 yard interception return by Kobe Marfo. The only points for Gavilan came on a blocked punt that rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety.
So, a great win on the road for the Tigers (3-1), and maybe a little momentum heading into this Saturday’s big home game against Fresno City College (2-2). The Rams were upset by winless Butte College on Saturday, so they’re likely to have a bug in their bonnet. Game time is six o’clock at Reedley High School Stadium.
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