by Larry Ham
What a difference a week makes! A week ago, the Reedley College Tigers were reeling after being crushed by San Mateo 48-14 for their second straight defeat to open the season. But the Tigers got a lot of things straightened out in the ensuing week, and clobbered the Cabrillo College Seahawks 58-7 Saturday night at Reedley High school Stadium.
When you score 58 points, you would think the offense would be the first thing to talk about but it was the defense that shined the brightest for the Tigers. If not for a single blown coverage in the second quarter, which lead to a Cabrillo touchdown, the Tigers would have pitched a shutout. The Seahawks could muster almost nothing offensively, and after being lit up the previous week, the Tiger rush defense was superb.
Offensively, Tiger quarterback Mike Ferrara-Weed threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns – two to tight end Jamel Turner – and running back Joshua Andrews had his best game as a Tiger, rushing for 164 yards and a touchdown. David Badikyan, filling in for injured placekicker Justin Moreno, kicked two field goals and was perfect on extra points. And in an interesting twist, the Tigers scored in all five possible ways – a touchdown, an extra point, a field goal, a safety, and a two-point conversion.
Things get tough now for the Tigers. They play their next three games on the road – at West Hills, at Hartnell and at Sierra College. Head Coach Randy Whited mentioned after the Cabrillo game that his squad was very young, but very athletic. We’ll see if athleticism and a little bit of momentum can overcome inexperience.
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Check out Larry’s recent interview with Coach Randy Whited.