by Larry Ham
A loss is a loss, and no one likes to lose, but after Reedley College lost last Saturday night to Hartnell College in Salinas, there is optimism that this season may turn out okay after all.
The Tigers’ 21-19 loss was aggravating for several reasons. The Tigers (0-4) seemed to be still on the bus in the first quarter, when they quickly fell behind 14-0. They straightened things out quickly, however, and had several chances to take the lead in the second half, but fumbles and mistakes prevented them from winning a game they really should have won.
The Tigers dominated the statistics, and if you throw out the terrible start, they played a pretty good game. Evan Geiger (Clovis High), made his first start at quarterback, and played well. He lead the team in rushing attempts, and completed 14 of 33 passes for 177 yards, and a beautiful TD pass to James Jackson.
Running back Trey Perryman (Lemoore High) played his first game of the season and ran for 95 yards on just 12 carries.
The one big concern for the Tigers going forward is the kicking game. Anthony Castellanos is doing his very best, but the lack of a consistent kicking game is a potential difference maker.
So the Tigers are 0-4 on the season, and face a huge challenge this Saturday, when they face Fresno City College at Radcliffe Stadium. But the game against Hartnell was a possible turning point. They came from behind and almost beat a pretty good team on their home turf. As I have said previously, new head coach Eric Marty has a rebuilding challenge ahead of him, and you can already see the positive results taking place.
Check out KRL’s profile on Eric Marty.
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