by Larry Ham
A loss is a loss, no matter how you look at it, but even though the Reedley College football team lost Saturday night to Monterey Peninsula 44-41, there were some very positive things to take away from one of the most exciting games the Tigers have played in recent years.
Quarterback Devin Knudsen, who started the season on the bench, threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Although he also threw three interceptions, he showed confidence, made mostly good decisions, and also was mobile enough to keep the Lobo defense on their toes.
All three of Knudsen’s touchdown passes went to wide receiver Will Hanford, who had perhaps the greatest game a Tiger receiver has ever had. He caught ten passes for a total of 213 yards, with the final 86 yards coming on an incredible catch and run in the final minute that gave the Tigers a sliver of hope. Hanford caught the ball at the line of scrimmage, broke three or four tackles and sprinted down field for the final score of the game. The Tigers then tried an onside kick, but couldn’t come up with possession.
Reedley College has been blessed with some outstanding receivers over the years, but Will Hanford may be the best of the best. He’s fast, has a great pair of hands, and never, never quits on a play. He plays on special teams and always gives a full effort. As the Tigers head toward conference play, their final five opponents had better be ready, because the Knudsen to Hanford combination is going to be lethal – and a lot of fun to watch.
The Tigers have the week off before hosting Diablo Valley College for homecoming on October 19.
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