by Larry Ham
The Reedley College Tigers finished up their pre-conference schedule Saturday night in Salinas, as they fell to Hatrnell College 27-20 in overtime. Certainly the score is an important part of the story, and most people would say it’s the only thing that matters, but that’s not the case with this game.
After being embarrassed by West Hills the previous week, it would have been easy for the Tigers to come out with a half speed effort against Hartnell, but after what Assistant Coach Bob DeMichellie called an excellent week of practice, the Tigers gave an inspired effort, and staged one of their most stirring comebacks in years.
Reedley was down 20-9 midway through the fourth quarter, but behind the running of sophomore Joshua Reynolds and a staunch defense, the Tigers rallied for a field goal from David Badikyan and a touchdown run from Andrews, plus a two point conversion pass from Quarterback Mike Ferrara-Weed to Tight End Jamel Turner to tie the score at 20 at the end of regulation. The final touchdown was set up by a great defense play by the Tigers, stripping the ball from Hartnell Quarterback Austin Fales with 100 seconds left.
The Tigers gave up a touchdown in overtime, and were unable to match it, so they fell short on the scoreboard, but they can take a lot of pride in their performance. As I said, it would have been easy to just throw in the towel after West Hills, but this team is beginning to realize they have the skills and determination to get the job done every week.
Joshua Andrews had another brilliant game for the Tigers, rushing 40 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns. It goes in the books as one of the greatest games ever for a Tiger ball carrier.
The Tigers now begin Valley Conference play, as they travel to Rocklin Saturday for a two p.m. game against Sierra College. If they play with the same emotion and heart as they did in Salinas, this could be the beginning of a very nice run for Reedley College.
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Check out Larry’s recent interview with Coach Randy Whited.