by Larry Ham
Poet and Philosopher George Santayana is credited with coining the phrase “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For the Reedley College Football team, the opposite is true. They’ve forgotten about the past – an 0-3 start – and seem intent on not repeating it after their second dominating win in a row, a 32-14 win over Hartnell College Saturday night at Reedley High School Stadium.
As was the case last week against West Hills College, the Tigers were outstanding on both sides of the ball, racking up 350 yards on offense, and limiting the visiting Panthers to 190.
The offensive star of the game for Reedley was Quarterback Jeff Kidd, a Freshman from Oregon, who was 21 for 25 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdown throws went to three different receivers, but Avery Collins emerged as perhaps the go-to receiver every Quarterback needs. Collins had nine catches for eighty yards and a touchdown on a perfect throw from Kidd midway through the third quarter. Kidd also displayed an ability to run from trouble, as he escaped several potential sacks and recorded positive yardage.
Defensively, the Tigers dominated Hartnell, led by Thomas Marshall’s first quarter safety, and Eric Sykes 26 yard fumble recovery run for a touchdown 35 seconds before half-time. The Tigers had a shutout before surrendering two late touchdowns after the game had been decided.
Pre-conference games are now over, and the Tigers now begin their defense of the Valley Conference title with a home game against Sierra College this coming Saturday night at seven. The Tigers have picked the perfect time to get hot, and despite what Mr. Santayana says, they also seem to have a well-timed memory loss.
Week Five Report Card:
Special Teams: B
Player of the Week: Jeff Kidd