by Larry Ham
The Reedley College Football season was a story of streaks, and so it was appropriate that they ended the season with a 48-13 loss to Fresno City College Saturday afternoon at Ratcliff Stadium in Fresno. The Tigers opened the season with three straight losses. Then they won three in a row. And they ended the season with four straight losses.
It was a frustrating season for the coaches, players and fans as the Tigers never really found an identity, never played consistently on either side of the ball, and ended up with a 3-7 record, one of the poorest seasons in recent years.
The Fresno game was a microcosm of the entire season. The Tiger offense moved the ball pretty well, but failed to score a touchdown. The defense got off to a bad start and never recovered. Statistically the game was fairly even, but Fresno quarterback Lance Orender had a big individual day throwing for five touchdowns and running for one more. Running back James Holland rushed for 151-yards and one touchdown. The Ram’s 48 points marked the third straight game in which the Tigers gave up more than 40 points. That’s not the way to win a championship.
Having said all that, it’s not as bleak for the Tigers as this season seemed. This was one of the youngest teams the Tigers have fielded in recent memory, which means most of their key players will be back next year. Junior College football players have traditionally improved greatly between their freshman and sophomore seasons, and if that holds true, Reedley should field a formidable team in 2011.
Freshman Quarterback Jeff Kidd had an outstanding season, and running backs Nigel Simmons and Josh Andrews had moments of brilliance. All three should be back next year. The one area that needs the most improvement is the offensive line, which gave up 16 quarterback sacks over the final two games. Special teams should also be strong next year, with place-kicker Ivan Torres and punter Tommy Carter returning.
A big thanks to the Reedley coaching staff and players for an enjoyable season. And let’s see…only nine and a half months until the next game.
2010 season Report Card
Special Teams: B
Offensive Player of the Year: Jeff Kidd
Defensive Player of the Year: Jovanny Carvahal
This is the final Reedley College Football Game recap for this season, but we will be back next season, and there will be a brand new feature on Monday nights starting next week. Be sure and check it out!