Unbeaten Tigers look for 2nd straight road win

Reedley College football heads to Rocklin to play Sierra College on Sept. 16 after surviving close call in Hayward against Chabot College

Reedley College’s Contae Cason breaks free for yardage during the Tigers’ season-opening 35-21 victory over Shasta College on Sept. 2 at Sal Gonzalez Field. Cason rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. (Danny Jimenez)
Reedley College’s Contae Cason breaks free for yardage during the Tigers’ season-opening 35-21 victory over Shasta College on Sept. 2 at Sal Gonzalez Field. Cason rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown. (Danny Jimenez)
Will Goldbeck
Published September 11, 2023  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – Reedley College will try for its second road victory of the 2023 season in Rocklin on Saturday afternoon as they face the 1-1 Sierra City College Wolverines in a 1 p.m. kickoff.

On Sept. 9 in Hayward, the Tigers improved to 2-0 for 2023 with a wild 34-26 victory over the Chabot College Gladiators. The Tigers went into the game ranked 20th in the state, according to the California Community College Sports Information Directors Association and 24th by the JC Athletic Bureau.

The lead in the Chabot game changed three times. The key for the Tigers was a 21-point third quarter and a huge advantage in time of possession. Reedley’s offensive line, led by Jesus Lara, Jacob Bray and Ruben Garcia, dominated and helped wear down the Gladiator defense.

The Tiger defense held Chabot to four net yards of rushing. They also controlled the line of scrimmage to allow freshman running back Contae Cason to finish with 111 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns.

Almost all of Chabot’s offense came in the air as quarterback Colby Faria completed 22 of 40 for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Scoring passes of 33 and 52 yards went to Carlo Franklin.

A 61-yard kickoff return by Tiger Karlos Grier set up Reedley’s go-ahead touchdown, a 15-yard run by Paul Sharp. The Clovis North grad is listed on the Tiger roster as a defensive lineman but has seen action at fullback in both Reedley wins.

“The offensive line played amazing with a big game on the ground,” said Tiger head coach Rob Hartenfels. Kicker Jayden Evangelo was perfect on field goals of 32 and 33 yards and kicked four extra points.

Running back Nick Osho averaged 6.9 yards per carry on 11 carries for 76 yards. Quarterback DJ Stevenson passed for 103 yards, passing to six different receivers (led by Ron Vann with four catches for 49 yards), whereas Sophomore Langston Latham was credited with five tackles and a sack to lead the defense.

“Our defensive line played a great game,” said Hartenfels.

Reedley College’s upcoming opponent, Sierra College, escaped Fresno with a 28-27 win over the Rams on Sept. 9 when the FCC kicker missed an extra point kick with around seven minutes remaining.

Sierra opened the season on Sept. 2 with a 37-34 loss to the state’s top-ranked team, the College of San Mateo Bulldogs.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor