REEDLEY COLLEGE: Heartbreaking finish for football at Northern California Bowl

Butte College scores with 8 seconds remaining to pull out 30-24 victory as Tigers conclude the season with 7-4 record

Reedley College football players are put through stretching drills prior to the Tigers’ intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 12 at the RC practice field. (Danny Jimenez)
Reedley College football players are put through stretching drills prior to the Tigers’ intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 12 at the RC practice field. (Danny Jimenez)
Will Goldbeck
Published December 4, 2023  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – It took a Butte College touchdown with eight seconds remaining to decide the 2023 Northern California Bowl Saturday in Oroville.

“We will bounce back,” said Tiger head coach Rob Hartenfels after facing Butte in the cold and wet conditions. The coach said that Reedley had the ball with about two minutes left but couldn’t execute.

“Our defense played outstanding,” he said, praising the secondary, led by sophomores Denon Fagan and Aaron Boesch. Linebackers Langston Latham and Brak Hill led the Tiger tacklers. Special teams did a good job keeping the ball away from Jonah Marcaida, one of the top return men in the state.

Butte’s Christian Vaughn scored his third touchdown of the day (a 14-yard run) to decide the game, a 30-24 Butte victory. The Roadrunners, ranked seventh in the state, finished the season at 9-2 while the Tigers, ranked 14th, finished at 7-4.

Vaughn rushed for 61 of the team’s 81 yards of the 81 total yards in the deciding drive, finishing the season with 1,456 yards on the season after recording 202 yards on 24 attempts and three touchdowns against the Tigers.

After Vaughn opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run about three minutes into the game, the Tigers answered with 10 points of their own. Jayden Evangelo kicked a 27-yard field goal and Ron Vann capped an 87-yard, 12-play drive by catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Stevenson.

The two teams traded touchdowns before halftime with Vaughn scoring from four yards out and Reedley scoring on an 18-yard run by C’ontae Cason.

Butte scored 10 points in the third quarter, blanking the Tigers.

Reedley tied the score with less than four minutes remaining on a short touchdown run by Stevenson.

Nick Osho finished with 104 yards on 21 attempts.

Men’s basketball  

Reedley College’s men’s basketball team went 1-2 last week, and also had a game postponed.

Coach TJ Jennings’ Tigers have four scheduled games (three at home) this week before the start of Central Valley Conference action at West Hills Coalinga on Wednesday, Jan. 10. First will be the Reedley Tournament this weekend.

The Tigers will host Cosumnes River on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. before a 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 contest with undefeated Cerro Coso. Cosumnes faces San Mateo at 1 p.m. Saturday while San Mateo and Cerro Coso battle at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Reedley began last week’s action with a 72-63 loss at San Mateo on Nov. 27, despite 23 points and four 3-pointers by freshman Matt Ruegge. Cooper Schimpf made half of his eight 3-point attempts and finished with 12 points while Kecia Primes added 11.

At the James Clark Classic in Elk Grove, the Tigers opened on Nov. 30 with an 81-67 loss to Lassen. Reedley was outscored by 12 points in each half. Ruegge led Reedley with 15 points.

On Dec. 1, Primes was 6 of 9 from the floor and had 18 points in a 68-59 win over Shasta. Reedley came back from a 30-25 halftime deficit. Ruegge followed with 17 points while Abuyen netted 12.

Women’s basketball falls to .500 with three losses

The Reedley College women’s basketball Tigers will take a three-game losing streak and a 5-5 season record into a 5 p.m. contest with Cuesta College on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Coach Dan Kilbert’s Lady Tigers play only three games in the month of December and two of them are this week. On Friday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., Reedley hosts Gavilan College.

On Nov. 29 in Reedley, the Tigers missed 19 free throws in a 73-67 loss to the College of the Canyons. Reedley was 19 of 36 from the line. The Tigers tried to come back from a 62–40 deficit after three quarters but fell just short.

Tianna Sutherland led Reedley with 16 points while Leyocha Manigney had 15 points and 25 rebounds. She finished with 14 offensive rebounds but was only 9 of 20 from the foul line.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor