REEDLEY COLLEGE: Tigers football battles but can’t regain The Pump

Team rallies twice to tie before field goal in final four minutes enables Fresno City College to pull out 24-21 victory

A trio of Reedley College tacklers combine to bring down Shasta College receiver Randy Gibson (7) during the Tigers’ season-opening 35-21 victory over Shasta College on Sept. 2 at Sal Gonzalez Field. (Danny Jimenez)
Will Goldbeck
Published November 6, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – After edging the Reedley College Tigers 24-21 at Fresno’s Ratcliffe Stadium on Nov. 4, Fresno City College will face Modesto Junior College for the Valley Conference football later this week.

A 26-yard field goal by Fresno’s Johnny Enriquez with three minutes, 56 seconds remaining gave the Rams the victory in the 63rd meeting on the gridiron between the two State Center Community College District rivals. The Rams also get to keep The Pump trophy for another year.

Meanwhile, Reedley will try to help its cause in an effort to qualify for one of the state’s 16 bowl games when they host Sacramento City College at Reedley High School Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The visiting Panthers improved to 4-5 overall with a 34-7 win over Contra Costa.

In the battle for The Pump, Fresno outgained the Tigers 413-230, recording seven more first downs. C’ontae Cason led Reedley with 67 yards rushing in 12 carries while quarterback DJ Stevenson passed for 110 yards with 12 completions in 21 attempts.

Reedley and Fresno exchanged scores with the Tigers tying for the final time on Nick Osho’s 22-yard touchdown catch from Stevenson. Reedley earlier had tied the game on the final play of the first half when Kevin Fagan returned an interception 95 yards for a score.

Basketball season opens with pair of home games

Another season of basketball is underway at Reedley College with both men’s and women’s home games this week.

Coach Dan Kilbert’s Lady Tigers, fresh from a 68-63 road win on Nov. 2 at the BC crossover in Bakersfield, are scheduled to host Sacramento City College at.3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Paul Mitchell Court. Reedley played at Skyline College in San Bruno on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and at Napa Valley the next day.

In the win over Bakersfield, center Leyocha Marigney (Roosevelt) led Reedley with #15 points and 29 rebounds. Karzima Truong (Sanger) was next with 20 points off the bench. Erynn Pachal added 10.

The next day, Reedley jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in a 79-51 win over LA Southwest. Marigney led the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Tianna Sutherland followed with 17 points.

Men’s coach TJ Jennings lost last season’s top scorer, Obediah Curtis, to Arkansas State, but returns two players from last season’s 9-19 club.

Reedley opens Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Paul Mitchell Court in a 2 p.m. contest with Modesto before traveling to El Camino this Saturday, Nov. 10  and Las Positas on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The veterans who didn’t play much are Mitchell Uriarte and Kecia’s Primes.

Freshman to watch are 6-8 Macario Solorio (Fowler), and Cooper Schimpf (El Diamanté).

Women’s soccer try to shake off tough road loss

With its postseason hopes slipping away, the Reedley College women’s soccer Tigers squad finishes the regular season Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. against Madera.

Both Reedley (8-6-1) and Merced (7-4-3) have 17 points in the standings. Clovis has won the CVC with a 14-1 record ahead of an 11-1-3 Fresno squad.

Last Friday on Nov. 3, FCC edged the Tigers 3-2 as Kellyann Rodriguez scored in the 54th minute, one minute after a goal by Reedley’s Nasira Nunez had tied the match. Krysta Casas (DInuba) had scored in the 39th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1.

On Oct. 31, Reedley picked up a win by forfeit over Porterville College.

Volleyball closes out season with pair of matches

Reedley College will take a nine-match losing streak into its final two matches of the 2023 season.

The Tigers host Porterville on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. before finishing the season at Taft College on Friday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.

Reedley fell to 3-16 overall and 2-12 in Valley Conference action Friday night in Visalia with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-22 loss at the College of the Sequoias after a 25-19, 14-25, 29-27, 25-22 loss at home to Columbia on Nov. 1. No statistics were available.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor