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Inland college football roundup: RCC opens season with win over Long Beach

Inland college football roundup: RCC opens season with win over Long Beach

The Riverside City College football team took the field for the first time Saturday evening, and the Tigers excelled on defense en route to a 24-6 nonconference win at Long Beach City College.

Saturday’s game was RCC”s first since capturing the state championship back in 2019. The Tigers’ original season opener was canceled after Mt. San Jacinto College went into COVID-19 quarantine.

RCC (2-0) forced three turnovers and also held Long Beach to 212 total yards on the night.

Long Beach took a 3-0 lead after Ryder Padilla nailed a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter.

RCC answered back as Dean Connors scored on a 6-yard run in the opening period. The Tigers added to their lead in the second quarter when Budd Bernie tossed a 6-yard touchdown to Marquis Ashley.

Long Beach got another field goal from Padilla in the third quarter, but those would be the last points scored by the Vikings.

Tye Moore scored on a 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, and Ricardo Chavez kicked a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Tigers.

Bernie completed 7 of 14 passes for 67 yards and also led the Tigers with 56 yards on 16 carries. Connors and Thomas Kinslow each added 51 yards on the ground for RCC.

Deporess Schletty recovered a fumble, and Keithan Gooden intercepted a pass for the Tigers.

RCC has its home opener against Saddleback College on Sept. 18.

 

REDLANDS ROUTS PUGET SOUND

The University of Redlands put together a balanced offensive attack in its home opener Saturday and routed Puget Sound 60-10 in a nonconference game at Ted Runner Stadium.

The Bulldogs (2-0) finished with 563 yards, 285 on the ground and 278 more through the air.

Kai Thompson scored on runs of 4 yards and 1 yard to help stake Redlands to a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Puget Sound cut the deficit to 13-7 early in the second quarter, but Redlands scored the next 37 points to put the game out of reach.

Nathan Martinez passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and Kai King caught for passes for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Redlands will host Linfield on Sept. 18.

 

SBVC EDGED BY ALLAN HANCOCK

Colton Theaker kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired as Allan Hancock rallied for a 37-34 victory over San Bernardino Valley College on Saturday night.

SBVC (1-1) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Allan Hancock (2-0) scored the final 10 points of the game.

Xavier Ugorji had touchdowns runs of 5 and 45 yards in the first half, and Austin Bacher added a 54-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to help SBVC take a 20-7 lead.

Allan Hancock answered back with two touchdowns to take a 21-20 lead, but Ugorji hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Justice to give the Coyotes a 26-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Maurice Smith scored from 1 yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter to help Allan Hancock regain the lead. But SBVC responded, as Bacher scored on a 5-yard run to help give the Coyotes a 34-27 lead with 10:12 remaining.

Allan Hancock was facing that deficit when it took possession with 4:09 remaining in the game. Zidane Thomas scored on a 4-yard run with 1:06 remaining to help the Bulldogs draw even at 34.

SBVC went for a fourth-and-27 on its 16, but Justice’s pass fell incomplete with two seconds remaining on the clock. Theaker stepped onto the field and drilled the winning field goal.

Bacher rushed for 130 yards on 16 carries, while Ugorji finished with 119 yards on 17 carries and two catches for 61 yards.

SBVC plays at Mt. San Antonio College on Sept. 18.

 

CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS OVERCOMES SLOW START

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps faced a 10-7 deficit at halftime, but the Stags scored 27 unanswered points in the second half and pulled away for a 34-10 nonconference victory over visiting Lewis & Clark.

Joshua Martinez and Justin Edwards each had a touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Stags in front, and Holden Thomas threw a pair of touchdown passes to help seal the victory.

Edwards led the rushing attack with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and Martinez added 95 yards on 16 carries.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-0) hosts Whitworth (Washington) on Sept. 18

 

FLITZ LEADS POMONA-PITZER TO VICTORY

Evan Flitz passed for 297 yards and four touchdowns and also added two touchdowns on the ground as Pomona-Pitzer routed Whittier 59-13 in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

Flitz ran for a pair of touchdown and tossed a touchdown to Win Hunter to help the Sagehens take a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Hunter had four catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Pomona-Pitzer (1-1, 1-0 in SCIAC) finished the game with 513 yards, 304 through the air and 209 on the ground.

The Sagehens will host Pacific (Oregon) on Sept. 18.

 

NOTABLES FROM OTHER GAMES

East Los Angeles 42, Chaffey 7: Adham Youssef caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Lukasiewicz early in the second quarter to help Chaffey tie the game, but the Panthers were outscored 35-0 the rest of the way. Chaffey (0-2) was held to 52 yards in the game, including minus-10 yards rushing. The Panthers host Long Beach on Sept. 18.

Chapman 59, La Verne 25: Miguel Aguero Jr. and Tyrone Williams Jr. combined to throw for 473 yards and four touchdowns in a nonconference loss. Aguero passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns, and Williams added 162 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Medeiros caught eight balls for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Nathaniel Sagastume had 10 catches for 113 yards. La Verne (1-1) plays at Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 18.

Antelope Valley 27, Victor Valley 10: Kenyard Edwards Jr. rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown but the Rams lost a nonconference game. Carlos Garcia kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter for Victor Valley. The Rams (0-2) will host Glendale on Sept. 18.


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