Photos by Courtney Quirmbach
It took the College of the Siskiyous less than two minutes to score against the San Francisco Rams on Saturday. The Eagles dominated the early part of the contest, leading 14-0 at the half. However, the second half belonged to the Rams, who came back to tie the game at 14-14, sending the teams to overtime. Two plays into OT, the Eagles passed for a TD that would prove to be the game-winner, 20-14.
The Rams started the initial drive of the game at their own 15. On the second play from scrimmage, San Fransisco put the ball on the ground and Eagle Justin Kaelin came up with it at the 14. Siskiyous quickly capitalized on the opportunity, with Gage Ferguson passing to Chance Nelson fro a 7-yard TD. Kyle Sentkowski added the extra point, for a 7-0 Eagle lead at 13:22.
Siskiyous next scoring drive started at its own 7-yard-line, following a Ram punt. A 14-yard run by Grant Kingston on first down moved the Eagles out from the shadows of their own goal posts to the 21. The Eagles used a mix of runs and passes, as well as help from the Rams in the form of personal foul and pass interference penalties to move to the San Francisco 24.
Drew Kannely-Robles ran for seven yards to the 17. Ferguson connected with Scott Hulsey to move the ball to the seven-yard-line. From there, Robles powered in with a little help from his friends. Sentkowski’s kick was good, and the Eagles led 14-0 at the 13:49 mark of the second quarter.
On their first possession of the second half, the Rams drove 44 yards in eight plays for a TD, with Isaiah Floyd taking the ball the final nine yards. Greg Thomas added the extra point, cutting the Eagle lead to 14-7.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles attempted a field goal from 43 yards that was blocked and recovered by the Rams’ Joey Banks at the San Francisco 46.
From that point to the end zone, it was mostly the Zach Masoli show. He had runs of 16 and 15 yards sandwiched around an 8-yard pass to Christian Tasi to move the Rams to the Siskiyous 15. Runs of 10 and four yards by Floyd put the ball on the one-yard-line, and Masoli took it the final 36 inches. Thomas’ kick tied the game at 14-14, with 2:54 left in regulation.
In overtime, Siskiyous started on offense first at the Rams’ 25-yard-line. After a loss of two yards on the first play, the Eagles took flight with a pass from Ferguson to Tremayne Tolbert in the end zone, for a 20-14 advantage. Sentkowski’s PAT was blocked by Jordan Allen.
San Francisco then had their opportunity from the Siskiyous 25. Floyd started the Rams off well with a rush for five yards to the 20. However, the Eagle defense then took charge. Floyd was stuffed for no gain by Daniel Hardy and Jose Reyes. On third down, Trace Cummings and Emmanuel Mann tackled Floyd for a one-yard loss. Facing fourth and six, Masoli threw into the end zone, where Eagle Alfred Deloach-King picked off the pass to end the game.
The Eagles passed for 173 yards. Ferguson went 16/29 with two TDs and three interceptions. Tolbert was the top receiver with 84 yards and a TD on five catches. Robles led COS in rushing with 55 yards and a TD on seven carries. Siskiyous had just 82 yards on the ground.
Bobby Willoughby led the Eagle defense with 10 tackles. Daniel Hardy had eight, and Rashaan Broomfield six. Hardy, Emmanuel Mann and Justin Kaelin each recorded a sack. King had two interceptions. Kaelin and Mattew Yuchniuk each recovered a fumble.
The Rams’ Floyd was the leading rusher with 193 yards and a TD on 30 carries. San Francisco ran for 230 yards total, and passed for 88 yards. Starting QB Oliver Svirsky was 8/17 for 80 yards before being knocked out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury. Kevin Fox Jr. had six catches for 69 yards.
Joey Banks led the Rams with nine tackles. Bejour Wilson and Jairus Woodson (yes, son of Rod Woodson) each had an interception.
COS (2-0) goes to De Anza (1-1) next Saturday. De Anza lost to San Joaquin Delta (1-1) on Saturday 28-7.
San Francisco (0-2) hosts American River (2-0) next week. American River defeated Modesto (0-2) in OT on Saturday, 55-49.
Siskiyous was not ranked in the top-15 in the CCCAA poll last week, but was ranked 11th in the JC Athletic poll. San Francisco was #18 in the JC Athletic poll and 12th in the CCCAA poll. Guess we now know which poll is more accurate.Share on Facebook