Eagles flatten Feather River 59-12, to make playoffs

Eagle Beniah Greene powers into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.

Eagle Beniah Greene powers into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.

Photos by Emily Longworth

PurrFectPawsADThe College of the Siskiyous Eagles flattened the Feather River College Golden Eagles 59-12 on Saturday at Herschel Meredith Stadium. Siskiyous scored on its opening drive. FRC returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but not another peep would be heard from the Gilded Eagles until a meaningless TD in the final minute. In between, COS put up 52 unanswered points.

With the win, the Eagles (8-2) will be the three-seed in the NorCal Championship playoffs. Their first round opponent is #2 San Mateo (9-1), the Bay-6 Conference champion. The NorCal champ will face the south region champion for the state title.

After a 54-yard kickoff return by Makhal Gaston, Siskiyous began its first drive at the FRC 46. Four plays later, Gage Ferguson passed to 272-pound fullback Beniah Greene for a 12-yard TD. “Mr. Automatic,” Kyle Sentkowski added the extra point, for a 7-0 lead at 13:28.

Dakarai Hamilton returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards for an FRC touchdown. The PAT was blocked by Eagle Justin Kaelin, leaving COS on top 7-6, with 13:12 left in the opening quarter.

A less than spectacular 14-yard punt by FRC, was returned 36 yards by Chance Nelson for a TD, with 6:42 to go in the quarter. Add in Sentkowski’s PAT, for a 14-6 Eagle advantage.

An interception by Dominque Copeland gave the Eagles the ball on the FRC 30-yard-line. Drew Kannely-Robles capped the short drive with a 12-yard jaunt. Sentkowski’s kick was good, making the score 21-6 at 4:20 of the first.

Robles scored his second TD of the first quarter on a 9-yard run with 56 seconds remaining. Sentkowski…good, 28-6.

A little over three minutes into the second stanza, Sentkowski made it 31-6 on a 35-yard field goal.

With 2:02 to go in the first half, Samuel Jackson went 15 yards to pay dirt. Sentkowski split the uprights, making it 38-6 for the Eagles.

A fumble recovery by Daniel Hardy at the FRC 24 set up the Eagles’ next tally. Ferguson tossed to Jackson for a 22-yard TD, at the 12:16 mark of the third quarter. Sentkowski’s kick was true, and Siskyous had a 45-6 lead.

Greene, a former Weed Cougar, grabbed a 7-yard TD pass from Jordan Castro, with 5:07 left in the third. No need to tell you what happened on the PAT, 52-6.

The Eagles final TD of the game came on a 15-yard rush by Alex Light with 5:57 to play in the game. The extra point? Good, of course, 59-6.

Feather River broke out the makeup bag for a little cosmetic work with 47 ticks left on the clock, scoring via a 14-yard pass from Alexis Archie to Torin Owolabi. FRC attempted a 2-point conversion, but Archie was hammered by Eagle Darian Mathes, and the pass found nothing but ground. Mathes is also a former Weed Cougar.

The FRC kickoff was a touch back, and the Eagles simply took a knee a couple of times to run out the clock for a 59-12 victory.

Final NorCal Conference standings

American River 5-0, 9-1
Siskiyous 4-1, 8-2
Sac City 3-2, 8-2
Butte 2-3, 5-5
Sierra 1-4, 4-6
Feather River 0-5, 1-9

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