Anthony Monken started the first two weeks of the season for the Fresno City College team.
Now it’s Andrew Zimmerman’s turn when the Rams visit state-ranked No. 17 San Mateo (1-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
No. 14 Fresno City (1-1) hopes to find consistency at quarterback; Monken has thrown six interceptions and Zimmerman has one – a pick-six in last week’s 17-13 loss to Santa Rosa.
Thought it was time to give him the start.
Fresno City football coach Tony Caviglia on quarterback Andrew Zimmerman
“(Offensive coordinator Vince) Branstetter and (quarterbacks coach Mark) Hetherington and myself thought it was time to give him the start,” Rams coach Tony Caviglia said. “See how he does, and Anthony is going to play, too. We have to settle in on a quarterback at the end of the (nonconference). We just have to get a play out of that position.”
Caviglia believes his quarterbacks will get better as the season progresses and wants to see positive results. The Rams open Valley Conference play Oct. 15 against Chabot.
“We just got to keep practicing and doing the little things,” he said. “Both of them haven’t played football in a couple years. Little rusty, but there’s talent and we expect whoever is taking the snaps to be productive.”
Zimmerman, listed at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, graduated from Monroe High in Washington and redshirted last season at Eastern Washington.
As a senior in the 2014 season, he helped lead Monroe to a 4-0 start before a knee injury in the fifth game ended his season and required surgery. In those first four games, he was 62 of 103 (60 percent) for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Zimmerman said he’ll be ready to go Saturday.
“We split (our first two games) and we shouldn’t be happy as a team,” he said. “We want to win every game, but there’s no way we’re satisfied being 1-1. There’s no way in hell we’re going to be satisfied being 1-2. Being 2-1 is the main goal.”
Zimmerman was 2 of 4 for 5 yards against Santa Rosa. He entered the game in the second quarter and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown just before halftime.
If I let it eat at me, then I shouldn’t be playing college football.
Fresno City QB Andrew Zimmerman on forgetting about throwing a pick-six last Saturday
“I forgot about it 14 seconds after I threw it,” he said. “I’m never going to dwell on something. Yeah, it hurt a little bit. ... If I let it eat at me, then I shouldn’t be playing college football.”
Et cetera – San Mateo comes into the game No. 3 in the state with 48.5 points per game and tops in the state with eight rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs have a state-leading 11 touchdowns on 14 red-zone trips.
▪ The Rams are allowing 14.5 rushing yards per game, which leads the state.
▪ The Rams haven’t started the season below .500 under Caviglia since 2009 when they opened the season 0-2 after losses to Bakersfield and City College of San Francisco.
▪ The Bay Area Online Sports Network will televise the game online at baosn.tv.
Today’s nonconference games
Redwoods at Reedley, 1 p.m.
Fresno City at San Mateo, 2 p.m.
Yuba at West Hills, 2 p.m.
Sequoias at Diablo Valley, late