JC football: Fresno City beats Laney in conference opener

Leave it to Christian Rossi and Kailon Carter to get Fresno City College rolling in its Valley Conference opener.

After all, they’ve been making things happen all season.

Rossi connected with Carter on three touchdown passes – two that went for more than 50 yards – in the Rams’ 35-16 victory over Laney at Ratcliffe Stadium on Saturday night.

“Good play-calling by the coaches,” said Carter, who had five receptions and matched a season high with 194 yards. “I’m just doing what I’m told. Just making plays when my number is called.”

Carter’s number was called on the Rams’ opening drive of the second half. Rossi, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 239 yards, found a wide-open Carter for a 60-yard touchdown that gave Fresno City a 28-13 lead.

You got a dude to run by guys like that, it makes it easy on me. Just take a three-step drop and chuck it up.

Fresno City quarterback Christian Rossi on Rams receivers Kailon Carter and James Whitfield

“Speed and size,” Rossi said of Carter. “Him and James Whitfield on the outside (are) ridiculous. I’ve haven’t seen anyone keep up with them and cover them, and it’s easy to take shots with those guys. You got a dude to run by guys like that, it makes it easy on me. Just take a three-step drop and chuck it up.”

Whitfield had four receptions for 31 yards.

Defensively, the Rams (4-2, 1-0) limited the Eagles (3-3, 0-1) to 197 yards and had two interceptions, including a pick six by defensive back Tajhe Moore that went for 15 yards.

“They have a really good chemistry going on over there, and we like to see that,” Moore said of his offensive teammates. “On defense, it’s satisfying when we get a stop because we have a big-play threat.”

Rams coach Tony Caviglia was pleased how his team responded coming off a bye week.

“You just never know how a team is going to respond,” Caviglia said. “We had great practices, and this team is determined and has a lot of pride. We did a lot of things in this bye week to get better. This was a good win for us.”

Elsewhere, West Hills beat Reedley 25-23 and Modesto beat College of the Sequoias 56-0.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee