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JC football: Fresno City looks to rebound after blowout loss to Chabot

Nate Jones and his Fresno City College teammates leaped past Reedley in Week 5 but three weeks later ran into a buzzsaw in Hayward, where the Rams lost 52-17 to Chabot on Oct. 24 despite Jones’ 224 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Nate Jones and his Fresno City College teammates leaped past Reedley in Week 5 but three weeks later ran into a buzzsaw in Hayward, where the Rams lost 52-17 to Chabot on Oct. 24 despite Jones’ 224 yards rushing and two touchdowns. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Fresno City College football coach Tony Caviglia wants to see a change in his team starting Saturday.

Who can blame him after his Rams went to Hayward last week and came away with a demoralizing 52-17 loss to Chabot.

Caviglia believes he still has a pretty good, athletic team but the Rams need to start showing that on the field if they want to remain alive for a Valley Conference title.

NorCal No. 9-ranked Fresno City, 4-3 overall, sits at 1-1 in the conference, a game behind No. 5 Chabot and No. 2 Modesto.

The Rams host No. 12 Delta at 1 p.m. Saturday in a homecoming game at Ratcliffe Stadium. Chabot is hosting Modesto.

“We have to play disciplined football and do our job,” Caviglia said after the Rams were burned by Chabot’s wing-T offense for three passing touchdowns of 20 yards or more.

“They did a lot of things window dressing-wise. Took our eyes off our keys,” Caviglia said. “We lose some coverages and they got some plays. They’re not a passing team, but they had more yards passing than running and we have to get that corrected … have to be a little more disciplined on defense.”

Chabot finished with 325 passing yards and 212 on the ground. Caviglia feels his secondary needs to show more solidarity as the team prepares to host a Delta team that is 3-4 overall and 1-1 in league after defeating Sequoias 42-38 on a late touchdown.

Rams defensive lineman Cody Sanders said he and the rest of the defenders need to be aware at all times. The Mustangs rolled up 499 total yards against Sequoias – 357 through the air.

“We just have to focus on Delta and not the loss we just had,” Sanders said. “I think we lost what we usually do and we’re going to come out ready for Delta. Something we always have to deal with, adversity, and we just have to play a different game than what we did last Saturday.”

Rams receiver James Whitfield agreed.

“We just have to learn from it and move on,” he said. “Obviously we know what our mistakes were throughout the game, and we watched film and just went over it all weekend and just need to correct it, and we have to come out and capitalize on it.”

Homecoming invite – Caviglia is encouraging all former Rams football players to attend Saturday’s game. The alumni pregame sideline pass check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. on the home side grass area.

Series – Fresno City has won the past four against Delta and leads all-time 26-11-1.

Et cetera – Sequoias, ranked 10th in NorCal, faced No. 14 Laney on Friday night. The Giants and Eagles each are 0-2 in conference and losers of three straight overall.

▪ NorCal American Division third-ranked West Hills (6-1, 3-0 Golden Coast) will look to extend its winning streak to six when it faces Cabrillo, which is on a five-game skid. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Coalinga. The Seahawks are 1-6 and 0-4.

▪ American fifth-ranked Reedley faces No. 7 Merced in a Golden Coast game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Reedley High. The Tigers enter 4-3 and 2-1; the Blue Devils are 3-4 and 1-2.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

This week’s games

  • Sequoias (4-3, 0-2 Valley) at Laney (3-4, 0-2), 7 p.m. Friday
  • Delta (3-4, 1-1) at Fresno City (4-3, 1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Cabrillo (1-6, 0-4 Golden Coast) at West Hills (6-1, 3-0), 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Merced (3-4, 1-2) at Reedley (4-3, 2-1), 6 p.m. Saturday

FRESNO CITY SCORES, SCHEDULE

Date

Opp

Time

Sept. 5

at De Anza

W, 30-20

Sept. 12

vs. Sierra

W, 42-41 (OT)

Sept. 19

vs. San Francisco

L, 39-34

Sept. 26

vs. Butte

L, 31-28

Oct. 3

at Reedley

W, 24-21

Oct. 17

vs. Laney

W, 35-16

Oct. 24

at Chabot

L, 52-17

Oct. 31

vs. San Joaquin Delta

1 p.m.

Nov. 7

at Modesto

1 p.m.

Nov. 14

vs. Sequoias

1 p.m.

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