The Fresno City College football team’s Valley Conference title and playoff aspirations are quickly fading away.
National Division No. 12 San Joaquin Delta’s Evan Owens rushed 33 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-40 victory over the ninth-ranked Rams at Ratcliffe Stadium on Saturday.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Valley Conference. Fresno City needs to win at least one of its last two games for bowl consideration.
“We got to stay together,” Fresno City coach Tony Caviglia told his team in the locker room. “No pointing fingers. It’s important that we took a tough loss and we got to make sure we don’t break our bond with the football team.”
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Fresno City fell behind early and couldn’t find that push to get the lead. The Rams did tie the Mustangs 33-33 in the fourth quarter on Briquez Alvies’ two-yard run and a two point conversion when Christian Rossi connected with Mitch Brumfield early in the fourth quarter.
The Rams had a brief 7-6 lead when Kailon Carter had a 73-yard touchdown reception from Rossi with 10:03 left in the first quarter. The Mustangs later answered in the first quarter on Owens’ 2-yard run for a 13-7 lead.
Rossi finished 18 of 40 for 306 yards and four touchdowns – three to James Whitfield. He finished with 109 receiving yards. Carter had five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
San Joaquin Delta improved to 4-4 and 2-1.
Caviglia is still hoping for a 3-2 finish in the Valley Conference and maybe a share of the conference title but said his team “has to play better football and that’s the most important thing” considering the Mustangs ran some new plays
“We had some issues with new plays that they ran,” Caviglia said. “They found a couple weaknesses and they exploited them. Credit goes to Delta … they played a good game.”
▪ No. 10 College of the Sequoias fell to 4-4 and 0-3 in the Valley Conference after a 38-17 loss to No. 14 Laney on Friday night. The Eagles improved to 4-4 and 1-2.
▪ American Division No. 3 West Hills extended its win streak to six games after a 42-0 rout of Cabrillo in a Golden Coast Conference game. Cort Groathouse completed 7 of 13 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks dropped to 1-7 and 0-5.
▪ American Division No. 5 Reedley defeated No. 7 Merced 34-27 to go 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Golden Coast Conference. The Blue Devils fell to 3-5 and 1-3.
San Joaquin Delta 47, Fresno City 40
San Joaquin Delta (4-4, 2-1)
Fresno City (4-4, 1-2)
SJD: Alec Von 23 pass from Arnold Kimble (Joel Chavez kick failed)
F: Kailon Carter 73 pass from Christian Rossi (Eddie Padilla kick)
SJD: Evan Owens 2 run (Joel Chavez kick)
SJD: FG Joel Chavez 33
F: James Whitfield 15 pass from Christian Rossi (Eddie Padilla kick)
SJD: Alec Von 52 pass from Arnold Kimble (Joel Chavez kick)
F: James Whitfield 17 pass from Christian Rossi (Eddie Padilla kick failed)
SJD: FG Joel Chavez 21
F: FG Eddie Padilla 39
SJD: Michael Seawell 2 pass from Arnold Kimble (Joel Chavez kick)
F: Daud Davis safety
F: Briquez Alvies 2 run (Mitch Brumfield pass from Christian Rossi)
SJD: Evan Owens 1 run (Joel Chavez kick)
SJD: Evan Owens 3 run (Joel Chavez kick)
F: James Whitfield 47 pass from Christian Rossi (Eddie Padilla kick)
RUSHING: San Joaquin Delta, Evan Owens 33-160; Arnold Kimble 10-52; T. Ario-Adams 9-51; Michael Seawell 2-3; TEAM 2-minus 3. Fresno City, Nate Jones 16-101; Briquez Alvies 9-48; Christian Rossi 2-7; Darius Green 1-minus 8.
PASSING: San Joaquin Delta, Arnold Kimble 18-28-0-284. Fresno City, Christian Rossi 18-40-2-306.
RECEIVING: San Joaquin Delta, Jaxon Wagner 7-45; Andre Lindsey 3-76; Michael Seawell 3-16; Alec Von 2-75; J. Williams 1-45; J. Wiernicki 1-14; T. Ario-Adams 1-13. Fresno City, James Whitfield 7-109; Kailon Carter 5-107; Mitch Brumfield 2-20; Bryant Fisher 1-49; Dwine Walls 1-14; Tamar Johnson 1-5; Darius Green 1-2.