CITY COLLEGE — On their first offensive play Saturday against rival Laney College, City College of San Francisco freshman quarterback Jack Newman dropped back and delivered a strike to wide receiver Frank Hall. Hall caught the ball mid stride and took it all the way to the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown.
Then, things went downhill. Laney blocked the extra point attempt and returned it all the way for two points, putting the score at 6-2.
Newman completed 19 out of 41 passing attempts for 330 yards and two touchdowns, but threw four interceptions. In a game filled with just those kinds of ups and downs, the Rams came up short, loosing a penalty-filled rivalry grudge match, 42-21.
“We didn’t make enough big plays,” Collins said. “Literally three plays that should of been touchdowns for us, one of which turned into a touchdown for them. They got 16 points off us, which is insane. We just got to get better on Monday.”
The Eagles would score their first touchdown of the game towards the end of the first quarter when defensive back Cameron Nathan picked Newman off and returned it 77-yards for the score. After missing the extra point, Laney was up 8-6.
With Anthony Porter — CCSF’s star linebacker/punter — down with a shoulder injury, Jairus Woodson saw a punt blocked and returned for a 4-yard touchdown by Trevor King for the Eagles’ second touchdown.
The Rams received the ball to begin the second half, down 21-13, and got a big 60-yard return by freshman wideout Baylei Coston. Following a penalty, City College began its drive on the Laney 22-yard line, where Newman found freshman tight end Max Pierce wide open for a touchdown.
The Rams hit the two-point conversion to tie, but Laney went on to score three unanswered second-half touchdowns. Eagles quarterback Jordan Brookshire completed two touchdown passes, the first a 65-yard strike to Angelo Garrett, and the second on a beautiful 24-yard pass to Jared Smart to put Laney up 35-21.
Brookshire finished the afternoon completing 16-of-25 for 222 passing yards with three scores. A 58-yard rushing touchdown by Eagles running back John McDonald put the capper on the Rams’ second loss of the season. There were some bright spots for City College, as sophomore defensive end Tavai Tuitasi terrorized the Laney offense, finishing with 3 1/2 sacks and eight total tackles.
After the game, Collins gave a passionate locker-room speech to his players, imploring them to continue to fight.
“Are you guys college football players and genuinely wants to be champions? Because it is still in front of us. We hit a roadblock, and it sucks,” Collins said. “When we wake up tomorrow it full speed ahead for Diablo Valley.”
The Rams are now 4-2, and travel to play 2-3 Diablo Valley College in a must-win game on Oct. 20 if they want to continue to be in the hunt for a playoff spot.