After falling behind 6-0 to visiting Sierra College, City College rattled off 49 straight points to kick their season off on a high note.
Sierra received the opening kickoff and on their first offensive drive marched 75-yards down the field on 12 plays. A blocked extra point — one of three blocked kicks/punts on the afternoon — gave the Rams something to rally around despite giving up the opening score.
“I really like how we responded,” City College head coach Jimmy Collins said. “Next drive we responded and never looked back.”
On the second play of the ensuing Rams drive, sophomore running back DeShawn Collins got into the second level, turned on the burners and tore off a 60-yard touchdown run.
DeShawn Collins missed the entire 2017 season after sustaining an injury on the opening drive of the first game of the year against Laney College. In his absence, running back Isaiah Floyd, now at Arizona State, stepped up and ran for 1,797 yards — a City College single-season record. Now healthy, Collins dominated.
“It was just a matter of time,” Jimmy Collins said. “He is a special, special player.”
Before the end of the first half, Collins would score another rushing touchdown on a three-yard run to give the Rams a 35-6 lead.
Collins ended the game with 115 rushing yards on 14 attempts with three rushing touchdowns.
“I am just getting back into the groove right now, but it felt good,” DeShawn Collins said. “I was just ready to go. If anything sitting out a year helped me out, I turned from a boy into a man.”
In his first college start, freshman quarterback Jack Newman looked cool under pressure.
“Jack was fantastic in the pocket,” Jimmy Collins said. “He had great poise, and as accurate for a first start for a college quarterback that you will ever see.”
Newman was 17-for-23 passing for 246 yards with three touchdown passes. Despite being blitzed by the Sierra linebackers all game, Newman managed to keep his composure and not be rattled.
“I felt great out there. It was a great team win and I felt that we all competed very hard,” Newman said. “To have that first comeback win is great. To face a little adversity and respond and execute is good. Our offensive line did a great job up front and coaches put us in a position all week to be able to handle their stunts and be in a position for success.”
Sophomore wide receiver Frank Hall caught six passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns. Although small, Hall has great hands, is quick and is a great route runner. Hall’s first touchdown come on a four-yard pass in the red zone while his second came on a 27-yard pass from Newman that put the Rams up 28-7.
The Rams are now 1-0 and will travel to Sacramento City College to play their second game of the season on Friday, September 7 at 6 p.m.