CITY COLLEGE — City College sophomore Anthony Porter, a sophomore out of Mission High School, was too much for the Modesto Junior College offensive line to handle on Saturday.
Over the course of the Rams’ 49-16 win over the Pirates, Porter racked up 2 1/2 sacks, a forced fumble that was recovered for a defensive touchdown, and even punted the ball twice.
“Porter is just a baller,” head coach Jimmy Collins said. “He could be our place kicker, you can put him in any sort of athletic setting and he is going to be dominate.”
Porter and the Rams defensive front seven terrorized the Modesto offense, finishing the game with six total sacks. Defensive tackle Jeffery Branner added two sacks while defensive end Tavai Tuitasi had one, and also recovered the fumble Porter forced to score a defensive touchdown.
Pirates quarterback Jacob Perez found it nearly impossible to sit back in the pocket and finished the game with 116 yards passing, only completing 13 of the 27 passes he attempted.
While the Rams defense was able to bottle up the Modesto passing game, they found it much harder to contain running back Devan Bass.
Bass rushed for 152 yards on 17 attempts and scored both of the touchdowns for his team. An explosive yet physical runner, Bass busted through the Rams defense to score a 55-yard rushing touchdown to begin the second quarter.
In the second half, the City College defense had more success stopping Bass, but he still managed to find his way into the end zone to a score a 16-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.
On offense, the Rams cruised, totaling 443 yards on 68 plays. In his third game as the starter, freshman quarterback Jack Newman looked poised and put up big numbers, completing 23-of-30 passes for 399 yards with five touchdowns.
“I’ve been seeing him since his grayshirt year,” wide receiver Tyrese Mack said after the game. “And I knew he would be the truth and that he can be the best JUCO quarterback in the nation. That guy is the real deal.”
The City College wide receivers put up big numbers thanks to Newman. Mack finished with six catches for 116 yards with three touchdown receptions, while freshman Baylei Coston caught six passes for 113 yards, and Frank Hall caught seven passes for 114 yards.
Hall fumbled the opening kickoff, which Modesto recovered, but the sophomore was able to bounce back. Towards the end of the first quarter Hall caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Newman that put the Rams up 7-0.
Mack’s final touchdown proved to be the most spectacular, as the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder burned the Modesto secondary for a 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put City up 49-16.
Running back DeShawn Collins ran for 101 yards on 23 carries and scored a rushing touchdown on a seven-yard run in the second quarter. Unfortunately for the Rams running back, his biggest play — a 64-yard run down to the Modesto two-yard line — was negated after a flag was thrown for an illegal block.
Jimmy Collins was happy with his team’s win despite making some mistakes, including fumbling the ball twice, missing a field goal, and penalties that canceled out big plays, like the 64-yard run.
“I have been saying this all year, if we can get out of our way and hold on to football and execute, we will be pretty good,” Jimmy Collins said. “This team is really young and they are growing exponentially every week. It is almost every play we are so much better than the play before. They want to be great and that is what it takes. The message I am about to send to them is that I am excited where they are at now but they have to keep getting better.”
The Rams are now 3-0 and will travel next weekend to play Butte College (2-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday September 22.