Up 21-14 with less than six minutes left in the third quarter in a battle of unbeatens with Butte College, City College allowed 28 unanswered points to the Roadrunners, and dropped its first game of the season 42-21.
“It is a reality check for us,” head coach Jimmy Collins said. “But the reality is all of our goals are still attainable, we can still we our division and conference and win a championship and we need to continue to be the team we know we can be and not take on a losing mentality from one loss.”
Both teams started off with big plays from their quarterbacks. Butte’s Brandt Hughes hit a 73-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Kress on the opening drive. Rams quarterback Jack Newman answer with a 54-yard touchdown strike to Christian Wilks at the end of the first quarter.
Wilks would have a tremendous game, finishing it with 156 yards receiving on eight catches with a touchdown.
Butte went into halftime with a 14-7 lead after Hughes ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the Rams started the second half strong, scoring the first two touchdowns, including a 17-yard scoring strike from Newman to freshman receiver Baylei Coston to finish a six-play, 68-yard scoring drive to start the half.
The Rams would score their final touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Newman. The promising freshman completed 23-of-38 passes for 317 yards, with two touchdowns, but also had two costly interceptions.
Roadrunners running back Deonta McMahon carried his team to victory in the second half, accounting for three out of their four touchdowns. The first came on a trick play that saw McMahon complete a 3-yard pass to receiver Tariq Glenn to tighten the score to 21-20.
Butte kicker Sam Smart’s ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Roadrunners in Rams territory, and they proceeded to march 35 yards to score on another Hughes 1-yard rushing touchdown, plus a 2-point conversion, to take a 28-21 lead.
McMahon scored the game’s final two touchdowns on runs of 37 and 30 yards, and had 154 total rushing yards on 27 carries on the day. Hughes completed 7-of-14 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown with two touchdowns on the ground.
Rams running back DeShawn Collins tallied 53 rushing yards on 12 carries, and fellow sophomore Frank Hall caught 10 passes for 96 yards. On defense, sophomore star linebacker Anthony Porter, a product of Mission High School, had a sack and 2 1/2 tackles for loss.
The Rams are now 3-1 but with a young roster mostly freshman starters, bumps are expected. Next up, CCSF travels to the College of the Siskiyous on Sept. 29 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.