Mari Erin Roth
The Feather River College football team won their post-season bowl game with the Monterey Peninsula Lobos by a score of 34-16. The Lobos were number one in their division, winning conference games 4-0, but met their match when they played the high-flying Eagles in Quincy Nov. 27 in front of a full stadium of football fans.
The Lobos were on a 5-game streak when they travelled to Plumas County to meet the undefeated Eagles, ready for a different outcome the second time around. The FRC men first introduced themselves to the Lobos during the 2021 season on Sept. 18 in Monterey when FRC won by a score of 32-15.
The post-season bowl game scoring started with the Lobos Sergi Rodas-Mendoza kicking a 42-yard field goal. It took the Lobos 12 plays to travel 50 yards in order to get those points on the scoreboard. Seconds later, FRC’s Da’Jon Thomas made a 75-yard run to score for the Eagles and take the lead with a good kick from Gio Morales, 7-3.
At the top of the second quarter, Feather River’s Jacob Backus caught a 33-yard pass from Jared Taylor to score. Gio Morales made another good kick to widen the Eagle lead over the Lobos, 14-3. FRC’s Dalton Flowers caught a 49-yard pass from Taylor to land in the end zone with 9:35 minutes left in the second quarter. Morales remained consistent scoring on the kick for the Eagles, 21-3. Sam Marshall picked up a 6-yard pass from Taylor to score for Feather River, 27-3, with 5 minutes left in the half.
It wasn’t until the third quarter was almost over that the Lobos rallied on the scoreboard when Lobo Quinton Lewis caught an 11-yard pass from Will Weinmann, 27-9, after a failed 2-point conversion attempt.
The Eagles came back in the fourth quarter with more marks when FRC’s Thomas caught a Taylor 8-yard pass followed by a good kick from Morales, 34-9, with just 2:13 remaining in the game. Monterey had the last word though with 1:36 left on the timer. Lobo Lewis caught a 14-yard pass from Joshua Elmore, and a good kick from Rodas-Mendoza brought the final score to the tenth win in a row for the Feather River College Eagles, 34-16.
The Lobos put up a good fight, but the high-flying Eagles soared undefeated for the 2021 season.