By Mari Erin Roth
Sportswriter [email protected]
The Feather River College Eagles traveled to San Jose to play the Jaguars Saturday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
The Eagles were the first on the scoreboard. In the first quarter, FRC’s Tanner Hall made a 3-yard run for a touchdown in a 6-play drive for 42 yards in 1:54 minutes. The Jaguars came back with a 20-yard field goal after gaining 78 yards in 4:22 minutes and nine plays; 6-3 Eagles.
In the second quarter FRC’s Chance Bustillos made a 2-yard run after six plays and a gain of 27 yards in 12:45 minutes increasing the FRC lead. With a good extra point kick from Gio Morales, the Eagles increased their lead 13-3. San Jose retaliated with a TD from Jaguar William Schwartz as he caught a 47-yard pass from Alec Gray. The extra point was good by Jaguar kicker Owen Lagos. Scoring only took San Jose 57 seconds in a drive for 51 yards in three plays to narrow the FRC lead, 13-10.
The Eagles were not finished for the quarter. Eagle Daeden Taylor put the finishing touch on a 5-play drive of 39 yards in 2:06 minutes with a 1-yard run to score. Morales placed another good kick to push the Eagles farther out front, 20-10. Eagle Hall doubled the impact to score with a 3-yard run after five plays and 39 yards in 2:06 minutes. Morales’ good kick made the score 27-10 at halftime.
The third quarter scoring belonged to the Eagles. FRC Dalton Flowers completed a 58-yard pass from Jared Taylor to put another Eagle TD on the scoreboard after three plays and 56 yards in 1:23 minutes. Morales added another point, 34-10. Eagle Jared Taylor made a 19-yard run for a TD and Morales kicked the extra point, 41-10, at the end of the quarter.
The Jaguar defense held the Eagles from scoring in the final quarter and added a TD for themselves as Tyson Bochert picked up a 31-yard pass from Michael Martinez after a 75-yard drive in seven plays for the final game score of Eagles 41, Jaguars 16.
The Eagles had 21 first downs to the Jaguar 15 and played more of a ground game in San Jose. FRC head football coach Nick Goulet led the team to three passing first downs and 17 rushing first downs. The Eagles averaged a 6.9-yard gain per play. Passing completions were 7/11 and net yards per passing play, 13.5 yards. There were zero interceptions by the Jaguars, but the Eagles managed two interceptions from their opponents for a gain of 30 total yards. FRC netted 301 yards rushing to the Jaguar 33.
Individually, Eagle Running Back Jared Taylor had 4 completions of 8 attempts for 120 yards, and one TD. Quarterback Daeden Taylor had 3 completions of 3 attempts for 29 yards. Tanner Hall led the Eagle rushing with 87 yards and scored 2 TDs. Da’Jon Thomas carried 57 yards, Jared Taylor 48 yards scoring one TD, Levi Andrews 44 yards, Steven Keats 24 yards and Chance Bustillos rushed 19 yards and scored an Eagle TD. Gio Morales shot 5 of 6 kicks through the goal posts to score extra points for FRC. Sergio Medina had 3 kickoff returns for a total of 66 yards. Da’Jon Thomas brought a return back 26 yards. Interception returns were made by Cole Eichele and Josh Bass. Vicente Becerra sacked the Jaguar quarterback for an 8-yard loss.
Last week’s home game, Sept. 4, with Gavilan was cancelled due to poor air quality from the Dixie Fire. The Eagles are scheduled to host the Monterey Peninsula Lobos this Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. The forecast is a 30 percent chance of rain. Temp is predicted to be a pleasant 70 degrees and a little rain might be just what is needed to clear the air. Fans are welcomed and invited to attend the Feather River College home football game. The Eagles have added two Saturday home games to their schedule: first hosting the Los Medanos Mustangs Oct. 16 at 5 p.m., and for the final game of the season, the Foothill Owls at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Feather River College Eagles Football schedule
Feather River College 41, San Jose Jaguars 16
1 p.m. Home game: Feather River College vs. Monterey Peninsula at FRC Stadium
1 p.m. Feather River College at Merced Blue Devils
1 p.m. Feather River College at Hartnell Panthers
5 p.m. Home game: Feather River College vs. Los Medanos Mustangs at FRC Stadium
1 p.m. Feather River College at Yuba 49ers
1 p.m. Home game: Feather River College vs. Contra Costa Comets at FRC Stadium
1 p.m. Feather River College at De Anza Mountain Lions
1 p.m. Home game: Feather River College vs. Foothill Owls at FRC Stadium