SRJC’s Bear Cubs lose in poor defensive effort against Laney College Eagles in final home game

Spencer Harris, Staff Writer

SRJC’s Bear Cubs football team continued its disappointing season in the last home game against the Laney College Eagles. The Bear Cubs suffered a tough 30-7 loss, bringing their overall season record to 3-6.

This is the second consecutive season the Bear Cubs will not be competing in a bowl game after nine straight years of qualifying. The team is 0-4 in conference games this season due to the lack of rush defense. The Bear Cub’s defense has allowed an average of 160 yards per game.

However, the team’s offense has produced more than 3,000 yards passing this season and is averaging just more than 28 points per game, but the defense allowed more than 30 points per game.

The Bear Cub’s last home game of the season against the Eagles was no different. During the Eagle’s first drive, after the Bear Cubs punted to open the game, running back Corterlie Anderson rushed for a 40 yard touchdown. The next three possessions for the Bear Cubs ended in punts or turnover on downs. During one of those drives with six minutes in the first quarter the Bear Cubs drove 66 yards in 12 plays, but turned the ball over on downs after a questionable fourth down call on Laney’s 19-yard line. After the first quarter Laney was leading 7-0.

Laney started the second quarter with a 46-yard field goal. The next possession the Bear Cubs were forced to punt. On the following possession Laney missed a 29-yard field goal.

With four minutes to go in the second quarter, Bear Cub quarterback Jared Hasskamp threw an interception, intended for wide receiver Mitchell Ortiz. Ortiz had nine receptions for 130 yards. The Eagles were able to capitalize on Hasskamp’s mistake with quarterback David Ross completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joseph Powell.

With just over two minutes to play in the second quarter, the Bear Cubs were able to earn their first and only touchdown of the game. The team drove 73-yards and scored when Hasskamp completed an 8-yard pass to wide receiver Cameron Richmond.

The Eagles marched 53-yards down the field with less then a minute to make another 46-yard field goal. At the end of the first-half the Bear Cubs were losing 20-7.

The Eagles received the ball to begin the third quarter, but lost possession after fumbling on the kick return due to a vicious hit by cornerback Jason Verrett, but the Bear Cubs were unable to earn any points and punted after a three and out.

The next two drives for each team resulted in punts or turnover on downs. The next scoring drive occurred with four minutes to go in the third quarter when Ross completed a 50-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Wilson after a five play 93-yard drive.

On the next possession running back Orion Kamins, fumbled the ball on his own 38-yard line. The Eagles weren’t able to earn any points from the fumble, however, missing a 37-yard field goal. The rest of the third quarter resulted in punts for both teams.

Beginning in the fourth quarter the Eagles had possession and made a 24-yard field goal. Even with a 23-point deficit, the Bear Cubs played hard until the final whistle. The offense looked sharp earning 408 yards, but the defense just couldn’t stop the Eagle’s attack, allowing 524-yards of offense.