Bear Cubs out jousted by the Knights

Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) protects the rock from Shasta College's defense at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]

Joseph Barkoff, special

Santa Rosa Junior College hosted Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School’s football field for the game three of the 2019 this past Saturday, Sept. 21.

Bear Cubs scored first on a 1-yard run by Will Heckman  after five minutes of game-time, but Shasta would tie it back up with a 48-yard punt return seven minutes later.

Santa Rosa would take the lead briefly with a field goal by Kevin Nguyen early in the second quarter, but Shasta would counter again and take the lead six minutes later and never look back.

There was a brief moment of hope on a fumble recovery with less than two minutes remaining, but Santa Rosa was unable to capitalize on the turnover.

Santa Rosa lost to Shasta 24-17.

Santa Rosa plays College of the Sequoias in Visalia next Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

Santa Rosa quarterback Collin Hickey (12) prepares to throw a pass against Shasta College’s defense at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa punter and kicker Kevin Nguyen (10) releases the ball to send it to Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa Junior College defends the trenches against Shasta College’s defense at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Shasta College wide receiver James Lee (1) puts on the breaks along the sideline against Santa Rosa Junior College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Shasta College wider receiver Ivan Smith (2) stiff arms Santa Rosa cornerback Eric Wilson (16) at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa, also quarterback Colin Hickey(12) drops back to pass against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa quarterback Will Heckman (14) winces as Shasta College linebacker Troy Lyons (30) connects his head to Heckman’s hips at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back JT Evans (9) uses a hand too get a few more yards against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa head coach Lenny Wagner gives running back Maceo Barbosa (5) final instructions before Barbosa re-enters the game against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) stiff arms a Shasta College would-be tackler at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) refuses to be arm tackled by Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa slotback Blake Thomas (2) stands ready to receive a punt from Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) looks for room to gain more yards against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) breaks tackles against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa double threat punter, kicker, Kevin Nguyen (10) sends the ball into play from a kickoff against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa celebrates a touchdown against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa quarterback Will Heckman (14) breaks an arm tackle and dives into the end zone for the first SRJC touchdown of the day against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back JT Evans (9) advances the rock into Shasta College’s defensive backfield at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa head coach Lenny Wagner and his team place their hands over their hearts for the playing of the National Anthem before facing Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Shasta College wider receiver James Lee fumbles the ball after a 17 yard reception against Santa Rosa Junior College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa would have less than two minutes to try to make a run at the end zone for a potential tie and overtime. [Joseph Barkoff]
Shasta College quarterback Hokulani Wickward (17) looks to get rid of the ball against Santa Rosa Junior College’s defense at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa coaches have a smile after the defense recovers a fumble with enough time to still make a run against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. There was 1:50 left at the beginning of Santa Rosa’s last drive. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) reaches the ball across the plane of the end zone to score Santa Rosa’s second touchdown of the day against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) protects the rock from Shasta College’s defense at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa running back Maceo Barbosa (5) makes a run for it from Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa quarterback Jhalen Grayer (11) sends a pass downfield against Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa slotback Jorgen Sarganis (7) is upended by a Shasta College defender at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa slotback Jorgen Sarganis (7) makes a run for it from Shasta College at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Santa Rosa slotback Blake Thomas’s (2) forward progress is interrupted by Shasta College Adonis Thomas (32) at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]
Shasta College wide receiver James (1) Lee makes Santa Rosa Junior College defenders miss on the sideline at Santa Rosa High School Sept. 21 in Santa Rosa. [Joseph Barkoff]