SRJC Football falls short to defending CCCAA Champions


Sean Young

SRJC Bear Cubs quarterback Carson Budke hands a football off to running back Adrian Torres (24) in the 3rd quarter at George M. Rush Stadium in SRJC’s 31-20 loss to City College of San Francisco on Sept. 3.

Tony Moeckel, Editor

The Santa Rosa Junior College football team managed to keep its season opener close against the defending champion, San Francisco City College Rams, on Sept. 3 at George M. Rush stadium. 

A missed scoring opportunity in the third quarter made all the difference in the Bear Cubs’ 31-20 loss.

Coming out of halftime, the Bear Cubs were down 21-13 to the Rams in a one-possession game. The Bear Cubs received the second-half kickoff and had a chance to even the game.

The Bear Cubs drove all the way to the Rams’ 18-yard line on the back of quarterback Santino Chavez and running back Adrian Torres. Despite being in the red zone, the Bear Cubs walked away with no points in a failed attempt to tie the game.

In the fourth quarter, Rams quarterback Matt Jenner connected with wide receiver Teneil Nichols on a massive 59-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 28-13. Nichols outran the entire Bear Cubs defense on his way to the endzone.

Throughout the game, the Bear Cubs rotated quarterbacks from Carson Budke to Santino Chavez. After a slow first quarter, Budke rotated back in after the Rams’ 59-yard touchdown. 

Budke scored his first touchdown of the season on a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaac Torres. Earlier in the drive, Budke and Torres put the Bear Cubs in scoring position on a 44-yard connection. Budke displayed a great level of poise on the eight-play, 69-yard drive, a sign for the future of the season.

The Rams ended the Bear Cubs’ comeback attempt with a 29-yard field goal to ice the game and make it a two-possession game. 

Linebacker Dimitri Johnson shined on defense, racking up six total tackles and a highlight-worthy 11-yard pick-six touchdown. 

Isaac Torres was the Bear Cubs’ lead receiver with seven receptions for 112 yards and caught a touchdown pass from both Budke and Chavez. 

The Bear Cubs will try to find their first win in their home-opener against Modesto Junior College at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at Bailey Field.