By Ivan Huang
The City College Rams decimated the West Hill City College Falcons 71-6 on Sept. 15.It was head coach George Rush’s 300th win as the head of the football program.“I’m just happy for our team, happy for how they’ve played, and that means I’ve been at this college for a while,” Rush said.After the Falcons won the toss, the Rams started out strong, forcing them to a three and out and scoring right away after getting the ball.
Then the scores just kept piling up for the Rams, who reached the end zone three times in the first quarter.
After recording only 36 yards rushing in the Rams’ home opener against the Diablo Valley College Vikings, it became clear that the Rams had to step up their ground game in front of their home crowd.
“It’s always good to get the run going, because the defense has to prepare for that, and it opens up for the pass,” Andrew Spivey, Rams starting quarterback, said.
Spivey tallied 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Rams starting sophomore running back Kristoffer Oglubode, who had a strong performance against Laney College on Sept. 7, punched in another strong performance, rushing for two touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
“The offensive linemen did a great job of opening holes for me, so I just ran through ‘em,” Oglubode said.
And run through ‘em they did, as the Rams for the entire game rushed for 299 yards and five touchdowns.
With the score marking 41-0 at halftime, the second string, third string and even the fourth string players were getting looks.
“At that point we just want to get everyone in the game and playing,” Spivey said. “Everyone on the team works so hard and it’s good to have games like this where everyone can get to play.”
Not even giving the Falcons a chance to breathe, the Rams scored 30 more points in the second half with most of their starters sitting on the bench.
“There’s a lot of guys that work hard besides the starters and my mindset is everyone gets to play, everyone gets up and showcase themselves,” Rush said.
With Rush’s 300th win on the books, he is the winningest coach in U.S. community college history, with a record of 300-86-4. Rush has won seven national titles and 20 conference titles according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I took over the program in 1977, so I’ve been here for a while, but I’ve just been really blessed that I’ve had such a terrific staff over the years,” Rush said. “The biggest thing is, you want each group of kids to come along to establish their own identity and be successful, because they can accomplish things that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
After a scare in the Rams’ home opener on Sept. 1, the Rams showed that they are still the favorites to win the National title this year, dismantling opponents on an average of 34 points each game so far this season.
The Rams will take a road trip to face Fresno City College on Sept. 22. Kick off starts at 6 p.m.