By Patrick Cochran/The Guardsman
City College won an exciting bowl game Nov.8, which served up as many defensive thrills as offensive ones, by a score of 59-31 over the Sierra College Wolverines.
The aptly named San Francisco Community College Bowl featured many crowd-pleasing plays, including multiple defensive touchdowns. It was a close contest for most of the game, but the Rams eventually pulled out to provide an especially satisfying end to their season.
Highlights of the game for City College include scoring four defensive touchdowns.
“I feel real good today scoring four defensive touchdowns. Never have scored four before,” Rams head coach George Rush said after the game.
Freshman Shalom Luani had the first touchdown of the day when he returned an interception for 52 yards in the first quarter. Luani sprinted full speed down the sideline, being extra vigilant to avoid going out of bounds.
“I just ran with it. I needed another one, another defensive touchdown for the season,” Luani said.
Cornerback Maurice Cannon got the second defensive touchdown of the afternoon when he returned an interception for 22 yards.
Defensive end David Tameilau was involved in the other two defensive touchdowns. He scored the first one when he forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter. After picking up the ball, Tameilau tore down the field, showing agility for a big guy and rumbling 78 yards for six points.
But that wasn’t enough for him.
In the fourth quarter, Tameilau forced and recovered yet another fumble.
Just as he was going to be tackled by a Sierra player, Tameilau lateralled the ball to teammate Isaiah Clark who took it the rest of the way to the end zone. The play racked up 70 total yards.
“I used to play rugby,” Tameilau said. “So I just thought about rugby on that play and lateralled the ball.”
City College quarterback Turner Baty was 14 of 26 for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Leading the Rams in receiving were Miles Gordon with six receptions for 48 yards and A.J. Lewis with three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Sierra was led by quarterback Daniel Harding, who finished 27 of 42 with 293 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Harding’s leading target was wide receiver Devin Gray, who pulled in nine catches for 116 yards.
The Rams ended their season with an 8-3 record.