by David Silverstein, NCFC Statistician
San Francisco – Running Back Namane Modise ran for 253 yards on 37 carriers and two touchdowns to lead host City College of San Francisco to a 26-14 victory over Saddleback College in the first meeting since 1992. The totals for the 6-1, 195-pound sophomore running back, the game MVP, was his best effort of the year.
The Rams of CCSF started the game with a fly sweep attempt by Saddleback's Nathan Rodgers which turned into a loss of 13 yards. Later in the drive with a 4th and 2 from the CCSF 47 yard line the Gauchos tried to run the ball with Johnny Stanton which resulted in a rush for no yards to turn the ball over to the Rams. The Rams offense looked like they had it going to a complete pass from Anthony Gordon to Easop Winston for seven yards but Marcus Meredith caused the fumble which resulted in Kai Ross recovering the ball.
On Saddleback's second drive they tried a trick play on 4th down that resulted in an another turnover on downs. CCSF then proceeded to drive the ball down to the Saddleback six yard-line and after two plays they got the ball to the three yard-line. Gordon tried to run the ball in for the score but the Gauchos Zachary Wade caused a fumble which Lamar Madkin recovered to keep the Rams off the board.
San Francisco on the third drive of the game finally broke thru with Gordon to Andrew Vollert for an eight yard touchdown. CCSF Kicker Cristian Antezana missed the extra point and the Rams lead by six points.
After a Saddleback Timeout on their final drive of the half, the Rams took two timeouts to ice the Saddleback kicker. Aaron Ball attempted the Field Goal for Saddleback from 48 yards and kicked the ball with enough power to easily be good from well over 50 but luckily for CCSF it was off to the side and allowed the Rams to take a kneel down to take a 6-0 lead at the half.
Starting off the 2nd half the Gauchos stopped the CCSF offense and forced a CCSF punt but the Gauchos had a personal foul to bring the ball to the Saddleback nine yard-line.
The 2nd CCSF drive of the second half showed the power and quickness of Namane Modise where he capped off the drive with a one yard rush into the endzone. This time Antezana's kick was good to put the Rams up 13-0. The 3rd quarter ended with CCSF up by 13.
On the Rams first series of the 4th quarter they got on the board again when Gordon found Easop Winston in the endzone and the Rams extended their to 20-0. The next drive by CCSF ended in another Modise score from five yards out to end the scoring for the Rams in the game and give them a 26-0 lead.
Johnny Stanton, the 2015 CCCAA Offensive Player of the Year, tried to get the Gauchos back in the game with a 53 yard pass to Dominic Collins. The Gauchos then tried a 2 point attempt and saw the pass from Jacob Gibson fall to the ground to make the score 26-6 in favor of the Rams.
With the clock starting to get close to the end the Gauchos got the ball back with 3:20 left at their own 7 yard line. Johnny Stanton showed why he was the top QB in the State and lead the Gauchos on a drive to add another score to Collins on a six yard pass which included a Defensive Pass Interference Call that was declined. Stanton then completed a 2-point Conversion by rushing the ball in to cut the lead to 26-14.
The icing on the cake came on a 4th and 6 from CCSF at the Saddleback 29 yard-line. A pass from Gordon to Collins where Collins had a chance at a Touchdown but smartly took a slide to seal the victory at the Saddleback 18 yard-line.
Game MVP - Namane Modise - CCSF
Offensive Player of the Game - Anthony Gordon - CCSF
Defensive Player of the Game - Nick Pierotti - CCSF