Riverside City College football team fails in CCCAA State Championship game – press enterprise



WALNUT – The Riverside City College football team needed just an extra 10 yards to take the lead in the closing minutes of the California Community College Athletic Association Championship game on Saturday.

But what the Tigers wanted most in the dying moments, a pass interference call, never materialized.

D’Andre Greeley intercepted Jordan Barton’s pass to Jammal Houston with 1:58 left as City College of San Francisco held on for the 22-19 win at Mt. San Antonio College.

  • Riverside City College’s Juwan Tucker (No.4), stiff arms D’Andre Greeley of City College San Francisco (No.14), on a two-point conversion during the CCCAA State Championship football game at the Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday December 11, 2021 (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Aaron Espero of City College of San Francisco (# 13) misses the kickoff against Riverside City College in the CCCAA State Championship soccer game at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, December 11, 2021. (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College’s Jammal Houston, (# 19), reaches for a pass over City College of San Francisco’s Andre Greeley, (# 14), on a two-point conversion during the State Championship soccer game from the CCCAA at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday December 11, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Jeffrey Weimer, of College of San Francisco (# 80), reaches for a pass against Carlton Johnson, (# 1) of Riverside City College, in the CCCAA State Championship soccer game at Mt. San Antonio College, on Saturday December 11, 2021 (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College running back Thomas Kinslow (# 2) carries the ball as Rocky Katoanga, (# 17) of City College of San Francisco hits the tackle in the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday December 11, 2021. (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College quarterback Jordan Barton, (No.15), carries the ball near Frederick Thompkins of City College San Francisco (No.5) during the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday, December 11, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College’s Juwan Tucker (No.4) celebrates with quarterback Jordan Barton (No.15) after scoring a touchdown against City College San Francisco in the CCCAA at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday, December 11, 2021 (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College running back Dean Connors (No.22) carries the ball and stiff arms to City College San Francisco’s Trenton Holloway (No.3), during the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday, December 11, 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Chris Ballard of Riverside City College. (# 93), tackle City College of San Francisco quarterback Jack Newman, (# 12), for a sack during the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday 11 December 2021 (Contributing photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College Marquis Ashley (No.7) drops a pass against City College San Francisco’s Sam Lockett (No.33), during the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College , on Saturday December 11, 2021 (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College quarterback Jordan Barton, (No.15), carries the ball and slides under the City College of San Francisco defense in the CCCAA State Championship soccer game at Mt. San Antonio College , Saturday December 11, 2021 (Collaborating photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • City College San Francisco’s Devan Walker (No.15) reaches the end zone, scoring a touchdown against Riverside City College’s Noa Purcell (No.40), in the CCCAA State Championship football game at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday December 11, 2021. (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

  • Riverside City College quarterback Jordan Barton (No.15) carries the ball and slides to avoid a tackle from City College San Francisco’s Trey Cain (No.22) in the Championship soccer game. CCCAA State at Mt. San Antonio College, Saturday Dec. 11, 2021. (Contributing Photographer / John Valenzuela)

“I’m really disappointed,” said RCC coach Tom Craft. “It ended until the end where their guy totally grabbed our receiver and held him. We played a very tough game, and it’s a shame to get there at the end. Normally I would say it shouldn’t come down to that (a call), but when you have two teams that are like that, it comes down to what you can and can’t do in a game.

The RCC (10-3) took possession of their 20 late shots 22-19 with 4:43 to go. The Tigers quickly roamed the field, Barton completing 5 of 6 passes for 64 yards. Houston was the main target for Barton, who received receptions from 8, 18 and 18 yards.

RCC had the first and the goal at 9, but Dean Connors was pissed off for a loss. Barton threw a ground pass to Houston in the end zone on the second down, but it was a long pass. On the third try, Greeley notched his 10th interception of the season.

Houston said he took three steps and tried to take a break, but failed because he was in custody.

“I couldn’t even put my hands up,” said Houston, who received receptions for 79 yards. “I told (the officials) that they were holding me back the whole game. He said he would call her… but that’s how it is.

City College of San Francisco (13-0) ran out of time and won their eighth state championship.

The first quarter was a battle for position on the pitch as both offenses struggled to move the ball.

The RCC finally got something at the end of the quarter, as Barton hooked up to Rosshawn Lacy on a cross road for a 43-yard gain. But Barton was sacked for a 13-yard loss to push the ball back to 30. Ricardo Chavez had plenty of leg but hung up his field goal attempt from 47 yards on the left.

The game went scoreless until the second quarter. The RCC broke through when Juwan Tucker threw a 13-yard backhand for a touchdown to help the Tigers take a 7-0 lead with 6:10 left at halftime.

CCSF responded quickly, as Aaron Espero returned the next kickoff 34 yards to give the Rams a great field position. Devan Walker followed with 34 and 12 yard runs to move the ball into the red zone, and Walker propelled 3 yards to help tie the score with 3:20 remaining at halftime.

The RCC took over at 15 with less than a minute to go, but Dean Connors pulled off a 31-yard run to move the ball close to midfield. Barton completed a 16-yard pass to Houston, then Barton rushed for a 4-yard gain to move the ball to RSAC 37 with two seconds on the clock.

Chavez was lining up for a 54-yard field goal, but the RCC was called in for a false start, moving the ball to the 42. Chavez was bewildered, as he delivered the 59-yard kick to break his own record. State of 56 established earlier this season. Chavez’s kick hit the crossbar and rebounded through the uprights.

The CCSF missed the kickoff early in the second half and the RCC converted the turnover to points when Chavez put up a 47-yard field goal to take the lead to 13-7. RCC’s defense strengthened later in the third quarter, when Nathan Bolton intercepted a Jack Newman pass to end a scoring threat.

The RCC still had that lead when the fourth quarter starter, but the FLSAC took their first lead of the game when Newman found Traivion Drummer on a cross road for a 13-yard touchdown.

The RCC special teams delivered another big play when Kenui Huey recovered a punt at CCSF 5. Thomas Kinslow lined up in the Wildcat lineup and scored on a 2-yard run to give the RCC a lead of 19-14. The Tigers went for a two-point conversion, but this time the FLSAC sniffed out the opposite of Tucker.

On the possession that followed, Chris Ballard sacked Newman for a 7-yard loss on the second down. CSSF faced third and 20, but Newman found himself in the pocket and found Drummer for a 41-yard gain. Three plays later, Newman dropped a screen pass into the hands of Walker, who ran for 28 yards for the touchdown. Newman then joined Roderick Gaskin on the two-point conversion to give the Rams a 22-19 advantage.

Barton completed 21 of 34 passes for 234 yards. Kinslow and Connors combined to run 116 yards.

“It was tough,” Barton said of the ending. “Going down the stretch like that, we thought we were going to pull it out. Being that close is a tough feeling, but I’m really proud of this team, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to play with. They were great, and so were the coaches.


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