Comets crush 49ers, 47-21
Football team dominates Yuba College in conference opener
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 15:10
It took until Oct. 19, but the football team finally secured the runaway win it had been looking for all season. The Comets overpowered the Yuba College 49ers 47-21 Saturday, behind spectacular efforts on both sides of the ball.
Contra Costa College made the most of its Homecoming game, having not played at home in nearly one month since its Sept. 21 victory over Gavilan College.
With the victory, the Comets improved to 4-2 overall (1-0 in the Bay Valley Conference). Yuba fell to 2-4 (0-1 in the BVC).
Coach Alonzo Carter has emphasized his squad’s resilience and that “the team is equipped to come back,” citing the close games it has played this season as evidence. Fortunately for him, the Comets never had to play catch-up in this one.
Sophomore quarterback Malik Watson said post-game, “Offense came from our defense. (The defense) stepped up big time.”
A prime example of Watson’s conclusion was a pivotal sequence in the first quarter. A sack by Comet sophomore linebacker Jarmon Coleman forced Yuba to punt. Then, a 25-yard punt return from sophomore wide receiver Phadrae White left the Comets a mere 26 yards from the end zone.
Running back Davante Sapp-Lynch then took over. What ensued was not only the play of the game, but one of the most impressive runs of the year.
After the first 5 yards Sapp-Lynch gained on his run, his offensive line pushed the running back as he pedaled forward and carried him 20 more yards into the end zone.
“All I did was keep moving my feet. The O-line was carrying me,” Sapp-Lynch said, giving his line the well-earned credit.
“(Davante) had a lot of family here and really wanted to have a standout game,” Carter said. Carter stressed how important the Homecoming was to the whole team.
Sapp-Lynch’s touchdown put the Comets ahead 13-0.
In the second quarter, defensive back Dominique Harrison intercepted a pass from Yuba quarterback Datwon Melvin as Yuba was about to score. This led to a sustained offensive drive capped off by freshman Terrance Barnes’ reception from Watson for a touchdown.
“It’s like pick-your-poison with our receivers. More than one got close to 100 yards,” Watson said of his offensive weapons, which include Barnes, White and Larry Cornish III. “Our offense is clicking. Our offensive coordinator was great in calling the game.”
CCC was ahead 20-0 and, despite a few lapses, the team never really looked back.
One such lapse immediately followed the Barnes touchdown. Yuba kick returner Brandon Williams went 88 yards on the kickoff to cut the lead to 20-7.
Following an impressive 20-yard touchdown run by Sapp-Lynch’s cohort in the backfield, freshman Marshon Ardoin, the Comets took a 27-7 lead and tried to press the action.
Receptions from White and Cornish III had the Comets threatening again just before halftime. Momentum was halted, however, when Sapp-Lynch was stopped with a yardage loss on a pivotal third down.
“It makes no sense. None,” Carter hollered at his offensive unit for its failure to capitalize on the opportunity.
The Comets would score anyway via a touchdown pass from Watson to freshman receiver Anthony Stewart and headed into halftime cruising behind a 33-7 lead.
Both teams were heavily penalized in this emotional game. The Comets lost 100 yards due to their penalties, not to be outdone by 130 yards lost by Yuba College in the same category.
“We’re still trying to cut down on penalties,” Carter said.
Early on, when the game was still in question, CCC benefitted more from Yuba’s sloppiness.
The Comet defense continued to shine in the third quarter behind sacks from sophomore defensive lineman Da’Seion Cole and freshman linebacker Darnell Dailey. Dailey led the team with nine tackles.
Still, the Comets were not mistake-free, and had the strange occurrence of back-to-back interceptions called back while Yuba was in the red zone. Yuba would manufacture a touchdown, cutting the score to 33-14.
The 49ers managed only 91 passing yards in contrast to the Comets’ 219.
Sapp-Lynch ran for a second touchdown with 12:52 to go in the fourth quarter. He finished with 146 total yards.
Was it his best game? “Maybe. Maybe not. I’m just striving to improve every week just like the team,” he said.
The scariest moment of the game came with 7 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, with the Comets comfortably ahead 40-14.
Freshman defensive back Greg Chucks got more of his teammate than the opponent on an attempted tackle and was temporarily stunned and not moving. Both teams took a knee and play was stopped for several minutes until Chucks was able to move to the sidelines with help.
Each team scored another touchdown to close the fourth quarter, including a kick return where Comet sophomore back Josh Covington outdid Yuba’s earlier feats and went 90 yards for the score.
In addressing his team post-game, Carter thanked the players for their effort and reminded them to keep their focus for their next practices and two road games against Shasta College and Mendocino College.
“Your energy should not change,” he said. “Maintain your level. Period.”