Defense holds onto lead
Football team wins first game of season
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
Down by 15 points in the first half, the football team roared back and beat Foothill College 35-28 Saturday at Comet Stadium in the opener for both teams.
Contra Costa College (1-0) played the Owls (0-1) last year for its first game, and was blown out 33-13.
CCC’s next game will be Saturday at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The score was 7-6 after CCC answered back with freshman running back Marshon Ardoin’s touchdown, but 13 seconds later CCC’s defense gave up a 76-yard TD run by Foothill running back Sameula Fanua in the first quarter. After another Owl touchdown, the Comet defense held up against the Owls offense keeping their score to 21 points in the first half.
“I was thinking, (is the defense) going to stay together and come out of this?” football coach Alonzo Carter said of the 15-point deficit. “You just want to see how they will come out of a situation like that.”
The Comets erased the 15-point deficit and brought the score to a one-point difference, with two touchdown passes from quarterback Malik Watson, ending the half down 21-20.
In the second half, CCC’s defense shut out Foothill’s offense by stopping its running attack and sacking its quarterback. For the game Watson passed for 332 yards with three touchdowns.
Watson said he made many mistakes in the first half and he was not getting the ball to his receivers on time.
“There were a couple of times where (the receivers) were wide open and I missed them,” he said about the first half. “I caught up to the speed in the second half and we started to play better.”
Despite fumbling in the first half, sophomore running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch turned it around in the third quarter, giving the Comets a 28-21 lead with his 6-yard rushing touchdown.
CCC’s defense forced a fumble by Fanua, which allowed another passing touchdown from Watson to Sapp-Lynch, increasing the lead to 35-21.
Sapp-Lynch rushed for a 100 yards with a rushing and a passing touchdown. The Comet sophomore said Foothill played physical football with them, and the team knew it could adjust after its rocky start.
“I’m thinking hold onto the rock and come in harder in the second half,” he said. “It messed with my mind a little bit but you have to have a short-term memory after making a turnover.”
The Comet defense gave up a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but held onto the lead beating the Owls and securing a victory in their first game of the season.
Sophomore defensive lineman Lavaka Maile got to the quarterback twice. The team had four sacks in the game.
The Comets netted 463 total yards on offense, with credit going to the Comets’ new offensive linemen, who did not allow a sack during the contest. Watson said his offensive linemen deserve all the credit for his success in the game.
Carter said, “Our offensive line stepped up today with four new starters at those positions.”