The SRJC Bear Cubs try to keep their early season roll going.
They probably would like a little bit of a breather.
The Bear Cubs are 3-0 going into their game against Laney. The game is their second home game of the season and will be broadcast on KSRO 1350 AM and 103.5 FM. The kickoff is Saturday at 5 pm.
The Bear Cubs three wins have had some suspense. The wins have been by a combined 18 points. That includes the last two weeks in overtime and a one point win.
The first game, a 31-21 win over San Joaquin Delta, wasn’t as close as the score indicates. They had a 24-0 lead in the first half and although Delta did rally, they never had the ball with a chance to take the lead.
The next two games had big time stress.
Against then No. 1 Butte they let a 17-7 first half lead slip away before taking a 24-17 OT win.
Then after setting that standard, last week they fell behind Sacramento 24-10 before rallying to a 32-31 win.
As you might guess by the scores, this team is a thrill a minute.
The offense has been led by former Windsor quarterback Christian McAlvain who has thrown eight touchdowns passes and only one interception. The eight touchdown passes is tied for sixth in the state. He is also No. 9 in the state averaging 258 passing yards a game. To show you the team is a work in progress McAlvain has done this despite being sacked twenty one times, including eighteen in the last two weeks.
Terrence Drew has been his go to player. His 126 yards receiving is third in the state. He has also caught six touchdown passes which is tied for second.
The defense is the same way. The 23 points they have given up isn’t a head turner, but the total yards they have given up is in the top ten. They are also tied for the state lead with eight interceptions.
Laney has started 1-2 and got their win over Sacramento in the opener. They didn’t need the dramatics that SRJC needed last week. They had a 48-14 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter before holding on for a 48-33 win. The next two weeks hasn’t been so good, including last week when they gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns and dropped a 30-27 decision to Sierra.
The Bear Cubs, who started No. 18 in the state rankings, have moved up to No. 4 in the state. Take that with a grain of salt. When SRJC defeated Butte two weeks ago, the Roadrunners were the No. 1 team in the state. They also lost last week to fall to 1-2 overall and now they are No. 18 in the state.
SRJC will have another home game next Saturday vs Sequoias which will also be a 5 pm kickoff. All the SRJC home games this season are Saturday’s at 5 pm. In two weeks they open league play at San Mateo.
There is only one high school game on Saturday. Elsie Allen is at Piner in the SCL opener for both. Elsie Allen is looking for its first win while Piner goes into the game 2-2.
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