It wasn’t the prettiest of games.   Maybe you can blame it on the 90 degree temperature.   But whatever the reason, while the San Francisco Giants were playing about half of their baseball game on Saturday, your SRJC Bear Cubs moved to 5-0, with a 28-3 win over the Giants of the College of the Sequoias.
They also might move up higher than the No. 4 state ranking that they were when the weekend started.
Former Windsor star Christian McAlvain continues his good start to the season, a season that has reached the halfway point,   by passing for 271 yards and three touchdowns.    Despite being sacked an average of six times a game, he has thrown thirteen touchdown passes and only two interceptions.

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Jovesa Cackau makes the tackle for the SRJC Defense, as the Bear Cubs shut down the College of Sequoias offense..

It actually could have been more one sided.   In the first quarter, SRJC missed on one scoring opportunity when a field goal attempt failed because of a bad snap and a long touchdown pass was taken off the scoreboard because of a penalty.
SRJC settled for a 7-0 halftime lead when they went on a five minute, 80 yard drive that ended on McAlvain’s first touchdown pass. The scoring play was an eight yard pass to Terrence Drew, his seventh touchdown catch of the season.   He went into the game tied for third in the state in that category.
Considering the way defense was playing in the penalty filled game that lasted over three hours, that touchdown would be enough.   The offense got some breathing room on the first series of the first half when Khirhy Hayes caught a 66 yard TD pass to make in 14-0.  It was the first of two third quarter touchdowns for SRJC.
SRJC missed the shutout by a late field goal in the fourth quarter.
SRJC went into the game ranked No. 4 in the state and they could move up.   No. 1 San Mateo losted to No. 3 American River 24-14 and No. 2 Mt. San Antonio was defeated by No. 5 Long Beach 41-38.
SRJC is one of five teams in the state that have a 5-0 record.
Whether they move up or not really doesn’t matter except for a pride thing.  After taking next week off, the Bear Cubs go to San Mateo to start conference play.  It is a conference that going into the weekend has four of the top ten ranked teams in the state.  The other two teams are San Francisco and Diablo Valley, who both won to join San Mateo at 4-1 on the season.   During the conference race, SRJC goes on the road to meet all three.
The next home game for SRJC is on November 1st, when they host DeAnza.   Between now and then they have two games on the road.   After the opener against San Mateo they travel to San Francisco on October 25th.  Both the road games are Saturday 1 pm kickoffs.  All of SRJC home games this season starts are 5 pm.
No. 4 SRJC 28 College of the Sequoias 3
Tomales 42 Upper Lake 0
St. Vincent 68 Calistoga 13
The St. Vincent –Calistoga game had a wild start.   Kyle Dannewitz returned the opening kickoff 82 yards to give St. Vincent a 7-0 lead.  That was the first of five first quarter touchdowns.  After St. Vincent jumped to a 20-0 lead, Jonathan Quinones answered for Calistoga with a 73 yard interception return for a score.   Calistoga scored again to cut it to 20-13, but a four touchdown second quarter for St. Vincent put it away.
George Sammons scored five touchdowns, four of them rushing on his way to a 195 yard game.
Tomales scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters in its 42-0 win over Upper Lake. Willy Lepori scored the first four touchdowns, two of them rushing and two of them receiving.  On the game he rushed for 168 yards.  The two touchdown passes were the only ball he caught, which went for a combined 79 yards.
No. 2 Windsor 27 Casa Grande 7
No. 3 Rancho Cotate 42 Montgomery 20
No. 4 Cardinal Newman 42 No. 6 Maria Carrillo 28
Santa Rosa 14 Ukiah 7
No. 1 Analy 55 Sonoma Valley 20
Petaluma 23 Piner 12
Healdsburg 54 Elsie Allen 12
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No. 7 St. Helena 48 Lower Lake 14
No. 8 Middletown 28 No. 10 Fort Bragg 19
Kelseyville 21 No. 9 Cloverdale 14
Willits 32 Clear Lake 8
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