||Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015 - 12:56:47 PM
College of the Redwoods’ 2013 football season reaches the end of the road on Saturday as the Corsairs host Shasta in a Bay Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. in their final game of the year.
CR (1-3 in the BVC and 3-6 overall) will look to snap its current three-game losing streak after picking up a win in its conference opener Oct. 19.
“For the sophomores, it’s one final chance to impress recruiters, and for the freshmen, it’s all about building for next season,” said CR first-year head coach Chris Vicory.
The Corsairs were shut out 30-0 last week at first-place Contra Costa, mustering just 142 yards of total offense in the loss, and things won’t get much easier this week.
Shasta is currently ranked No. 20 in Northern California.
“Shasta’s another good football team,” Vicory said. “They’re not going to ‘wow,’ you with what they do, but they’re physical and they rally to the football.”
CR quarterback Will Hissong surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for the season last week, giving him 3,094 for the year.
Combined with his 2009 season, when he threw for 518 yards and six touchdowns at CR, Hissong needs just 215 yards on Saturday to become CR’s all-time leading passer and surpass the previous career school record of 3,826, set by James Phillips in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Hissong’s 29 touchdown passes this season is the third most in the state of California, while his 23 interceptions lead the state.
He had four interceptions and no touchdowns last week, which dropped him out of the top spot in state for passing TDs.
“We knew we would have some success throwing the ball but we didn’t think we’d be as successful as we have been,” Vicory said. “Will deserves a lot of credit for making good reads and getting the ball out quickly. He’s definitely going to find a place to continue his football career if he wants to.”
CR wide receiver Caleb Lomboy-Chavez needs one touchdown reception to tie the all-time single-season school record of 11, set by Johnny Woodson in 1993.
Lomboy-Chavez’s 10 TDs this season is tied for fifth in the state.
“We had more than 4,000 yards of offense this season, which, considering the situation, was pretty remarkable,” Vicory said.
Vicory, who took over the program July 24, just 38 days before his team’s season opener, was impressed with the players who stuck it out for the long haul.
“It was an absolute challenge,” Vicory said of his first season at the helm. “But I’m proud of my guys. We overcame some adversity, pushed through pain and injury and we did some good things.”
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