||Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015 - 12:56:47 PM
The horses were off to the races at Community Stadium on Saturday.
The Los Medanos Mustangs, who are the Bay Valley Conference’s premier rushing team, carried the ball 66 times for 438 rushing yards — negating CR’s high-powered passing offense by keeping the Corsairs off the field — and won 42-19.
The Mustangs won the time-of-possession battle by more than 17 minutes and picked off two passes in the end zone for touchbacks.
“Credit Los Medanos,” said CR head coach Chris Vicory. “They’re a great football team. Their offensive line played tremendous.”
After a mostly scoreless first quarter, the offensive flood gates opened with about five minutes to go.
Redwoods scored on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Will Hissong to Alex Wise for a 7-0 lead at the 4:29 mark, and it looked as if the Corsairs were in control.
Then the tide suddenly changed.
Los Medanos’ Jamal Lockett returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to the house, spurring the Mustangs on a 35-0 run.
“It’s frustrating,” Vicory said. “It’s one thing if it’s physical or mental errors, but effort errors? We had guys going at half speed expecting to make plays.”
The Mustangs had two backs rush for more than 135 yards, while Hissong was held to just 285 yards passing, completing 27-of-43 attempts, which is his second lowest total of the season.
Los Medanos led 28-7 at halftime and scored its fifth unanswered touchdown with just 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“Kudos to them,” Vicory said. “But our offense looked very unlike us today. We haven’t been this out of sync in a while. Dropped balls and lack of effort, we just didn’t compete.”
Wise had five catches for 68 yards and a TD to lead the Corsairs receivers, while Jordan Beck and Jacob Duilio had 42 rushing yards apiece to lead CR on the ground.
Hissong’s two passing touchdowns give him 29 for the season, which breaks the previous career school record of 28, set by James Phillips in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
He needs just 343 more yards to surpass Phillips’ all-time career record of 3,826 yards.
With the loss, Redwoods drops to 1-2 in the BVC and 3-5 overall.
The Corsairs play at Contra Costa next Saturday, which is currently the first-place team in conference.
“The easy part of our schedule is over,” Vicory said. “It doesn’t get any easier from here.”
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