By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods will look to get back on track in football this weekend, when the Corsairs open conference play at home to Contra Costa.
The game will be the third at home in four weeks for CR, but the first on campus at Community Stadium after hosting the past two at HSU because of ongoing construction.
And head coach Frank Borba will be eager for a response from his players after falling hard against Hartnell last week.
“It goes without saying we didn’t put our best performance out there,” Borba said of the 62-14 loss. “But these kids haven’t lost faith. If anything it lit a fire under them even more.”
Contra Costa is 0-3 after three straight blowouts and may be about to feel the backlash of a CR team that was far better over the opening two weeks of the season.
The one common opponent for each was Monterey Peninsula, with Contra Costa falling 65-12, while the Corsairs played the Lobos much closer in a 41-34 loss.
Despite the Comets’ record, however, Borba is taking nothing for granted.
“They’re 0-3, but they’ve lost to three undefeated teams,” the CR head coach said. “They’ve had some tough games schedule wise early.”
New starting quarterbacks
With starting quarterback Brody Lucero out this weekend (shoulder), and probably a lot longer, a pair of freshmen will get the opportunity to impress.
Alex Adams (5-10, 180) out of Clear Lake, and Moise Francois (6-1, 200) from Fort Lauderdale, will both see time on Saturday after splitting reps at practice this week.
Time for the Corsairs to show us what they’re made of – College of the Redwoods players have a lot to prove after last week’s disappointing loss …
The coaching staff talked highly of both even before the season began, and each will be given the opportunity to win the starting spot if Lucero is out long term.
Each brings a different element to the starting lineup.
Adams isn’t as tall, which can be problematic throwing the ball from behind a big offensive line, but he has a better grasp of the offense, having been in camp for the entire preseason.
Francois, on the other hand, got to camp late from Florida.
“Adams, I like his decision making,” Borba said. “He’s mastered the offense in a short time .. and he has a great arm and a high release, all the things you look for.
“With Mo, he got to camp a little late, and he’s still trying to master all of the offensive playbook. But he’s coming along quickly, and he’s extremely athletic.”
Getting a week of reps with the first team will also help each.
Receivers, line need to step up
The Corsairs have some highly-touted weapons on offense, a group that lived up to their billing early in the season.
Receivers Micha Fontenot-Cornely, Zach Loveland and Marcus Finney each displayed game-breaking ability over the first two games, as the CR offense kept opposing defenses on their toes.
Last week, however, this group dropped way too many balls and failed to come up with any big plays.
“It was an uncharacteristic performance with this group,” Borba said. “That group has led us all year. “
Along the line, the Corsairs will also need a better performance from a group of young players that were dominated a week ago.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m.