College of the Redwoods

CR heads to De Anza for clash of explosive offenses

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – CR quarterback Moise Francois lines up a pass during the Hartnell game two weeks ago.

By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs have been putting up plenty of points so far this season, while also giving up way more than they should.

And we could be looking at more of the same this weekend, as they get to play De Anza in a matchup of the two most potent offenses in the Pacific 7 Conference.

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Loveland

“They’re a good football team,” CR head coach Frank Borba said of the Dons. “They have a high-powered offense, they’re top five or six in the state offensively.”

The Dons (2-1) come into the game having played a game less than CR (2-2) but leading the conference in yards per game (499) and points per game (35).

The Redwoods offense has been almost as effective, averaging 468 yards and 34 points, both second best in conference.

Both teams rely on athletic playmakers.

De Anza’s Cortland Brooks leads the conference in receiving yards per game (114), as well as TDs, with seven in just three games.

The Corsairs, however, have a trio of threats themselves in Zach Loveland (110.8 yards per game) , Micha Fontenot-Cornely (90.3) and Marcus Finney (79.5), who are right behind Brooks among the conference leaders.

Finney also has six receiving TDs, second best in conference.

CR running back Elijah Hicks has also been impressive through the early season and leads the conference in rushing yards with 96.5 a game.

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Defensive woes

Defensively, the Dons don’t appear quite as dangerous as they are offensively, which might open things a little for the visiting offense, although the visitors will have to account for DB Jovon Sewell and linebacker Anthony Holmes, each of whom are among the conference leaders in tackles.

The Dons come into the game allowing 330 yards and 28 points a game.

The Corsairs, however, have had their own problems defensively, allowing 465 yards and 36 points a game, both second worst in conference behind only Contra Costa.

A big chunk of that,  of course, came in the blowout against Hartnell, but the Redwoods coaches will be looking for more consistency from a unit that has had its problems this season.

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Momentum builder

One of the big questions for the Corsairs coming into Saturday’s game is whether they can keep the momentum going from last week’s win over Contra Costa, or whether they’ll revert to the CR team that got blown out against Hartnell two weeks ago.

The CR players responded in style to the tough loss with a much more dynamic display against the Comets.

“It was a good win,” Borba said. “It was good for us to respond like that after an uncharacteristic performance prior to that.”

And the players were able to carry that into this week.

“We had a good week of practice, just kind of a loose atmosphere, the guys were having fun,” the head coach said. “They’re seemingly ready to go.”

Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m.

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