College of the Redwoods honored its sophomore class before Saturday’s home finale in football at Community Stadium, but the Corsairs were unable to send them off with a win, falling 41-23 to Yuba.
The victory was the sixth straight for high-flying 49ers, who improved to 6-2 and 3-0 in the Pacific-7 Conference.
For a young Corsairs team, the loss was the fifth straight and sees them drop to 2-7 on the season, while closing out conference play at 1-4.
“At times we looked really good, and at times we did not look really good,” CR head coach Frank Borba said.
Some botched plays and missed opportunities were the difference, including giving up a fake punt for a huge gain at a pivotal time of the game with the visitors backed up and the Corsairs still in contention.
The Corsairs also had a punt blocked, and missed on a couple of golden opportunities on wide-open receivers.
“We missed some big-play opportunities early in the game,” Borba said. “We just weren’t able to capitalize.”
The CR head coach described the special teams play as disappointing, especially considering how well the unit had been playing recently.
On the upside, receivers Marcus Finney and Micha Fontenot-Cornely had big games, combining for CR’s three touchdowns, with Finney pulling in two of them.
“Marcus made a couple of highlight reel catches today,” Borba said.
At quarterback, Moise Francois split time with Alex Adams, but got the majority of snaps, having earned them with his recent play.
“He played well,” Borba said of the Fort Lauderdale native. “We knew they were going to be aggressive and active up front, and going to bring pressure, and they gave us fits at times. But he did a good job extending plays.”
Adams has been battling both a shoulder and ankle injury.
Defensively, the Corsairs did a good job containing a dangerous Yuba running game, but the visitors were able to adapt.
Sophomore linebacker Chriss Giacomozzi had a good day anchoring the defense.
“He gave us a sophomore presence,” Borba said of Giacomozzi, who has been one of CR’s most consistent performers this season. “He knows the defense as well if not better than anybody, and he had a pretty good game today.”
Redwoods closes out the season at San Jose next weekend.