The Corsairs might just be the most exciting team in community college football right now.
One thing’s for certain with this team, their fourth quarters are always interesting, and usually in a good way.
The red-hot College of the Redwoods made it four straight wins on Saturday night, holding off the Mustangs and winning 48-41 at Los Medanos College.
Remarkably, all six of the Corsairs’ games this year have been decided by just one score, and a team made up almost entirely of freshmen now sits alone atop the American-Pacific 7 Conference standings with a record of 2-0 (4-2 overall).
Los Medanos dropped to 1-1 in conference with the loss, while Feather River, which had a bye this week, is 1-0 and the only other Pacific 7 team without a conference loss.
Quarterback Max Hough and the CR passing game was instrumental once again in Saturday’s win, with the former Fortuna Husky throwing for three more TDs, as well as making an outstanding catch on a TD reception from receiver Damario Watson.
In his first two college starts at QB over the past eight days, Hough now has six TD passes, two TD runs and a TD reception.
“I can’t say enough about Max Hough,” head coach Jason White said. “He’s stepping up and playing really well right now.”
White described Hough’s touchdown catch as an “acrobatic, one-handed” reception.
Running back Emmanuel Igbonagwam also impressed for the second straight week and scored on a pair of touchdown runs, including a 32-yard run to get the party started in the first quarter.
“He does not go down easily,” White said of the 5-foot-9, 200-pound freshman form Gresham.
CR’s second TD came on Hough’s 29-yard TD catch, and he then turned provider again when he connected with receiver Bryce Gratz on a 76-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
Watson would add a four-yard TD run to put the visitors up 26-20 at halftime.
Hough had two more TD passes in the second half, one on a 15-yard completion to Jaydan Burns, and the second on a 49-yard completion to Donte Hurt.
Igbonagwam closed out the CR scoring on a five-yard TD run.
Teams have been focusing on stopping the CR running game and the Corsairs have responded with a dynamic passing game.
Defensively, the Corsairs gave up some points, but the line continued to impress, anchored as always by the impressive Julian Garcia, who White described as “the model of consistency.”
D-lineman Jayden Sandusky also continued to impress in Saturday’s win and had a strip sack.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the Corsairs, who lost running back Levi Cox Cooley to injury in the first half. No word yet on how long he may be out.
The red-hot Corsairs will enjoy a bye next week, before trying to make it five straight wins when they travel to play winless Yuba (0-5) in two weeks.