College of the Redwoods

What to expect from Saturday’s Grizzly Bowl 

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By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods and Monterey Peninsula will face off for the second time this season in Saturday’s Grizzly Bowl in Arcata, but Corsairs head coach Jason White is expecting a different matchup this time around.

The Corsairs won the first game 34-28 in late September, but both teams have evolved since then.

“We’re both different, honestly,” White said. “And that’s what happens over the course of a season.”

One notable difference for the Corsairs since then has been the play of quarterback Max Hough, who replaced injured starter Teagan Gaither during that game and threw two interceptions.

In six starts since then, Hough has been sensational, throwing for 1,849 yards, 22 touchdowns and just one interception.

He has not thrown a pick in five straight starts and has developed a good chemistry with a deep pool of big-play receivers, as the Corsairs have become much more of an aerial threat.

The Lobos, on the other hand, have also switched up some personnel and are playing more aggressive defensively and blitzing more.

White is hoping for some balance on offense.

“No. 1 is to be balanced,” he said of the keys to the game. “We always strive for that, even if sometimes it doesn’t happen. We always want to be balanced with everything.

“And the turnover battle. It’s a cliched answer but it’s cliched for a reason, because it’e true.

Saturday’s game will be played at the Redwood Bowl, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

The game will also be streamed live on YouTube, as well as broadcast live on KZZH 96.7 FM, with Tag Wotherspoon ad Grant Sams calling the action.

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