Offense struggles as Corsairs drop conference opener at Foothill

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The College of the Redwoods offense had a tough day at Foothill on Saturday, as the Corsairs suffered their second loss of the season in their conference opener.

Redwoods was held without a touchdown and fell 18-3 to drop to 3-2 on the season (0-1 in the American-Pacific 7 Conference), while Foothill improved to 1-0 and 5-0.

“They played better than us,” head coach Jason White said. “It was that simple today. They blitzed us pretty much most of the game and we didn’t handle it well.”

Quarterback Max Hough was sacked multiple times and the Corsairs never really got going and were unable to covert on third downs.

“Our offense stunk it up, and that’s on me,” White added. “They put us under a lot of pressure and the running game was hit and miss, and that was the real issue.”

The Corsairs defense, which has been a consistent bright spot this season, had another big game, holding a high-flying Foothill offense that had averaged more than 48 points through their opening four games to a season low 18.

The Foothill offense went after cornerback Lane Branstetter for much of the afternoon, but the former Ferndale Wildcat was up to the challenge and had one of his best games yet for CR with several pass break-ups.

“They really tried to isolate him and went after him, and he stepped up to the test the whole game,” White said.

The ever-dangerous Tyse Whigham had another big game on the defensive line and continues to be one of the Corsairs’ most consistent players on that side of the ball, as does linebacker Tanner Forkner, who was outstanding once again.

No final stats were immediately available.

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Former Eureka Logger Chase Steubing also impressed at linebacker.

With the losing start to the American-Pacific 7, the Corsairs will now need help if they are to challenge for a conference title.

They have four conference games and one non-conference game remaining on the schedule.

Next up, the Corsairs return home to host Los Medanos next Saturday at the Redwood Bowl at 3 p.m.

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