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Rams start national and state championship defense with win over Santa Rosa

(Courtesy of CCSF Athlétisme)

Saturday’s CCCAA Scoreboard (33 games)

SAN FRANCISCO – The City College of San Francisco football team continued where it left off.

The road to back-to-back titles began with the 2022 season opener Saturday at George Rush Field with the Rams beating Santa Rosa Junior College by a final score of 31-20.

After a perfect 13-0 season in 2021 and a bowling win to close out 2019, CCSF extended their winning streak to 15 games. The Rams will now turn their attention to Week 2 opponent Sacramento City College and a game they will play on the road on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Santa Rosa threatened late in the second quarter, but the CCSF never trailed in the competition.

The Rams were first on the scoreboard, thanks to their special teams unit. CCSF’s opening drive stalled on its own 41-yard line and forced the Rams to punt. Carson’s Woods 28-yard kick was mishandled by the Bear Cubs and picked up by CCSF’s Edward Kofuma-Henry at the Santa Rosa 29-yard line.

Six plays later, quarterback Jeremy Stephens connected with David Pierro for a 20-yard touchdown to put the Rams ahead at 7:41 into the first.

Stephens, who started the game in place of All-American QB Jack Newman, completed five consecutive assists during the scoring campaign and at one point totaled nine consecutive assists. He threw for 69 yards on 9 of 12 passes before being replaced by Matt Jenner midway through the second quarter to close out the contest.

Jenner then threw three touchdown passes, including a 32-yard strike for Pierro TD’s second reception of the game that extended a one-point lead (14-13, 2:06) into a more comfortable CCSF advantage of 21. -13 just moments before half-time.

The Rams defense increased it in the second half, allowing just seven points for the rest of the game. Santa Rosa scored a touchdown with 9:57 remaining to reach eight points at 28-20, but the Rams sealed the victory with a 19-yard field goal from Nick Hill with 5:57 remaining to close the scoring for the two teams. .

Jenner was nearly perfect, completing 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also a threat on the ground, running 10 times for 31 yards.

Pierro caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns while Teneil Nichols and Ryan Daly also caught touchdowns.

On defense, Andrew Woolard led the CCSF with seven total tackles, Jaleal Williams-Evas had four tackles, an interception and a pass breakup while Jahvius Leui had the Rams’ only sack to go along with four tackles.

CCSF will look to continue the momentum in Friday’s contest in Sacramento City. Last year, the Rams won a 45-0 shutout against the Panthers.

(CCSF Athletics)

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