Behind a record-breaking performance by freshman quarterback Andy McAlindon, the American River College football team dominated Yuba City College 54-13 Saturday at Beaver Stadium.McAlindon threw for a school-record six touchdown passes versus the 49ers. The final touchdown pass with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter to Bryce Pratt–his 22nd of the season–is also a single-season school record for the Beavers.
“He is seeing so much and seeing it very, very well,” ARC head coach Jerry Haflich said about his record-setting quarterback. “He is a great decision maker, and he is just doing a great job.”The Beavers (5-0) also got another stellar performance from the defense, capped off by an interception returned for a touchdown by sophomore Terry Easmon with 51 seconds left in the first half.
“I felt I was going to the house,” Easmon said.
The score game the Beavers a 40-0 halftime lead. Easmon led the Beavers with seven tackles, while all-american Cortez Woods had 3.5 tackles for loss and defensive back Zane Petty intercepted two passes.
The 49ers did tie the score in the first quarter at 7-7 with a touchdown pass by quarterback Jonathan Garcia on a blown coverage play by the ARC safeties. But, the Beavers responded with 47 unanswerd points before Yuba City scored the final touchdown of the day with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter.
ARC played without starting linebacker Brian Benson (second on team with 20 tackes) injured his ankle and, according to Haflich, is week-to-week.
McAlindon finished with 243 yards passing. Michael Lindsay was his favorite target, hauling in seven catches for 122 yards and two scores–including a 52-yard strike in the third quarter.
The Beavers open up Mid-Empire Conference play next Saturday on the road in Weed, Calif. against College of the Siskiyous.