Dealing with a situation the program has not dealt with in two years, the American River College football team will play a game following a loss.
On Sept. 29, ARC lost to No. 1 state-ranked City College of San Francisco 52-33 at home. The loss snapped a 22-game win streak for the Beavers (4-1 and ranked 7th in the state) dating back to a road loss at Sierra College on Oct. 2, 2010.
On Saturday, Haflich says the task to begin a new streak will not be an easy task. Delta is 4-1 coming into the first Valley Conference game of the season—and the first as a member of the conference.
“We are excited about where this program is at,” Haflich said. “The Valley Conference is a huge venture for us here. We are very honored to be a part of the conference. Our kids are very excited. It’s something we have been working for and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Delta comes into the game ranked No. 8 in the state and is tied for first place after five non-conference games. ARC, Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias are also 4-1 coming into conference action Saturday. Delta’s only loss came against No. 2 Butte on Sept. 22.
The Beavers will be without wide receiver Diondre Batson. The sophomore Olympic Trials participant in the 200-meters in track and field is on an official recruiting trip to Florida State.
Haflich hopes the return of top receiver Ference Lang will help the Beavers pass game Saturday. The team is healthy following the bye week.
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