Beavers football team take on another win against Sierra 22-7


Running back Daniel Wright Jr. rushes past Sierra defenders during a game at Sierra College on Oct. 20, 2018. He scored 2 touchdowns for the Beavers during the game. (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Breawna Maynard

The American River College football team reeled in another win against Sierra College with a score of 22-7 on Oct 20.

Running back Daniel Wright Jr.’s 81-yard touchdown run started things off for the Beavers to lead 7-0 in the first quarter.

As the Beavers made Sierra punt, they traveled downfield for 62 yards and kicker Jesus Gonzales made a 32-yard field goal making the score 10-0.

Sierra College wide receiver Hassani Zackery caught a 1-yard pass from running back Ryan Graham.

Beavers quarterback Marco Baldacchino said they played as a better team this week and Sierra ran a good defense.

“We just got to prepare harder and we came out with another win so that’s all that matters,” Baldacchino said. “Our offense hasn’t had a complete game yet this season, we’re still waiting on it so until then, I wouldn’t say this is a complete game just yet.”

Wright’s 11-yard touchdown run increased ARC’s lead to 16-7 after the kicker failed to convert the extra point.

ARC went into halftime leading 19-7 after kicker Jesus Gonzalez converted a 40-yard field goal.

Gonzales ended the game with two 40-yard fields goals, leaving the score 22-7.

The American River College football team celebrates a 22-7 victory after the game at Sierra College on Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Head Coach Jon Osterhout explained that the team needs to score touchdowns instead of field goals inside the red zone.

“It’s a matter of us finishing drives and just playing complementary football in all three phases,” Osterhout said. “Even though we hit a big field goal at the end of the game which is very critical but we just got to be better and work more efficient so we have a long ways to go.”

The defense only allowed seven points during the game, and according to Lou Baiz, the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Beavers, the team showed great effort and averaged over 540 yards on the last four games on their win streak.

“We had a challenge this game, we made a bunch of big plays, and we limited our minimal mistakes that have cost us some big plays in the last few games,” Baiz said.

The Beavers’ next game will be at Butte College on Oct. 27.