Merced College football has no answers for Fresno City

Blue Devils defense allows 76 points

slynch@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 15, 2013 

Jordy Kaiser stood with his brow furrowed, seemingly deep in thought.

The Merced College sophomore safety was trying to come up with an explanation for the defense's implosion on Saturday night at Ratcliffe Stadium.

He wasn't the only one at a loss for words. The Blue Devils surrendered touchdowns in 10 of Fresno City College's first 11 possessions and the Rams cruised to a 76-19 victory.

"We have to finish," Kaiser said. "That's definitely the word. We had guys in position to make plays, but we didn't finish them off. As a unit we just need to put in more effort, but at the same time we can't also overcompensate. It's just about executing your piece of the puzzle."

A week after getting gashed for 600-plus yards in a loss to Modesto Junior College, an abundance of missed tackles helped Fresno City compile a ridiculous 756.

The Rams (2-0) showed none of the offensive struggles they had versus West Hills in a 35-14 Week 1 victory, striking twice in the first three and a half minutes.

Fresno marched down the field on the game's opening drive — 67 yards on seven plays with quarterback Marcus Montero punching it in from 1 yard out. MC (0-2) fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage and Alex Mechikoff capitalized with a 1-yard TD run three plays later.

Fresno took a 21-0 lead before the Blue Devil offense finally got going. Executing the new up-tempo style the MC coaching staff is looking for, Javon Smith led the team 75 yards on eight plays. Cory Chapman ran it in for a 1-yard score to make it 21-7, but MC just couldn't get stops.

Fresno City didn't punt until there was 11 minutes left to play and came up with an immediate answer every time the Blue Devils scored.

A little more fluidity to the MC offense was the only bright spot on the night.

Smith was 19 of 36 passing for 268 yards and rushed for another 49. He hooked up twice with wide receiver Trunell McMillon (7-118) for touchdown passes of 24 and 50 yards. Reginal Harris also had a nice game with four catches for 78 yards.

"The offense was definitely better this week," McMillon said. "There's not much we can do about 76 points. That's tough to keep up with.

"We'd better bring a lot more intensity next week, or we're going to be in trouble."

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