Bob Casey has issued a challenge to his team this week.
Don't be content.
The Merced College football team heads into the start of Golden Gate Conference play on the heels of its best all-around showing of the season.
Quarterback Javon Smith returned from an ankle injury that had sidelined him the previous two weeks to turn in a career-high 381 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Cory Chapman (season-high 126 yards) and the Blue Devil ground game were equally effective, while the MC defense held an athletic Sacramento City College team well below its season averages.
Even the kicking unit which been struggled all season got a nice afternoon from Desi Villanueva (20-yard field goal, 5 for 5 extra points).
The question is, can Casey's squad repeat the performance on Saturday when it hosts Chabot in their GGC opener.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Stadium '76.
"We need to build upon that momentum and try to string some wins together," said Casey, whose team improved to 2-4. "We can't keep having good days and bad days. We're looking for consistency every time out.
"If we can do that, we can compete for a league title."
Here's a look at how the rest of the GGC shakes out:
Laney has played some excellent football, but until someone beats the two-time defending champ, Chabot has to be the team to beat.
The Gladiators have struggled offensively, but their two losses came against two of the top teams in the state. They are coming off their best showing of the season, a 64-24 drubbing of Cabrillo.
Quarterback Zach Lujan (872 passing yards and six touchdowns) leads a fairly balanced offensive attack, and the defense is only yielding 23.8 points per game.
After close losses to San Francisco City and San Mateo, the Eagles have run off three straight victories, including a 29-22 win over Modesto Junior College.
With the two-headed attack of Valentino Miles (532 yards) and Tyler McDonald (420) Laney has done its damage on the ground, averaging 270 rushing yards per game.
The Eagles get after it defensively, forcing 19 turnovers in the first five games and racking up 16 sacks.
It's been a real offensive struggle for the Tigers, averaging a league-worst 19 points per game and a pedestrian 287 total yards per game.
Sophomore William Hanford has been one of the bright spots with 34 receptions for 440 and four touchdowns.
The defense hasn't fared much better, yielding almost 40 points per game and nearly 500 yards. Reedley might have the best kicker in the league in Ramiro Berrueco (6 for 6 with a long of 45).
West Hills (1-4)
Sophomore Wilfred Butler (101-543, 8 TDs) leads the Falcons' ground attack. He accounts for 108 of the team's 183 rushing yards per game. The team has struggled to pass, however, with just 496 yards for the year and two touchdowns to seven interceptions.
West Hills is coming off its best offensive showing of the season, but still lost an overtime shootout with Gavilan, 61-55.
The Falcons were gashed for over 700 yards of offense, including 431 through the air, which bodes well for the Blue Devils' passing attack.
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