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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

Chabot football report: Week 1

 

GLADIATORS DROP OPENER AGAINST SISKIYOUS

By Tony Gonsalez

Special to Chabot Athletics

HAYWARD -- The Chabot College football team had a golden chance to open the 2017 season in style.

But the Gladiators were done in by penalties and turnovers in a 16-14 defeat to Siskiyous at Gladiator Stadium.

Chabot was flagged 13 times for 131 yards and had three second-half turnovers.

‘’It’s tough to win games when we constantly commit big mistakes and unnecessary penalties,’’ said Chabot coach Eric Fanene after his debut as head coach. ‘’We will learn from this game, hopefully, and look back at this game as a stepping stone.”

The Gladiators had one last chance to move into field goal range, taking over at their own 27-yard line with 4:37 left.

Sophomore quarterback Johnny O’Brien completed four passes to three different receivers to advance to the Eagles 42 with 1:31 remaining. O’Brien hit Samuel Adam’s in the flat, but Adam’s lost the ball as he was hit and the officiating crew ruled it a fumble, and Siskiyous recovered the ball at midfield.

The Eagles converted a fourth-and-inches as Grant Kingston went 7 yards for the first down, and then were able to run out the clock.

O’Brien finished with 224 yards and a touchdown on 28 of 39 passing. Malik Langham led the Gladiators with seven receptions for 66 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch that produced a 7-6 lead in the third quarter.

The Eagles marched to the Chabot 1 on the game’s first possession, but Eagles signal-caller Gage Ferguson lost the snap and Devon Vaenuku recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback for Chabot.

The Gladiators finally got some momentum on offense in the second quarter, facing a fourth-and-1 from the Eagles 33, but O’Brien’s pass fell incomplete and Siskiyous took over with 5:38 left before halftime.

Two plays later the Eagles were on the board. Ferguson found a wide-open Chance Nelson down the sideline for a 59-yard scoring play for a 6-0 advantage after the PAT was blocked.

Siskiyous had a chance to extend the lead early in the second half after a muffled punt gave the Eagles the ball at the Chabot 22. The Eagles tried some trickery, but the Gladiators defense rose to the challenge. Kingston tried a halfback pass, but Dante Griffith-Johnson picked the ball off in the end zone.

Chabot used the momentum to its advantage, advancing 80 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown. O’Brien capped the march with a short pass to Langham, who zig-zagged through the Eagles secondary for the 23-yard score.

But the Eagles took advantage of a pair of personal-foul penalties on their next possession, reaching the Chabot 28 before Kyle Sentowski made a 45-yard field goal that gave Siskiyous a 9-7 lead.

Siskiyous extended the lead to nine when Bennett Feinstein Smith caught a 2-yard touchdown from Ferguson on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Gladiators, to their credit, didn’t panic. They responded as Keon Suber scored on a 5-yard run with 13:07 remaining.

Tight-end Ryan Silvas, a former star running back at Granada High, added six catches for 45 yards for the Gladiators

‘’Silvas has done a great job transitioning from running back to tight end’’ Fanene said.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Chabot is back in action on Friday at Diablo Valley College (0-1) at 7 p.m. The Vikings (0-1) fell 67-0 to American River in their opener. In week 3, Chabot will travel to Butte (1-0), which opened with a 51-0 win over Santa Rosa, and then the Gladiators return home against CCSF (0-1) on Sept. 23. The always powerful Rams were upset by Laney 17-14 on Saturday.

“We play probably the toughest nonconference schedule and this should benefit us come conference play,” Fanene said.

 

 


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