Football battled the rain in a 24-7 loss to Redlands on Saturday afternoon at Ortmayer Stadium.
“We’ve just got to be consistent,” head coach Chris Krich said. “If we can work on consistency and play each play in a consistent manner, it gives us the best opportunity to be able to have that.”
The Bulldogs started with the ball and got things going with a 36-yard pass to get them to the Leopards side of the field. The very next play, however, the Leopards recovered a fumble to gain possession.
With a 4th-and-1 on the Redlands’ 44 yard-line, the Leopards came up short and the Bulldogs took over. At the Leopards’ 19 yard-line, sophomore quarterback Tyler Tremain rolled out and connected with senior wide receiver Graig Padgett for a 16-yard gain to put the Bulldogs on the 3 yard-line. The next play, senior running back Tony Williams Jr. leaped into the endzone for the touchdown.
Both teams went three-and-out and the Bulldogs got their punt to pin the Leopards on their 3 yard-line. The Leopards were unable to gain much ground and the Bulldogs took over on their own 40 yard-line. The Bulldogs got within field-goal range and senior kicker Vicente Garcia kicked a 40-yard field-goal to make it 10-0.
The Leopards offense finally started to click and got some help from a couple of facemask penalties committed by the Bulldogs that would have instead been sacks. With a 3rd-and-1 on the Redlands’ 10 yard-line, junior quarterback Nick Garcia scrambled out of the pocket facing pressure and connected with freshman running back Masen Uribe in the endzone for the touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7.
On the next drive, the Bulldogs marched down the field and Tremain finished the drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Logan Sperline. It was then a 17-7 lead and it would be that way going into halftime.
At the start of halftime, there was lightning in the area so the second half game was delayed for 30 minutes.
Once the lightning left, the Leopards started the second half with the ball and went three-and-out. Three plays into the Bulldogs’ drive, junior linebacker Josef Tena and the Leopards took over on the Bulldogs’ 31 yard-line.
Facing a fourth and three on the Bulldogs’ eight yard-line, Garcia’s pass to the endzone was incomplete for a turnover on downs.
The Bulldogs offense went to work, once again marching down the field and getting to the Leopard’s 22 yard-line but fumbled on their fourth and three try to give the Leopards the ball back.
After a Leopards three-and-out, the Bulldogs got to the red zone, but Tremain had a pass deflected and senior outside linebacker Oscar Montenegro came away with the interception.
“Shout out to my D-linemen, (they) got a hand on it, turned into a knuckleball, floated right to me. Just happy to get a turnover for our offense,” Montenegro said.
The Leopards hoped for the interception to give them some momentum for a late game push. Garcia, on the run, connected with freshman wide receiver Jimmy Rumsey for a 20-yard gain and a first down.
Unfortunately for the Leopards, Garcia’s pass was intercepted two plays later and put a stop to any momentum that they gained.
The Bulldogs tacked on another touchdown with just over a minute and half left in the game when Williams Jr. rushed eight yards to get to the end zone to make the final score 24-7.
“Our defense played a hell of a game,” Garcia said. “Offensively, we were moving the ball in the first half and we just stalled out.”
The Leopards are now 1-3 and 0-2 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. They travel to Cal Lutheran on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game against the Kingsmen.
“Next week, we’re honestly just going to hit rolling on Monday, we’re just going to start thinking, we’re going to start working, game planning, we’re getting ready for our next opponent,” Tena said. “Only thing that matters is the game we’re on now.”
Jack Janes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Janes, a senior journalism major, is sports editor of the Campus Times and a staff writer for La Verne Magazine. He is also a staff photographer for both publications. He previously served as a Campus Times staff writer.