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Panthers football hosts Santa Rosa Junior College
Jordan Morrison, City College sophomore wide receiver, tries to break free of Stephan Jenkins, Santa Rosa sophomore defensive back, late in the second quarter of the home game at Hughes Stadium on September 20th. Dianne Rose/[email protected]

City College football (1-2) lost its second straight home game in a close, non-conference, match-up against Santa Rosa Junior College (2-1) 32-31 at Hughes stadium on Sept. 20.

Santa Rosa Bear Cubs received the ball first but could not score on its opening drive. The Bear Cubs went on to put the first points on the board with a field goal on their third drive of the game.

The Panthers, led by starting quarterback Jason Samuels, went on a 12-play, 80-yard drive at the end of the first quarter, scoring on a 30-yard pass to running back Josh Hadley. On the touchdown, Samuels bobbled the snap, scrambled around the pressure, and threw a pass to the end zone to a wide-open Hadley.

After a punt, by the Bear Cubs on the ensuing drive, the Panthers would go on the attack again. The team started on its own 36-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Samuels took the snap and threw a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Jordan Morrison. The next play, running back Henry Enyenihi took a hand-off and ran for a 30-yard touchdown to put City College up 14-3.

The Bear Cubs responded on their next drive, when quarterback Christian McAlvain threw a 14-yard touchdown to wide receiver Terrence Drew, capping off a 4-play, 60-yard drive, putting the score at 14-10.

Panthers’ back-up quarterback Justin Moore stepped in for Samuels and finished off the first half. On his first drive, Moore led the Panthers on a 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrell Crawford.

On the following possession, the Panthers defense stepped in and pressured the Bear Cats. McAlvain dropped back and threw his first interception of the game to defensive back Genesis Grimes.

After starting the drive on the 50-yard line, the Panthers came away with only a field goal, bringing the score to 24-10.

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Samuels re-entered the game at quarterback for the Panthers in the second half, but the team was held to a punt on its opening drive. The snap went over the punter’s head, and into the end zone, resulting in a safety.

After three consecutive punts by both teams, the Panthers put up the first offensive points of the half on a quick, 4-play, 76-yard drive that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Samuels to Morrison.

The Bear Cats came back with a touchdown of their own the next drive. McAlvain led the team on an 11-play, 81-yard drive, resulting in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Drew.

In the fourth quarter, Samuels threw two interceptions. One that set up Bear Cats’ running back Desmond Nisby to score the go-ahead touchdown, and another that sealed the game for Santa Rosa.

Samuels ended the game throwing 13-28 for 217 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Moore added 5-10 for 77 yards and 1 touchdown. Morrison led the team with 9 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown.

The Panther’s next game is Sept. 27 against Modesto Junior College in Modesto Calif.

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