SANTA ROSA — Delta scored the game's first two touchdowns, but there weren't many highlights from there for the Mustangs in a 55-23 loss to Santa Rosa on Saturday in Santa Rosa.
"We took that 14-0 lead and then made a critical turnover," said Delta coach Gary Barlow, whose team is 1-2. "Santa Rosa took advantage of that and then the game took a turn."
The Bear Cubs outscored the visitors 55-9 in the second and third quarters. In the third, they put 34 points on the scoreboard. The Mustangs were undone largely by four interceptions and two fumbles. Delta's first two scores came in a 73-second span. With 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Derrion Grim caught a pass from Jake Pruitt for a 61-yard touchdown.
Then, at the 14:22 mark of the second period, William Lewis scored from the 1-yard line. That touchdown was set up by a Charell Gaines interception. The Mustangs didn't score again until the waning minutes of the third when Jermaine Williams and quarterback Joey Lopes hooked up on a 29-yard pass. Santa Rosa, ranked No. 5 in the state, got three touchdowns from running back Ja'Narrick James and wide receiver Kerr Johnson Jr.
"We had the momentum and gave it up," Barlow said. "You can't turn the ball over six times against a good team like Santa Rosa. When you look at that stat, it's easy to understand why the score turned out the way it did."
Bear Cubs (3-0) coach Lenny Wagner said his team played its best game of the season.
"Without a doubt this was our best game," he said. "Our playmakers, Johnson, James and (quarterback Mitch) Hood were outstanding."
Wagner also gave credit to the offensive line and the defensive unit.
Santa Rosa struck so quickly that four of the touchdowns took less than a minute to unfold.
"We didn't change anything up at halftime," Wagner said. "We just told the guys to play smart and cut down the penalties."
Santa Rosa is now 3-0 while Delta drops to 1-2.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Bill Anttila Memorial Invitational
At Delta, the Mustangs went 1-1 on Saturday, losing to NorCal top-ranked West Valley College 13-10 and beating Merced 13-5. Kole Gonzales and Sean Beutel both had three goals against West Valley. In Delta's second game, Gonzales scored three goals and Michael Bria had six saves. The Mustangs play Diablo Valley College at 11 a.m. and the Delta alumni at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at June Fergusson Pool.
Pacific 15, Santa Clara 3
At Davis, the No. 4 Tigers (7-0) made easy work of the Broncos, as Tim Reeves scored three goals and Engin Ege Colak and Luke Pavillard each scored twice on the second day of the Aggie Roundup. Alen Osmanovic had 12 saves and three steals and allowed only three goals in 32 minutes. Pacific plays Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 9:20 a.m. and Redlands at 2:40 p.m. Sunday.
Delta at Sac City Tournament
At Sacramento, Justin Loveall was third with a record of 3-1 at 197 pounds, and Ian Morken was fourth with a record of 3-2 at 141 pounds. The Mustangs finished ninth out of 11 teams at the Sacramento City College Tournament.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Pacific fifth at WCC Preview
At San Diego, freshmen Emily Wylie and Jasmine Gonzalez crossed the finish line in tandem at 23:46 to finish 25th and 26th out of 65 competitors at the WCC Preview hosted by San Diego. The Tigers placed fifth as a team.
Delta 6, Modesto 1
At Modesto, Leah Manulelua scored three goals and the Mustangs (6-0, 2-0 Big 8) beat the Pirates (5-1, 1-1) late Friday. Kiki Muniz had one goal and one assist, and Rachel Braun and Bailey Stavalone each had a goal for Delta. Erica Diaz, Bella Cardenas, Olivia Ridder, Devan Burnam and Ashlyn Sotelo each had an assist, and goalie Amanda Valentine had one save.