Eagles play at Fresno City after 24-14 loss to De AnzaTwo weeks ago, the Laney College football team was riding high with a 3-1 record, fueled in part by a plus-12 turnover margin—10 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries vs. seven miscues (they’ve made).
Well, that didn’t last long.
The Eagles made three turnovers, De Anza College had none and it resulted in a rather lackluster 24-14 loss to the (aforementioned) Dons in Cupertino on Oct. 3.
The loss drops Laney’s record to 3-2 as the Eagles head to Fresno for a 6 p.m. game against the up-and-down Fresno City College Rams on Saturday, Oct. 17. All Northern California teams had a bye last week.
The Eagles defeated FCC 41-7 last season in Oakland in one of the widest margins of victory in the long rivalry between the two schools.
Big deal. Laney also beat De Anza 41-7 a year ago, also in Oakland.
It is important for the Eagles to win against the Rams; non-conference games are over and this game is the National Valley Conference opener for both teams. Laney is 5-11 overall against the Rams.
The Eagles last victory at FCC was 14-10 in 1991.
Against De Anza, Laney gained just 61 yards in total offense in the first half and by the middle of the third quarter, the Dons had an 18-0 lead. The only good thing that was happening at that point was that the Dons had missed all three of their extra-point attempts. (They would miss four overall.)
The Eagles finally got on the board with 3:18 left in the third quarter when quarterback Shawn Hessler (15-34, 140 yards) threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Darneail Jenkins. Fernando Mendoza’s extra-point kick was good and it was 18-7.
The drive took 10 plays and covered 72 yards. Laney held De Anza on its next offensive series, but the Eagles fumbled and turned the ball right back to the Dons, who went 38 yards in six plays for a 24-7 lead.
Hessler got dinged up a bit on the previous possession and backup quarterback Stevie Farmer (6-12, 84 yards) came in and threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Jay Yesin with 9:09 left in the game for 24-14.
The Eagles had a couple of more possessions, but the offense reverted to its first-half ways and couldn’t move effectively. Their last chance ended on a Hessler interception with seconds left.
It was that type of game.