Eagles must defeat Chabot to go
There is no getting around it—for the Laney College football team to receive a postseason bowl bid it must defeat Chabot College on Friday, Nov. 13.
One advantage for the Eagles—the game is at home. Game time is 7 p.m.
But after a satisfying 38-17 home victory over the College of Sequoias on Oct. 30, Laney dropped an unsatisfying 26-21 game to San Joaquin Delta in Stockton on Nov. 7.
The loss to the Mustangs dropped the Eagles record to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the National Valley Conference. Teams have been picked for postseason games with 5-5 records, but a 4-6 mark just about eliminates that chance.
Chabot is ranked No. 9 in the California coach’s poll with a 7-2 record, 4-0 in conference play. The Eagles also have a three-game losing streak against the Gladiators, although take away the last four minutes of those games and Laney could well have a three-game winning streak.
The losses: 37-33 in OT (2012), 29-22 in 2013, and 37-33 in 2014. The two teams did not play each other in 2010 and 2011; Laney’s last victory over Chabot was in 2009 (41-20). The Glads hold a 20-17 overall advantage in a series that dates back to 1969.
The loss to Delta was particularly disappointing; Laney had the ball on the Mustangs’ 1-yard line with less than a minute to go and couldn’t score. The Eagles were behind the whole game and were down 20-0 with 4:08 left in the second quarter.
Laney crawled back into the game when quarterback Stevie Farmer threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jay Yesin with 3:51 left in the first half. By the end of the first half, Delta had outgained the Eagles 301 yards to 147 and had a 19-3 edge in first downs.
But in the second half the Laney defense allowed 93 yards of Mustang offense and the Eagles offense got two more Farmer-to-Yesin scores, one good for 11 yards with 4:51 left in the third quarter and another of 18 yards with 8:07 remaining in the fourth.
Laney had one last chance. The Eagles got the ball on their own 32 with 6:45 left in the game. Farmer drove the Eagles down the field to the Mustangs’ 1-yard line, but a fourth-down pass with 1:05 left sailed past Yesin.