The defense never rested for the Laney College football team against City College of San Francisco.
Five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble) helped the Eagles (5-1, 1-0 in the National Bay 6 Conference) clobber the host Rams (4-2, 0-1), 42-21, on Oct. 13.
The victory was the Eagles’ fourth straight over CCSF—the longest in the 53-year rivalry between the two schools.
Big key for Laney: no turnovers. Another key: the Rams had one yard net rushing.
Laney plays host to College of San Mateo (4-2, 1-0) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Runnin back Joe McDonald (Lincoln High School-Stockton) rushed for 135 yards on 13 carries, all in the second half. His 58-yard scoring run with 5:57 left in the game gave Laney its final score.
CCSF scored on its first play from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead, but then committed its first mistake. The PAT kick was missed and Laney’s Nahshon Wright (James Logan HS) scooped up the loose ball and ran 98 yards for a two-point conversion.
The Eagles then took advantage of another mistake as Cameron Nathan (Antioch HS) intercepted a pass and ran 77 yards for a score to give Laney an 8-6 lead with 2:57 left in the first quarter.
Laney took scored again on yet another CCSF miscue. Troy McConico (Pinole Valley HS) blocked a punt; Trevor King (Bishop O’Dowd HS) picked up the loose ball and went 4 yards to give the Eagles a 15-6 lead with 10:10 left in the second quarter.
CCSF scored again for 15-13, but the Eagles jammed in another score with 1:14 left in the half when quarterback Jordon Brookshire (Cardinal Newman HS-Santa Rosa) threw 34 yards to Jared Smart (Dublin HS) for a 21-13 halftime lead.
CCSF tied the game at 21-21 with a touchdown on the second play of the second half, but from them on, it was all Laney.
The Eagles took the lead for good when Brookshire threw 65 yards to Angelo Garrett (McClymonds HS) with 5:56 to play in the third quarter. Laney drove 99 yards in six plays.
The Eagles then drove 85 yards in six plays with Brookshire hitting Smart with a 24-yard scoring pass with 37 seconds left in the third quarter. That drive took nine plays and covered 85 yards.
Laney’s final score came with 5:57 left in the game when McDonald ripped off his long touchdown run.
Along with McDonald, the offensive stars for Laney were Brookshire (16-25, 222 yards, 2 TDs), Smart (seven receptions, 101 yards, two TDs) and Garrett (four catches, 82 yards, 1 TD).
Linebacker Armani Turner-Jenkins (Berkeley HS) Linebacker Jahari Kay (San Leandro HS) had 10 tackles (four solo) and linebacker Jahari Kay (San Leandro HS) had 8 (two solo). Kay was credited with 2.5 sacks (11 yards for losses) and Turner- Jenkins had 1.5 sacks (8 yards for losses).
Besides Nathan’s interception, the Eagles got three more: Da’Meak Brandon (La Salle HS-Cincinnati), Imani Moore (Dublin HS) and Kentrell Pierce (Richards HS-Oaklawn, IL).
By Scott A. Strain, Laney College Sports Information