Mustangs protect home field 3-0


Anthony Martinez

Line backer Heamasi Latu, No. 9, makes a tackle on a player from College of the Redwoods.

Hugo Calderon, @Hugothegreat09

People often say that there’s no place like home, and for the Los Medanos College football team that couldn’t be more true.

The Mustangs currently have a 3-0 record at home, a streak that was improved when they played against the College of the Redwoods, which they defeated 14-10. 

The LMC defense stepped up to the opposition and won, as they have done often this season. The defense set the Mustangs up for their first touchdown. LMC football player Myles Cunningham recovered a fumble at the Corsair’s 10-yard line, which moved the Mustangs into a prime scoring position. The opportunity did not go for granted, as Zach Burke’s pass connected with player Dylan Michieli and opened the scoring.

“It’s not new [being at the quarterback position]. I’m an athlete, I played quarterback in high school and then I switched over to the receiver. I can do everything,” said Boyd “They taught me a lot over there [at Pittsburg High School].”

“He’s a good athlete and a good football player and a smart football player,” said head Coach Chris Shipe “We gotta continue to keep putting stuff in his hands because he definitely makes plays for sure.”

One of the various approaches used by the Los Medanos football team was the implementation of Justin Boyd as quarterback. Boyd was a constant danger to the opposing team in that position, with his ability to find holes in the lineup and run through it.

The Corsairs tied the game up close to the start of the second quarter. Set up by Tristin Martin, who rushed for 32-yards in for the whole drive, Alex Adams was able to throw a 2-yard pass to Jamari Sweet to tie the game for the Redwoods.

The Mustangs fumbled in their own 30-yard line. The defense was able to limit the Corsairs to only four yards but it was not enough to stop Roberto Ortiz’s 43-yard field goal from going through the uprights, placing his team ahead 10-7.

In the third quarter, the Mustangs went through an intense drive that led the start to their own 8-yard line, and they ended up in the endzone. The drive was almost cut short after Boyd fumbled, but it was recovered by his teammates. Player Tyrik Daniels, who contributed 46-yards in the drive, rushed into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown that was able to put his team in the lead 14-10.

The Corsairs found themselves at LMC’s 9-yard line with only seconds left in the game, but ran out of time to run another play before time, after what seemed like a constant barrage defensive tackles by LMC’s football team.

“We’re still trying to get 11 guys on the same page each and every play, We’re working hard in practice and sometimes it just doesn’t work out in games.” said Chris Shipe “We have to finish better on the offensive side of the ball and I thought we did some good things but we played well overall.”

Next for Los Medanos College football is a trip to rivals Contra Costa College Oct. 26.