Los Medanos College had a tough start to its season after finishing preseason 2-1 but what the rest of the season entailed was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.
The Mustangs finished Pac-7 conference play with a 3-2 record, 4-6 overall, this is an improvement on last years 1-3 Pac-7 record.
Los Medanos also featured eight players in first team all conference and two as honorable mentions compared to last year’s two.
One of the Mustang’s biggest strengths was their defense, which was noted by Heamasi Latu.
“LMC defense is the best in JUCO [junior college], and we all consider each other lions because we dominate our opponents together,” said Latu. “We are a scary sight and we proved that the entire season.”
Out of the four games that LMC won, it had not allowed more than one touchdown. The Mustangs also had three players with the most tackles per game in the league in Heamasi Latu (13), Myles Cunningham (7.9), and Marquise Cunningham (7). Latu also finished his season with the most tackles in the state with 117 overall.
“I wanted to lead the team in tackles and interceptions, but ultimately get offered after the season. I was tied for the leading interceptor on the team with fellow All-Conference brother Tre Daniels, and lead the state in tackles, and I have offers to play at the next level. So all that hard work and sacrifice paid off in the end because I accomplished all the goals I set out for myself.” said Latu
Head coach Chris Shipe also praised the team’s defensive game.
“Our defense played great all year,” he said. “Those guys played fast, put pressure on our opponents offenses weekly and it was great to watch.”
However, on the other side of the ball was a different story.
Through its 10 games all season, the Mustangs never managed to put up more than two touchdowns. Its offensive woes hurt LMC throughout the season.
Kicker Javier Hernandez ended up with the most points on the team with 38 and averaged 4.2 points per game. Behind him, Tyrik Daniels and Josh Wishom tied for second with 12 points each.
“Our offense struggled as a whole and I have to take full responsibility for that. In all our games the defense and special teams kept us in close games,” said head coach Chris Shipe
While the results may seem negative, it has been an improvement from last season. Los Medanos finished with an improved record and has shown a defensive strength for next season.
“The one thing I can say is this team through 11 weeks battled. They stepped up to the challenge every week and showed true fight week in and week out,” said Shipe.