Fresh off a wild 32-29 double-overtime win over Gavilan College in its home opener, College of the Redwoods now turns its attention to the program which handed it its worst defeat in 2018 — Hartnell College.
Redwoods will take on Hartnell on the road in Salinas Saturday at 1 p.m.
Redwoods (1-1) took on Hartnell in week three last season and paid a stiff price, losing quarterback Brody Lucero for the season early on in what ended as a 62-14 loss. It was a ruthless game in which the two teams combined for 28 penalties, many of them of the unnecessary roughness variety.
Redwoods head coach Frank Borba said his team is simply focused on leaving Salinas with win.
“We had a good week of practice and preparation,” Borba said. “I don’t think we hold any grudges from last season’s game. We just want to go out and play a good football game.”
Borba will be hoping for his defense, especially the interior of it, to perform in a similar fashion to how it did in the win over Gavilan.
Redwoods tallied 11 sacks in the win. Christian Kasper led the way with 3 sacks, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 9 total tackles — all team-highs on the day. James Solomon brought Gavilan’s quarterback down twice as well.
Calvin Williams had a field day in the secondary for Redwoods, recording two interceptions a week ago.
Offensively Redwoods got off to a slow start against Gavilan due to a pair of pic-6’s thrown by Lucero in the opening five minutes of play.
Lucero however rebounded from his slow start and finished the game with four total touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground to go along with four interceptions. He’ll look to improve on his accuracy Saturday as the red-shirt freshman tossed four total interceptions and completed 11-33 pass attempts in the win.
Redwoods’ Triston Martin had a breakout day on the ground against Gavilan, finishing with just over 100 yards rushing. He also had 55 receiving yards.
Through two games Redwoods is averaging 471 yards-per-game (YPG). It’ll face a Hartnell team Saturday which enters the contest giving up less than 300 YPG on average. Hartnell fell 34-7 last week on the road at Foothill.