No points meant yet another loss for the football team as they fell to the Occidental Tigers, 30-0, in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action, dropping it to an 0-4 record this season.
It was the team’s 15th straight loss.
The Leopards offense moved inside the Tiger 30-yard line on five different occasions during the game, but were unable to convert the drives into points, including one drive ending at the Tigers 1-yard line.
Occidental scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions en route to a 23-0 halftime lead.
“We aren’t getting any blocks from our line and the backs aren’t able to hit any of the holes,” sophomore running back Samuel Rhone said.
The Tigers moved down the field quickly starting the game with a five play 72-yard drive. capped off with a 53-yard pass from quarterback Luke Collis to running back Wes McDaniel. The Tigers struck again when Collis hit Matthew Tuckness, who ran down field 18 yards to the end zone, giving them a14-0 lead.
After another stalled drive from the Leopards, Occidental drove 60 yards in nine plays. Collis pushed the lead even more when he threw a 30-yard pass to Chandler Tunney. The Tigers would miss the extra point, making the score 20-0.
Although not reflected in the score, the defense played well, led by Fillip Marcelin who piled up 12 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and an interception.
“Every time the D put us in great spots, we weren’t able to finish,” sophomore wide receiver Oscar Bauman said.
Coming into the second half the Leopards seemed to have made some adjustments to both the offense and defense.
La Verne only allowed seven points all half. A 65 yard drive would stall on the Tigers one yard line where La Verne would turn the ball over on downs.
“We didn’t produce any points so it doesn’t really matter how we preformed,” sophomore tight end Dakota Bates said.
“Our head coach is so good at scheming, I’m sure he’ll find some new formations to help us score some points,” Rhone said.
The Leopards have struggled to put points on the board all season with their highest score only being 14 points.
“We are still optimistic about next week and the rest of the season,” Bauman said. “If I didn’t trust in this team I wouldn’t still be on this team.”
The Leopards have a huge test at 1 p.m. tomorrow as they face 3-1 Cal Lutheran.
Justin Davis–Battle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.