By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Butte’s defense came up with a dozen sacks as the Roadrunners defeated visiting Santa Rosa JC, 21-6, on Saturday afternoon.
It was the NorCal Conference opener for both teams.
Butte scored all its points before intermission and the Bear Cubs got their touchdown in the third quarter.
It was the fourth straight loss for Santa Rosa and coach Keith Simons has identified a trend.
“In each of those games, the players came out with no energy in the first half and we fell behind,” he said. “Then, they played their tails off in the second half but couldn’t come all the way back.”
On Saturday, Simons changed quarterbacks for the second half, inserting Mike Pierson (El Molino) for Christian McAlvain (Windsor).
Pierson capped a 89-yard drive by tossing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bergstrom. Pierson completed 18-of-31 passes for 188 yards and was intercepted once. His rushing stat because of sacks: minus-48 yards.
The Bear Cubs wound up with only 43 rushing yards. This despite the fact that running back Joe Te’o finished the day with 101 yards.
Butte scored its first touchdown with 10:48 left in the first quarter on a 12-yard run by Wes McCoy. Nelson Fishback had the other two scores for the Roadrunners.
Cameron Mikell, who came in averaging 90 yards a game, knifed through the Bear Cubs’ defense for 206.
Butte is now 6-0 while Santa Rosa drops to 2-4.