Depleted SRJC falls to San Mateo 54-20

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa JC’s depleted defensive line had no answer for the high-powered San Mateo running game Saturday afternoon as the visiting Bear Cubs lost, 54-20, in the regular season finale for both teams.

Led by George Naufahu, the top rusher in the NorCal Conference, San Mateo (9-1) racked up 503 yards on the ground. Naufahu had 124 of those and scored three times.

Hard-hit by injuries, coach Lenny Wagner has had to move reserves into starting positions on offense and defense.

“They were bigger and real physical,” Wagner said of the Bulldogs. “We got pushed around pretty good on the offensive line. Our guys never gave up but with so many injuries to frontline players, we were outmatched.”

Naufahu scored twice in the first five minutes on runs of 1 and 10 yards. Casey Wichman’s 30-yard touchdown scamper then made it 21-0 heading to the second quarter.

The score was 27-0 when the Bear Cubs got on the board. They scored 1:43 before halftime on a 3-yard pass from Mike Pierson to Andre Davis.

San Mateo scored twice in the third period to increase the lead to 41-6.

“We didn’t think the injury situation could get worse but it did,” Wagner said. “A few more guys got dinged up during the game.”

Wagner estimates more than 25 of his players have been sidelined by injuries during the season. While San Mateo racked up 503 rushing yards, Santa Rosa could manage only 117. The Bear Cubs did win the passing game with 210 yards. The Rams had 77 and attempted only 10 passes.

Santa Rosa will learn today if they’ll play another game. Their 6-4 record makes them bowl eligible and invitations will be issued this afternoon.

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