FCC Rams are for real; beat Foothill, 52-0

If you would have told Fresno City College head football coach Tony Caviglia the Rams (4-0) would shutout the Foothill College "Owls" 52-0, he probably would have appreciated your faith in the Rams, and figured you like to dream big. That dream, real or imagined, turned into a real nightmare for the Owls (2-2

The Rams started the scoring innocently enough with a 5-play 35-yard drive early in the first quarter. Then early in the second, Ron Anderson (Hoover High) kicked a 43-yard field goal. Moments later, the figurative Foothill roof started to creak when defensive lineman Fernando Yanez (Memorial) deflected a Waye Terry pass as he released it. The wobbler was snatched by linebacker Max Steward (Redwood) who promptly rambled 39 yards for the score. Anderson's kick put the Rams up 17-0.

Just before the half, Mark Hetherington threw the first of 4 scoring strikes. He found tight end Aaron Austin (Dos Palos) in the end zone for a 7-yard TD with 2:08 left.

FCC picked it right up after intermission when Rodney Davis (Dos Palos), playing in his first game since he was injured in the season opener, raced 65 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage. This play put the Rams up 31-0.

Hetherington finished Foothill with three consecutive scoring passes to Willie Johnson (Edison), 13 yards; Maurice Washington (McClymonds) 32 yards; and LaMonte Jones (Fresno), 47 yards. The last came with 13:57 remaining in the game. In all, the freshman quarterback was 13-21-0 for 260 yards. The 4 TD passes gave him 18 and put him within striking distance of Mike Rasmussen's FCC season record of 24 set in 1969.

FCC's defense, despite allowing 265 yards, gained great confidence with two stunning goal line stands. In both instances, the Rams kept the Owls out of the endzone from the one-yard line. FCC's defense hasn't allowed a TD in the last 13 quarters. 

In addition to the defense, the special teams, specifically the kickoff team, kept Foothill from getting good field position with quick, sure tackles. The Owls got good field position on kickoffs in only two instances as Anderson, a star on the FCC soccer team the past two seasons, consistently kicked deep.

FCC's offense has outscored opponents 180-6 in the last three games thanks to a fine passing game and a solid running game. Both areas feature a lot of Rams who share the receiving and running in a wide-open offense made possible by great line play. 

The Rams, No. 3 in the state and No. 4 in the JC Grid-Wire national rankings last week, will travel to Butte on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff

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