For the fourth time in the last six weeks, the Cerritos College football team suffered a loss. Despite this, they will host their fourth straight Cerritos Strawberry Bowl, which will be played on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium. The opponent for the Falcons will be Allan Hancock, who came in second place in the Western State Conference Pacific Division. The Bulldogs finished the season 7-3 after defeating West Los Angeles, 45-21 in the final week of the season. Cerritos concluded the regular season with a 6-4 mark, while they were 2-3 in the Mission Conference Northern Division.
The Falcons dropped a 17-7 decision to Riverside last Saturday and have struggled in the last month. Injuries to five starters on offense, including sophomore quarterback Mike Harrison, have hurt the team's offensive output.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams in the Strawberry Bowl. Back in 1998, Cerritos posted a 35-21 win over the Bulldogs.
Tickets for the game will be $7.00 for general admission and will be available at both schools next week. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the game at Falcon Stadium.
FOOTBALL LOSES 17-7 TO RIVERIDE IN FINALE
The struggles for the Cerritos College football team continued this past weekend, as the Falcons dropped their second game in a row. This time, it was the Riverside Tigers that took advantage of the Falcons' woes, and posted a 17-7 win. Despite the losses in the last two weeks, Cerritos will host the Cerritos Strawberry Bowl against Allan Hancock on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Falcon Stadium.
The Falcons have been beset with injures, especially on the offensive side. In addition to the loss of sophomore quarterback Mike Harrison (Mayfair), the team was also without starting center Lloyd Wilson (Kennedy), starting tight end Fausto Gonzalez (St. Paul), starting right tackle Tom Robinson (La Mirada) and wide receiver Andrew Harris (Long Beach Poly). Also out with an injury was freshman linebacker Marcus Miller (Artesia).
Harrison, who tore tendons in his right (throwing) thumb in the loss to Pasadena City the week before, was cleared to play against Riverside by doctors. After freshman Glenn DeBerg (Cerritos) was unable to move the offense in the first quarter, Harrison came out to start the second quarter. His first pass was intercepted which led to a Tiger field goal. With his thumb bandaged, it was difficult for Harrison to get any velocity on his passes, and the two passes that weren't intercepted, sailed over the intended receiver's head.
After two more series, in which he threw his second interception, Harrison was replaced by DeBerg. On the night, DeBerg, the nephew of former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, completed 11-of-25 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown.
The Falcons lone score came after sophomore linebacker Philip Perry (Lakewood) blocked a punt deep in Tiger territory. Perry, who had already blocked two field goal attempts, recovered the ball and returned it to the Riverside nine yard line. Two plays later. DeBerg connected with sophomore wide receiver Chris Chatman (Tustin) for a 10-yard touchdown. Chatman now has 14 career touchdowns, breaking the school career touchdown reception record of 13 set by Cliff Parks (1990-91), Avery Moore (1988-89) and Bain Brick (1968-69). Chatman had already set a new single-season receiving record and finished the season with 755 yards.
After the Falcon touchdown, the Tigers came right back and drove downfield for a touchdown, giving them a 10-7 lead. They put the game out of reach in the third quarter when Curtis Edwards stripped freshman running back Josh Herrera (La Habra) and scampered 48 yards for a touchdown less and four minutes later. As Herrera was trying for extra yardage, Edwards took the ball from his hands and raced untouched into the end zone.
Freshman running back Jermaine Whiten (Cerritos) led the team on the ground with 76 yards on 19 carries, while Chatman led the team with three catches for 26 yards.
CERR: Chris Chatman 10yd pass from Glenn DeBerg (Adam Sonntag kick) 13:28 3rd RCC: Joe Roberson 5yd pass from Ronnie Hill (Mark Baltagi kick) 8:28 3rd RCC: Curtis Edwards 48yd fumble return (Mark Baltagi kick) 4:01 3rd
CERR: Chris Chatman 10yd pass from Glenn DeBerg (Adam Sonntag kick) 13:28 3rd
RCC: Joe Roberson 5yd pass from Ronnie Hill (Mark Baltagi kick) 8:28 3rd
RCC: Curtis Edwards 48yd fumble return (Mark Baltagi kick) 4:01 3rd