Joshua Waller lifts RCC to victory

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By Matt Dzaiak / Asst. Sports Editor

Keep away (Allison Perez / Asst. Photo Editor)

By Matt Dzaiak / Asst. Sports Editor

Extending its win streak to 13 games, the No. 2 Riverside City College football team survived a 14- point comeback from the Citrus College Fighting Owls at Glendora, winning 38-24 on Oct. 8.

After leading 35-10 at the end of the third quarter, the Tigers offense was held to a field goal, and the Fighting Owls outscored RCC 14-3 in the fourth quarter.

The surprise play of wide receiver Joshua Waller, who scored on each of his three receptions, also gained 96-yards receiving and propelled the Tigers undefeated season to 5-0 with five games left to play.

RCC quarterback Dalton Livingston, had another efficient day passing the ball, completing 14 of 22 for 226-yards.

Livingston was keen on taking advantage of mismatches and one-on-one coverages were the result of playmaker Sadale Foster being double covered by the secondary.

The defense, led by Markus Smith who had seven tackles, forced fumble and an interception, as well as Eddie Lackey, who led the team with ten tackles and also had an interception, shut down the Fighting Owls offense.

The Tigers maintained a 25 point lead heading into halftime by holding the Fighting Owls to just three points in the first half.

Waller scored in the third quarter with a 48-yard play action pass from Livingston, confusing the defense and causing the deep safety to bite on the run, allowing Waller to beat his man coverage.

Foster was the focal point of the Owls defense, drawing double teams the entire game and giving opportunities for his teammates to capitalize on what the Citrus defense was giving RCC.

“(Foster) was double covered for most of the game, and the coaches had faith in me in one-on-one situations,” Waller said. “When my number was called, I was ready to take advantage of the opportunity and be that guy to step up.”

Waller said Livingston’s presence in the huddle keeps his teammates determined during trying times in the game.

“Dalton believes we are going to win, and believes we are going to make plays; he has been our starter for two years now,” Waller said. “He keeps his composure the entire game and inspires us to rally around him.”

The running back tandem of E.J. Schexnayder and Andre Hunt was too much for the Fighting Owls defense, gaining 156 on the ground compared to 17 from the opposition.

Furthering the superb quarterback play, Backup quarterback Zach Adkins was used several times in goal line situations for the Tigers.

In shades of Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow when playing for the Florida Gators, Adkins utilized the wildcat formation to keep the defense off-guard, scoring on touchdowns with his feet and through the air.

Adkins gave the Tigers a 21-3 lead in the second quarter scoring on a two-yard rushing touchdown and added another  score before halftime, with a fake run pass to tight end  Josh Long, for his second passing touchdown of the season.

The Tigers let off the gas, and seemed to just coast thru the fourth quarter as they were outscored 14-3 by the Fighting Owls who stood against another Tiger blowout, bringing the final score to 38-24.

The Tiger’s will look to stay disciplined and focused as they travel to Costa Mesa, taking on Orange Coast College on Oct. 15.

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