RCC scores most points since 1924, in 75-12 road victory

By Matthew Dziak / RCC football beat writer

All smiles (Dan Henley / Special to Viewpoints)

By Matthew Dziak / RCC football beat writer

Quarterback Zach Adkins struck early and often with six touchdown passes on the Tigers first seven offensive drives of the first half, as the No. 9 Riverside City College Tigers annihilated the Long Beach City College Vikings 75-12.

RCC (4-1) scored the most points in a game since 1924 when the Tigers put up a whopping 130 points against El Centro.

In just one half of play, Adkins six touchdowns broke a RCC school record for most passing touchdowns in a game; a record held by last year quarterback Dalton Livingston, who is now at the University of Utah. Adkins finished the first half; completing 18 of 23 passes for 346 yards.

“I had good preparation from our coaches,” Adkins said. “Their defense stayed in the same coverage and I found my receivers easily.”

Devonn Brown tied a school record with three touchdown receptions and also had an incredible 65-yard reception, juking two Viking defenders and dove at the pylon for the touchdown. Brown finished with 119 receiving yards.

“I knew their defender could not hang with me,” Brown said. “Once I saw the end zone I knew I had to score.”

Usually known for his bruising rushing attack, Jamil Austin got into the mix and had two receiving touchdowns, one a swing pass for 26 yards, and another on a 14-yard screen pass giving the Tigers an early 14-0 lead.

“The defense did not swarm to the ball making it easy for us to score,” Austin said.

The Vikings lone first half score came on a 15-yard touchdown pass by Nick Pope on a fade route that was reeled in by Rodney Morgan. However, the Tigers blocked the kick after and Tray Hall scooped up the ball and returned it 97-yards giving RCC two points and a 37-6 lead.

Tyler Shreve opened the second quarter at quarterback and connected with his scat back Barrington Collins on a 7-yard touchdown pass.  Shreve followed that up with a 57-yard touchdown pass to former Corona Centennial wide receiver Deji Olajide extending the lead to 58-6.

Maurice Culpepper, the sixth different Tiger receiver to score, reached over a Viking defensive back and caught Shreve’s 13-yard touchdown strike, his third touchdown pass of the game.

Shreve finished with 152 passing yards, on 10-11 passing and three touchdowns.

Even third string freshman quarterback Max Holmes contributed to the scoring onslaught with a fourth quarter 47-yard touchdown run, the only rushing touchdown for RCC.

The Tigers improved to 2-0 in the National Central Conference, and will look to add to their record against Fullerton College, who they will host on October 6, at Wheelock Stadium.

“This shows that we keep getting better each week,” Adkins said. “Hopefully we can break this scoring record eventually.”