BUTTE VALLEY – The Butte College football team required an overtime touchdown and touchdown, as well as a successful double overtime two-point conversion, to defeat Santa Rosa College in last week’s NorCal Conference opening match in Santa Rosa.
The Roadrunners (3-3, 1-0 NCC) have won a three-loss streak and hope to maintain that momentum in Saturday’s match against Sierra College at Butte College. The start is scheduled for 13:00 at Cowan Stadium in Butte Valley. It will be Pink Pink Day at Butte College in support of breast cancer awareness, and the Roadrunners will be selling pink Butt College soccer jerseys to raise money.
In the Junior College Athletic Bureau’s Coach Rankings released Oct. 18, Butte climbed two spots to now ranked 16th, and Sierra College ranked 20th. 18th place, while Sierra College has 21st place.
Sierra College kicks into Saturday’s game 3-2 and ends its farewell week. After two consecutive defeats to Modesto and San Francisco City College, Sierra won games against San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento City and most recently defeated Diablo Valley College in overtime on October 9.
Butte running back. Johnny Williams kicks into Saturday’s game with 100 yards or more sprint consecutive games. Williams averaged 127 yards on 26 tries last week against Santa Rosa and 201 yards on 45 tries before the Roadrunners lost to Fresno City College.
In the match against Santa Rosa, Butte did not possess the ball very well in the first half, as the losing Bears were leading 14-7 at half-time. Attacking Butte scored immediately, opening the second half on a 33-yard touchdown from quarterback Brian Harper, and his defense kept Santa Rosa without points until overtime. Butte kicker Gabe Estabrook nearly finished the game, but the Pleasant Valley alumnus missed a 25-yard field game eight seconds before the game.
Both teams scored once in extra time and in the second extra period Harper made a 3-yard pass to Troy White and then Harper made a pass to Jaylen Hammer to complete the two-point pass. Butte’s defense closed Santa Rosa for four straight games in the second overtime when the Roadrunners were victorious.
Butte had 14 penalties in the second week of this season. The Roadrunners were awarded 14 penalties for 135 yards. The last time Butte had 14 penalties for 144 yards on a September 25 loss to Modesto, Butte’s coach Robbie Snelling told the media that the penalties would be dealt with in practice on Monday after the game.
Snelling said he doesn’t mind random hold calls, false starts, or transmission interference when players are playing hard, but calls for unsportsmanlike behavior are unacceptable. Snelling said the problems would be “resolved” by Saturday.
After Saturday’s game, Butte will stay at home next week to face the American River before heading to Siskiyu College on November 6.