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Tensions High as Rams and Giants Meet Again After Last Season Brawl

November 17, 2017

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Fresno City College running back Isaiah Hilliard stiff-arms an opponent during a home game at Ratcliff stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Fresno City College running back Isaiah Hilliard stiff-arms an opponent during a home game at Ratcliff stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Photo by: Noah Villaverde

Photo by: Noah Villaverde

Fresno City College running back Isaiah Hilliard stiff-arms an opponent during a home game at Ratcliff stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

The Fresno City College football team had a comfortable win against the College of Sequoias Giants, emerging victorious with a final score of 30-7 at home on Nov. 11.

Tensions were a bit high between the Rams and the Giants due to a fight that occurred between the teams during last year’s game that caused the Rams to forgo their postseason bowl invitation.

The air of last year’s altercation between the two teams was certainly felt in the opening stretch of the game, with the referees taking special precautions giving sideline warnings to both teams and ejecting FCC’s defensive back Cody James for using offensive language towards an opponent.

Halfway through the first quarter, the the Rams blocked an attempted field goal by the Giants recovered by linebacker Marcus Hawkins.

The Rams continued to build their momentum throughout the first quarter with some impressive displays of offensive teamwork.

Their consistent offensive plays in the first quarter culminated with running back Khai Williams scoring the first touchdown of the game, followed by a successful kick by placekicker Evan Rios.

As the second quarter began, the Giants attempted to catch up to the Rams’ lead, only to have the Rams reclaim offense at the 14:05 mark.

This subsequently lead to quarterback Trey McJunkin completing a pass to wide receiver Markelle Raymond for 73-yards giving another touchdown for the Rams.

Rios followed Raymond’s touchdown with another successful kick, tallying the score to 14-0.

Following the Rams’ exuberant display of teamwork, the Giants answered back with their first touchdown and successful kick of the game, tallying at 14-7 at the 10:57 mark.

Thankfully for the Rams, it was not long until McJunkin threw a complete pass to wide receiver Terry Toler for 12 yards for one more touchdown before the end of the first half.

Following the touchdown, the Rams also blocked a Giants’ punt attempt, causing the ball to go in the end zone and was recovered by the Rams, creating a safety and making the score 23-7.

As the second half of the game began, both the Rams and the Giants struggled to elevate the momentum exhibited during the energetic first half.

It was not until the final minutes of the third quarter when Williams rushed two-yards for another Rams touchdown followed by another successful kick by Rios.

By the time the fourth quarter began, FCC coasted by thanks to the Rams’ comfortable lead.

The Rams celebrated their final victory before the playoffs as the game came to a relaxed, yet celebratory conclusion with a final score of 30-7.

“We played really physical,” said head coach Tony Caviglia. “With the playoffs on the way, we are starting to play better football based on this game.”

Caviglia stated that the team still needs to make some more improvements for the playoff games.

“We made some mistakes in the second half,” said Caviglia, “but we will be practicing our butts off next week and get ready for the post-season.”

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