SJCC football shuts it down on home turf

Gavilan leaves field with 18 seconds left in fourth quarter

Tackle made by the Jags Linebacker #37 Clifton Goodwin against Offensive Rams Player, on Oct. 22.

The Jags, coming off their seventh game and recent loss against Merced, set the tone on Oct. 22, coming out strong against the Gavilan College Rams, taking the win with an ending score of 44-20.

“Regardless of last week’s results, we’re going to every week starting from scratch and going back to the basics, and we work the basics every week, and then we gear up for next Saturday’s game,” said Jaguars Head Coach Jim Wrinkle. The Jags had an overall record of 3-3 and the Rams an overall of 1-5, giving the assumption that the Jags would take the win easily.

However, the Jags never assume.

“We never underestimate anybody,’’ said Sophomore Defensive Linemen, Aaron Jordon G. Cezar. “We just played to our level and just played as hard as we could with them.”

While the offense did their job successfully, the defense put a substantial amount of pressure on the Rams quarterback every chance they had, forcing multiple interceptions and sacks.

“Early on it was a little bit scary. We had to make some coverage adjustments and things like that,” Wrinkle said. And that they did.

“More interceptions, we needed more sacks,” Wrinkle joked.

“My goals for the game? Get as many stops as I can and sacks,” Cezar said. Having his first sack of the season, Cezar mentioned how it felt great and that’s all he strives for playing football.

“Unreal, crazy, there’s a lot on my mind,” Linebacker Santino Johnston said after the game. The defense’s intensity slowly broke down the Rams quarterback, opening an opportunity for Johnston to catch an interception, leading to enthusiastic praise from his teammates.

Johnston and the rest of his teammates are taking their season game-by-game, working to get better every chance they get.

“We’re just on the come up, you know. We’re slowly rising and slowly coming together, and once we do, we’re going to be even more dangerous,” Johnston said.