This past weekend, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
football team (1-2, 0-1 SCIAC) took on the league favorite Chapman University (2-1, 1-0
SCIAC) Panthers. Despite the offensive explosion that CMS displayed, the Stags could not contain the run game of Chapman and fell 33-23 to the Panthers.
The numbers exemplified the gap between the two teams’ advances:
CMS tallied up 468 yards total (a season high), but Chapman ran the ball for
290 yards alone.
the Stags, quarterback Trey Reynolds CM ’17, running back Shane Pico CM ’18 and receiver Ryan Farney CM
’16 all had notable days. In particular, Pico had a career day running the ball,
averaging 13.3 yards per carry on twelve touches, for an impressive total of 160
week we are getting better and better,” Pico said. “This past Saturday we really
hurt our drives with penalties, making it difficult to come away with points in
the red zone. As long as we play more disciplined, we will have a much better
chance at winning our next game.”
addition, Reynolds completed sixteen of thirty-four passes for a total of 290
yards and two touchdowns. He also scrambled for fourteen yards and reached the
end zone once. Farney had four receptions, averaging 30.2 yards a catch and
totaling 121 yards. The junior also connected with Reynolds for two touchdowns
on the day.
The game was exciting for the Stags from the beginning. Just minutes into the
first possession by Chapman, A.J. Herrara CM ’16 picked off the opposing
quarterback and took the ball to the Chapman 25-yard line. However, the Stags had
to settle for a field goal, giving them an early 3-0 lead.
the 63-yard kickoff from Matthew Aven CM ’17, the Chapman Panthers slowly but
surely pushed the ball up the field. Chapman’s running game proved strong
as CMS gave up six first downs. Eventually, Chapman found the end zone with a
27-yard run and then successfully kicked the field goal to make the score 10-3.
Stags’ next drive was denied, and Chapman received the ball at 5:52 on the
clock. Once again, the Panthers steadily marched up the field and
once again knocked in a field goal.
the second quarter, both CMS and Chapman scored touchdowns. CMS went for the
two-point conversion, but the pass to Farney fell incomplete. The half came to
a close at 17-9 with Chapman leading.
The team’s half time discussion centered around necessary adjustments that could be made in the shift from first to second half.
“We made our schematic adjustments,” CMS head coach Kyle Sweeney said. “There was no great
pep talk, just a focus on what we have to do to be successful.”
Stags started the second half with the ball but failed to move up the field in the beginning of the half.
Chapman consequently took over and split the CMS defense for a 60-yard touchdown run. The
score stood at 24-9 Chapman.
In a turn of events, CMS took over, and Pico broke free for an
impressive 75 yards, but eventually the Stags turned the ball over. On
Chapman’s very next possession they scored again on a pass play, putting
them up 30-9, but failed to complete the two point conversion, a sign of hope
for the CMS defense.
third quarter came to an end at the same score, but CMS began to bounce back in
the fourth quarter. The defense held Chapman to only a field goal, and even
though Reynolds was intercepted the Stags scored two touchdowns. However, the
early deficit proved to be too much to overcome, and the game ended with a final score
of 33-23 Chapman.
late spark and the offensive explosion were encouraging to Sweeney.
“We walk away knowing we can compete with everyone in the
SCIAC,” Sweeney said. “I saw some really positive things and steps forward toward being the
team we want to be.”
CMS looks forward to playing again Saturday, Oct. 11, against University of La Verne (1-2, 0-1 SCIAC) in their homecoming game
at Zinda Field.