The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team had a chance to make the playoffs if it could run the table and win its last three games. That won’t happen.
Cal Lutheran (6-1, 4-0) took it to the Stags, winning 41-14 at Zinda Field today. The Stags had two big problems. The first problem was they couldn’t throw the ball, not even a little. Cal Lutheran put nine men in the box and dared them to do so and they could not.
That also made it hard for CMS (5-2, 2-2) to run the ball which is traditionally a strong suit.
The second problem was on defense they couldn’t cover anyone. That is an equally big issue. The Stags had two starting safeties out with injuries and their absence was exposed early as Cal Lu receivers were wide open all day.
CMS is a good football team. But this makes losses to two of the top tier teams in Cal Lutheran and Redlands. So maybe it is not quite at that level yet.It has a game left with Occidental next week. A win in that game will be evidence the Stags are making strides and getting close to shrinking the gap between the top teams and middle teams. A loss and they’re relegated to second-tier status.
Also in SCIAC play Redlands beat La Verne 27-7. The Bulldogs likely experienced a letdown after last week’s emotionally and physically draining 51-7 thrashing of Occidental.The Bulldogs could still make the playoffs but they need help.
Pomona-Pitzer faltered at Whittier, losing 37-17. That sets up a battle of winless teams next week as the Sagehens will play at La Verne.
Junior forward Jamie Griffin of the University of Redlands men’s soccer team was named the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week.
Griffin led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 Homecoming victory over Cal Lutheran on Saturday with a first-half hat trick that took place in the span of 15 minutes. He sent one past the CLU goalkeeper at the 22:53 mark before heading in his second goal off of a corner kick less than six minutes later. He capped off his hat trick performance with a one-timer goal at the 38th minute.
Against the Kingsmen, Griffin posted six total shots with four of them coming on-frame.
With his recent offensive explosion, Griffin now leads the SICAC and Redlands with eight goals and 19 points (8g, 3a) on the season.
The Bulldogs (10-2-2, 9-1-2 SCIAC) currently sit in a tie for first place in the SCIAC standings and take on Occidental tonight at 7 p.m. on Farquhar Field. Prior to the start of the match, Redlands will honor its five graduating seniors as they compete in their final home, regular-season game.
Soccer player Andrea Smith of Whittier is the women’s Athlete of the Week.
The San Bernardino Valley College men’s cross country team coasted to its 15th consecutive Foothill Conference title on Wednesday at Guasti Park in Ontario. Coach Wes Ashford thought Antelope Valley might contend but it was ALL Wolverines.
SBVC placed seven runners in the top eight and 10 in the top 12. Ashford ran 17 athletes and they finished in the top 23 in the 66-man field. Sophomore Raymond Dominguez of SBVC took individual honors with a four-mile time of 20:09. Teammate Jonathan Lopez was second in 20:30.
Antelope Valley boasted the third place and ninth place runners but SBVC took fourth through eighth.
On the women’s side Victor Valley repeated, turning back a challenge from Antelope Valley. Cheryl Eastwood, a first-year runner from Victor Valley, won the race in 18:25.
SBVC was fourth in the field with the best showing being a third-place from Yesenia Trujillo.