CMS football team falters; Redlands gets by

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.