SELMA - A week after scoring 77 points in a victory over Hanford West, the Selma Bears were shutout by the Dinuba High Emperors in a 35-0 loss in a Central Sequoia League game on Oct. 5 in Selma.
Selma’s offense was held to 140 total yards, while four of Dinuba’s five touchdowns were for 20 or more yards.
It was the second time this season the Bears were shutout and it’s the first time Selma was held scoreless at home since 2014.
“It was a pretty embarrassing night overall,” Selma head coach Matt Logue said. “I felt bad for all the fans and people who came out to watch, that’s not what Selma football is all about.”
Dinuba scored all 35 points in the first half, including scoring 28 points in the second quarter.
“Dinuba is a good football team, but I don’t think anyone is 35 points better than us,” Logue said. “Honestly, I don’t know, we did everything in practice all week. What we were trying to focus on is what they did in the game and we didn’t execute on defense.”
Selma averaged 3.0 yards per play and quarterback Joey Ramirez was sacked four times compared to Dinuba signal-caller Josh Magana, who wasn’t sacked once.
Magana had an efficient night against the Bears’ defense completing 13-of-16 (81 percent) passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns. As for Ramirez, he was 6-of-12 (50 percent) for 40 yards and added 22 yards on three rushing attempts.
After rushing for 400 yards the past two games, Selma gained 93 yards on the ground and averaged 2.7 yards per carry against the Emperors.
“We couldn’t block, run block, pass block,” Logue said. “Every time we got the ball back, there were guys in our quarterback’s face within two seconds. Honestly, I have no other way to put it, but we stunk up the field.”
Over the past three games, Selma’s defense has allowed 46 points per contest and 7.6 yards per play.
Logue said if his team can go 2-1 over the final three games of the season, then they’ll have a realistic shot at making the playoffs.
Exeter, Central Valley Christian and Kingsburg are next on the Bears’ schedule.
“I told the team after the game, we have to find a way to win at least two of these last three games,” Logue said. “We’re not going to go to the playoffs at 4-6, hopefully we can get the job done.”
Selma (3-4, 1-1 in CSL) will head to Exeter High to take on the Monarchs on Friday, Oct. 12. Exeter will enter the matchup at 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the CSL. The Monarchs are coming off of a 62-27 win over Hanford West on Oct. 5.
“The bottom line is we have to prepare better,” Logue said. “We have to get ourselves ready during the week for our opponents and stay disciplined with our game plan. We need to do the things we need to execute and win a football game.”
Kickoff between Selma and Exeter is scheduled for a 7:15 kickoff.
Last season, Selma edged out Exeter 26-21 at home.