SELMA - In the final game at Staley Stadium before renovations begin, the Selma Bears were dismantled by the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers in a 49-7 loss in Central Sequoia League action on Oct. 19.
The loss drops Selma to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in CSL play heading into the final week of the season.
It was a not a good start for the Bears defense allowing CVC to score in three of its first four plays from scrimmage. After Cavaliers quarterback Eric Dragt threw an incomplete pass in the first play of the game, CVC’s next three plays on offense resulted in touchdowns.
Selma head coach Matt Logue said there was poor execution and a lack of tackling on the defensive side of the ball.
“We were down 21 to nothing before we even knew it,” Logue said.
The Cavaliers started its scoring binge on a 66-yard touchdown run from Jaalen Rening on the second play from scrimmage.
After the Bears’ offense went three-and-out, Dragt put CVC on the board again, throwing to Simon Tevelde for a 48-yard score.
On the next possession, Selma’s offense turned the ball over on a fumble giving the Cavaliers the ball on the Bears’ 17-yard line. Rening would score on a 17-yard run to put CVC up 21-0 with 7:06 to play in the first quarter.
Rening finished the game with five carriers for 118 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The Cavaliers’ offense dominated the first half and would go into halftime with a 42-7 lead.
Selma quarterback Joey Ramirez threw to Ivan Valdez for a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the Bears’ lone score of the night.
Selma was outgained offensively 389-213 total yards and CVC averaged 15.0 yards per play compared to the Bears average of 4.0. The Cavaliers didn’t attempt a punt throughout the game and were only held to one third down conversion, which was successful for CVC.
Selma’s offense turned the ball over twice on a fumble and an interception. The Bears could’ve had more turnovers with a total of four fumbles, but Selma only lost one.
Selma will look to even its record to .500, when the Bears head to Kingsburg to take on the Vikings on Oct. 26.
Logue said it’s an important game for the seniors on his team, who will take on Kingsburg for the final time. Logue added that it’s a must-win for his team if they want to qualify for the CIF Central Section Division IV playoffs.
“I told them, this is it for you seniors,” Logue said. “This is your last hoorah. We have to win to get into the playoffs. I don’t feel good going into the playoffs at 4-6 if we lose the game, especially with some of our losses being the way they’ve been. Yeah, there’s a lot on the line for them.”
Heading into the game, the Bears defense will need a game plan to play against both of Kingsburg’s quarterback’s, Jett Jackson and Travis Hall. Jackson was ruled out for the Vikings’ last game against Hanford West due to a concussion. Jackson, who has been the team’s starter for most of the season, suffered his concussion in the first quarter against Dinuba on Oct. 12.
Hall is responsible for 10 touchdowns (six pass, four rushing) in the past two weeks.
Logue said both Jackson and Hall are athletic quarterbacks, who are good running and throwing the ball.
“Either way, I don’t see a huge [drop off] when the other guy comes in,” Logue said. “If we don’t play better than we’ve been playing, it’s not going to matter who the quarterback is.”
Kingsburg will be playing for at least a share of a league title and a high seed in the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs.
The Vikings will enter the rivalry matchup at 7-2 overall and 3-1 in CSL play. Kingsburg is also in a three-way tie for first place with CVC and Dinuba in the CSL standings.
Kickoff between Kingsburg and Selma is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Vikings Stadium. Last season, the Bears shutout the Vikings 27-0 at home. Selma has won the last three meetings against Kingsburg.