EXETER - The Selma High football team rushed for over 400 yards in a 28-13 road win over Central Sequoia League opponent Exeter High School on Oct. 12.
Selma ran for 419 yards against the Monarchs and it was the third time in four games that the Bears passed the 400-yard mark on the ground.
Selma improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in CSL play after the win.
Even though it was a double-digit win for the Bears, it was an up-and-down game for Selma. One of the down sides for Selma’s night was the Bears’ turnovers. Selma fumbled the ball three times and lost it twice.
“It’s been the story of this team all year,” Logue said. “Nothing is pretty. Nothing is ever easy and it’s a struggle to put a full game together and play 48 minutes of quality football.”
Selma out gained Exeter 457-282 overall in offensive yards. The Bears averaged 7.1 yards per play compared the Monarchs' average of 5.5.
Selma controlled the clock holding possession of the ball for 29 minutes and 13 seconds. The Bears also had 31 first downs compared to Exeter’s 13.
The Bears went up 14-0 in the first quarter with two touchdowns runs – an 8-yard score by fullback Adam Rodriguez and a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Joey Ramirez.
Selma had the ball in Exeter's territory twice during the second quarter but couldn’t get to the end zone on both drives.
Defensively, the Bears allowed a 93-yard touchdown through the air midway through the second quarter. Exeter quarterback Chris Lopez threw the ball near the sideline to Jaycob Acosta, who caught it over a Selma defender and ran to the end zone.
In the third quarter, Selma’s offense took over the game, holding the ball for over 10 minutes on two drives, which both ended in touchdowns.
“In the beginning, we were pounding the ball and that’s what we came back to,” Logue said. “When we’re at our best, we’re able to line up and pound the ball and that’s the mentality we came out to in the second half.”
On the Bears first drive of the second half, Rodriguez scored his second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run. Aaron Blancas extended Selma’s lead by three scores on a 12-yard touchdown run.
“We just had to come out like we did in the first quarter,” Blancas said. “We had to keep it consistent.”
Rodriguez rushed for 193 yards on 25 carries, while Blancas carried the ball 14 times for 157 yards.
Ramirez attempted eight passes with seven completions for 38 yards.
“[Running the ball] opens up passes,” Ramirez said. “We keep running the ball, the passes open up and we come back to the running game. It opens up space for me and my other teammates.”
Rodriguez left the game near the end of the third quarter with an ankle injury.
“I really hope his ankle is OK because he means a lot to this team,” Logue said. “He does a lot and he literally plays on every special team. He’s our starting middle linebacker, our starting fullback and he doesn’t get tired."
Selma is in a four-way tie for first place with Kingsburg, Dinuba and Central Valley Christian in the CSL standings. All four teams have a 2-1 league record.
“We’re just taking it week-by-week,” Ramirez said. “We’re trying to win league, so we have to come in and play hard every game from here on out to try and get this league win."
Selma will look to get over .500 for the first time this season when it hosts Central Valley Christian for its homecoming game on Oct. 19. It will be the Bears final home game of the season and also serve as senior night. The CVC Cavaliers will enter into the matchup at 6-2 overall and 2-1 in CSL play. Last season, the Bears lost 27-13 to CVC on the road.
“We've got a lot guys dinged and we have a good football team coming to town,” Logue said. “So we have to have a great week of preparation getting ready for them.”