The College of the Desert Roadrunners faced off against the top team in their league, the Mount San Antonio College Mounties, on Saturday. The upset-minded Roadrunners were unable to overcome some costly errors in the first half and were routed by an extremely talented Mounties’ squad, 36-10.
The Mounties struck first just 14 seconds into the game. After the kickoff, quarterback Nick Lamaison saw a breakdown in coverage and launched a 60-yard pass to Michael Edwards for a touchdown. On their next possession, Lamaison connected with Edwards again on an identical play call. This time, a 50-yard pass that resulted in a 14-0 hole for the Roadrunners to try and overcome.
The Roadrunners were victim to their own mistakes, specifically turnovers. Freshmen quarterback Matt Strohmeier saw two of his passes in the first half get picked off, both of which led to field goals for the Mounties.
A swarming defensive line made it extremely difficult for Roadrunners’ standout Ricky Smith to get consistent yardage. Smith did record the only touchdown of the night for the Roadrunners, a 5-yard run up the gut in the fourth quarter.
The Roadrunners will look to rebound next week when they travel to Pasadena College on Saturday.