Bulldog Football Surrenders Fourth-Quarter comeback to CMS 25-21

Image credits: Kylie Calabrese-Kenny
Image credits: Kylie Calabrese-Kenny

REDLANDS, Calif. – The University of Redlands Football team suffered their fourth straight loss Saturday against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25-21 inside Ted Runner Stadium.

Prior to the game and at halftime the Bulldogs hosted Tailgate with a Cop and Take a Kid to the Game Night, but it was spoiled by the Stags' fourth quarter comeback. 

With the loss the Bulldogs drop to 0-4, while CMS improves to 2-1.  The game was a non-conference contest, as the two teams will meet again on November 5 for a SCIAC game at Zinda Field. 

Redlands led 21-12 with 10:14 to play in the fourth quarter, but gave up a quick 6-play, 66-yard touchdown drive to the Stags that covered 1:43 making it a two-point game (21-19).  Another three-and-out by UR on their next possession gave the ball back to CMS with 6:13 to go and they would march 62-yards in five-plays, this time covering just 1:14 to take a 25-21 lead. 

With time on the clock and needing a touchdown the Bulldogs would see their offense stall again gathering just ten yards, which included a pair of sacks for a combined 17-yards lost.  The last one coming on 4th and 17, which turned the ball over on downs.  The Maroon and Grey would get one final chance to win the game though as the defensive unit would hold tough stopping Pre-Season All-American Running Back Justin Edwards on a 4th and 1 carry, giving the ball right back to the Bulldogs.

But with under a minute to play Redlands was unable to advance the ball going 11-yards in just six-plays giving the ball back to the Stags to run out the clock.   

Redlands totaled 167 yards of total offense with 108 coming through the air and another 59 on the ground.  Myles Herrera (Yucaipa, CA) was 16-for-25 with two touchdowns and an interception.  He also ran the ball 16 times for -36 yards.

Calel Olicia-Aramboles (Westfield, CA) led the ground attack with 53 yards on seven attempts, averaging 7.6 yards per rush., while Andrew Kellstrom (San Bernardino, CA) added 39 yards on 16 carries with a score.

Evan Aguon (San Diego, CA) again led the receivers with seven catches for 35 yards.  Michael Mindnich (Bellingham, WA) had three catches for 25 yards and a touchdown and Kaleb Hatten (Modesto, CA) hauled in two receptions for 20 yards.

The Bulldogs found themselves trailing 3-0 after the opening quarter, but put up 14 points in the second to take a 14-6 lead into the break.  The first score, which came from Kellstrom capped off a 15-play, 70-yard drive spanning 8:06.  During the possession Herrera found Aguon twice for a pair of 12-yard receptions, both coming on third-down plays. 

The ensuing drive for CMS, the Bulldogs special teams unit stood strong forcing a botched punt that went just a yard setting UR up with a short field.  Redlands would use it capitalizing on the mistake as Kellstrom would break through with an 11-yard scamper, setting up Herrera to Mindnich for a seven-yard touchdown grab.

Claremont-M-S was the only team to put up points in the third quarter, using a Walter Kuhlenka to Anderson Cynkar 61-yard touchdown hook-up that made it a two-point game at 14-12.  The next points that were put up on the board were from the Bulldogs who sustained a 13-play, 73-yard drive covering 6:15, which ended with Herrera finding Graig Padgett (Steilacoom, WA) from 10-yards out.  These would be the only points put up by the Maroon and Grey in the second half as CMS would rally for the come from behind victory. 

Defensively the Bulldogs totaled 60 tackles with Jacob Sega (Oceanside, CA) recording nine, six of which were solo.  Scott Tinsley (Capitola, CA) and Craig Hunter (Murrieta, CA) each added eight tackles and Jadin Michaels (Palm Springs, CA), Derwin Johnson (Indio, CA), Luke Purcella (University Place, WA), and Michael MacDonald (Chino Hills, CA) would combine for another 16.  Dawson Brokman (Martinez, CA) had a career night with three tackles, two of which were sacks, Michaels added an interception, Dre Owens (Pico Rivera, CA) and Marvin Perkins Jr. (Las Vegas, NV) with pass break-ups, and Jax Lee (Richland, WA) with a quarterback hit.

Vicente Garcia (Fontana, CA) had a busy night totaling five punts for 206 yards, averaging 41.2 yards per punt with a long being for 53 and another that landed inside the 20.  Brendan Marmion (Aliso Viejo, CA) had kickoff duties with four, totaling 250 yards, averaging 62.5 yards per kick with three touchbacks.  Aguon returned kicks bringing back four for 86 yards, averaging 21.5 yards per return, with a long being for 28.       

Redlands has two weeks to prepare for their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener, which will be on the road, Saturday, October 8 against California Lutheran University for the Smudge Pot Trophy Game.  Kickoff set for 7:05pm.