Butte football downs Fresno City for first road victory

FRESNO — As Dalton Gee and Jackson Taylor went down with injuries, running back Avery McCuaig stepped up to take on the load.

McCuaig ran for 168 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries to lead the Butte College football to a 17-7 victory over Fresno City College Saturday night at Ratcliff Stadium.

“He did a great job. Both Jackson and Dalton were banged up,” Butte head coach Rob Snelling said by phone. “(McCuaig) cashed in tonight.”

The Roadrunners defense, which has been a strong point throughout the first two games of the season, recorded six sacks for a loss of 27 yards. They also shut out Fresno City, the No. 9 ranked team in the state, through the first three quarters.

“Our defense has played great all year,” Snelling said. “I’ve been more than happy with them each game and they continue to get better and make plays.”

Late in the first quarter, a fumble recovery from Butte’s Immanuel Woodberry set up the Roadrunners’ first scoring drive.

Butte quarterback Brandt Hughes found Gee for a 39-yard gain to get the Roadrunners inside the Rams’ 20.

Three plays later, McCuaig ran in for a 4-yard touchdown to give Butte a 7-0 lead with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the second quarter.

Following a Butte punt, Fresno turned the ball over once again, this time on a fumble at its own 10-yard line, which was recovered by Butte’s George Heinrich.

Butte took over at Fresno’s 2 which set up Hughes’ quarterback sneak for a touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.

Later in the quarter, another Rams fumble during the kickoff return was scooped up by Butte’s Cleon Hamilton. That takeaway resulted in a 31-yard field goal from Tomas Colino to make it 17-0.

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“One of the biggest turns was our special teams,” Snelling said. “Colino has been very consistent. He won the job in camp and beat out four other guys. He’s been working extremely hard.”

The only score Butte allowed was with 10:20 left in the game when Leon Young ran in for a 6-yard score to get within 17-7.

Butte took over possession with six minutes left to play and held onto the ball the rest of the way.

The Roadrunners owned time of possession with 39:29 while Fresno had the ball for 20:31.

Gee led Butte with 60 yards on three quarters before going down with a possible ankle injury in the beginning of the second quarter.

Hughes completed 11 of 17 passes for 102 yards passing.

The Rams also committed 11 penalties for a 104 yards. Butte had 11 penalties for 88 yards.

Butte (2-1) will return home to host City College of San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22.

“We played a lot smarter tonight and executed a lot better,” Snelling said. “We just need to keep working and getting better each day.”

The Score

Butte 17, Fresno City 7

Up next: City College of San Francisco at Butte, 1 p.m. Sept. 22.


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