Corsairs' ground game hinders
After savoring the sweet victory against Pierce College in which they dethroned the top ranked team in the Pacific Division from the number one spot, the Corsairs looked to carry on the momentum by knocking off the L.A Valley Monarchs.
Unfortunately the Monarchs would turn the tables, leaving SMC behind with a final score of 24-11.
The Corsairs' defense would give up three touchdown passes through the air, putting pressure on the Corsairs' offense to score, which they did only once.
The Corsairs defense would give up 194 yards rushing and nearly three hundred yards receiving at the end of the night.
"We gave up a few big plays", said head coach Gifford Lindheim. "We're a work in progress and I think if we could've eliminated a couple of bad plays in that game and make a couple of good plays, then it would be a completely different ball game. The score doesn't indicate if you're unmatched, we still feel like we can play and compete with anyone on our schedule," he said.
Aside from the loss, the Corsair's offense showed marks of improvement.
Freshman quarterback Travis Williams finished the day off throwing for a solid 250 yards passing along with the Corsairs only touchdown of the game.
These signs of improvement at the quarterback position give the Corsairs a bright future knowing that the man at the helm is getting into a rhythm.
"If you saw Travis the first time he took a snap as a Corsair, you'll notice improvement every week," said Lindheim. "He's still making mistakes, he's still an inexperienced quarterback, but week in and week out, he's making strives, he's improving. We're going through growing pains with him but he still has a tremendous upside," he said.
Wide receiver Reggie Mitchell was also a bright spot in the game, connecting with quarterback Travis Williams seven times for almost 100 yards receiving on the night.
With only a few games left in the regular season, the Corsairs main focus is on the now.
"At this point in our program we need to focus on the next game, and that's Glendale, and try to follow up with another win," said Lindheim.
The match will be the final home game of the year, so be sure to go out and support the boys in blue on Saturday night at 6:00pm.