Hard hits fuel homecoming win

Defensive effort ignites explosive offensive output

Comet defensive back Cameron Heath (bottom right) upends Mustang running back Gerad Higdon (center) during Contra Costa College’s 48-7 victory against Los Medanos College at Comet Stadium on Saturday.

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

The Comets chose Homecoming to put together their most impressive performance of the year, a 48-7 decimation of district rival Los Medanos College (2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pacific 7 Conference) Saturday at Comet Stadium.

After Contra Costa College (5-0 overall 1-0 in the Pac 7) beat Merced by a single touchdown on Sept. 26, the coaching staff lamented leaving a lot of missed opportunities on the field.

They said when this team clicks it will be something special to see. And it clicked on Saturday as the Comets struck early and often, pounding the Mustangs with a steady offensive bombardment.

Comet running back Harris Ross (16 carries, 142 yards, one touchdown) chewed through layers of defenders en route to total a 8.9-yard per-carry average.

It was his best performance of the year.

The Comets play their next conference game at Yuba College Oct. 17 following this week’s bye.

CCC controlled the running attack on both sides of the ball, holding LMC to 102 yards rushing for the game.

Comet linebacker Amari Mount  set the tone for the evening when he stopped the LMC running back behind the line of scrimmage on the first play of the game, which led to an eventual Mustang punt.

Mount said, “We kept working through the whole game,. We’re starting to come together as a unit.”

Ranked 21st in state, the Comets, led by quarterback Cameron Burston, (18 of 24, 191 yards, three touchdowns) who is the current leader in completion percentage for California, (75.7 percent) wasted no time putting points on the board.

CCC receiver Malcolm Hale (four catches, 63 yards) darted diagonally from left-to-right on the field. Burston whizzed Hale the ball which he took 45 yards to the end zone.

“I try not to force passes if they are not there. If I feel like there is a window, I can fit the ball into I let it go — I’m just trying to make plays,” Burston said.

Leading 7-0, and only four minutes into the quarter, LMC had enough time to get back into the game.

CCC defensive back Elijah Cunningham quickly picked off the LMC quarterback’s pass.

The following series saw an improbable touchdown drop by Frank Stephens forcing a CCC punt.

LMC scratched and clawed its way to the CCC goal line, eventually cracking through on a 1-yard run by running back Billy Wells

The game was tied 7-7.

The next LMC drive stalled featuring four tackles by Ted Noble, (five tackles) paving the way for a 35-yard touchdown run by Ross.

Ross’ touchdown was the final in the half, and the Comets led at the break, 14-7.

CCC started the third quarter as it ended the second, pushing the Mustangs to the brink of breaking by pounding the ball down their throats. Scoring two touchdowns in the process, the onslaught continued and CCC now led 28-7  late in the third quarter.

The 14 points in the third quarter and shutting LMC out nearly the entire game — the Comets were finally clicking in all phases of the game.

The Comets had their least amount of penalty yards for any game this year.

The team celebrated by forcing a late LMC fumble that was scooped up and returned by Comet linebacker Broderick Melancon into the Mustang end zone.

By the final horn, the CCC had completely broken the Mustang’s spirit with a 48-7 drubbing.