Football no longer pushovers

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At 2-3 the Delta College Mustangs football season has seen much improvement from seasons past so far.

However, inconsistency seems to be the team’s main flaw.

After opening the season by upsetting the No. 20 ranked Santa Rosa College (3-2) on the road, the Mustangs then dropped back-to-back games to the College of Siskiyous (3-2) and American River (3-2).

The team then shook up the California Community College Athletic Association rankings by stunning the No. 2 ranked team, the San Mateo Bulldogs.

The player’s confidence was high going into last week’s game against the Butte RoadRunners (2-3) a team who had lost three of its first four games.

“I feel like after that last win we really came together as a team,” said wide receiver Alec Von Alvensleben who has 21 receptions, for 308 yards and one touchdown.

“The locker room’s pretty live, it’s pretty upbeat, we’re feeling pretty good coming off a big win,” said running back Evan Owens. “We have to focus on the task at hand and that’s Butte.”

Evans has done his part by putting up an average of 96 rushing yards per game while scoring five touchdowns.

Unfortunately the Mustangs were defeated by the Roadrunners 34-19.

After being tied at 13 at half- time, Butte scored 14-points in the third quarter and it proved to be enough.

Delta’s quarterback, Arnold Kimball, completed 26 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns with one interception.

Owens rushed 18 times for 127 yards and scored a touchdown.

Von Alvensleben hauled in six passes for 144 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Delta will look to get back on track against the Chabot Gladiators (3-2) at Lawrence A. DeRicco Field on Oct. 17, with kick-off slated at 1 p.m.