BY MICHAEL CARPENTER
College of the Desert football has earned a share of the conference championship for the second year in a row. Posting a record of 6-4 and 4-1 in league play proved to be good enough to get the job done.
Despite a slow start to the season, the Roadrunners were able to turn things around with great coaching by Jack Steptoe. Being able to keep his team grinding and pushing forward was the ultimate reason for the two straight conference championships.
Their last game was a hard-fought battle against the Victor Valley Rams that would need overtime to be won with the final score of 48-41. The running game would prove to be crucial for the Roadrunners accounting for a total of 526 yards, with 291 yards on the ground.
The offense this season was led in passing by freshmen Darius Hulsey and Kamone Best, while sophomore Anthony Ellison would lead the running game.
Reginald Macon and Myles Goulbourne would be the Roadrunners’ leading receivers in the season.
The defense was led by a great group of defenders including defensive end Romello Hamilton who had a team high 12 quarterback sacks, and the athletic trio of linebackers Adrian Guzman, Brayden Bailey and Aaron Lamboy.
Safety Izaias Jackson, and cornerbacks Egypt Johnson and Corey Dalton headlined the secondary. Dalton would lead the team with eight interceptions.
With the chance at a bowl game birth College of the Desert will be hoping to host it at their home field, giving fans one last chance to watch the 2016-17 Roadrunners football team compete.