By Roman Delara
Photo Courtesy of COD Athletics
COD football finished off the season with a disappointing four-game losing streak. It puts their record at 4-6, and their conference record at 1-4.
Their conference record did not meet last year’s of 4-1, when the Roadrunners won the Mountain Foothill conference in back-to-back seasons. This resulted in coming up short on a three-peat conference championship.
Before the losing streak the Roadrunners were at 4-2 with a four-game streak winning. The string of loses happened around the same time running back Demetrius Whitmore left the team for unknown reasons.
In the first six games that Whitmore played the Roadrunners rushing offense averaged 191 yards per game. Then with Whitmore’s departure, the Roadrunners averaged 117 yards per game.
What is odd is that the running backs that accumulated the most yardage were Tony Williams and Kamone Best. Whitmore in his six games with the Roadrunners only averaged 36 rushing yards per game. Another explanation would be to credit the opponent’s rush defense, since in COD’s last 2 of 4 games they hit their fewest marks for total rushing yards at 76 (San Bernardino Valley) and 71 (Victor Valley).What also plays a huge factor into the losing season is point differential. The roadrunners is exactly -8 as their offense scored 25 points per game. While the defense allowed 33 points per game.
There is optimism for next season as we can look at the potential returning players for next fall. Tony Williams in his first year playing for COD had 136 carries for 777 rushing yards with seven total touchdowns. Another possible returning player would be wide receiver Kerrion Ringo, who led the team in receptions (35), receiving yards (569) and receiving touchdowns (5), while averaging 16 yards per reception.
On the defensive side sophomore linebacker Austin Holt led the team in tackles with 57 and tied for the most sacks on his team with five.
Roadrunners Head Coach Jack Steptoe faces his second losing season both overall and conference in his fourth season. His record is now at 20-21 overall and 14-10 conference. Steptoe is only the second head coach in COD football history to win multiple conference titles (2) since Ray Butcher back in 1979 (3).
Men’s Soccer finished off their season with a 4-3 victory against Palomar to break their four game skid. They finish their season at 7-9-4 overall and 7-7-2 in their conference.
The offense for the Roadrunners did well as they scored 30 goals in 20 games. Which is an average of 1.5 goals per game. Both midfielders Damian Camacho and Gustavo Medina tied for the team lead in goals scored at four.
On the defense, the team allowed two goals per game. The defensive standouts are midfielder Dante Delgado and defender Zeus Rico who also both tie for the team lead at 19 goals saved.
Head Coach Enrique Cardenas did more than expected for a rookie head coach as he got his team two games under .500. Which is a huge improvement from last year when the Roadrunners were 12 games under .500.
Women’s soccer had a forgetful season at 4-17 overall and did not win a conference game this year. They also finished the season on a five-game losing streak . Their last win came against Imperial Valley with a score of 8-0, back in October 24.
The Roadrunners offense had 39 goals scored in 21 games. Which is good for an offense but the defense allowed three goals per game. and Cod in all of their loses only scored more than one goal in only two games.
A player to keep an eye on is forward Jianna Guerrero who leads the team in goals scored with 12 and has 16 goals saved.
Women’s Volleyball have their record at .500 with an 11-11 record overall and 4-4 in their conference. At home the Roadrunners had an impressive record of 6-1 while away they went 2-9 and on neutral courts they are 3-1.
The Roadrunners matchup against San Diego City has yet to be determined as it is their last match of the season.
Results await to see if they are eligible to win their conference title or participate in playoff contention.