Sep 02, 2017
Huntington Beach, Calif. - Golden West won its first ever home opener at Golden West College 17-10, but it was overshadowed by injuries, particularly the starting quarterback.
After a defensively strong first quarter, all the emotions came out early in the second quarter. In the middle of a promising drive, sophomore quarterback Beau Kalbacher was brought down for a sack via gang tackle. When the pile cleared he was holding his left arm and showing signs of being in considerable pain. The whole team of athletic trainers came to his aide and carted him off the field with his arm in a temporary cast. Head coach Nick Mitchell said after the game that Kalbacher's arm was pointing sideways and he could be out for the remainder of the season.
To make matters worse, freshman quarterback Josh Buksa, who came in for Kalbacher, exited with an injury after two series. Coach Mitchell believes returning sophomore Adam Carr will likely have to relinquish his redshirt to provide depth at the position.
Freshman Joe Pyle took over at quarterback just before halftime and took full advantage of his opportunity to play. Pyle put up a decent stat line going 6-9 with 51 yards and one touchdown. His scoring pass to freshman Brailon Moulton mid-way through the third quarter helped the Rustlers regain the lead and momentum.
As far as the on-field play is concerned, this afternoons top performer was freshman running back Amata Tavai. Tavai was a force in the backfield breaking off long runs, 25 yards was his longest, and rarely being tackled for loss. He provided the final scoring play in this game. From the 21-yard-line, Tavai ran through and made moves around defenders and eventually crossed the goal line to put the Rustlers ahead 17-10, which stood as the final score.Tavai finished with 20 rushes for 97 yards and the lone touchdown.
Golden West will be on the road next week, Sept. 9, against an always tough Riverside team at 6 p.m. One week later, Sept. 16, your Rustlers return home to face Chaffey at 1 p.m.
written by: Kyle Infante, PA Announcer