Needing a win to keep its bowl dreams alive, the Yuba College football team shut down College of the Redwoods to earn a 35-14 victory on Saturday in Eureka.
The win set up the season finale against Shasta College that will decide second place in the Pacific 7 Conference next week at 1 p.m. in Linda. The winner will move on to the second American Division bowl game, and the other's season will end.
For that game to have any meaning, the 49ers had to take care of business Saturday against the Corsairs, and they did.
Quarterback DaTwon Melvin opened the game with a 25-yard scoring pass to Logan Cruz on the first drive and ran for a 54-yard touchdown to put Yuba up 14-7 at halftime. Melvin finished the game with 227 yards passing and 138 rushing.
The 49ers broke out some trickery as wide receiver Dillon Campbell opened the second half by heaving a 42-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Ferrell.
Running back Leroy Wilson added two late scoring runs, from 28 and 12 yards out, and finished with 82 yards on the ground.
Linebacker Alan Barnett had a sack and is now third in the state with 121⁄2 sacks. Marty Morris added two sacks and Tony Wright intercepted a pass for the 49ers, who improved to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in Pacific 7 Conference play.
Santa Rosa 92, Yuba 84
In San Francisco — The 49ers fell to 0-2 on the year with a tough loss to defending state champion Santa Rosa on the second day of the San Francisco City College Tournament.
Yuba trailed by 20 points in the second half before going to its press to cut Santa Rosa's lead to two with a minute left to play. However, a foul on a 3-pointer helped Santa Rose hold off the 49ers, and the Bear Cubs hit their free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.
Barry Ogalue led Yuba with 20 points, while Jojo Zamora and Vasilije Saraba chipped in with 19 points each.
The 49ers will next play at Sacramento City College on Friday.
Nyairo headed to state
In San Mateo — Yuba's Melvin Nyairo punched his ticket to the State Championships on Saturday by placing 12th at the Nor-Cal Championships.
Nyairo completed the 4.19-mile course in a time of 22 minutes and was the 49ers' lone state qualifier.
Other competitors for Yuba were Jurrell Davis, Tony Montes, Brad Lowe and Sarah Trujillo. Lowe and Trujillo both set personal bests.
The State Championships will be held on Nov. 22 in Fresno.