The Feather River College football team looked better than ever at home last Saturday, when the Golden Eagles posted a convincing 56-7 victory over Solano College.
With solid-white uniforms and unadorned helmets, the FRC football team sported a clean new look, mirroring the fresh feel of a team under new and improved leadership.
“The kids are starting to buy into what we want the program to look like, what we’re trying to create,” said first-year head coach JD Johnson. “They’re trusting us.”
Johnson has surrounded himself with sharp, young assistants who are not only excellent at calling in plays, but have also earned the respect of the players.
The chemistry on FRC’s sideline has never felt better. Gone is the confusion and arguing that was witnessed in seasons past. Instead, the whole team was united toward the common goal of winning, and celebration abounded.
“One of our biggest goals is trying to create a bond as a team,” said Johnson. “It was more separate in the past.”
The synergy among the team manifested itself on the field, as FRC totaled 462 yards on offense, while limiting Solano to 223 total yards. All eight of FRC’s touchdowns came in the first three quarters.
With 323 yards throwing and 139 yards rushing, the Golden Eagles displayed the strength of their air attack, led by freshman quarterback Tyler Pine (18-of-28) from Reno, Nev.
The Golden Eagles play at home this Saturday, Oct. 2, against Shasta College. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.