The Biggs football team finally hit their tough league schedule and were shutout by visiting Portola, 34-0.

The Biggs football team finally hit their tough league schedule and were shutout by visiting Portola, 34-0.

The Wolverines struggled to adjust to the speed of the Tigers early on and gave up two first quarter touchdowns to Cliff Robinson.

“They’ve got some kids that can really fly,”?head coach Mike Pena said. “Their speed hurt us. You can’t make mistakes against speed.”

The defense tightened up once they adjusted, and held Portola scoreless for the rest of the half.
The Tigers scored three more times in the second half, although the defense still had some good moments. They held Portola to 29 yards passing, and Pena liked his team’s physicality.

“I think we’re still hitting at a high level,”?he said. “We smacked those guys a few times.”

Offensively, the Wolverines couldn’t get much going, and had trouble sustaining their blocks long enough to make something happen.

Pena said they need to continue to improve and reduce their mistakes to compete in league.
Gunner McDaniel, Marco Dagnino, Emilio Marquez, Frank Castro and David Diaz combined for 46 yards on the ground, while Michael Torres passed for 20 yards.

Kevin Hicks caught a 17 yard pass and Garrhett Milburn caught one for three yards.
Defensively, Marquez was in on 3 1/2 sacks, while McDaniel was in on two and had six tackles.
Pena praised the pass coverage of Torres and cornerbacks Leslie Uribe and Chad Wilkerson, who he said gave the team some coverage sacks.

The loss drops Biggs to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Mid-Valley League.

They travel to East Nicolaus this Friday.