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Did you catch that? FCS teams roll to big payout

Fri, Sep 06 2013 02:19 PM Posted By: Trent Warren

Several South County football players saw action this past weekend on the college gridiron. 

Former Eastlake Titans Jordan Hines and Fernando Cabico both recorded solo tackles in the Cal Poly Mustangs’ 38-16 win over the visiting University of San Diego Toreros.

Hines, who is listed as a wide receiver, recorded his tackle on a special teams play.

Cabico is a walk-on defensive back for the Mustangs after having an impressive spring tryout in 2012 when he recorded five tackles. Both Hines and Cabico are redshirt-sophomores.

The Mustangs were ranked 11th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches poll before the game and now move up one spot to 10th.

Former Mater Dei Catholic offensive lineman Nico Siragusa started at right guard for San Diego State this past Saturday in its 40-19 non-conference loss to FCS opponent Eastern Illinois.

Siragusa is the only freshman listed on the two-deep offensive depth chart and will be heavily relied upon to brace the team’s running game, led by Aztec running back Adam Muema, as well as to protect quarterback Adam Dingwell.

The redshirt-freshman stands 6-5 and is listed at 320 pounds.

However, Muema left the game early with an ankle injury. He had 10 carries for 17 yards.

Siragusa was later pulled by SDSU coach Rocky Long in favor of sophomore Darrell Greene in an effort to foster better protection for what turned out to be an erratic passing game.

Dingwell was intercepted four times, sacked four times and fumbled three times. Despite passing for 318 yards, mostly due to playing from behind during the game, Dingwell was hardly ever in sync with his receivers.

He often overthrew and underthrew his targets, leading to interceptions, while multiple dropped balls by his receivers, including a few in the end zone, didn’t help him out either.

It wasn’t a pretty sight if you happened to be an Aztec fan.

SDSU’s Long called the showing “as bad a performance as I’ve ever been around.”

The Aztecs lacked tenacity, often getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense.

The Aztecs showed that they have a lot to work on this week at practice regarding blocking assignments, route running and coverage skills.

The SDSU defense definitely showed not having graduated cornerbacks Leon McFadden and Josh Wade on the field was a huge loss.

The Cleveland Browns took McFadden in the third round of the NFL Draft while Wade is currently playing for the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League.

Next weekend won’t get any easier for the Aztecs.

San Diego State (0-1) travels to Columbus, Ohio, to play No. 2 Ohio State (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 12:30 p.m. PDT on ESPN 2.

SDSU’s offensive line will have to mature in a hurry if it is to compete this Saturday.

The Aztecs return home for a Sept. 21 non-conference game against Oregon State, which was another upset victim by a FCS team (49-46 loss to Eastern Washington).

Extra points
It was a huge payday for the NCAA Division I FCS teams last weekend. A total of seven FCS teams upset FBS teams, earning a grand total of $2.375 million combined by the FCS victors.

The Aztecs lone highlight was on a 48-yard touchdown run on a reverse by receiver Colin Locket in the first quarter. It would be the only touchdown the Aztecs would score the entire game.

EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for three touchdowns and amassed 361 yards in the air. One of those touchdowns was a 62-yard-deep ball thrown to receiver Keiondre Gober, which broke the 13-13 tie late in the first half.

Panthers running back Taylor Duncan also had a big day with 20 carries for 92 yards, scoring two rushing touchdowns.

Eastlake grads Andrew Feaster and Donte Haddock are both playing at Humboldt State University this season.


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