Falcons Start Fast, Finish Strong at Yuba

Falcons Start Fast, Finish Strong at Yuba

The West Hills College Coalinga Falcons passed its first road test with flying colors, with a dominant 34-10 victory at Yuba College on Saturday night - giving new head coach Justin Berna his first win leading his alma mater.

Just like last week, the Falcons (1-1) jumped out to an early lead, but this time Berna said his team learned how to play four solid quarters - especially a tough defense that kept the previous undefeated 49ers (2-1) out of the endzone. Yuba's only touchdown came on special teams - a blocked punt returned for a short score in the third quarter.

The WHCC offense was once again led by the legs and right arm of freshman QB Myron Norfleet, who kept the 49ers guessing all night. Norfleet ran for three touhdowns (second staight game) and passed for 217 yards and a score. He connected with nine different players, finishing 14-of-25 passing.

After the opening kickoff to the visting Falcons, Norfleet promptly marched the offense down the field. The 86-yard scoring drive was capped by a 39-yard toss to a wide open Gabe Gavia for a quick 7-0 lead.

Norfleet followed with a 5-yard TD run, giving the Falcons a 14-3 lead to end the first quarter. Freshman RB Khalil Harshaw made the run of the night, on his 16-yard scoring dash - evading five defenders to reach the goal line - giving WHCC a commanding 20-3 lead in the second quarter.

Harshaw led the Falcons with 70 rushing yards in 11 carries (6.4 ypc).

Norfleet soon followed with his second scoring run - a 1-yard dive on 3rd down - to give the Falcons a 27-3 at half.

A nine play, 57 yard drive late in the fouth quarter was capped by Norfleet's third rushing TD of the game - a 10 yard scramble with a dive at the goal line.

With consecutive three rushing TD games, Norfleet is tied for the state lead with six.

The Falcons defense played inspired against a Yuba team coming off back-to-back wins. 

Sophomore DL Eric Powell led the team with 10 tackles (five solo), including 3.5 for loss and two sacks for minus 21 yards. Sophomoe linebackers Michael Palmer and Joshua Parks were both credited with six tackles each.

WHCC held Yuba to five first downs and 110 total yards of offense.  

UP NEXT: West Hills will play at Merced on Saturday.