Saturday was a historic day for the College of the Siskiyous football team.
The Eagles dismantled Feather River 59-12 at home in the regular season finale to earn the program's first-ever state playoff berth. COS is the No. 3 seed in Northern California and is expected to face No. 2 seed San Mateo on the road next Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest in a NorCal Championship playoff game, COS head coach Charlie Roche said after the game.

“This is huge for us,” he said.

The Eagles, which are ranked in the top 10 in the state in two polls, ended the regular season 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the National - Norcal Conference. The Eagles went a perfect 5-0 at home this year. The Feather River Golden Eagles ended the year 1-9 overall.

“Great job finishing the regular season the way it should be finished,” Roche told his squad after the game.

Roche said he was extremely proud of his players and the way they worked together as a team to earn the first ever state playoff berth in school history for the football program.

“We got a pretty gritty group of players here that work hard,” he said. “They are a great group of guys that keep working hard and got better as the season went on.”

This is a football team that does not complain, even during extremely cold and rainy practices, which occurred on Tuesday, and work together as a cohesive unit to get the job done, Roche added.

COS came out fired up and scored with 13:28 left in the first quarter, when signal caller Gage Ferguson found former Weed High School player Beniah Greene for a 12-yard TD. The point after attempt by Kyle Sentkowski was true and gave COS the 7-0 advantage.

On the kickoff return, Dakarai Hamilton rumbled 100 yards down the field for the score for Feather River. The PAT was blocked, as COS held on to the lead at 7-6. That ended the scoring for the Golden Eagles until less than a minute left in the contest. For COS, the scoring had just begun.  

With 6:42 left in the first quarter, Chance Nelson ran 63 yards to paydirt for COS on a punt return. Former Yreka High standout Drew Kannely-Robles ran the ball in from 12 yards out as COS led 21-6 with 4:20 left in the quarter. Kannely-Robles made another trip to the end zone on a 9-yard run with 56 ticks left in the first quarter, as the Eagles took a commanding 28-6 lead.

With 11:47 remaining in the second quarter, Sentkowski connected on a 35-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-6. He also connected on all eight of his PAT attempts on Saturday.

Near the end of the half, Samuel Jackson scored on a 15-yard run with 2:02 left in the quarter, as the Eagles led 38-3 at the half.

COS continued to practically score at will in the second half as Jordan Castro caught a 22-yard strike from Ferguson with 12:16 left in the third to lead 45-3.

Greene caught his second TD pass of the day, this time on a 7-yard throw by Castro with 5:07 left in the third, as COS led 52-6.

The Eagles scored one more time with 5:57 remaining in the fourth quarter on a run of 19 yards by Alex Light. Feather River scored one more time with 47 seconds left in the contest, as COS earned the convincing victory.

Ferguson finished with 154 passing yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jackson led COS with 113 rushing yards, along with a TD. Kannely-Robles led Eagle rushers with two touchdowns and finished with 90 yards, despite sitting out the second half. Castro finished with 36 receiving yards and a TD, as well as a passing TD on his lone throw of the day. Former Weed High School FB player Rashann Broomfield had an INT for the Eagles.