Roadrunners shutout Reedley, 34-0, to win Gridiron Classic Bowl

Roadrunners shutout Reedley, 34-0, to win Gridiron Classic Bowl

BUTTE VALLEY — The Butte College Roadrunners won the 2021 Gridiron Classic Bowl at Cowan Stadium Saturday afternoon after defeating Reedley College 34-0.

The Roadrunners (7-4) leaned on their stout defense to cruise to a bowl victory. The Roadrunners earned their first shutout of the year against the Tigers (7-4). The defense was responsible for two interceptions, both in the red zone, and six sacks.

“I thought the guys did a great job of preparing,” said head coach Robby Snelling. “The opportunity to keep playing is a big deal. We talked at the beginning of the year to at least make a bowl game, or the playoffs and these guys did.”

Coach Snelling has seen his defense only allow 13 points over the last three games and he couldn’t be prouder of his group.

“These guys really came together,” Snelling said. “When you look at our conference and this game included, our defense thoroughly dominated, and we have been chasing that shutout and we got it. The defense stepped up big in the red zone. Huge plays all over the place and a few turnovers. Overall, a great day by the whole team.”

  • Roadrunner wide receiver Adam Bunch hauls in a 73-yard scoring strike from quarterback Brian Harper in Butte College’s 34-0 Gridiron Bowl win over Reedley College on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 (Rick Silva/ Paradise Post)

  • Isaiah Ward and Ronald Nieto (19) team up to sack Reedley quarterback Joshua Magana in Butte College’s 34-0 Gridiron Bowl victory on Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2021 at Butte College. (Rick Silva/ Paradise Post)

  • Butte running back Johnny Williams looks to make his way past Reedley linebacker Lazavier Moore in Butte College’s 34-0. Gridiron Bowl victory on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.(Rick Silva/ Paradise Post)

  • Butte College running back Caleb Ramseur breaks off a long run to set up the Roadrunners’ first touchdown in a 34-0 Gridiron Bowl win over Reedley College on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, at Butte College. (Rick Silva/ Paradise Post)

  • Butte College defensive back David Murphy knocks off the helmet of a Reedley Tiger player after he returned an interception in a 34-0 win over Reedley at Butte College on Dec. 4th, 2021. (Rick Silva/Paradise Post)



After a 6-4 season, the Roadrunners could not get a playoff berth in the CCAA playoffs and settled for the Gridiron Bowl against the Reedley Tigers. Butte entered the bowl game winning its last two while Reedley has won three straight and three of its last five games dating back to conference play.

Isaiah Ward, a 6-foot-3 linebacker for the Roadrunners, led the team with 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss.

“The game went really good,” Ward said. “Defensively we have been locked up the entire week. The few weeks off really helped our body out. We got after the ball, and we came out with the goose egg. Coach JJ does a great job with the game plan for us, and everyone just did their assignments. We just won’t let any points up.”

Jace Villapania got the Roadrunners on the board first by running a 5-yard fullback dive right up the gut of the Tigers’ defense. The 6-foot-1 sophomore tight end finished the day with four catches for 68 yards.

The Roadrunners’ defense was responsible for two first-half interceptions, both coming in the red zone. Joshua Magana, the Tigers’ quarterback, was able to march his team up and down the field, but when his team got near the endzone, the Tigers could not punch it in.

Magana, the 6-foot-2 freshman quarterback threw his first interception to David Murphy who ran in front of the receiver and made a great play on the ball in the endzone.

The second interception came on the 3-yard line in the second quarter. Zack Macintire, a sophomore defensive back kept his eyes on the quarterback the entire play and was able to keep them out of the endzone.

Brian Harper, the 6-foot-3 quarterback for the Roadrunners, was able to punish the Tigers’ defense with his arm and legs. The quarterback was able to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown and added 141 rushing yards which led the team.

“Offensively we just executed what we needed to do,” Harper said. “We were able to move the ball running-wise and they were doing a lot of man stuff, so we were able to get the passing game going, too.

Harper’s best throw of the day came in the second quarter. Harper found Adam Bunch on a streak route and the ball was perfectly thrown for a 73-yard touchdown. That touchdown put the Roadrunners up 13-0 and after that, they put the Tigers in their rear-view mirror.

“Another great year,” Snelling said. “I’m extremely proud of these guys and they earned all the opportunities they got this year. They represented us well and I am looking forward to seeing them keep playing.


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