Fullback Jared Mohamed and defensive lineman Augustino Elisaia, both seniors, were the top award winners at the team banquet honoring the 2017 Cal Poly football team Sunday inside Cal Poly’s Multi-Activity Center.
The 2017 Cal Poly football team opened practice in July with high hopes, having qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs a year ago. A total of 53 lettermen were back for another season of football, including five starters on offense and eight on defense from a squad that finished 7-5 overall with national rankings of No. 21 by the coaches and No. 24 by the media. By October, it was clear that the successes of the past few years, including four straight seasons with the No. 1 rushing offense in the FCS, were not going to be duplicated.
Senior fullback Jared Mohamed is the lone Cal Poly football player to earn All-Big Sky Conference first-team honors for the 2017 season. Senior defensive tackle Augustino Elisaia landed on the second unit while four other Mustangs earned honorable mention praise.
One year removed from an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth, Cal Poly wrapped up a 1-10 season with a 42-0 loss at Northern Colorado on a chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon at Nottingham Field.
Kyle Lewis is the most athletic person on Cal Poly’s football team this year. His explosiveness is put on display every time he steps onto the field, burning defenses and scoring touchdowns. As a senior slot back, Lewis has a lot of opportunities to score and has been a big weapon for Cal Poly’s struggling offense.
Cal Poly (1-9, 1-6 Big Sky), which closed out the home portion of its 2017 football schedule with a 1-4 mark following a 49-14 loss to in-state rival Sacramento State, wraps up the campaign Saturday morning with a Big Sky Conference contest at Northern Colorado (2-7, 1-6 Big Sky) in a matchup of 11th-place teams at Nottingham Field (8,533). The winner could move up to ninth place while the loser finishes 12th.
Kevin Thomson, who missed the last three weeks due to injury, returned to the lineup and passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 49-14 Big Sky Conference football win over Cal Poly on Saturday night inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Jack Ferguson has been a Cal Poly Football fan his whole life. As a San Luis Obispo native, Ferguson watched games since he was a little kid. He started playing football at the age of 8, and followed his dream and landed himself a spot on Cal Poly’s roster.
Coming off its first victory of the 2017 season, Cal Poly (1-8, 1-5 Big Sky) continues Big Sky Conference play Saturday night with its final home game and Hats Off to Heroes contest against in-state rival Sacramento State (5-4, 4-2 Big Sky) inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075).
Senior fullback Jared Mohamed rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns while Mark Reza intercepted a pass in the final minute as Cal Poly celebrated Homecoming with its first victory of the 2017 season, defeating Portland State 35-28 on Saturday night inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Cal Poly (0-8, 0-5 Big Sky), which despite its winless record has held a lead in four of the losses and either were leading in the fourth quarter or were within seven points in the final eight minutes of play on five occasions, continues conference play Saturday night with its Homecoming game against Portland State (0-8, 0-5 Big Sky) inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075).
Quarterback Jake Maier passed for 459 yards and four touchdowns as UC Davis built large leads in the first and second quarters and held on to beat Cal Poly 31-28 in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe on Saturday afternoon before 10,503 inside Aggie Stadium.
For the first time this season, the UC Davis football team won’t be facing an opponent who is ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. Instead, the Aggies will face a Cal Poly team hungry for a win.
Weighing in at 315 pounds, Augustino Elisaia is the biggest man on the Cal Poly football roster, and is probably the biggest man on Cal Poly’s campus. You can spot Elisaia on campus easily with his long hair, tribal tattoos, and most likely a smile on his face.
Cal Poly (0-7, 0-4 Big Sky), which has dropped Big Sky games to Northern Arizona, Idaho State, Southern Utah and Weber State and has the school’s longest losing streak in over 50 years, continues conference play Saturday afternoon with the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe game against arch rival UC Davis (3-4, 1-3 Big Sky) inside Aggie Stadium (10,849) at Davis.
Quarterback Stefan Cantwell passed for two touchdowns and No. 23 Weber State forced four turnovers en route to a 17-3 victory over Cal Poly in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night before 9,324 inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Joey Kuperman has more touches than any other Cal Poly football player in the past two years. The 6-1, 300-pound senior center is a leader on Cal Poly’s offensive line and is expected to start at center for the full 2017 season.
Cal Poly (0-6, 0-3 Big Sky), which has dropped Big Sky games to Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Southern Utah and has the school’s longest losing streak in over 50 years, continues conference play Saturday night with its Mustang Family Weekend game against No. 23 Weber State (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky) inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium (11,075).
Southern Utah scored 17 points in the first 18 minutes of the game and held on to defeat Cal Poly 20-14 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night before a record crowd of 10,633 inside Eccles Coliseum.