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Bailey helps Boxers get off to sizzling start


Fairfield High graduate Craig Bailey of Pacific University returns an interception 75 yards to set up a touchdown during the Boxers' 67-30 win over Occidental, Saturday. (Photo credit: Alyssa Muraoka/Pacific courtesy photo)

From page B1 | September 19, 2013 |

Craig Bailey is in the history books for the Pacific University football team.

The Fairfield High graduate turned in the second-longest interception return in school history in Saturday’s 67-30 win over Occidental.

In the second quarter, the senior cornerback picked off a pass at the Boxers’ 20-yard line and returned it to the Occidental 5.

Only an 85-yard return by Karry Cameron against Willamette in 1979 was longer.

Bailey’s return set up a Pacific touchdown, as did the two interceptions he had in the season opener.

The Boxers are off to their first 2-0 start since 1969.

Keith Welch Jr. (Fairfield) threw for 284 yards and ran for 43 more, but it wasn’t enough to keep Lewis and Clark (0-2) from dropping a 31-28 decision to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in overtime. Welch completed 26 of 41 passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Greg Goodenough (Vacaville Christian) had two tackles, including one for a loss, and forced a fumble for the Pios.

In Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s 34-17 loss to Colorado State, Alex Hubbard (Fairfield) amassed 12 tackles, seven of them solo. he also returned three kickoffs for 48 yards for the Mustangs (1-2).

LaRyan King (Vacaville) had an assisted tackle for the Rams (1-2).

Christian Basden (Vanden) caught two passes for 25 yards as Humboldt State (0-2) lost 43-6 to Portland State.

Fort Hays State (0-2) fell 54-17 to Washburn with Basil Bandy (Rodriguez) notching three tackles in a losing cause.

In Murray State’s 41-38 eclipsing of Missouri State, Jordan Morrow (Rodriguez) had one catch for one yard for the Racers (2-1).

Damon Treat (Vanden) had an 81-yard touchdown reception for the first score of the game as St. Cloud State (2-0) edged Winona State 29-26. The former Viking caught four passes for 127 yards and also returned five kickoffs for 100 yards and three punts for 21 yards.

Melvin Mason (Vacaville) had a career day for Southern Oregon (0-3), rushing for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 63-56 overtime loss to Sacramento State. Teammate Ammir Souder (Armijo) had three tackles.

Markell Williams (Vacaville) had five tackles, three of them solo, for the Hornets (1-2), while Chris Broadnax (Vanden) caught one pass for four yards and assisted on a tackle.

Deone Bucannon (Vanden) returned an interception 23 yards to set up a touchdown and had eight tackles to help lead Washington State (2-1) to a 48-10 win over Southern Utah State. Myles Carelock (Vanden, Rodriguez) had four tackles for the Thunderbirds (2-1).

In Dixie State’s 36-20 loss to Azusa Pacific, Myles Burton (Rodriguez) caught five passes for 68 yards with a long of 26 and also rushed five times for three yards for the Red Storm (0-2).

Brock Hekking (Vacaville) had four solo tackles for Nevada (1-2) in the Wolf Pack’s 62-7 loss at Florida State.

In Eastern Washington’s 33-21 loss to Toledo, Quincy Forte (Fairfield, Vacaville) ran 10 times for 34 yards for the Eagles (2-1).

Cameron Richmond (Rodriguez) tied a career high with 12 catches for a career-high 152 yards to help lead Idaho State (2-0) to a 29-3 win over Western State. For his efforts, Richmond, who leads the FCS with 10.5 receptions per game and is second with 150.5 yards, was named Bengal Athlete of the Week.

TCU’s tough season continued with a 20-10 loss to Texas Tech. Jason Verrett (Rodriguez) had one tackle, which went for a loss, and broke up a pass for the Horned Frogs (1-2).

Tra’Mayne Bondurant (Fairfield) piled up eight tackles, six of them solo and one for a loss, and broke up three passes to help Arizona (3-0) down Texas-San Antonio 38-13.

In Utah’s 51-48 overtime loss to Oregon State, Andre Lewis (Rodriguez) played for the Utes (2-1).


Simpson outlasted Oregon Tech 25-16, 23-25, 18-25, 25-13, 15-12 with Jazmin Wallace (Fairfield) getting 14 digs, one kill and one ace for the Red Hawks (2-7). Alexis Angier also played for Simpson.

Holy Names (0-4) dropped all four matches in the Route 92 Showdown at Notre Dame de Namur of Belmont. Tatum Bales (Wood, Solano) amassed 81 digs, five aces and nine assists for the Hawks (0-8).

Lainey Brown (Vacaville Christian, Solano) had three kills and two aces to help Menlo (5-3) sweep Mills 3-0.

After blanking Sacramento State 3-0, UC Davis (6-5) went 2-1 in the Portland/Oregon State Challenge in Portland, Ore., defeating Portland 3-0 and Toledo 3-0, losing to OSU 3-2.

Devon Damelio (Rodriguez) of the Aggies had 13 kills, seven digs, five assists, two block assists and one ace in the win over the Hornets, and had 23 kills, six assists, 23 digs and eight block assists in the tournament.

Valorie Smart (Vacaville) had one kill in helping UC Merced (5-3) down Mills 3-0.

Women’s soccer

Former high school foes and JC teammates squared off when Missouri Valley (5-1-1) got by Columbia College (3-1-1) 3-2 in double overtime.

Erica Ramirez (Armijo, Solano) was the losing goalkeeper for the Cougars, recording seven saves, while Cecilee Kidd (Fairfield, Solano) played for the Vikings, who have won five straight.

Sandy Garcia (Solano) and Alexsa Gonzalez (Solano) each saw action for Nyack (1-2) in a 2-1 win over Pace and a 5-0 loss to LIU Post.

Karlie Mast got off a shot for Northwest Christian in a 3-2 win over Lewis and Clark and also played for the Beacons (1-5) in a 2-1 loss to Pacific.

Women’s cross country

Katie Gomez (Vacaville) was 87th overall (22 minutes, 51.7 seconds over 5 kilometers) for Dominican as the Penguins took fifth in the Women’s Collegiate Division of the Hornet Jamboree.

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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.

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