Hometown Report

Fourth-quarter drive for ARC, Dano Graves and Stephen Moore

Cal Poly quarterback Dano Graves (7) scrambles during a Big Sky Conference football game against Sacramento State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento.
Cal Poly quarterback Dano Graves (7) scrambles during a Big Sky Conference football game against Sacramento State, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento. rbenton@sacbee.com

Bouncing around the wet and muddy football regions of American River College, Cal Poly and Cal:

Beaver ball – Beavers don’t mind inclement weather, and neither does the American River College football team.

These Beavers beat Modesto 27-21 on Saturday night at ARC in the North State Bowl to extend their season. ARC will play at Butte in Oroville on Saturday for the Northern California Regional Championship. Butte sloshed its way to a 30-12 win over College of San Mateo on Saturday.

ARC (9-2) trailed Modesto 14-0 and opened the second half with a 91-yard kickoff return by Damen Wheeler for a 21-14 lead. Griffin Dahn’s 2-yard run later in the quarter sealed it. ARC lost to Butte 21-14 on Nov. 5.

Dano time – Dano Graves (Folsom High School) will cap the home portion of his Cal Poly career Saturday in an FCS playoff opener against San Diego.

The fifth-year senior quarterback is coming off his best collegiate outing. He completed 14 of 15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 147 yards – including a late 42-yard burst – in a 55-48 win over Northern Colorado. Cal Poly (7-4) handed San Diego (9-1) its only loss, 38-16, in September. The winner plays at five-time defending national champion North Dakota State.

“How much more can I say about the young man?” Cal Poly coach Tim Walsh told the San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune. “He is just a pleasure to watch. And, you know what? He plays it every day. It’s not just on game night he plays like that. He practices like that.”

Moore finale – Steven Moore (Elk Grove High) has started 47 games for Cal on the offensive line, 35 at right tackle. The bearded, senior captain is a four-year starter, a holdover recruit from the Jeff Tedford era who endured a one-win freshman season. Moore will conclude his Cal (4-7) career on Saturday against UCLA.

Bears coach Sonny Dykes said of the NFL prospect and aspiring law enforcement officer: “He has tremendous maturity. There’s a maturity that comes from seeing all the different things that he’s seen. That helps him provide leadership and perspective for a lot of the young players.

“Steven is one of those guys that’s all in. That’s been the great thing about watching him grow. It’s been his ability to jump in with both feet and say, ‘Look, I want to do whatever I can do to help this football team and this program, and it’s really not about me – it’s about us.’ 

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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