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SACRAMENTO — The Butte College football team lost a back-and-forth game against American River College on Saturday afternoon in the Roadrunners’ second NorCal Conference game of the season.

American River, which led 14-13 at halftime held on for a 27-25 victory,  It was the third straight victory for the Beavers.

ARC led 14-13 at halftime after the Roadrunners missed an extra point attempt following its second touchdown of the game.

Butte entered as the No. 8 team in the Junior College Athletic Bureau poll released Oct. 17, while ARC entered ranked tied for 19th. Butte was eighth in the California Community College Sports Information Association poll released Oct. 17, while ARC entered tied for 20th.

Butte tight end Zach Woodall fumbled on the Roadrunners’ first possession and second play of the game, and American River’s offense capitalized.

The Beavers drove 60 yards on eight plays in five minutes and nine seconds, capping the drive with a 7-yard touchdown rush by Tariq Parker.

Butte’s offense responded by driving 75 yards on 11 plays in 6:33, ending with a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tanner Hughes to Woodall.

After each team punted on their next possession, ARC scored with 12:48 left in the second quarter. A 21-yard rush by Matt Carlisle plus a 15-yard face mask penalty by Butte set up the Braves at the Butte 21-yard line. Carlisle completed a 12-yard pass to Ian Simpson for the touchdown.

Both teams punted once more, and Butte capitalized on a short punt by the Braves as the Roadrunners took over at the ARC 36-yard line.

Butte used nine plays to drive 36 yards, and Caleb Ramseur scored on a 2-yard rushing score with 2:28 until halftime. It was the fourth touchdown of the season for Ramseur and his first since Oct. 1. Ramseur sat out Butte’s win against Santa Rosa last week due to injury.

The Roadrunners looked to tie the game, but the extra point kick was missed.

In the third quarter Butte punted the ball, American River fumbled the return and the Roadrunners took over at the ARC 7-yard line. Butte used four plays to go seven yards and Hughes scored from one yard away on his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. The two-point conversion to go ahead by seven points failed, as Butte led 19-14.

American River quickly responded on its next possession to open the fourth quarter, driving 75 yards and scoring when Kenneth Lueth threw a 14-yard pass to Ian Simpson for a touchdown. A two-point conversion attempt to go ahead by three points failed.

Butte’s offense turned the ball over on downs and Oroville High School alumnus Kacie Riley helped American River’s offense on short-yardage situations to eat up the clock and get first downs in the final quarter.

Riley finished the game with seven carries for 13 yards.

With 4:08 left in the fourth quarter, American River took a 27-19 lead on a 28-yard pass from Carlisle to Simpson for the pairs’ second touchdown connection of the game. Butte’s defense had ARC on third down with eight yards to go, but the deep pass was completed.

Butte did not give up. It used seven plays and 2 minutes and 55 seconds to drive 62 yards, ending with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Hughes to Jailen Hammer for Hammer’s ninth touchdown reception of the season.

With Butte needing a successful two-point conversion to tie the game with 1:04 remaining, 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct was called on Hammer for standing over the defender that pushed the attempt back to the 18-yard line. Hughes’ pass was incomplete.

Butte trailed 27-25 with 1:03 remaining and the Roadrunners recovered the onside kick with all three of its time-outs. On the first play, Hughes ran up the middle for seven yards but lost the ball on a fumble.

Butte’s defense got three straight stops and forced a punt. Butte’s offense got one final opportunity with 35 seconds remaining, beginning at the Roadrunners’ 34-yard line.

An illegal shift set Butte back five yards, Hughes completed a 21-yard pass to Hammer to the 50-yard line and then a 14-yard pass to Troy Davis.

Butte kicker Dante Jackson lined up for a 54-yard line into the wind but the kick was well short.

Butte’s quarterback Hughes completed 20-of-30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Hughes ran 10 times for 25 yards and one touchdown. Ramseur led the rushing attack for the Roadrunners with 24 carries, 77 yards and one touchdown. Hammer had six catches for 61 yards and one touchdown, Woodall had five catches for 57 yards and one touchdown, and DJ Jackson had two catches for 55 yards.

Ln defense Aiden Sullivan led Butte in tackles with 15, and Elijah O’Neal and Grant Garretson had eight. Sullivan had four tackles for a loss, including one sack.

Butte (4-3, 1-1 NorCal Conference) will return home to host Sierra College at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cowan Stadium in Butte Valley.

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