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The College of the Redwoods Corsairs (4-2) will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Yuba College to take on the 49ers (0-6). After the big road win against Los Medanos two weeks ago, the Corsairs are flying high and will look to keep it going in what looks to be a manageable opponent as Yuba still has yet to win a game this season.

With a bye week before this game and a looming bye week after, there would seem to be very little chance this could serve as a trap game for Redwoods. The scheduling of two bye weeks in a season was a result of the CCCAA trying to create flexibility if games had to be rescheduled because of issues with COVID-19 or wildfires. But it certainly didn’t look like an ideal situation on paper coming into the year.

“When we got it, I’m like, ‘This is crap,’ ” said coach White of the less-than-ideal bye weeks and the need to adapt. “But I’m trying to turn everything into a positive with that.”

In the past, White has repeatedly mentioned his team’s one-week-at-a-time approach as a core tenet of his philosophy. It should help even more that this is the only game for the team to focus on in a three-week span. But coach White explained the need to still humble his team a bit in the midst of this momentum.

“Understand that we haven’t blown any better out this year ever,” said White. “We can’t take anything for granted.”

The struggles for Yuba have been a constant throughout what would seem to be a lost year for the program. The 49ers have not only lost every game — the closest margin of defeat was still a 19-point loss to Hartnell at home. That was also the best scoring output for Yuba, at 28 points. The 49ers have failed to put up more than 14 points in their other five games, while Redwoods has put up more scoring than that in every game this season.

One positive was the Yuba defense has improved in the past two weeks holding teams to 34 and 38 points, respectively. But it’s difficult to find many potential signs of looming success given the levels of futility for the 49ers this season. Still, White was quick to point out that one of Yuba’s best showings came against a strong De Anza team last week. Yuba held a 14-10 lead heading into halftime, but unraveled in the second half.

All this sets up a favorable matchup for Redwoods in what is essentially a mid-season tune-up game. And with the Corsairs firing on all cylinders offensively in their last game, they’ll look to keep that momentum going against Yuba.

The added bye weeks and lighter opponent could also set up a chance for Redwoods to experiment with new looks and personnel ahead of the final stretch of games. While it would surely be inadvisable to make too many wholesale changes, the team could at least refine some little-used looks or schemes that they would otherwise be hesitant to utilize in a high-stakes game.

“When you have the bye weeks, that gives you a chance to install a couple of new looks and do some different things,” said White. “You can’t stay stagnant.”

The Redwoods defense in particular could use a get-right game coming of the Los Medanos game that wasn’t up to the usual standard we’ve come to expect. The game against Yuba could be a chance to tighten things up scheme-wise while also giving the players a chance to let loose against an opponent not exactly known to keep defenses on their toes.

“I would like to see us play a complete game,” said White of his team’s offense and defense. “Making sure our players approach this week with the same consistency.”

If the Corsairs can take care of business in their final game of October against Yuba, it will set up a clearly defined (but still challenging) path to a conference title. After another bye week, the Corsairs will open November with a home game against a 5-1 De Anza team. It’s fortunate that Redwoods can them at home given that De Anza might have the best defense that the Corsairs have faced all season. De Anza is allowing just 12.5 points per game on defense.

If the Corsairs can get that tough win against De Anza, they’ll have a relatively easier matchup against 1-5 Gavilan in their final home game. From there, it sets up a road showdown with undefeated Feather River in the season finale.

But with plenty of rest and time to focus, the hope is the Corsairs can put together their best showing of the season on Saturday.

Jake Matson can be reached at 707-441-0526.

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