Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mojave High grad disappointed with loss to UNLV

By Anthony Fenech

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 | 2:27 a.m.

As the fourth-quarter clock wound down on Saturday, Colorado State wide receiver Rashaun Greer knelt on the Rams sideline, just a few yards away from his family and friends.

“I just sat there looking at the scoreboard,” Greer said. “I was praying for something good to happen. A big play, a turnover, something. It’s all I could do.”

Neither came for the 2005 graduate of Mojave High School as the Rams lost their seventh straight game, a 35-16 defeat to the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium.

“It’s disappointing because of how good we were last year,” Greer said. “But we have two games left to end the season on a good note, especially for the younger kids on the team.”

The loss marks the third time in Greer’s Colorado State career that he has endured a six-game losing streak or worse.

In back-to-back seasons, the Rams book-ended losing streaks, at one point dropping 13 games in a row.

In 2006, Greer’s redshirt freshman season, the team lost its final seven games after starting 4-1. A year later, they lost their first six games.

Last year, the first under head coach Steve Fairchild, the Rams won seven games, capped off with a 40-35 victory over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.

This season, they started off 3-0 before dropping seven straight.

“We just need to keep improving,” Fairchild said. “I knew there would be rocky times last year and this year, and that part isn’t as big of a concern to me.”

Greer finished the game with seven catches for 77 yards and one rush for eight yards.

“We all came in here expecting to get this win and keep it up in our last two games,” he said. “It hurts real bad not being able to do that.”

After the game, Greer spotted some friends near field level and handed over his game-worn gloves.

“They mentioned to me before the game they wanted my gloves, so I couldn’t let them down with it,” he said.

At Mojave, Greer was a standout athlete in both football and track. He holds school records for most receiving touchdowns in a season and in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

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