SACRAMENTO - For the first time two at-large qualifiers will meet in the California Community College Athletic Association football championship game on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Laney (10-2), the Bay 6 League runner-up, will play Northern League runner-up Ventura College (11-1) in the 1 p.m. CCCAA title game at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium.
--Ventura upset unbeaten Riverside City College, 31-21, in the Southern California Football Association finals.
In the first round of the playoffs, the previous week, the Pirates eliminated the state’s other unbeaten team, state top-ranked College of the Canyons, 24-13. Canyons had given Ventura its only loss during Northern League play. Laney, in similar fashion, beat reigning NCFC champ San Mateo, 14-0, in the NorCal semifinals to avenge an earlier Bay 6 league loss to the Bulldogs.
The Pirates are led by Northern League offensive player of the year Thomas Duckett, a 5-9, 190-pound sophomore running back. He has rushed for 1,019 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and scored nine touchdowns. He also has 20 pass receptions for 252 yards and leads the Pirates in scoring with 11 total TDs.
Quarterback Brock Domann (6-2, 200) has completed 118 of 215 passes for 1,383 yards and 10 TDs, with just six interceptions and a 118.7 efficiency rating. The freshman is also Ventura’s No. 2 rusher with 640 yards on 79 carries (7.1 average) and seven more scores.
Ventura has a pair of first team all-league pass catchers in wide receiver Brandon Jordan (6-6, 230) and tight end Travis Koontz (6-5, 260). Jordan has caught 35 passes for 529 yards (15.1 average) and five scores. Koontz has 15 receptions for 197 yards (24.6 avg.) and three TDs.
On defense, cornerback Jaylen Watson (6-2, 190) had four interceptions and was a unanimous all-league selection, along with outside linebacker Trennan Carlson (6-2, 245). Other all-league offensive selections for Ventura were unanimous pick Scott Breslin (6-4 285) on the offensive line plus center Dane Nelson (6-1, 295). All of their honorees are sophomores. Dane Nelson
--Ventura averages 31.3 points and 416.5 yards per game on offense. The Pirates hold foes to 22.0 points per game.
Laney’s passing attack is led by quarterback Jordon Brookshire (6-3, 210) and all-league wide receiver Jared Smart (6-0, 180). Brookshire has completed 166 of 264 passes (62.9 per cent) for 2,054 yards and 19 touchdowns with a passer efficiency rating of 146.7. He has accounted for 31 touchdowns (most in the Bay 6). His 12 rushing TDs was also the most by anyone in the league. Smart caught 52 passes for 615 yards and seven scores. Angelo Garrett leads the Eagles in receiving yards with 658 on 40 catches (16.4 average), including seven for TDs.
Top running back is John McDonald (5-9, 180), who led the Bay 6 with a 99.6 yards per game average. He has 1,096 yards on 180 carries, with ten TDs.
The Eagles have a pair of all-league offensive linemen: Jadan Starks (6-3, 325) and Manny Pride (6-3, 285).
All-league Laney defensive players are lineman Whittley Jordan (6-2, 320), defensive backs Nashon Wright (6-4, 175) and Imani Moore (5-10, 190), plus linebacker Armani Turner-Jenkins (6-0, 195).
Laney averages 36.8 points and 431.4 yards per game on offense. The Eagles hold opponents to 17.7 points.
LANEY FOOTBALL HISTORY (information from SID Scott Strain):
Laney won mythical state and national titles in 1966, during a 20-game win streak following the debut of its program in 1965. The Eagles upset City College of San Francisco in the 1966 Prune Bowl at San Jose State’s Spartan Stadium, 35-13, in a game that featured future pro stars Leon Burns of Laney and O.J. Simpson of CCSF.
--Other "mythical" national championship games included the 1982 Bay Bowl between undefeated Laney and undefeated Sacramento City College. Sacramento won, 41-35.
--In 1994, undefeated Laney met undefeated CCSF in the San Francisco Community College Bowl. CCSF won 28-23.
There were no “official” state championship games in those years.
The Eagles started their program with that still school record 20-game winning streak. The first game was against San Luis Obispo College (now Cuesta) at Castlemont High School in Oakland, a 26-0 victory. The next game was away (of course) against San Quentin State Prison, a 19-0 win. The Eagles did not lose until Oct. 7, 1967, 14-8, at Monterey Peninsula College.
Prior to having its own stadium, Laney played home games at Frank Youell Field (also the home of the Oakland Raiders until the Coliseum was ready in 1966). Laney spent three years there (1966-68), then went to Castlemont H.S. (1969), Thompson Field in Alameda (1970), Contra Costa College (1971-72). The first home game at Laney was in 1973.
$12 - Adult
$8 - Children (6-12 years of age), Seniors (60 years of age or better), College Students/Faculty/Staff (w/valid ID)
$4 - High school football players in team apparel
Free - First Responders (Police, Fire, CHP)
HOW TO WATCH
NATIONAL CABLE SYSTEMS
DIRECTV (channel 623):
AT&T U-verse (channel 1665):
Verizon Fios (channel 597)
OTHER CABLE AND OTT PROVIDERS
Google Fiber 251
Atlantic Broadband 501
Hawaiian Telcom 1091
www.cccaasports.org (link will be on front page)
ON-DEMAND (available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the game)
(Fred Baer, College of San Mateo Athletics)