OAKLAND - College of San Mateo, top ranked in state and national community college football polls, took a 19-0 halftime lead over defending state champion Laney College and beat the Eagles, 29-14, in their Bay 6 League first place showdown Saturday afternoon. CSM (7-0, 2-0 Bay 6) was the home team in a game moved to Laney’ Oakland field from the San Mateo campus, which was closed due to the PG&E planned electrical shutdown.
As a result, CSM will play only one of its five league games at home, against Chabot College (4-2, 1-0) on Nov. 9. San Mateo, coached by Foster City’s Tim Tulloch, next travels to Diablo Valley (3-4, 0-2) on Friday (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. Chabot was also a wildfire victim over the weekend when Santa Rosa JC was unable to travel to Hayward for their league meeting.
Against Laney, Bulldogs freshman quarterback Luke Bottari (out of Serra High) completed 22 of 36 passes for 286 yards, including scoring tosses to Jermaine Jackson (27 yards in the first quarter) and Darrell Page (17 yards in the fourth quarter). Page was also the game’s top rusher with a season high 110 yards on 19 carries.
After holding the Eagles to an initial 3-and-out to start the game, CSM drove 59 yards on its first possession to take a lead it never relinquished on Jackson’s tally just 4:36 into the contest.
It took just ten seconds for the Bulldogs to score again. Isaiah Downes recovered a first down fumble by Laney quarterback Ryan Mackey and returned it 27 yards to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead.
The Bulldogs defense, stingiest in the state (allowing just 8.7 points a game), continued to make big plays. They included fourth quarter pass interceptions by Jovon Sewell and Ryan Cooper Jr. to thwart late Laney rally efforts. Cooper also had two pass breakups.
--Dylan Moghaddam kicked three successful field goals (37, 27, and 38 yards) – the first time this season the Bulldogs have had any 3-point kicks from over 30 yards. He actually had an additional goal kick of 20 yards in the fourth quarter to briefly make the score 32-14. CSM took it off the boards, however, due to a roughing the kicker call that gave the Bulldogs a first down inside the 1-yard line with 5:47 left in the game.
San Mateo planned to run additional time off the clock, while targeting an additional seven points. A lost fumble on second down, however, turned the ball back to the Eagles. Sewell’s interception on Laney’s second play quieted that threat and Laney did not leave its own territory the remainder of the game.
CSM ROLLS FOR NEARLY 400 YARDS
CSM totaled 395 offensive yards on 74 plays, while limiting Laney to 272 yards on 56 plays.
For Laney (3-4-1-1), quarterback Ryan Mackey completed 14 of 30 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. But his net yardage was 199 after minus 34 yards in rushing losses caused by the Bulldogs defense. Laney netted just 39 yards on the ground.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NATIONAL BAY 6
San Francisco 22, Diablo Valley 14
San Mateo 29, Laney 14 (game moved from CSM to Laney due to PG&E planned power interruption in San Mateo)
Santa Rosa at Chabot, postponed due to fire evacuations in Santa Rosa
American River 45, Sierra 14
Butte 64, Siskiyous 14
Shasta 20, Feather River 16 (scheduled night game played in afternoon due to planned PG&E outage)
Fresno 27, Sacramento 10
Modesto 66, West Hills 12
Sequoias 31, San Joaquin Delta 21
AMERICAN GOLDEN COAST
Cabrillo 38, Gavilan 10
Hartnell 22, Merced 19
Reedley 61, San Jose 13
AMERICAN PACIFIC 7
Foothill 42, Redwoods 10 (game moved from Humboldt State to Redwoods due to PG&E power interruption at H.S.)
Los Medanos 17, Contra Costa 7
Monterey Peninsula 50, De Anza 21
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Canyons 58, East Los Angeles 10
Long Beach 23, Bakersfield 20
Ventura 55, Moorpark 20
Mt. San Antonio 43, El Camino 40
Fullerton 55, Palomar 42
San Diego Mesa 23, Cerritos 22
Riverside 56, Golden West 13
Saddleback 58, Orange Coast 7
Southwestern 42, Grossmont 3
Allan Hancock 27, Santa Monica 0
Los Angeles Harbor 35, Santa Barbara 10
Pasadena 30, Los Angeles Pierce 19
Antelope Valley 62, Desert 14
Citrus 21, Victor Valley 0
San Bernardino Valley 38, Mt. San Jacinto 23
Chaffey 70, Santa Ana 14
Los Angeles Valley 33, Compton 18
West Los Angeles 45, Los Angeles Southwest 6
Byes: Glendale and Yuba.
(Fred Baer, JC Athletic Bureau(