CCSF set to fight for state title 

After beating up on Fresno City College 52-15 in the Hawaiian Punch Community College Bowl on
Nov. 27, City College of San Francisco solidified itself as the best two-year college football team in Northern California.

The Rams have gone 11-0 this season while capturing their school’s 11th Northern California Regional Championship, and are now gunning for the college’s seventh state title and ninth national title.

It won’t be easy, as they face the No. 1 nationally ranked Mounties of Mount San Antonio College on Saturday in the state championship game in Walnut. CCSF is ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The game has national championship implications because of the two schools’ rankings, so the winning team will be named both the state and mythical national champion. 

Both teams are undefeated this season and come into the game with powerful offenses that put points on the board in a hurry, but many would argue their defenses have been even better.

“I thought we played extremely well defensively,” CCSF coach George Rush said of the Rams’ last game against Fresno City. “We became a bit lethargic offensively after scoring two quick touchdowns to open the game, then just completely dominated them with our rushing in the second half.”

Mt. SAC’s defense looked downright scary in the Southern California Regional Championship when it shut out Cerritos 51-0 to advance to this week’s showdown against CCSF.

Rush knows his offense will face its biggest challenge of the year against the Mounties’ imposing defense.
“Mt. SAC is very strong in their [defensive] front seven and they’re very athletic” Rush said. “Our offensive line versus their front seven is the story of the game.”

The coach says his rush defense will need to limit the play of Mt. SAC’s Nick Lamaison as well.

“Being able to pressure their quarterback is also going to be key,” Rush said. “He has a great release, makes great reads and gets rid of the ball very quickly — something we need to pressure.”

It’s tough to say who has the momentum going into the game, seeing as both teams are undefeated and both had crushing victories in their respective regions’ championship games. The Mounties are the defending state champs, but just narrowly beat College of San Mateo 7-6 in last year’s state title game.

There’s been a buzz at the college since Sunday when the Mt. SAC men’s soccer team defeated College of the Canyons 4-0 to take home their second straight state championship. CCSF has history on its side, though, winning five of the last 11 state football championships, all with Rush at the helm.

“The rest of your life you can talk about it,” Rush said of the chance at a perfect season and another national and state title. “One team’s going to win and one team’s going to lose. Both teams will be able to say they had great seasons, but one team’s going to have the season that you’ll never forget.”

 

State championship

WHO: City College of San Francisco (11-0) vs. Mount San Antonio College (12-0)

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Mount San Antonio College, Walnut

NOTES: Mt. SAC is ranked No. 1 in the nation, while CCSF is ranked No. 2. ... Mt. SAC defeated College of San Mateo 7-6 in last year’s state championship game. ... CCSF has won five of the past 11 state championships.

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