He has seen six of them from the coaching sideline, and Bret Pollack has won them all.
“I told the team we’ve never lost a Bulldog Bowl ... period,” the College of San Mateo football coach said, who enters his seventh bowl game Saturday against Sierra College.
It’s a game he doesn’t plan on losing.
“That’s why I let them know about it,” Pollack said.
The Bulldogs earned the home bowl game last weekend with a 54-30 road win over Santa Rosa, finishing 6-4 and fourth in the NorCal Conference. The win came after a three-game losing streak that dashed any hopes for NorCal title contention.
“I talked to the guys about mental toughness,” Pollack said. “I challenged them on that respect.”
It seems his team got the message.
“It’s the last chance for some guys to put some good clips on film, highlight clips for themselves to help out their future prospects,” Pollack said of his sophomores.
One of those sophomores is quarterback Blake Plattsmier, who ran for nearly 200 yards last weekend and rushed for eight touchdowns this year.
But parlaying the résumés against the dangerous fourth-place finisher in the Valley Conference won’t be easy.
Sierra (5-5) sports a formidable offensive tandem in quarterback Myles McKee and receiver Vince Mayle. McKee averaged 209 passing yards a game this season and tied for first in his conference in scoring tosses with 27. Mayle led the conference in receiving yards per game with 93.2 and 15 touchdowns.
Yet the Wolverines aren’t only ravenous on offense. Sierra’s defensive lineman Devante Bond tormented opposing quarterbacks this season, recording a conference-high 17 sacks.
But Pollack isn’t worried.
“Worry is a bad word,” he said. “Nothing worries me. No one is going to die out there. But they are a well-coached team. They’re an A-level program.”
One of the Bulldogs’ strengths is their ground game behind Plattsmier and slot receiver Quincy Nelson. But if CSM is to best the Wolverines, Pollack admits he’ll have to employ his passing game as well as make in-game adjustments.
“It just depends on what the defense is giving us,” he said. “We have the ability to use multiple weapons with multiple guys and get the ball spread around a little bit.”