It’s safe to say that a little birthday cake always tastes a little sweeter after a win. And so, the College of San Mateo football team made sure their head coach Bret Pollack enjoyed every last bite.
The College of San Mateo closed out non-conference football play with a 42-14 win domination of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton on Saturday. The Bulldogs, ranked sixth in California, held a 42-0 lead early in the fourth quarter in perhaps their most impressive win to date.
CSM quarterback Casey Wichman — who’s been on a nice roll as of late after being pulled in Game 2 of the season and returned to a starting role a week later — completed 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 33 yards on nine carries and found the end zone as well. Raeshawn Lee caught five of those passes for 68 yards and Kevin Kutchera had four receptions for 63 yards.
George Naufahu led the CSM rushing onslaught with 73 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. Quincy Nelson had 51 yards on six carries. The Bulldogs ran for 316 yards and had 460 yards of total offense. Most importantly, the Bulldogs did not turn the ball over — something that had tarnished a couple of earlier victories in 2013.
CSM found the end zone three times on a trio of impressive drives with none shorter than 78 yards.
Wichman scored on a 13-play, 91-yard drive that ate up 5:44 off the clock to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. CSM scored again in the early stages of the second quarter when Dewone Young scampered in from nine yards away to cap off an eight-play drive.
Right before the half, it was Wichman hooking up with Kutchera from 20 yards away to make it 21-0 at recess.
The Bulldogs got the big play they needed early in the third quarter to make sure Delta would not picked themselves up from a first-half beating. The play came on defense when Bryant Hayes intercepted a pass and took it 71 yards to the house. Hayes’ teammate, Jordan Sheppard, liked the feat so much he duplicated. Sheppard only had to go 35 yards on his Pick 6, but the damage was just as fatal as CSM was now up 35-0.
Taylor Masback led the CSM defense with seven tackles. Michael Spivey had 4 1/2 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss. Semisi Paea had 3 1/2 tackles including two sacks.
Naufahu finished off the Bulldog scoring on a one-yard run that put the cherry on top of an 11-play, 92-yard drive.
After taking a bye, CSM will open NorCal Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills at 1 p.m.
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After a sour time in the pool and a 1-4 record the week before, CSM bounced back nicely in taking two matches during the Bulldog hosted mini-tournament.
“We needed today,” said CSM head coach Randy Wright. “An opportunity to play loose, play everyone, try different things we've been working on in practice.”
Wright said his team is working on minimizing turnovers and getting sharper with their scoring opportunities. The scores suggest they did just that.
In Game 1, CSM scored four goals in three different periods to beat Laney College 14-6.
Then in Game 2, they were even better offensively. Sixteen times, the Bulldogs found twine to come away with an easy 16-5 win over Sacramento City College.
Ashley Mullany continues to improve in goal. She recorded 23 saves over the weekend. Shelby Chung scored 12 of CSM’s 30 goals during the tournament. Libby Massari added four.
“Conference begins this week, we have two big games,” Wright said. “We must be ready, we will need a total team performance to win.”