A perfect dream season it will not be.
The NorCal conference schedule for the College of San Mateo handed the Bulldogs the state’s No. 1 team in Butte on Saturday afternoon and despite battling to the very last second, CSM suffered a 28-20 loss — this despite out-gaining Butte by nearly 200 yards on offense.
Butte went into the game allowing under 100 yards rushing on defense, but San Mateo was able to put up 401 yards on the ground. Quarterback Casey Wichman lead the charge with 140 yards on the ground (including a 93-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter). George Naufahu went for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
The CSM defense did its part as well. Against a team with the best rushing attack in the state, the Bulldogs held Butte to just 146 yards on the ground and just 129 in the air.
But, a couple of turnovers cost the Bulldogs dearly.
In the first quarter, when Butte outscored CSM 7-0, the Roadrunners turned a fumble deep in their own territory into six points.
And then, with the score 28-20 in the fourth quarter, Butte’s Wes McCoy intercepted a pass two yards away from his own end zone with 4:23 left in the game.
The Bulldogs got one more chance at tying the game and got to the Butte 2-yard line with four seconds left. But on the last play from scrimmage, Wichman was tackled for a 1-yard loss to end the game.
The loss is the first of the 2013 season for CSM. It drops the Bulldogs to 7-1 overall, 2-1 in the NorCal Conference with two regular season games left. Butte is 8-0 and 3-0.
MIDWESTERN STATE 64, MENLO COLLEGE 7
In front of a crowd of nearly 5,550 the Menlo Oaks ran into an incredibly talented Midwestern State University squad on Saturday afternoon in Texas and dropped a lopsided 64-7 decision to the Mustangs. MSU rushed for 412 yards and eight touchdowns and threw for one more en route to their seventh-straight win.
Menlo struck for its lone score of the game in its first drive of the second half when Jordan Hakuole found some space and broke free for a 22-yard touchdown run to cap off the six-play, 55-yard drive to cut the MSU lead to 30-7 with 11:43 to play in the quarter.
Unfortunately for Menlo that was all the scoring they would muster as a solid defenseive front for the Mustangs shut down the Oaks and held them to 171 yards of total offense. Kenneth Martey led the Menlo rushing attacking with 12 carries for 35 yards. Hakuole only saw two touches but made them count for 25 yards and a touchdown. Wade Hawkins was 10-of-30 for 101 yards with an interception.
Camyar Meshkaty led the Oaks defense in tackles with 10 followed by James Yoder with nine.
The loss drops Menlo to 3-5 on the season with two games remaining. They return home next weekend for the first time since Sept. 21 as they welcome Presentation College to Connor Field for a noon kickoff.