With their bowl hopes still alive, College of San Mateo's football team visits San Jose City College Saturday Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
This will be the 43rd meeting in CSM's second oldest continuous rivalry, dating to 1958. San Mateo won that initial meeting, 28-26.
Both teams are tied for third place in the Golden Gate Conference, with 1-2 records, and have 3-5 season records. The winner will remain in contention for a .500 record, necessary to be eligible for one of Northern California's eight post-season bowl games, which will be played Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. There are 34 community college football teams in the region seeking those berths.
It's CSM's final road game. The Bulldogs close at home on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18, against 38-year Peninsula rival Foothill College of Los Altos Hills.
San Mateo hopes that quarterback Jason Douglas, sidelined the past two games with a collarbone injury, will receive clearance to play Saturday. In the first six games he completed 94 of 161 passes for 1,560 yards and ten touchdowns.
Freshman Jeffery Williams out of Woodside has started the last two games and seen some action in six contests. For the season he's completed 38 of 102 attempts for 405 yards and one TD.
CSM's top ball carriers are Donte Fairley, out of Menlo-Atherton High (627 yards and six TDs), and freshman Johnny Johnson (Hillsdale), with 249 yards. Both are ranked among the top six rushers in the conference.
San Mateo has two ranked pass receivers, No. 4 Eric Washington (sophomore out of Woodside), 38 catches for 736 yards and six TD's, plus No. 5 James Johnson (freshman from Serra), 34 for 536 and two TD's. Sophomore tight end Phil Gratsinopoulos (Mills) has caught 17 for 164 yards.
Freshman defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti (Carlmont) paces the Bulldog defense with 11 sacks.
San Jose freshman running back Raymond Murphy is the GGC's No. 2 rusher with 958 yards (120-yard average per game). He also leads the Jaguars in all-purpose running (154 yard average) and scoring (eight touchdowns).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: College of San Mateo's women's basketball opens the
season at home this weekend, hosting Diablo Valley College Friday evening at 6 p.m. and College of the Redwoods Saturday at 2 p.m.
Eight of CSM coach Michelle Warner's 12 players are products of San Mateo County high schools. The are guards Kelly Wetteland (Notre Dame), Tamar Savazian (South San Francisco), Yinka Omolayole (Aragon), and Briana Rodriguez (El Camino); The forwards are Amber Jones (Terra Nova), Yalonda Baker (Jefferson), Natalie Loukianoff (Burlingame), and Lisa Smith (South San Francisco). <