Bojay Filimoeatu led a Mt. SAC defensive line that held CCSF to just 4 first downs in the first half as the Mounties built a 27-point halftime lead and cruised to the titles.
Unlike last year's 7-6 nail-biter against San Mateo played in a virtual monsoon in the Bay Area, Mt. SAC had little trouble with CCSF on a beautiful sunny day in Southern California. The Mounties scored on their first possession of the day after taking the opening kickoff, led 27-0 at halftime, and were never really threatened after the first quarter.
Lamaison was a deserving choice as MVP, mainly because the other top candidate would have been the entire Mt. SAC defensive line. As it was, Filimoeatu captured Defensive Player of the Game honors and he was the most visible of the contingent, which sacked CCSF quarterback Steele Jantz 8 times and held the Rams to just 4 first downs in the first half as Mt. SAC built an insurmountable 27-0 lead.
Mt. SAC's dominance began immediately as Breydan Torres-Keohokapu returned the opening kickoff 32 yards and a personal foul penalty against CCSF moved the ball to the Ram 47. Just five plays later, Marcus Wagner scored on a 20-yard run, dragging a CCSF defender across the goal line, giving Mt. SAC a 7-0 lead just 2:07 into the game and before the Ram offense had a chance to get onto the field.
For most of the rest of the first half, Mt. SAC gradually extended its lead, but CCSF never threatened to score. The teams traded punts, but Daniel Colby of Mt. SAC hit a monster 71-yarder to push CCSF back to its own 9. Then Jantz, who threw just 7 interceptions all season, threw a pick to Mt. SAC's Bernard Griffin, who wrestled the ball away from a receiver. That led to a 41-yard field goal by Jeremy Brown to extend Mt. SAC's lead to 10-0.
Mt. SAC got the game's next points early in the second quarter on another field goal by Brown with 8:17 left in the first half. That came after a 12-play drive that began when Jantz threw another interception, this one to Malcolm Murray after Richard Thorpe deflected the pass in mid-flight. That made it 13-0, and to that point CCSF had just three first downs on offense.
CCSF got another first down on its next drive, but then had to punt, and that led to another Mt. SAC score. Dylan Matsuda had gotten a finger on Anthony Woods' first punt, which still went some 31 yards. This time he might have gotten a bit of the ball but definitely hurried the kick, which went just 15 yards. That led to a short 55-yard drive that ended when Bryce McBride diving over the pile to score on a 1-yard run with 2:08 left in the first half, making it 20-0.
The half was nearly over, but Mt. SAC pressed its advantage as the defense again forced a punt, giving the offense the ball. And Torres-Keohokapu again provided a big play with a return, getting the ball to the CCSF 38. Three plays later, one of which was a pass interference penalty against CCSF, McBride scored his second touchdown in just over a minute, reaching the ball across the goal line with 45 seconds left to make it 27-0.
At that point, CCSF seemed beaten. Mt. SAC used a pooch kick on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Rams the ball at their 38 with 45 seconds and two timeouts left. But Jantz just took a knee, allowing time to run out.
At halftime, Mt. SAC introduced its back-to-back championship team; it was the men's soccer team that was featured but at that point it might as well have been the football team. Even the cows from Cal Poly, who normally graze on the hillside across the street from the stadium, left and wandered back home to Pomona.
And when the second half started, it looked like more of the same. CCSF return man Aaron Horne took the ball at his own 1 and was dropped 10 yards later at his 10. A run for no gain and two hurried incomplete passes by Jantz forced another punt, giving Mt. SAC the ball at the 47.
But the CCSF defense stabilized things a bit, holding Mt. SAC without a first down and forcing a punt. Then the CCSF offense moved the ball a bit, gaining a pair of first downs before punting. That kick led to a 49-yard return by Torres-Keohokapu, and Mt. SAC was again at the doorstep threatening to score again, but then Nigel Malone intercepted a Lamaison pass in the end zone, keeping the score 27-0.
And then CCSF put together its one scoring drive of the day, a 10-play, 80-yard march that ended with Jantz throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Josh Fale with 6:04 left in the third quarter. And then the Rams got a break when Torres-Keohokapu fumbled at the end of a nice return of the ensuing kickoff, and Brent McCord recovered for CCSF at the Mt. SAC 44.
But then the Mt. SAC defense rose to the occasion once again. CCSF got a first down at the 44, but on the next play Rudolf Fifita sacked Jantz for a 3-yard loss. Jantz threw a 6-yard pass to Fale on second down, but on third down Filimoeatu sacked Jantz for a 3-yard loss to the 34. And on 4th down, Kjae Vaifale sacked Jantz for an 11-yard loss, turning the ball back over to the Mt. SAC offense at the 45.
That led to Mt. SAC's final touchdown, which put the game away and started the celebration on the home sideline. Lamaison capped a quick, 5-play drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Michael Edwards with 1:35 left in the third quarter. That made it 34-7, and settled the issue once and for all.
For Mt. SAC, Lamaison finished 23 of 33 passing for 220 yards and a touchdown, and he was not sacked. He did have two interceptions, but those came after Mt. SAC had the game well in hand. Bryce McBride had 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Edwards had 6 catches for 67 yards and earned Offensive Player of the Game honors. And of course Filimoeatu and the defense were a big part of the win.
For CCSF, Jantz was 21 of 48 passing for 224 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two early interceptions and was sacked 8 times. Kenny Haynes had 54 yards rushing on 14 carries, but 29 of those came on one carry when the score was already 27-0. Adjei led all receivers with 8 catches for 84 yards and was clearly CCSF's best player, at least on offense.
With the win, Mt.San Antonio finishes 13-0 and wins its second straight and third overall championship, running its overall winning streak to 23 games.
San Francisco finishes 11-1 on the season after making the state title game for the 11th time in the 14 seasons the game has been played. CCSF lost to Mt. SAC in the first state championship game of the modern era in 1997, and beat the Mounties in 2007 in the first of four straight championship game appearances by Mt. SAC.
Mt. San Antonio Mounties 34
City College of San Francisco Rams 7
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 1 pm - Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut
California State Championship Game
M - Wagner 20 yd run (J.Brown kick) 12:53 (7-0)
M - FG J.Brown 41 yds 3:12 (10-0)
M - FG J.Brown 42 yds 8:17 (13-0)
M - McBride 1 yd run (J.Brown kick) 2:08 (20-0)
M - McBride 8 yd run (J.Brown kick) 0:45 (27-0)
SF - Fale 5 yd pass from Jantz (Castaneda kick) 6:04 (27-7)
M - Edwards 22 yd pass from Lamaison (J.Brown kick) 1:35 (34-7)
First Downs: Mt. SAC 21 (8 rush, 12 pass, 1 penalty), CCSF 17 (4 rush, 13 pass)
Rushes-Yds: Mt. SAC 34-137, CCSF 30-36
Passing Yds: Mt. SAC 220, CCSF 224
Comp-Att-Int: Mt. SAC 23-33-2, CCSF 21-48-2
Return Yds: Mt. SAC 137, CCSF 162
Sacks-Yds: Mt. SAC 8-47, CCSF 0-0
Fumbles-Lost: Mt. SAC 2-1, CCSF 1-0
Penalties-Yds: Mt. SAC 6-70, CCSF 5-39
Time of Possession: Mt. SAC 30:12, CCSF 29:48
Rushing: M 3-McBride 25-77, 30-Wagner 2-33, 32-Botello 3-16, 7-Lamaison 2-13, 18-Viramontes 1-(-1), team 1-(-1); SF 22-Haynes 14-54, 23-Ford 1-13, 3-Jensen 1-0, 2-Jantz 13-(-30), team 1-(-1)
Passing: M 7-Lamaison 23-33-2-220, 1 TD; SF 2-Jantz 21-48-2-224, 1 TD
Receiving: M 6-Edwards 6-67, 14-Harrell 4-36, 1-Brun 3-36, 84-Molina-Williams 2-23, 4-Torres-Keohokapu 2-18, 30-Wagner 2-7, 81-Agwuenu 1-17, 17-Parham 1-9, 15-Iaea 1-7, 3-McBride 1-0; SF 13-Adjei 8-84, 19-McKinney 5-54, 4-Spencer 4-37, 10-Fale 2-11, 89-Keys 1-22, 8-Horne 1-16
Interceptions-Ret Yds: M 8-Murray 1-10, 5-Griffin 1-0; SF 53-Tuala 1-15, 21-Malone 1-0
Fumble Rec-Ret Yds: M 73-Lafaele (ret. possession) 1-0; SF 56-McCord 1-0
Sacks-Yds: M 54-Fifita 2-8, 43-Vaifale 1-11, 90-Asuega 1-11, 96-Lutui 1-7, 35-Vance 1-5, 55-Filimoeatu 1-3, 97-Achan 1-2; SF none
Punters: M 88-Colby 5-50.6 avg; SF 3-Jensen 3-39.7 avg; 41-Woods 4-26.0 avg
Kick Returns: M 4-Torres-Keohokapu 2-67; SF 8-Horne 5-74, 27-Edwards 1-9
Punt Returns: M 4-Torres-Keohokapu 3-60; SF 8-Horne 2-64
Missed FG: none
Notes: MVP: Nick Lamaison, Mt. SAC; Offensive Player of the Game: Michael Edwards, Mt. SAC; Defensive Player of the Game: Bojay Filimoeatu, Mt. SAC. Back-to-back: Mt. SAC improves to 13-0 and wins its 2nd straight official state and mythical national championship! CCSF, which entered ranked #2 in the nation, finishes 11-1. Mt. SAC scored on its 1st drive and led all the way. A 71-yd punt by Colby and an interception by Griffin set up Mt. SAC's 1st FG. Mt. SAC's 2nd FG came after Murray's interception on a ball tipped by 45-Thorpe. 10-Matsuda definitely got a finger on one of Woods' punts and might have also tipped another that went just 15 yards, helping set up Mt. SAC's 2nd TD. Mt. SAC nearly went ahead 34-0 before Malone intercepted Lamaison in the end zone, and that led to CCSF's scoring drive. Then McCord recovered a fumble by Torres-Keohokapu on the ensuing kickoff, giving CCSF the ball at the 44, but the Rams turned the ball over on downs following 3 sacks by Mt. SAC. Then came Mt. SAC's last TD that put the game away. Lamaison had 18 straight completions at one point. Mt. SAC becomes the 1st team to repeat as champs since CCSF's 3-peat in 1999-2000-2001 and has made the title game 4 straight years. CCSF has now made the title game 11 times in the 14 years it has been played and is 5-6.