The Southern California Football Association title game on Saturday matches third-ranked Riverside (10-1) at No. 2 Fullerton (11-0) at 1 p.m. at Yorba Linda High School.
BUTTE: NorCal Conference champion Butte is led by league offensive player of the year Thomas Start, a 6-0, 185-pound freshman quarterback who completed 66 per cent of his passes for 1,543 yards and 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions. All-NorCal Conference running back Kendall Williams (6-1, 210, frosh) led the league in rushing with 1,047 yards and scored nine TDs. He is supported by Robert Frazier with 588 yards and three scores. CJ Grice leads Roadrunners' pass receivers with 22 catches for 364 yards and six scores. Butte is outscoring opponents, 52.8 points per game to 15.8.
FRESNO: Marcus Montero has similar yardage totals for 11th ranked Fresno, 1,579 yards and 14 scores -- with a 56.4 completion percentage. Both opposing QB's are averaging a solid 9.2 yards per attempt. The Rams average 185 yards a game on the ground with a quartet of ball carriers: All-Valley Conference Dakota Gordan averages 7 yards a carry - with 245 total yards on just 35 season carries. Micah Ledezma is Fresno's leading ball carrier with 466 yards (51.8 per game). Errian Wingfield has 459 yards (45.9 average) and Alek Mechikoff 374 (46.8). All-conference Brayden Sanchez leads Fresno pass receivers with 39 catches for 729 yards and eight TD. Fresno is averaging 38.2 points a game and limiting opponents to 27.9.
Common opponents: Butte defeated San Joaquin Delta, 45-3; Modesto, 68-40; Santa Rosa, 49-21; and San Francisco, 47-18. Fresno defeated Delta, 44-28, and Modesto, 44-23. The Rams lost to San Francisco, 61-0, and Santa Rosa, 30-23.
In NCFA Division Championship games last week:
Central Division Championship Bowl at Weed, Chabot (8-3) 36, College of the Siskiyous (8-3) 23:
Jayde Rowe rushed for 244 yards and all three second half Chabot touchdowns to break a 16-16 third quarter tie. Gladiators QB Zach Lujan was 12 of 18 for 137 yards, including a 27-yard scoring toss to Stefon Martin in the second quarter to break an earlier 10-10 tie. Jake Isabel led Chabot receiver with eight catches for 81 yards. Siskiyous QB Levi Cox was 14 of 28 for 162 yards and two TDs. Kirt Terry-Springs had six receptions for 91 yards and Sam Williams had five for 64 yards, including a 12-yard TD catch that knotted the game at 16 in the third quarter.
South Division Championship in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl at Cabrillo College, Aptos - Hartnell (9-2) 37, Contra Costa (7-4) 26:
State rushing leader De'Andre Mann of Hartnell ran for 187 yards on 25 carries and scored twice. He also caught four passes for 50 yards. The close game was tied at 7 after the first quarter and at 13 at halftime. Contra Costa led, 26-20, after three quarters. The Panthers finally went ahead for good in the final period when QB Curt Ceralde connected with Joe Pacheco on a three-yard TD pass and later on a 25-yard tally. Ceralde completed 18 of 35 passes for 245 yards and the two scores. Pacheco had five receptions for 90 yards and the two tallies. Contra Costa quarterback Malik Watson kept the Comets in the game, completing 21 of 45 passes for 217 yards and a TD. But he was intercepted three times. Contra Costa RB Davonte Sapp-Lynch carried 28 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
In other NCFA Bowl Games:
Bothman Bulldog Bowl at San Mateo: College of San Mateo (10-1) 75, American River (8-3) 9:
CSM running back George Naufahu ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns to become the Bulldogs' No. 1 all-time single season scoring leader with 19 TDs and 114 points. He is now CSM's No. 2 single season rusher with 1,193 yards, behind New England Patriots' star Julian Edelman (1,253 yards in 2005). CSM quarterback Casey Wichman, the game MVP, rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more TDs. Raeshawn Lee caught three passes for 77 yards - all for scores -- in the first 20 minutes of the game. CSM led, 48-3, at the half. The Bulldogs totaled 675 yards, 582 on the ground (with 11 different ball carriers). American River was held to 43 yards passing and 185 total yards. ARC quarterback Mike Hicks threw a 9-yard pass to Drake Tofi in the third period for the Beavers' only TD. Tofi caught four passes for 16 yards and rushed for 24 yards. Top ARC rusher was EJ Edinburgh with 73 yards on seven carries. Hicks had 42 yards rushing and 41 passing.
Bay Bowl at Oakland: Laney (8-3) 29, Diablo Valley (5-6) 14:
Host Laney took a 29-0 lead in the first 19 minutes of the game, with Virgil Bridges throwing three touchdown passes. Game MVP Bridges totaled 212 yards, completing 16 of 25 attempts (with no picks). Jermaine Jones caught two of the TDs and Jay Yesin the other. The Eagles had scored on their first play from scrimmage when Tony Parnell ran 29 yards to the end zone after a 27-yard punt return by Jalen Avery. Diablo Valley's comeback was led by QB Niko Fortino, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards, including a 29-yard TD to Efrain Montalvo. The Vikings' first TD came on a fake punt when kicker Sione Tupouata threw a short pass to Siua Taufa, resulting in a 49-yard scoring play. Thanks to seven QB sacks by the Eagles (two by Chris Lee), DVC netted minus 34 yards rushing and only 174 yards total offense. Laney totaled 326 yards, 249 through the air. The net rushing yardage by both teams was only 43.
Golden Valley Bowl at Santa Rosa: Modesto JC (6-5) 48, Santa Rosa (6-5) 39:
Host Santa Rosa couldn't overcome Modesto's 23-6 first quarter lead despite outscoring the Pirates, 33-25, the rest of the way. Modesto led, 36-13 at the half. Modesto rushed for 444 yards, led by Anthony Cota with 201 yards and three TDs on 20 carries and James Sams with 124 yards and a TD on 26 carries. Modesto QB TeeJay Gordon completed 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards as the Pirates racked up 678 total yards. Santa Rosa had 540 yards, 452 through the air by two quarterbacks. Mike Pierson was 19 of 40 for 281 yards and four TDs, David Sowoards 10 of 27 for 171 yards and a score. K'Lan Anderson had nine receptions for 137 yards and three TDs. Six Modesto lost fumbles helped Santa Rosa stay in the game. But the Bearcubs also lost four fumbles. All ten fumbles in the game were turnovers.
Dec. 7, San Francisco Community College Bowl at San Francisco: Sierra (6-4) at CCSF (7-3), 12 noon.
Dec. 14, California Community College Athletic Association Championship game, at NCFA champion.