SAN MATEO - A football team which conducts eight long drives and scores eight touchdowns would have a "perfect" offensive average, as College of San Mateo did on Saturday. A defense which holds the opposing team to three-and-out on every series for the first 20 minutes would also been maintaining a flawless average.
That was unbeaten CSM's formula while running-up a 34-0 lead and defeating visiting San Joaquin Delta of Stockton, 53-22.
Assisted by a score on James Julian's interception return, the Bulldogs had tallied seven touchdowns after their first six possessions. They didn't give-up the ball until the fourth quarter (on a punt from midfield), which brought the TD average per possession down to just a hundred per cent!
The Bulldogs (3-0), ranked 18th in the JC Athletic Bureau's California Coaches poll, were ahead, 27-0 before offensive-minded Delta (2-2) made its initial first down, with 10:04 left in the half. (That's more impressive considering that only one team in Northern California, Fresno, had made more first downs this season than the visiting Mustangs.) ]
On the play following that meager first down, all-state lineman Ryan Boschetti sacked Delta quarterback Dan Taylor. The drive ended quickly with Julian's interception of Taylor, resulting in a 63-yard return for a TD. The lone turnover of the game put CSM firmly in control at 34-0 with 6:13 left in the first half.
"I watched the films again this morning," said Julian, a 6-0 sophomore defensive back out of Menlo-Atherton.
"I knew the play was either a bubble screen or an out. The coaches had me in the proper coverage."
CSM coach Larry Owens agreed. "James made the pick because he knew what their offense was going to do. I think we took them out of their game early."
Although he played only 19 minutes, Bulldog quarterback Jason Douglas completed 10 of 12 first half passes for 144 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score. Douglas relieved back-up Hassan Noble for two plays in the third quarter and threw for another touchdown, 27 yards to freshman Akbar Jones out of Terra Nova. That was the game's longest offensive TD.
Noble, who needed a breather after a hard hit, played the remainder of the game and ran for a one-yard TD in the fourth quarter. Earlier, at the end of the first half, Noble had thrown a 12-yard TD pass to Derek Willis for a 40-8 lead at the break.
Noble, a freshman from Woodside High, completed six of ten attempts for 109 yards and was the game's top rusher with 76 yards on ten carries.
Douglas had a phenomenal pass efficiency rating of 251.9 in the game to raise his overall season mark to a state pacesetting 217.0. In comparison, the current top rated quarterback in NCAA Division I is at 191.
CSM marched down the field at will all afternoon, going 57 yards in eight plays after Delta's first punt. Tight end Jason Hardee scored on a four-yard pass from Douglas. San Mateo then completed drives of 27, 71, 94, 60, 92, and 65 yards. The only short drive was set-up by a 43-yard punt return by Willis, after which Alvaro Carvajal ran 23 yards for his first touchdown. Carvajal later caught a 23-yard TD pass from Douglas.
Delta notes: The Mustangs added two fourth-quarter TDs to make the final point total more respectiable. Taylor completed 16 of 28 passes for 154 yards and ran the final yard for Delta's late second quarter TD. He was relieved in the fourth quarter by Ryan Pimentel, with San Mateo leading, 46-8. Pimentel drove the Mustangs 84 yards.in eight plays, including a 20-yard TD pass to Jomo Wilson . On its next possession, Delta drove 80 yards in eight plays, capped by Pimentel's one-yard TD pass to Tony McPherson's. Pimentel was a perfect eight-for-eight for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson led all receivers with nine for 104 yards.
: Only one of Northern California's 33 teams scored more points over the weekend than CSM. Mendocino, a team San Mateo handled easily, 37-20, a week ago, smacked De Anza, 56-27.
CSM had 64 offensive plays against Delta, although most of the fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Already averaging 518 yards per game, fourth best among the state's 70 teams, the Bulldogs gained a balanced 511 yards (233 rushing and 280 passing) Saturday. San Mateo is averaging 48.7 points on offense and 18.7 on defense. The Bulldogs have a short week before visiting their toughest foe to date, 20th ranked Laney (2-1), Friday at 7 p.m. in Oakland. "We can go 4 and 0," noted Owens. "It's been a long time since we've been 4 and 0." Only ten teams in the state are still unbeaten.
SM _ Hardee 4 pass Douglas (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Carvajal 23 run (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Douglas 4 run (pass failed)
SM _ Carvajal 21 pass Douglas (Lewis run)
SM _ Julian 63 interception return (O'Brien kick)
D _ Taylor 1 run (Jacobs run)
SM _ Willis 12 pass Noble (run failed)
SM _ Jones 27 pass Douglas (run failed)
D _ Wilson 20 pass Pimental (Jacobs run)
SM _ Noble 1 run (O'Brien kick)
D _ McPherson 1 pass Pimental (pass failed)
Photos by Linda Herman