SAN MATEO WINS SILICON VALLEY BOWL

Fr. Pat Evans kicked a 33-yard field goal with 16 ticks remaining in the Silicon Valley Bowl to give College of San Mateo at 20-17 victory over San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton Saturday at Foothill College. Golden Gate Conf. co-champion CSM, ranked 9th in the JC Athletic Bureau's state football coaches poll, finished with the school's best modern-day won-loss record, 10-1. Eighth ranked Delta, the runner-up to unbeaten Santa Rosa in the Mid-Empire Conference, wound-up 9-2.

San Mateo broke a 10-10 halftime tie with a 57-yard march in ten plays with the third quarter kickoff, capped by Luther Mason's two-yard run. But Delta marched 62 yards in 11 plays at the start of the fourth quarter to knot it with 9:06 remaining on Lionel Scott's 4-yard run, his second TD of the day.

After an exchange of punts, CSM mounted the winning 13-play, 64-yard drive that took 4 minutes and 14 seconds, led by bowl co-MVP Sione Tavake, who rushed for 142 yards on 31 carries and finished the season with 1,022 yards rushing. "That was the hardest drive in my 11 years of football," Tavake said after the game. "It came down to the wire. I put everything I had into this game."

Bulldogs quarterback Steve Haren, the state passing leader for most of the season, completed 15 of 18 passes for 117 yards, with no interceptions, and ran for 69 yards. Tavake's running and Haren's running and passing accounted for all of the yards on the drive for the winning field goal.

Tavake scored CSM's first TD on a five-yard run at the start of the second quarter, which gave CSM a 10-7 lead -- thanks to Evans's earlier 28-yard field goal. Delta's Ryan Rogers hit from 26 yards out with 41 seconds left in the half to tie it.

Delta's Brandon Harper rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries and shared MVP honors.

Gabe Brown, a freshman linebacker out of El Camino High, intercepted Delta quarterback Steve Wichman on the last play of the game. There were no TD passes thrown in the game.

Evans, a freshman out of Hillsdale High, finished the season with four field goals in four tries, all in the last two games.


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