VISALIA, CA - In what can best be described as a completely one-sided game, the City College of San Francisco Rams captured their third consecutive California state and National Championship by defeating Southern California champion Palomar College 61-12 in the California State Championship game.
The Rams jumped ahead early as they held the Comets to three and out on their first offensive series. On the ensuing punt, CCSF blocked the kick and took little time to take a 7-0 lead. This first series of plays was a sign of things to come as the Palomar offense never got untracked against the state's top ranked defense. Palomar QB Andy Goodenough, among the state's top passers, was kept off balance all day as the San Francisco pass rush got a great push on a talented Palomar offensive line.
San Francisco forced Palomar to punt on nearly every posession of the first and early second quarter as they built an unbelieveable 40-0 lead just a few minutes into the second quarter. The Rams, known primarily for their outstanding passing game, were able to run the ball very effectively, with single back Johnnie Mack leading the way. The Comets had a difficult time containing Mack, who busted off first down runs nearly every time he touched the ball. The Rams' counter play was particularly effective, as the Comets defense flowed with the play, only to have to play run the opposite way.
The game was decided well before half time and the second half of the game was no different than the first. The Rams continued to move the ball without much difficulty. Palomar managed to put two touchdown drives together in the second half, balancing the run with the pass. Unfortuately for Palomar, the damage done in the first half by CCSF was insurmountable.
The game was the last at Palomar for head coach Tom Craft, who was named as San Diego State's new head coach on Thursday. Craft is expected to be in the Aztec football office beginning on Monday. The general concensus was that Palomar was a much better team than they showed in the game and that they could have played the Rams much closer has they not lost momentum so early in the game.
For San Francisco, it was their fifth consecutive trip to the California State Championship game since the game was re-established in 1997. The Rams lost the 1997 and 1998 games to Mt. San Antonio and Palomar respectively, but came back to win the last three games agianst Allan Hancock in 1999 and Bakersfield in 2000.
The Rams were one of three teams in the Country to complete the season with an undefeated record. However, the Rams' convincing win ensured that they would once again be named national champions. With the season coming to an end, the Rams' sophomores can finish taking their trips and decide where they will sign. The Rams' have some of the top prospects in the country and most will be able to transfer mid-year, with signing day approaching on December 18th. The Comets will also be sending a number of player on to the next level.
Congratulations to both teams on a great season!
Box Score (Final)
San Francisco vs Palomar (Dec 08, 2001 at Visalia, Calif.)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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San Francisco....... 27 20 7 7 - 61 Record: (12-0)
Palomar............. 0 0 6 6 - 12 Record: (10-2)
1st 13:53 CCSF - Johnnie Mack 1 yd run (Richard Heintz kick), 3-19 0:39, CCSF 7 - PAL 0
08:39 CCSF - Richard Heintz 26 yd field goal, 11-48 3:41, CCSF 10 - PAL 0
05:38 CCSF - Kellen Taylor 18 yd pass from Orlando Evans (Richard Heintz kick), 4-39 1:52, CCSF 17 - PAL 0
05:03 CCSF - Zach Fletcher 25 yd pass from Orlando Evans (Richard Heintz kick), 1-25 0:07, CCSF 24 - PAL 0
00:29 CCSF - Richard Heintz 35 yd field goal, 8-65 3:04, CCSF 27 - PAL 0
2nd 11:44 CCSF - Willie Dixon 9 yd pass from Orlando Evans (Richard Heintz kick), 7-48 1:52, CCSF 34 - PAL 0
10:39 CCSF - Rodney Burton 56 yd punt return (Richard Heintz kick blockd), , CCSF 40 - PAL 0
10:01 CCSF - Johnnie Mack 48 yd run (Richard Heintz kick), 1-48 0:09, CCSF 47 - PAL 0
3rd 09:18 CCSF - Johnnie Mack 1 yd run (Richard Heintz kick), 12-72 5:42, CCSF 54 - PAL 0
05:50 PAL - D. Alexander 2 yd pass from Andy Goodenough (Jeff Sherwood kick blockd), 12-80 3:28, CCSF 54 - PAL 6
4th 14:09 CCSF - Robert Johnson 16 yd pass from Orlando Evans (Richard Heintz kick), 7-59 3:33, CCSF 61 - PAL 6
06:22 PAL - Alex Thompson 55 yd run (Matt Kovacevich kick blockd), 6-95 1:48, CCSF 61 - PAL 12
FIRST DOWNS................... 24 13
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 49-217 27-64
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 208 174
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 28-16-0 34-12-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 77-425 61-238
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 7-102 1-1
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-73 9-197
Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-38.2 11-29.5
Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards............... 9-60 7-82
Possession Time............... 38:50 21:02
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 7-40 3-16
RUSHING: San Francisco-Johnnie Mack 29-170; Kjell Nesen 6-23; Orlando Evans 6-15; Theo Warren 4-7; J. Shephard 2-2; Cameron Roberts 1-1; Jeremy Lindsey 1-minus 1. Palomar-Alex Thompson 1-55; Siree Mc Lean 4-30; Rory Palmer 5-9; Joshua Lott 2-7; Chris Williams 5-2; John Nielsen 1-1; Will Gunnings 2-0; Roman Ybarra 1-minus 1; Andy Goodenough 6-minus 39.
PASSING: San Francisco-Orlando Evans 16-28-0-208. Palomar-Andy Goodenough 8-28-1-86; Roman Ybarra 4-4-0-88; John Nielsen 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING: San Francisco-Kellen Taylor 9-130; Zach Fletcher 2-36; Jon Makonnen 2-12; Robert Johnson 1-16; Willie Dixon 1-9; Johnnie Mack 1-5.
Palomar-D. Alexander 5-38; Ben Bresnahan 3-49; Eddie Sullivan 2-70; Siree McLean 1-12; Larry Slaughter 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: San Francisco-Ronald Nunn 1-0. Palomar-None.
Stadium: Mineral King Attendance: 1800
Kickoff time: 1:05 pm End of Game: 4:35 pm Total elapsed time: 3:30
Officials: Referee: Ken Rivera; Umpire: Tony Allegro; Linesman: Douglas Martin; Line judge: Ken Sarna; Back judge: Dave Curschman; Field judge: Bob Kayajanian; Side judge: Pat Demuro; Scorer: Mendoa, Haller;
Temperature: 60 Wind: 5 mph Weather: Partly Cloudy
San Francisco vs Palomar (Dec 08, 2001 at Visalia, Calif.)
SACKS (UA-A): San Francisco-Chauncey Clark 3-0; Brian Ahsoonr 2-0; Ronald Nunn 1-0; Justin Jackson 1-0. Palomar-C. Williams 1-0; Andrew Wojcik 1-0; Terry Murphy 1-0; Andrew Paopao 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): San Francisco-Chauncey Clark 4-2; Lance Mitchell 3-3;
Lawrence Turner 3-2; C. Onyenegecha 3-2; Brian Ahsoonr 4-0; Mark Walker 2-2; Gibril Wilson 2-2; Ronald Nunn 3-0; Tommie Pratt 1-2; Raoul Lindsay 0-3; Mouton-Fuentes 2-0; Tipeti Paini 2-0; Justin Jackson 2-0; Pasha Jackson 1-1; Elijah Booker 0-2; Eric Tur