Freshman option quarterback Julian Edelman out of Woodside High rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns and threw a 47-yard pass to Delbecio Ben (Terra Nova) for a fourth TD to lead the Bulldogs past their south peninsula rivals. CSM, ranked 21st in the state, is now 5-2 overall and 1-1 in NorCal Conference play. Foothill, ranked sixth in California and the same nationally in one poll, fell to 6-1 (1-1). That leaves second-ranked CCSF as the only conference unbeaten (7-0, 2-0) after pounding Butte, 44-14 Saturday.
Foothill (6-1, 1-1) came back from 21-7 and 28-21 deficits to tie the score each time before a 25-yard field goal by Gil Hernandez with 2:10 left in the third quarter provided the winning points. Edelman added his final TD run (8 yards) to start the fourth quarter as San Mateo rolled for 474 yards on the ground against an Owls defense that had been allowing only 99 yards rushing and 303 total yards per game.
EDELMAN HAS 43 PLAYS FOR 295 YARDS, JUST MISSES RUSHING RECORD:
Adding Edelman's 79 passing yards, San Mateo totaled 553 yards, with Edelman figuring in 43 plays for 295 individual yards. Edelman's 216 rushing yards (on 31 carries) fell just short of the CSM record of 227 set by Leonard Morris in 1987 against San Jose City College.
Edelman will match-up Saturday with his former Woodside offensive teammate Tyreece Jacks, now CCSF's leading rusher (682 yards). Edelman is averaging more than a hundred yards a game, with 727 in seven games, and could threaten the CSM season record of 1123 rushing yards by Dave Hanson in 1991.
RECORD SETTING BULLDOG RUSHERS SURPASS 2000 YARDS:
CSM leads the California's 72 community college teams in rushing, becoming the first to go over 2,000 yards this season with the near school record 474 yards against Foothill.
On the next to last rushing play against the Owls San Mateo actually tied the school record of 478 yards, set earlier this year at San Jose. Edelman lost four yards on the final rushing play, however, while running time off the clock. It was the third time this season San Mateo has rushed for more than 460 yards.
Also putting up solid rushing numbers Saturday were running backs Sean Conner (Franklin, Seattle) with 95 yards (15 carries) and Ryan Faumuina (San Leandro High) with 82 yards (12 carries).
In addition to his TD pass reception, Ben rushed for 36 yards and returned five kickoffs for 96 yards (19.2 average). He had 179 all-purpose yards in the game and ranks among the state leaders in both kickoff and punt returns.
State scoring leader Jacob French of Foothill scored three touchdowns to set a school season record of 17. Also the NorCal rushing leader, the sophomore out of Pioneer High had 137 yards on 18 carries.
San Mateo - 7 - 14 - 10 - 7 -- 38
Foothill - 7 - 14 - 7 - 0 -- 28
F -- French 5 run (Lopez kick).
SM -- Edelman 9 run (Hernandez kick).
SM -- Ben 47 pass Edelman (Chavez kick)
SM -- Hines 5 run (Hernandez kick)
F -- Jones 1 run (Lopez kick)
F -- French 7 run (Lopez kick)
SM -- Edelman 1 run (Chavez kick)
F -- French 9 run (Lopez kick)
SM -- FG 25 Hernandez.
SM -- Edelman 8 run (Chavez kick)
San Mateo 5-2 (1-1 NorCal Conference)
Foothill 6-1 (1-1 NorCal Conference)