Story by Aaron Turner/ Photo by Eric Sun
It was just 6 total points that separated the 2019 CCSF football team from being 9-0 instead of 7-2, heading into their regular season finale. Therefore, it was the 7-2 Rams that were forced to play for their playoff lives on Saturday at George Rush Stadium against the top-ranked team in California, the 9-0 College of San Mateo Bulldogs.
Despite a battle that lasted well into the 4th quarter, City would ultimately fall short of another dramatic home comeback, falling 45-31 to CSM. The Bulldogs in their win took home the Bay 6 Conference championship to San Mateo. The Rams would have been able to claim at worst a tie of the Bay 6 title, regardless of their 2 regular season losses, had they been able to knock off the very well-balanced CSM squad.
Coming off of an injury suffered last week against Santa Rosa, quarterback Ethan Bullock would enter the game early in the 3rd quarter, with the Rams down 31-14. Bullock finished with 107 yards passing with 10-20 completions, while throwing both a touchdown and interception in the 4th quarter.
After Bullock found Kenden Robinson, Jr. in the endzone with 11:24 remaining in the game, the Rams pulled within a touchdown of CSM, trailing just 38-31. After both teams exchanged punts the next two possessions, the Bulldogs would go on an 88-yard, 4:58 drive before finding ultimately scoring the game's final touchdown.
"Very disappointing loss. It is a shame that our team isn’t in the state playoffs," Rams head coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Our team consistently showed great grit and character throughout this season. We truly believe that we can overcome any adversity and feel as though on Saturday we ran out of time. "
At 7-3 now, the Rams still have a chance to cap off the season with a Bowl Victory, when they host Shasta College in the Golden State Bowl this Saturday at George Rush Stadium. The Knights, also at 7-3, have lost two straight games in the very tough NorCal Conference, playing alongside programs like Butte, American River, and Sierra College.
Shasta average 23 points per game as an offense while allowing 19.5 points. Defensively, they boast one of the California's sack-leaders, sophomore DE Cole Parker.
Despite his team not contending for a CCCAA title in 2019, Collins remains focused on bringing home some different hardware to display in The Wellness Center.
"The season isn’t over. Shasta College comes to our place this Saturday," Collins said. "Our team is excited for another chance to play together and for a chance to bring a bowl trophy home for this college."