Riverside City to defend CCCAA Football title against 7-time champion CCCSF on Saturday at Mt. SAC

Riverside City to defend CCCAA Football title against 7-time champion CCCSF on Saturday at Mt. SAC

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WALNUT – Reigning California Community College Athletic Association football champion Riverside City College (10-2) will defend its title against 7-time champion and undefeated City College of San Francisco (12-0) on Saturday (Dec. 11) at Mt. San Antonio College’s new stadium in Walnut (Los Angeles County) at 1 p.m.

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• Riverside defeated two unbeaten teams on the road to reach the title game: Ventura, 41-21, and then Golden West, 27-23, in the Southern California championship game on Saturday (Dec. 4). That avenged an earlier 37-20 non-league setback to the Rustlers that had ended the Tigers’ state-leading 16-game winning streak (and which had included a 13-0 title campaign in 2019). That was the last CCCAA championship season (prior to COVID).

• CCSF ended the 4-season Bay 6 championship reign of 2019 state runner-up College of San Mateo, 31-27, (then ranked No. 1 in the state and nation) in the regular season finale. The Rams turned back the Bulldogs again in the Northern California championships, 20-17, after taking care of American River, 35-17, in the semis.

San Francisco finished the regular season 10-0 and No. 1 in the JC Athletic Bureau poll of California Community College football coaches. Riverside, at 8-2, was No. 4.

MYTHICAL NATIONAL TITLE ALSO IN THE MIX: This is also, effectively, the national 2-year college title game, with CCSF having the nation’s best record at 12-0. The vast majority of the USA’s 117 teams play in the CCCAA, 63 in 2021 (plus Cabrillo and College of the Redwoods on a season hiatus here).The National JC Athletic Association has only 54 football teams, with Iowa Western its lone unbeaten • at 9-0.

COACHES: Both teams are led by former all-star CCC quarterbacks, who played for legendary coaches: Riverside’s Tom Craft, at Monterey Peninsula (for the late Chris Pappas), and Jimmy Collins, at CCSF (for George Rush).

Note: The inaugural Chris Pappas (memorial) bowl last Saturday was won by Contra Costa, 28-19, over Foothill • winding up the American Division season.

Offense: CCSF is the state’s top scoring National Division team at 45.0 points per game; also compiles the top yards per game, 458.8. Breakdown is 316.8 passing (No. 1 overall) and 142.0 rushing.

Riverside tallies 33.4 ppg, with 440.1 yards per game (No. 2). Breakdown: 262.8 passing, 178.3 rushing.

Defense: The Rams defense is No. 2 overall in the state at 11.7 ppg (trailing only San Mateo, 11.0 – but against which they scored 51 points in their two season meetings). CCSF held CSM to 42 net rushing yards in the NorCal title game.

Def. yds.: 220.7 (53,9 rush, 166.8 pass)

Riverside has allowed 22.5 ppg. Def. yds.: 338.6 (118.8 rush, 218.8 pass)

TOP PLAYERS:

CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

QB Jack Newman (6-1, 190, So.), Bay 6 offensive POY; has top college efficiency rating in the National Division, 184.5, and leads all in passing yards, 3,359: 227 of 335, 36 TD, 5 int.

WR Jeffrey Weimer (6-2, 205, So.), Unanimous All Bay 6: 75 pc (No. 1 state), 1,253 yds. (No. 1 state, only person over 1,000 yds.), 16.7 avg., 17 TD (No. 1 state).

RB Shawn Allen (5-8, 170, Fr.), All-Bay 6: 100 tcb, 774 yds., 4.7 avg., 60.3 y/g, 10 TD.

• DB D’Andre Greeley (6-0, 180, So.), All-Bay 6, leads state with nine interceptions, including the one that ended San Mateo’s season with 5:35 left in their NorCal title showdown. The Bulldogs did not see the ball again after that.

DL Jahvius “J.J.” Leui (5-11, 455, Fr. Unan. All-Bay 6: 54 tck, 8 sack, 18.5 TFL.   

RIVERSIDE CITY
• RB Lawrence Starks (5-10, 190, So.), Central League co-offensive POY: 95 tcb, 537 yds., 5.7 avg., 53.7 y/g., 5 TD; 221 rec.yds.; 220 yds. on KOR (24.4 avg.); 978 all-purpose (97.8 avg.).   

• QB Jordan Barton (5-9, 180, Fr.), All-Central: 155 of 229 (67.7%), 2,164 yds., 19 TD, 5 int., 170.1 effic. He won MVP award at regional title game, going 28 of 38 for 312 yds., 2 -WR: Jamal Houston (6-2, 185, So.) 41 pc, 678 yds. (3.7 avg., 61.6 y/g), 5 TD. (key 74-yd. TD in reg. final).

• OL: Anthony Lafrance (6-5, 290, So.), Unan. All-Central.

• PK Ricardo Chavez (6-2, 165, So.), Unan. All-Central: 19 FG, lg. 56, 31/31 XP, 88 TP.

• MLB Noa Purcell (5-10, 240, So.), Central Defensive POY: 60 tackles, 5.5 tpg, 2 FF.

• CB Carlton Johnson (6-1, 170, So.), All-Central: 2 int., 39 tackles.

• DB Demarco Moorer (6-1, 165, Fr.), 3 int., 41 tackles.

(Fred Baer, JC Athletic Bureau)