The City College of San Francisco football team had one goal last season and that was to reclaim the California Community College Athletic Association state championship.
Not only did the Rams accomplish that goal, they did it against the team that had defeated them in the 2010 title game, Mount San Antonio College.
Now with a record sixth state title in the bag, CCSF coach George Rush will be looking to add to the increasing pile of trophies.
“Part of it is you take the position that nothing is good enough,” said Rush, whose club finished a perfect 12-0 last year. “If you always think you could be better and there is room to go, I think there is room to grow and improve yourself.”
Rush has been extremely pleased with the effort shown by his team in training camp and has also been impressed with the speed on offense and defense.
“Ninety-nine percent of guys, it’s everything I expected and more,” he said. “I’m really pleased with the effort. I think they’re looking forward to it. Nobody wants to be the team that lowers the bar.”
But the Rams have a big void to fill at the quarterback spot with last year’s freshman standout Turner Baty transferring to Kansas. Baty lit up the CCCAA and was named the championship game’s MVP.
His replacement will be sophomore Andrew Spivey. The 6-foot-3 Spivey played quarterback and linebacker while at Albany High School, which showed toughness to Rush.
“He’s a real athletic guy, has worked extremely hard,” he said. “He’s a legitimately tough kid. I’ve been impressed with his decision-making ability on the field.”
One of Baty’s favorite targets toward the end of last season, sophomore wide receiver Dezmon Epps, returns. In the final two games of the season, Epps had nine catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
Along with Epps are a slew of speedy receivers — including Kyani Harris, Jaquelle Thompson, J.J. Hudson and Jovan Carter — making up possibly the best group CCSF has ever had.
“I think it’s the strongest group of slots we’ve ever had,” Rush said. “There are some really, really fast guys.”
But Rush will hold judgment on his team until the games begin.
“Everybody thinks they’re good in August,” he said. “Training camp is something [where] it’s hard to gauge yourself.”
CCSF has won at least nine games each of the last three seasons.
Former Terra Nova High School standout Chris Forbes will grayshirt at CCSF this season after tearing up the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division for the past two years, throwing for 5,594 yards and 54 touchdowns and rushing for 1,282 yards and 27 TDs.