City College of San Francisco has had quite a run over the past decade and a half.
Since 1994, CCSF has claimed 17 conference championships, 13 NorCal championships, seven state titles and six national titles.
The Rams have already added to the first two in 2012, and will look to keep things going in the state title game on Saturday against Bakersfield College, which won the SoCal crown with a win over Mt. San Antonio College.
Never mind that CCSF lost its final regular-season game of the year, ending a 21-game winning streak, or that they barely survived a matchup with American River College in the NorCal championship game. Coach George Rush said the loss was an example of the amount of focus his team needs on a regular basis.
“For me, I’ve been down that path a bunch of times,” he said of the streak ending. “As good as you may think you are, if you don’t come to play that day and put your best foot forward, somebody’s ready to beat you.”
Quarterback Andrew Spivey had a different view of the Nov. 10 loss to Butte College.
“That was pretty tough,” he said. “After the game, everybody was real shocked about it. It didn’t feel good. But I think it changed us a little bit at practice. I think we’ve got a little bit more focus since then … we need to practice harder so that doesn’t happen again.”
Rush was quick to point out, however, that the loss didn’t affect their postseason position at all, and he is anxious for a rematch from the same game 12 years ago.
“They’re the Southern California champions,” Rush said of Bakersfield. “You’re not playing a team where you have a margin for error. You play some of the regional teams here, you can turn the ball over five or six times and still win by 30 points. That’s not going to happen. You’re going to pay for your sins.”
Bakersfield finished with an 8-2 record in the regular season before making it through two rounds of SoCal tournament play heading into the state title game.
Spivey said he believes CCSF’s plethora of weapons makes the offense key to keeping the wins coming. CCSF boasts all-conference team members Spivey; running back Kris Olugbode; receivers Derrick Seward and Quincy Nelson; and offensive linemen Sean McDonald, Ngalu Fusimalohi and Jeremiah Stuckey.
“When we go fast and we’re all on our game,” Spivey said, “and playing disciplined reads, executing the game plan, I think we’re unstoppable.”
CCSF will head to Bakersfield to play the Renegades on Saturday at 2 p.m.