CCSF coach Rush puts focus on Fresno game after milestone victory

S.F. Examiner File PhotoLooking ahead: CCSF coach George Rush won his 300th game Saturday

S.F. Examiner File PhotoLooking ahead: CCSF coach George Rush won his 300th game Saturday

Coach George Rush can’t savor his 300th career victory just yet. He’s too focused on what could be win No. 301 against Fresno City College on Saturday.

The long time City College of San Francisco coach — the winningest coach in the junior college football history — reached the milestone with a 71-6 victory over West Hills at Rams Stadium on Saturday. But with a rematch of last season’s Hawaiian Punch Bowl next on the schedule, the California Community College Athletic Association’s No. 1 team can’t afford to get caught up in the historic moment.

“You’ve just got to play,” said Rush, who’s now in his 36th season at CCSF. “If you start thinking about stuff like that, you’re thinking about the wrong things.”

Right now, the Rams (3-0) are focused on beating No. 7 Fresno (3-0), which would extend the team’s winning steak to 16 games.

The Rams are also looking to defend their record seventh CCCAA title without a number of key pieces from last year’s national championship team.

Quarterback Turner Baty is in Kansas playing for Charlie Weis and the 2011 California Community College Defensive Player of the Year, Markus Pierce-Brewster, is starting on the defensive line at Mississippi. The team’s top two running backs, DeShae Edwards and Robert Burton III, both completed their two years of JC eligibility last year.

“The fun part of [coaching junior college football] is working with the staff to develop the talent and watching the kids mature and grow,” Rush said.

The Rams were tested in the season’s opening game against Diablo Valley College Sept. 1. They trailed 41-27 in the second half, but rallied with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before pulling it out in overtime. A week later, they beat Laney College 38-6.

Leading the Rams’ offense is 6-foot-3 sophomore quarterback Andrew Spivey, who’s thrown 10 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Running back Kris Olugbode is the conference’s top rusher (399 yards), averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

Former Cal recruit Chris Shewl-Martin is energizing the defense with his fiery personality and explosive play. He’s second on the team for most tackles (15) and tied for first in sacks (2).

Rush said the team just needs more consistency before it kicks off conference play against De Anza College Oct. 13. A hard-fought game in Fresno will only help.

“Experience is the best teacher of all,” he said. “Doing it in real time is how you grow.”

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