Entering play this weekend, both the College of San Mateo and City College of San Francisco football teams are at the top of the state rankings, with CCSF at No. 2 and CSM at No. 3.
The Rams are off to a solid 2-0 start after defeating the College of Sequoias 51-7 in their opener, while following that up with a 42-8 victory over Mendocino College.
Sophomore quarterback Steele Jantz tossed three touchdowns in each of the team’s first two games.
In the win over Sequoias, Jantz completed 26 of 42 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Aaron Horne, a sophomore from Oakland’s Castlemont High, had eight catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams, who travel to San Jose City College on Saturday, will look to the talented pair to carry the offense moving forward.
While San Francisco as been finding success through the air, San Mateo has been churning out yardage on the ground.
The Bulldogs set a new school record as 11 players ran the ball for 459 yards on 59 carries in Saturday’s win against Reedley College.
San Mateo coach Bret Pollack said the teams offensive focus will remain on its running game.
“From an offensive standpoint we’re going to go out that gate and from the get go try to establish control of the line of scrimmage, be efficient with our pass game and protect our quarterback,” Pollack said.
CSM also hopes to find some quarterback inspiration from sophomore Julian Bernard, a Terra Nova product. Running back Seta Pohahau and receiver Rahsaan Vaughn will look to continue to make big plays for the Bulldogs.
CSM takes on West Valley College on Saturday and Pollack feels his team is ready.
“I told our guys it doesn’t matter who we play; we play our brand of football,” he said.
NOTE: City College of San Francisco will host a pregame barbecue celebrating 75 years of CCSF football before the Oct. 9 game against San Joaquin Delta College.