CCSF football team cruises past Fresno in Hawaiian Punch Bowl, into state title game

Eric Sun/Special to The ExaminerCaleb Holley (81) connected with CCSF quarterback Turner Baty for four TD passes against Fresno.

City College of San Francisco did not need long to stamp its ticket to the state championship game as it used 29 first-quarter points to cruise to the 57-13 victory over Fresno City College in the San Francisco Hawaiian Punch Bowl on Saturday.

The win gives No. 1 CCSF (11-0) its second consecutive Northern California Football Association championship and its 12th overall and sets up a rematch against Mt. San Antonio College for the state championship.

“We got what we wanted,” CCSF freshman quarterback Turner Baty said. “We got the rematch.”

A Fresno penalty following a punt led to great field position for CCSF, leading to a score on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Baty to Caleb Holley.

“We pinned them deep. All of a sudden you’re kind of rolling and they’re on the skids trying to get regrouped,” CCSF coach George Rush said. “If you can get a bunch of points while they’re trying to get regrouping, it’s tough.”

CCSF scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions in the first quarter while limiting No. 3 Fresno (10-1) to 8 yards in five possessions.

Their 29 unanswered points were capped by a 70-yard touchdown reception by Holley with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

“That’s the best first half of football we’ve played all season,” Rush said.

Fresno finally scored on its first possession of the second quarter, part of a nine-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by freshman Robert Johnson.

It was Fresno’s first loss since Oct. 20, 2010, when it lost 26-17 to Sequoia.

Baty, who finished with 364 yards and seven touchdowns, threw four first-quarter touchdown passes, three of which went to Holley.

“He’s just been waiting,” Baty said of Holley. “He’s always in my ear saying, ‘Give me the ball,’ and today I did and he ran with it.”

Holley caught four touchdowns passes, doubling his season total, while accumulating 129 yards.

CCSF wide receiver Dezmon Epps chipped in, catching five passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

The win over Fresno comes a year after San Francisco defeated the Central Valley foe in last year’s NorCal title game 52-15. In that matchup, it was not until the second half where San Francisco widened the gap.

San Francisco last won back-to-back NorCal championships when it won five straight titles from 2003 to ’07.

CCSF will host Mt. San Antonio, which defeated Cerritos College 17-14 Saturday, for the state championship on Dec. 10.

Mt. SAC beat CCSF in the state championship game last year 34-7 in Walnut.

The Rams last won a state title in 2007.

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