The Southwestern College Jaguars will host the San Bernardino Valley Wolverines in Saturday’s Southern California Football Association-sponsored Patriotic Bowl. Kick off is 6 p.m. at Olympian High School.
Both teams carry 8-2 records into the contest.
The bowl game appearance is the second for the Jaguars in as many years and the third overall in seven years.
Southwestern defeated Santa Monica, 45-31, to win last year’s American Championship Bowl; the Jaguars finished runner-up to Pasadena in the 2008 Tremblay Financial Services Bowl at Santa Barbara City College.
Southwestern finished runner-up to Chaffey for this year’s American/Mountain Conference title following last Saturday’s 39-20 loss to the Panthers at Olympian High School.
Chaffey (9-1) will host L.A. Pierce (8-2) in this year’s American Championship Bowl, which will also be played Saturday. Kick off for that game is 1 p.m.
SWC head coach Ed Carberry remains enthusiastic despite the loss to the Panthers, who finished 7-0 in conference play.
“We have an opportunity to come back and win another game,” Carberry noted. “Hopefully, we’ll do just that.”
The Jaguars (6-1 in conference) held a 7-3 lead for most of the first half in Saturday’s climatic championship showdown against the Panthers. Chaffey took a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal by Jacob Osborne midway through the first quarter. Southwestern quarterback Frank Foster then scored on a nine-yard run to give the hosts a 7-3 lead with 3:49 remaining in the quarter.
The Panthers inched closer on another 21-yard field goal by Osborne with 5:19 to play in the second quarter and took a 13-7 halftime lead on a 21-yard scoring pass from quarterback Dimitri Morales to Martee Witt.
The Jaguars clearly had problems containing Chaffey’s option-oriented offense in the second half, especially the quick and shifty Morales, who finished the game with 222 yards on 28 carries.
The Panthers broke the game open with three touchdowns in the third quarter to take a commanding 33-7 lead on the scoreboard. Quincy Ross broke through the SWC defense to score on a 66-yard run early in the quarter. Just under three minutes later, Morales weaved through the Jags’ secondary to score on a 32-yard run. Morales completed the visitors’ lethal run by hitting the speedy Ross on a 58-yard scoring pass.
Southwestern scored with 1:32 left in the quarter to stop the bleeding as Foster connected with Cameron Lee on a 23-yard scoring pass. The pass was tipped by another SWC player but Lee was in position to make a diving grab at the back of the end zone. The Jags trailed 33-13.
But Ross promptly went back to work, scoring on a 29-yard run to put Chaffey up 39-13.
The hosts tuned up for this weekend’s bowl game by scoring the game’s final touchdown as Foster hit DeSean Waters on a 23-yard TD pass. Southwestern closed to 39-20 on the scoreboard with 12:51 left in the game but could not mount another offensive scoring drive.
Foster finished the game with 301 passing yards on 27 completions in 46 attempts. Waters led SWC with 87 receiving yards on seven catches while J. Dickinson Gaines accumulated 70 yards on nine catches.
The Jags’ rushing yardage was minimal – 95 yards – keyed by 65 yards on 13 carries by Cedrick Agyeman.
By contrast, Chaffey rolled up 645 yards in total offense, including 457 net rushing yards and 188 net passing yards. Ross, who led all players on the field with three touchdowns, rushed 20 times for 198 yards and also caught five passes for 118 receiving yards.
Both quarterbacks each passed for two touchdowns with two interceptions.
The Panthers began dunking coaches with water buckets on the sideline as time ticked down and the celebration only intensified from there when the game clock finally read zeroes.
“We lost to a very good football team,” Carberry stressed after the game. “We played hard, it just didn’t work out. It’s been a great year. This was the first loss we’ve had on this field in two years.
“Last week (a 31-30 victory at Victor Valley), everything went our way that could possibly go our way. They (the Panthers) played their tails off. It was their night. We did a lot of good things. We couldn’t control their quarterback. He was the difference in the game.”
Khaalid Abdullah, Daniel Castro and Alfonso Hampton each got to Moreno once to record sacks. But the shifty Chaffey signal-caller otherwise proved too slippery to contain.
Poor tackling hurt the hosts throughout the contest.
Blake Wilson and Jeremy Burgos each recorded picks for the Jaguars. Punter Juan Luna averaged 36.2 yards on six punts, including a longest effort of 55 yards.
Abdullah led SWC with 11 tackles, including three for losses; Castro had 10 tackles and forced one fumble.
San Bernardino Valley is coming off a 40-7 win at Compton last weekend. Kendrick Dorn rushed eight times for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns while QB Collin Willis passed for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Wolverines out-gained Compton 464-123 in total offensive yards.
In the teams’ meeting on Sept. 28, Southwestern out-gained SBV 336-268 in total offensive yards.
The SWC coach stressed to his players after the loss to Chaffey that the season is not over.
“We’re going to hit the weight room and look at some film and come back out here and have some fun,” Carberry said.
The California Community College Athletic Association state championship game is scheduled Dec. 14 between the winner of the Northern California and Southern California championship playoff games.
The Gridiron Classic Bowl on Nov. 30 will serve as the Northern California championship contest while the National Bowl and Southern California Bowl, both scheduled for Nov. 23, will serve as semifinal games. The Southern California regional championship game will be hosted by the higher seed on Nov. 30.
The North regional champion will host this year’s state championship game.
American/Mountain Conference Standings
Final Regular Season
Chaffey 7-0, 9-1
Southwestern 6-1, 8-2
San Bernardino Valley 5-2, 8-2
Victor Valley 4-3 6-4
Mt. San Jacinto 3-4, 4-6
East Los Angeles 2-5, 3-7
San Diego Mesa 1-6, 2-8
Compton 0-7, 0-10
California Community College Athletic Association
2013 Bowl Game Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 23
American Championship Bowl
Los Angeles Piece College (8-2) at Chaffey College (9-1), 1 p.m.
Diablo Valley College (5-5) at Laney College (7-3), 1 p.m.
Citrus College (7-3) at Saddleback College (5-5), 5 p.m.
Bothman Bulldog Bowl
American River College (8-2) at College of San Mateo (9-1), noon
Central Division Bowl
Chabot College (7-3) at College of the Siskiyous (8-2), noon
Golden State Bowl
Ventura College (6-4) at Mt. San Antonio College (8-2), 2 p.m.
Golden Valley Bowl
Modesto Junior College (5-5) at Santa Rosa Junior College (6-4), TBA
Living Breath Foundation Bowl
Contra Costa College (7-3) vs. Hartnell College (8-2) at Cabrillo College, 1 p.m.
College of the Canyons (8-2) vs. Fullerton College (10-0) at Yorba Linda High School, 1 p.m.
Southern California Bowl
Golden West College (9-1) at Riverside City College (9-1), 6 p.m.
Western State Bowl
Grossmont College (5-5) at Cerritos College (6-4), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Gridiron Classic Bowl
Fresno City College (7-3) at Butte College (10-0), noon
Southern California Football Association regional championship game, TBA
Saturday, Dec. 7
San Francisco Community College Bowl
Sierra College (6-4) at City College of San Francisco (7-3), noon
Saturday, Dec. 14
CCCAA state championship game, TBA
SDSU tops Hawaii, becomes bowl eligible for fourth consecutive year
The San Diego State University football team has become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive year after defeating host Hawaii, 28-21, in overtime on Saturday. The Aztecs improved to 6-4 overall with the clutch victory, 5-1 in Mountain West Conference play.
SDSU rallied from three seven-point deficits before finally scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the overtime period. Adam Muema scored on a two-yard run in overtime and the Aztec defense shut down the Warriors on their four plays, recording a sack and forcing two incomplete passes.
Quarterback Quinn Kaehler tossed a 56-yard scoring pass to Colin Lockett to enable the visitors to tie the score seven-all and Donnel Pumphrey scored on a 30-yard run to tie the game 14-all before Chad Young scored on a 14-run with 2:34 to play in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-14 Hawaii lead and force overtime.
The Warriors (0-7 in conference play, 0-10 overall) led 14-7 at halftime.
Helix High School graduate Sam Meredith recorded two tackles, including one sack, in the game while Spring Valley's Micah Seau had one tackle.
St. Augustine High School alumnus Seamus McMorrow was successful on all four point-after touchdown conversion attempts.
The win was the third consecutive for SDSU, which remains one game behind undefeated Fresno State (6-0 in conference, 9-0 overall) in the MWC-West Division standings.
The Aztecs host Boise State (5-1 in conference, 7-3 overall) on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and then close out regular season play with a Nov. 30 game at UNLV.
Current bowl projections have SDSU playing in the Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas, on Dec. 30, though the MWC also has bowl game tie-ins with the Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21), Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 26), Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 21), Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24) and New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21).
The inaugural MWC championship game is slated Dec. 7 at the home site of the team with the highest BCS ranking.