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City College of San Francisco dramatic come from behind victory over College of San Mateo

Posted October 21, 2012 by in

The Bulldogs of CSM came onto the City College of San Francisco football field determined to end the winning streak of the Rams.  With the game tied at 7-7 early in the second quarter, CSM went up ahead after catching the Rams off guard with a trick play.  Running back Quincy Nelson took the toss right and pulled up to throw a pass to the wide open Aaron Criswell for a 44 yard hook up and a Bulldog score.

Trailing 14-7, CCSF was quick to answer.  Quarterback Andrew Spivey executed a screen up the middle with running back Kristofer Olugbode for a 24 yard gain.  The drive would be capped off with Spivey hitting Kyani Harris on the left side where Harris dove to the goal line about five yards after catching the ball.  CCSF tied the game 14-14 halfway thru the second quarter.

But the determined Bulldogs would remain hopeful, making noise throughout the first half as their defense stepped it up, stopping the Rams’ offense in three separate drives.  Just before the half, CSM caught a break when CCSM muffed a punted ball on their own 31 yard line.  Special teams defender Hanitelli Lousi jumped on the ball after it hit the Ram’s return man giving the ball back to CSM with great field position.

CSM would run four consecutive plays with their sophomore quarterback Blake Plattsmier keeping the ball on a fake power play, and three sneaks up the middle, crossing the goal line on the fourth try.  The Bulldogs took a 21-14 lead at the half.

Playing with a sense of urgency in the early second half, the Rams scored on their first drive with Spivey mixing up the run and short pass.  Running back Kristofer Olugbode ran the ball gaining chunks of yards while Harris, Dezmon Epps and J.J. Hudson caught short passes for first downs.  The Rams tied the game up when Spivey fired six yard bullet to Epps that made it 21-21.

CCSF would put together another scoring drive later in the third but the Bulldogs defense would minimize the damage allowing only a 24 yard field goal by Matthew Vultaggio to make it 24-21 Rams.

Both teams battled back and fort until midway thru the fourth quarter when CSM scored a 78 yard touchdown with Plattsmier airing out a pass to wide open Levi Wilson.  Wilson, a former teammate of Spivey at Albany High School from the East Bay ignited the Bulldogs sideline with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game.  The score made it 28-24.

But the home team remained cool, calm and collected as they drove down field for a potential game winning drive.  Spivey on second and long ran a play action pass where he ended up keeping the ball for  a first down.  The other long play happened right after when Spivey hit Epps on double coverage up the middle.  Epps got shaken up but got up after a few seconds of being down.  With the clock ticking down to less than 3 minutes, Spivey went for the end zone but the ball was intercepted by Deshine Hines at the one yard line.

CSM started celebrating on the sideline with a victory over the Rams just a little two minutes away.  But CCSF would force a three and out giving Spivey one last chance to orchestrate a dramatic finish.

The Rams would move the ball the way they have been all season long with short passes and explosive runs up the middle with their cannon ball runner Olugbode.  With a little over one minute left to play, Spivey threw a floater to J.J. Hudson who made a spectacular leaping catch landing with both his toes on the red part of the home turf.  The instant replay clearly showed Hudson’s toes inside the end zone for a Rams go ahead touch down.

Trailing 31-28, CSM would get the last crack at it with 44 seconds left to play plenty of time for an explosive Bulldogs offense to execute a quick touch down drive.  But the Rams would intercept a Plattsmier deep ball pass down the sideline ending any hopes of an upset.  Rams’ Broughan Jantz made the play on what appeared to be a pass intended to go out of bounds.  Perhaps the strong wind had blown it back in flight right in the arms of Jantz.  The interception sealed the deal for CCSF and preserved the undefeated record.

The Rams’ next opponent is Foothill next Saturday at 1pm.  They improved to 7-0, 2-0 in league play.  CSM dropped their record to 5-2, 1-1 in league and will host Butte College next Saturday, who was defeated by De Anza 35-25 on Saturday as well.

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Alforde Joaquin

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