The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Miles Kendrick passed with flying colors.
Making the first start of his collegiate career, the freshman quarterback racked up 347 total yards to lead the No. 6-ranked College of San Mateo Bulldogs to a 51-12 rout of No.2 Butte College Saturday at College Heights Stadium. The win is CSM’s fourth straight to start the season.
Kendrick’s breakout performance worked in symphony with a record-setting day by running back Cameron Taylor, who ran for four touchdowns to tie the single-game CSM record for TDs held shared by nine other players. Taylor — a freshman out of Hillsdale — totaled 16 carries for 73 yards.
Taylor’s four-score day thrusts him into the state lead with eight touchdowns on the year.
Kendrick, though, was CSM’s top rusher, totaling 10 carries for 84 yards. He added 263 passing yards on 14 of 21 completions and three touchdowns. The freshman out of Valley Christian-SJ entered the day with one completion and seven total yards through the Bulldogs’ first three games.
CSM (4-0 overall) gained 511 yards of total offense. Kendrick alone accounted for more yards than the entire Butte offense, which gained 220 yards on the afternoon. The Bulldogs went up 17-0 in the first quarter, took a 38-0 lead into halftime, and scored 44 points before Butte (3-1) got on the board midway through the third quarter.
The Bulldogs deferred the opening kickoff, but took over possession on the game’s second play when Butte fumbled a pass reception at its own 36; Bulldogs cornerback Deon White recovered the fumble and advanced to the Butte 1-yard line. Taylor ran it in two plays later to give CSM a 7-0 lead.
Following a 39-yard field goal by Justin Watts on the Bulldogs’ next possession to give them a 10-0 lead, Taylor went on to score on rushes of 1, 5 and 12 yards, all in the first half. Kendrick also connected with Damari Davis on a 13-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.
Freshman wide receiver Rajae Johnson proved to be Kendrick’s most prolific target. The St. Louis native totaled five catches for 146 yards, with touchdown grabs of 32 and 40 yards in the second half. Johnson currently leads Northern California, and ranks second in the state, with 455 receiving yards on the season.
The CSM defense held Butte to just one first down in the first half. The Bulldogs were paced by sophomore linebacker Colt Doughty’s career-high 10 tackles.