The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
The College of San Mateo Bulldogs (4-0 Bay 6, 7-2 overall) remain in control of their own destiny in their third straight undefeated run through Bay 6 Conference play.
With Saturday’s 31-17 win over Chabot (1-3, 5-4) in Hayward, the Bulldogs clinched at least a share of the Bay 6 title. They now look to their regular-season finale, a showdown with second-place City College of San Francisco.
CSM rode a 17-point third quarter past the Gladiators. With the game tied 7-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs defense forced a three-and-out deep in Chabot territory to start the second half. Then on CSM’s first offensive play after the break, quarterback Kamalii Akina (St. Francis) connected with sophomore Elijah Harper (Weston Ranch-Stockton) for a 35-yard scoring pass to take a 14-7 lead.
After another three-and-out, highlighted by a stop of third-and-2 by freshman defensive back D.J. Taylor (Castro Valley), CSM struck again, marching 73 yards on 10 plays, with freshman running back Viko Ahoia (St. Francis) rushing for big gains of 13 and 27 yards. freshman Avery Runner (Kennedy-Sacramento) then scored on a 1-yard run.
Sophomore kicker Cesar Silva capped the third quarter with a 30-yard field goal.
Akina added a 46-yard touchdown pass to Harper with 8:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Akina was 9-of-19 passing for 182 yards, two TDs and one interception. Harper totaled four catches for a season-high 101 yards and two scores.
CSM’s has now won 14 straight conference games dating back to 2016. The Bulldogs’ last Bay 6 loss came to CCSF in the 2015 regular-season finale.
CSM closes its 2018 regular-season slate with a chance to win the Bay 6 title outright, hosting CCSF Saturday at College Heights Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.