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College of San Mateo could smell victory with just over a minute reaming in in Saturday’s California Community College Athletic Association state football title game at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium Saturday afternoon.

In the final of game of head coach Larry Owens’ 21-year career, the Bulldogs surrendered a touchdown in the final minute to fall 16-12 to Southern California champion Fullerton in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship game Saturday at Hughes Stadium.

As Coach Larry Owens finishes up his last year at CSM, the CSM Bulldogs have gone all the way to the final contest. The Bulldogs will take on Fullerton College for the 2017 State Championship title on Saturday, December 9.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs (11-1) have earned a return trip to the state capital for the California Community College Athletic Association championship game against defending state champion Fullerton College (12-0).

CSM (11-1 overall) — the No. 2 seed in Northern California — opened the California Community College Athletic Association football playoffs with a 52-3 win over College of the No. 3 Siskiyous (8-2) Saturday at College Heights Stadium.

Larry Owens doesn’t seem concerned that his coaching career might come to an end on Saturday at College Heights Stadium. “My focus is on helping these kids be successful,” said Owens, in his 21st season as head coach at College of San Mateo. “This whole thing has never been about me, it’s always been about the kids that I’ve coached from Woodside, to Pop Warner, to Humboldt (State) and NFL Europe. It’s about them, not about me.”

Back-to-back Bay 6 League champion College of San Mateo (9-1), ranked No. 3 in California and No. 4 in the nation, will host state No. 8 College of the Siskiyous (8-2) in a California Community College Athletic Association state quarterfinal game at 12 noon.

When the College of San Mateo Bulldogs closed out the community college football regular season last Friday with a 45-14 win at Diablo Valley College, they locked up their second straight undefeated season in Bay 6 Conference play.

The College of San Mateo women’s water polo team took third place in the Coast Conference South Division finals, topping Laney College 14-9 in the third-place game last Friday.

With College of San Mateo head coach Larry Owens set to retire at the end of the season, Saturday marked the final regular-season home game of his career. There’s a good chance it won’t be his final game at College Heights Stadium though as the Bulldogs clinched the Bay 6 Conference championship Saturday with a 66-21 win over Santa Rosa Junior College.