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It took mere seconds for the College of San Mateo Bulldogs to start painting the field blue in the home opener at College Heights Stadium. Within the opening 16 seconds of Saturday’s 43-3 walloping of San Joaquin Delta, the Bulldogs had scored twice — before they even took their first offensive snap. “I don’t know if we’ve done that on a home opener,” CSM head coach Tim Tulloch said. “But that’s a good way to start it off.”

When Luke Bottari hit Terrell Carter with a 20-yard pass Saturday during the first quarter of College of San Mateo’s season opener, it marked a changing of the guard in Bulldogs football.

College of San Mateo will seak a fourth straight football title in the nation’s toughest community college football league, the Bay 6, as the Bulldogs enter their 98th year of JC/CC competition.

Now in remission, Dovenberg returned Monday to CSM for the Bulldogs’ first official practice of the upcoming 2019 season. He was met by a rousing welcome prior to taking the field when he walked into the team meeting room.

In only its third season, the CSM Women’s Volleyball team posted a 20-9 overall record and qualified for the CCCAA post-season.

The College of San Mateo football team picked the wrong time to have an offensive hiccup, dropping a 14-0 decision to conference rival Laney in the semifinals of the Northern California regional playoff Nov. 17, ending the Bulldogs season.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs mustered just 150 yards of offense and never found the end zone, seeing their season end abruptly with a 14-0 to Laney College in the opening round of the community college football playoffs Saturday at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

It was no surprise the College of San Mateo football team was one of the four teams selected for the Northern California regional playoff scheduled to begin this weekend. After all, the Bulldogs wrapped up a third-straight, undefeated National Bay 6 Conference title with their 32-29 win over City College of San Francisco Sunday afternoon. It completed an 8-2 regular season and was ranked No. 4 in the state in the final regular-season JC Athletic Bureau coaches’ poll, even earning a vote for the No. 1 team in the state.

A season’s worth of expectations is now a reality for the College of San Mateo football team on the final weekend of the regular season: a chance to win a conference championship. The Bulldogs host City College of San Francisco at 1 p.m. Saturday, the two remaining unbeaten teams in the National Bay 6 Conference, the winner of which not only takes the conference crown but automatically earns a spot in the Northern California regional semifinals.

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.