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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.

The Bulldogs ran it and ran it, and then ran it some more. The result was College of San Mateo (3-0 Bay 6, 6-2 overall) scoring 35 unanswered first-half point en route to a 49-7 dismantling of Diablo Valley College (0-3, 2-6) Saturday at College Heights Stadium.

One hundred thirty-two yards of total offense isn’t usually going to lend to a win of any convincing authority. But it was all the offense the College of San Mateo Bulldogs needed to march past Laney College 27-18 last Friday in Oakland.

For the College of San Mateo Bulldogs, great cornerbacks are made, not born. This is certainly the case with Saturday’s starting corners in the Bay 6 Conference opener, Andre Neal and Damari Cual-Davis.

College of San Mateo (1-0 Bay 6, 4-2 overall) hosted Santa Rosa Junior College to open its conference slate, rallying for 27 points over the opening 15 minutes en route to a convincing 41-9 victory Saturday afternoon at College Heights Stadium.

Despite an evening where not much was going their way, the College of San Mateo Bulldogs seemed to be sensing a comeback at Modesto Junior College when, trailing by 11, freshman Jalen Lampley took a third-quarter punt return and dashed 62 yards for a touchdown.

Two weeks ago, College of San Mateo allowed the most points it has all season in an 18-13 loss at American River College. This week, the Bulldogs responded by putting their end zone on lockdown. CSM (3-1 overall) returned home Saturday to roll to a 31-3 win over Fresno City College at College Heights Stadium.

For the third time in three years, the American River College football team hung a regular-season loss on College of San Mateo, beating the Bulldogs 18-13 last Saturday. But CSM head coach Tim Tulloch doesn’t believe the final score means anything more than the result of playing a good team.

The College of San Mateo defense almost pulled off the unthinkable. Host American River College dominated time of possession, keeping the Bulldogs defense on the field for 41 minutes in Saturday’s matchup in Sacramento. And 40 minutes into that tally, CSM still held the slightest of leads.