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A San Mateo native who has played his entire organized football career in his hometown, Bottari made the whirlwind decision to transfer to the University of Utah last Friday. As a transfer junior from College of San Mateo, the quarterback will join a Utah team as a preferred walk-on.

The reality is, for many JUCO athletes, community college athletics is simply a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Take the College of San Mateo football team, for example.

College of San Mateo linebacker Demarii Blanks was voted Bay 6 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-0, 230-pound sophomore out of Carlmont High School had 42 tackles and three sacks for the Bulldogs. He also forced a pair of fumbles, had two pass break-ups and an interception, as the Bulldogs completed a terrific 10-2 campaign.

College of San Mateo (10-2) saw its season end Saturday, dropping a 20-17 heartbreaker to City College of San Francisco at George Rush Stadium.

The No. 2-seed Bulldogs (10-1) now advance to the NCFC regional championship game to face No. 1 City College of San Francisco. It was two weeks ago that CSM fell to CCSF on the final day of the regular season 31-27 in a battle for the Bay 6 Conference championship.

On the same day St. Francis-Mountain View running back Viliami Teu set a school record with 344 rushing yards against Serra, former Lancers running back Darrell Page earned a spot in the College of San Mateo record books. Page tied CSM’s single-game touchdown record, rushing for four scores as the Bulldogs (4-0 Bay 6, 9-0 overall) flexed their muscles with a 63-0 victory at Chabot College (0-4, 2-7).

With just two full weeks of regular season play remaining, the top teams in California Community College football remain in place, heading into league and post-season deciding crucial contests.

College of San Mateo, riding a 20-game regular season winning streak after non-league play, holds the top position with 267 points in the California Community College football coaches poll, conducted by the JC Athletic Bureau.

After a one week “hiatus,” College of San Mateo is back atop California Community College football coaches poll, conducted by the JC Athletic Bureau. Reigning CCCAA state champ Riverside (3-1) had its pacesetting 15-game win streak interrupted by Golden West, 37-20, and dropped from the top spot to No. 7 this week. Six National Division teams, two with make-ups pending, remain undefeated.

ollege of San Mateo is off to a 3-0 start and got past its toughest opponent Saturday. The Bulldogs (3-0) took down Butte College 21-14 at Bulldog Stadium, grinding for 213 rushing yards on the day with its two-headed backfield monster of J’Wan Evans and Darrell Page.