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The stage is set for the biggest community college football showdown of the year.

Following another 60-point Bay 6 League victory, 62-7 over visiting San Joaquin Delta College, reigning state champion College of San Mateo (8-1 overall) will pit matching 4-0 league records with City College of San Francisco (9-0) in a Saturday, Nov. 11 title showdown at College Heights Stadium at 1 p.m.

College of San Mateo continues to roll over its Bay 6 Conference opponents, the latest a 66-3 victory at Chabot College in Hayward on Saturday afternoon. The defending state and league champion Bulldogs (3-1 Bay 6, 7-1 overall) took a quick 21-0 first-quarter lead over the host Gladiators.

Defending 3C2A state champion College of San Mateo (6-1) moved up a place to No. 5 after topping Diablo Valley, 56-7, which was the only team to defeat the Bulldogs in 2022. CCSF and CSM share the Bay 6 lead at 2-0 and meet in the league finale.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs, en route to last season’s state football championship, experienced one hiccup. A second-half meltdown on Feb. 21, 2022 at Diablo Valley College saw a 21-point halftime lead slip away in a 23-21 defeat, the only loss of CSM’s season. The memory loomed large through the past week in the Bulldogs’ preparation for DVC’s visit Saturday to Bulldog Stadium. The preparation, done with a chip on the Bulldogs’ collective shoulder, certainly paid off.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs scored more points than they have in seven years, and it was the Dogs’ defense that set the scoring spree in motion.

While state champion College of San Mateo continues to lead the JC Athletic Bureau’s poll of California Community College Football Coaches Association members, there was a slight shuffle among others in the top four this week. CSM took eight first place votes and its Bay 6 League rival City College of San Francisco grabbed the other two to move into a tie with Riverside City College for the No. 2 spot in the rankings, just one vote ahead of Mt. San Antonio. All are 4-0, as is Fullerton, which moved up one position to No. 5.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs illustrated the old football adage in real time, with a thrilling finish Saturday at College Heights Stadium. The Bulldogs held on for a 24-23 over American River College, denying the Beavers a potential go-ahead two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds of the game.

The College of San Mateo Bulldogs had no trouble moving the ball in their Week 3 road trip to Modesto. CSM (3-0) racked up 619 total yards of offense to come away with a 37-20 win Saturday afternoon at Modesto Junior College. Scoring the football, however, took some doing. After a first half plagued with poor execution in the red zone, the Bulldogs took a 14-7 deficit into halftime.

The redshirt freshman led the Bulldogs (2-0) to their second straight win, 49-21 over College of the Sequoias, in Saturday’s home opener. CSM out-gained Sequoias 488-202 in total offense, and Grigsby (Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove) set the tone, completing 20 of 31 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns.

A 20-point lead dissolved and a chaotic fourth quarter ensued, but the College of San Mateo Bulldogs survived to celebrate a wild win in their season opener.