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It took the College of San Mateo Bulldogs seven plays to put two touchdowns on the board — and this before their offense ever set foot on the field. The unbeaten Bulldogs (3-0 Bay 6, 8-0 overall) rallied to their eighth straight win of the year with a 28-7 victory Friday night at Diablo Valley College (0-3, 3-5) using two pick-6s within the game’s first two minutes to set the tone.

Victory No. 7 was a win like no other this season for the undefeated College of San Mateo Bulldogs. A 24-hourlong adventure that started with the game being relocated from the Bulldogs’ home field ended in an impromptu road trip to Oakland, and a 29-14 victory Saturday afternoon over Laney College. With CSM’s campus being entirely closed down Saturday and Sunday as a precaution in case electrical power was cut by Pacific Gas & Electric, the Bulldogs had to go into hurry-up mode to not only transport the team to Oakland on 24 hours notice, but to clear their locker room and facilities of all game-day equipment and uniforms as the campus was not accessible Saturday.

Right on the cusp of the California Community College volleyball rankings, College of San Mateo is in danger of falling out of the top 25 for the first time this season. Friday night’s four-set loss at Cabrillo (6-0 Coast North, 14-5 overall) is a tough one indeed but was expected to be. Cabrillo entered the night in first place in the Coast Conference North, one game ahead of the second-place Lady Bulldogs (4-2, 13-7). Riding a three-match winning streak entering Friday’s showdown, CSM continued rolling by taking the first set off Cabrillo. But after an equalizer in Game 2, the Bulldogs let a late Game 3 lead slip away en route to a 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-15 loss.

Mike Marcial has been the head coach for the new men’s basketball program at College of San Mateo for a more than a year and still hasn’t won a game. On the other hand, he hasn’t lost a game, either. In fact, Marcial and the Bulldogs have not even played a game. Named coach in May of 2018 for a program that was coming off a 35-year hiatus, Marcial has spent the last year assembling a coaching staff and then hitting the recruiting trail to find players. All that work will finally come to fruition as the CSM men’s basketball team will open the 2019-20 season at the City College of San Francisco tournament the weekend of Nov. 1.

College of San Mateo’s Bay 6 Conference opener turned into quite a slugfest late in the second half Saturday night in Santa Rosa. In the end, the Bulldogs showed plenty of punch to hold off Santa Rosa Junior College for a 24-12 victory, improving their undefeated overall record to 6-0.

Always a fan of giving shout-outs to his coaching staff, College of San Mateo head coach Tim Tulloch quickly lauded special teams coach Matt Dovenberg following Saturday’s 35-12 victory over Modesto Junior College. The Bulldogs opened the day with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by sophomore Terrell Carter, the first of CSM’s two scoring runbacks. Sophomore Jermaine Jackson added an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD on the first time the Bulldogs touched the ball in the second half.

The Bulldogs face one last test before the start of Bay 6 Conference play. And it figures to be their toughest test yet. Saturday’s matchup with College of San Mateo hosting Modesto Junior College — kickoff at College Heights Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. — pits the Bulldogs defense, one of the best in the state, against the hyper-versatile offense of Modesto Junior College. “Modesto’s offense, they’re explosive,” CSM head coach Tim Tulloch said. “They have a lot of big plays. They run the ball well. Their quarterback is dynamic. He may be the best player in Northern California.”

The Bulldogs, it seems, have Fresno City’s number — and that number is 3. The College of San Mateo Bulldogs defense was indeed on display in a 17-3 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams Saturday at Ratcliffe Stadium in Fresno.

The untrained eye will look at the first three weeks of the season for the College of San Mateo football team and marvel at the numbers. The Bulldogs are 3-0 and moved up to No. 2 in the state in the JC Athletic Bureau Coaches’ Poll. They’ve beaten College of the Siskiyous, San Joaquin Delta and American River by a combined score of 129-20, having scored 40 points or more in all three. Yet CSM head coach Tim Tulloch believes the Bulldogs can be so much better.

Luke Bottari was locked in and showed off his depth of receivers as the College of San Mateo Bulldogs scored a decisive win over a notoriously bothersome foe. No. 3-ranked CSM (3-0 overall) racked up 504 yards of total offense to roll past No. 5 American River College 42-10 Saturday at College Heights Stadium. It marks the first time the Bulldogs have defeated the Beavers in a regular-season game since 2015.