By: John Crumpacker, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Scoring early, often and to the point of absurdity, City College of San Francisco defeated San Jose City College 63-3 on Saturday to establish the national junior college record for consecutive football victories at 39.
In winning their home opener on their brand new FieldTurf playing surface, the Rams broke a tie for the national JC record they had shared with Boise (Idaho) Junior College (1947-50).
"I think it says a lot about a lot of guys who played here over the years," City College coach George Rush said. "They all contributed to that. I think that's real special. In terms of this season, it's meaningless. All it does is fuel the fire of the other teams."
The game was never in doubt as City College ripped off 35 points in the first quarter. Cameron Roberts scored three touchdowns on runs of 64, 10 and 17 yards, Jermaine Sheppard had a 3-yard touchdown run and cornerback Antawn Sherman added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown.lead grew to 49-3 by halftime as Rams quarterback Jason Swanson hit wide receiver Willie Dixon (no, not the blues legend) on touchdown passes of 25 and 37 yards. Swanson completed his work midway through the third quarter, finishing 11-for-12 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
"I had a lot of fun. It's always a lot of fun," Swanson said. "Defense did a great job of getting us the ball in good field position and we were able to mix up the run and pass."
For City College, superior play by its offense and defense made for an easy afternoon and a 3-0 start to the season in which the Rams have outscored their opponents 146-17. Given their dominance over the past three-plus seasons (their last defeat was in the state championship game in 1998), it's not unreasonable to imagine the Rams winning their remaining seven regular-season games to extend their streak to 46 straight.don't see anybody in this conference beating them," San Jose coach Don Stagnaro said. "They could play Division II football, I think."
Flummoxed and overwhelmed, the Jaguars of San Jose fell to 0-3.
The only real concern for the Rams was that kicker Darius Ghoddoussi might develop foot fatigue from booting so many extra points. Conversely, punter Glenroy Watkins had nothing to do until late in the third quarter when he came onto the field for his only punt of the day.
CCSF might have scored in the 70s but for a couple botched plays in the fourth quarter. San Jose fumbled the snap while trying to punt from inside its 5-yard line and with the ball there for the pouncing, Watkins, the erstwhile punter playing on the return team, booted the loose ball through the end zone. The penalty for illegal kicking gave San Jose a first down.in the quarter, running back Tim Brown excited the home crowd with a squirming, juking, slashing punt return of 52 yards for a touchdown that was called back because of an illegal use of hands penalty.
Now that they have the national record for consecutive wins, the Rams are not content to see it end at 39.
"Fortunately, we got the record," Swanson said. "We're very proud of it. We're trying to add to it."
Summing up his team's approach to every game, towering offensive tackle Albert Toeaina (6-foot-7, 325 pounds) said, "We just come out and play, get things done so we can go home and get ready for the next practice."
The formula has worked for 39 straight games, with no end in sight.
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