Live coverage is planned for College of the Siskiyous’ state playoff game at San Mateo College on Saturday, Nov. 18. Kickoff is at noon.
A live HD feed will be produced by baosn.tv, according to an article posted at the www.cccaasports.org website by Fred Baer of CSM Sports Information. Live coverage will also be available at: www.facebook.com/watchfantom
The Eagles (8-2) have played in and won postseason bowl games in the past, but this is the first time they’ve made the California Community College Athletic Association state playoffs.
Bay 6 League champion San Mateo (9-1) is ranked No. 2 in Northern California’s National Division, while Siskiyous is ranked No. 4.
The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the Northern California championship game to face either North No. 1 American River (9-1) or North No. 3 Laney (9-1).
Siskiyous finished second to American River in the NorCal Conference and got into the playoffs as the highest ranked team that did not win a league championship.
“This is a big deal,” Eagles head coach Charlie Roche said. “We have a true chance to play for the state championship. First time that’s ever happened here. We’ll play hard for 60 minutes and see where it ends up. Hopefully we’re practicing again next week.”
Roche said San Mateo has a strong team in all aspects, is well-coached, and he expects them to have extra motivation because their longtime head coach, Larry Owens, whom Roche has known since 1997, is in his final season.
San Mateo’s only loss was by one point, 21-20, at American River. The Eagles lost at American River in their conference opener, 33-7.
Both Siskiyous and San Mateo defeated City College of the San Francisco, which takes a 7-3 record into Saturday’s Capital City Bowl against Sacramento City College (8-2), a team the Eagles defeated, 47-13, in late October.
Both Siskiyous and San Mateo averaged about 18 points allowed per game, while San Mateo averaged 44 points scored compared to the Eagles’ 29.
But the Eagle defense was particularly stout down the stretch and went 10 quarters in a row without allowing any points before Feather River scored a touchdown in the final minute of last week’s 59-12 Siskiyous' victory.