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COC begins quest for state championship

Playoff bracket set with Cougars at No. 1 seed

Posted: November 18, 2008 9:49 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons will take on Antelope Valley in the first round of the Southern California Regional Football Playoffs.

 

The College of the Canyons football team will host Antelope Valley College in the opening round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs - in a contest known as the Western State Bowl.

The announcement was made Sunday by the Southern California Football Association.

The seeding selections for the first round of the eight-team So Cal playoff/bowl games were based on the final, regular-season poll rankings.

COC, which closed out the regular season Saturday with a 22-8 victory over archrival Bakersfield College, earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of its 10-0 overall record and 6-0 mark in National Division, Northern Conference play.

The Cougars are the only undefeated team in Southern California.

The rest of the So Cal matchups include No. 2 Fullerton against No. 7 San Diego Mesa, No. 3 Mt. San Antonio versus No. 6 Allan Hancock, and No. 4 El Camino taking on No. 5 Saddleback.

The team that survives the first three postseason rounds will face the top team from Northern California in the state championship, set for Dec. 13 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

Antelope Valley shared the American Division, Pacific Conference crown with Santa Barbara. Both teams closed out the regular season at 6-4, 6-1.

The No. 8 seed Marauders of AVC had won six games in a row before falling to Los Angeles Valley College 37-30 in Saturday's regular-season finale.

COC and AVC are not strangers to each other. They faced off in the season opener at Quartz Hill High Sept. 6. In that one, the Marauders returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, but the Cougars found the necessary traction and eventually won it 54-14.

Canyons head coach Garett Tujague said his team would spend the coming week "starting over" and working on fundamentals.

"We're going to keep watering our plant so it keeps growing," Tujague said Saturday after his Cougars topped Bakersfield.

The horticultural experiment begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Stadium.

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