It was community college football's version of an all-out war as College of the Canyons and El Camino College squared off in the Southern California Playoff Semifinals.
COC quarterback Brad McClellan turned in a career game while surviving a half-dozen bone-jarring sacks, Ricky Drake delivered three clutch field goals and Hayo Carpenter caught nearly everything throw in the 661 area code as the Cougars upended the Warriors 36-27 Saturday night at Cougar Stadium.
FULLERTON -- The College of the Canyons football team held on for dear life Saturday night as its defense came up with a big play in the waning moments to preserve a victory over Fullerton College.
One comment from All-National Division, Northern Conference defensive lineman Jonathon Hollins resonated louder than any other about El Camino College.
"There are people who say we haven't played anyone," said the College of the Canyons football sophomore. "Now we're going to find out."
As College of the Canyons head football coach Garett Tujague argued for some of his players to make the All-Western State Conference teams at the post-regular season conference meeting, two players were notably up for discussion.
Tujague's peers thought Jonathon Hollins and Dejuan Yates were the same guy.
It was a much improved football team from Antelope Valley College that gave College of the Canyons its money's worth Saturday night in what began as a defensive battle at the Western State Bowl.
Men's College Basketball
The understudy got a chance to take center stage in Saturday night's show, and he delivered nothing short of a sparkling performance.
Where Ken Sugarman left off, Dan Waldeck will try to follow.
Evolution is probably one of the least likely things associated with The Master's College.
College of the Canyons stayed hot in women's golf this season, winning its third Western States Conference match of the season with a team score of 330.
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.
There is no outward show of pain.
No grimace or grievance.
With the nation's No. 5 team's quarterback grimacing and squinting on the grass with under three minutes to play in the second quarter Saturday night at the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, a stampede of one kicked up turf right behind him.
BAKERSFIELD - The fastest Cougar on the field Saturday may very well have been College of the Canyons head football coach Garett Tujague, who used surprising foot speed to elude a trio of would-be Gatorade-bucket dumpers in the waning moments of COC's victory over Bakersfield College.
The Master's College Sierra Goff has been named the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Mustangs' women's soccer team to a pair of victories during the week of September 1-7.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For all of Arizona's decorated basketball history, the 2013-14 Wildcats have done something none of their predecessors accomplished.
Men's and women's basketball continued to take the spotlight at The Master's College last week as both squads tuned up for Golden State Athletic Conference play with non-conference games that extended a winning streak for one and brought an end to another.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA's late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75 Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.
The men's and women's basketball teams from The Master's College were back in action this past week, closing out 2013 and welcoming in a new year by extended winning streaks.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - For the second time in three years, Clemson fell apart at the Orange Bowl. Only this time, the Tigers found a way to recover.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hello, Trevor. Farewell, AJ.
PASADENA – At this point, Stanford has taken a residency in the Bowl Championship Series with four straight trips and a Rose Bowl Game victory in 2013. By comparison, Michigan State had never been to a BCS game until this year's 100th Rose Bowl Game.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help No. 17 UCLA rout Virginia Tech 42-12 on Tuesday in the Sun Bowl.
2013 proved to be another exciting year for The Master's College Athletic Department. Across the board, the student-athletes of TMC produced some of the most memorable moments in school history.
Ilya Ilyayev went off for 33 points to lead an efficient offensive effort by College of the Canyons men's basketball on Saturday night in the Cougar Holiday Classic semifinals.
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota coach Jerry Kill wanted to do something to spark his team in the second half of the Texas Bowl against Syracuse on Friday night.
At this point in the season when things hit a lull, College of the Canyons men's basketball will take any kind of win it can get.
A final note on College of the Canyons' 2013 football season shows just how good the year was for the Cougars.