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.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Utah State allowed two 100-yard rushers all season long.
The thought crossed his mind.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Winter of Winston continues for Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback.
At the conclusion of the fall sports season, The Master's College Mustangs currently ranks sixth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the list of the nation's best NAIA athletic programs.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Southern California wrapped up its rocky season by rolling over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Another dramatic college football regular season has come to a close, but multiple Santa Clarita Valley talents are still watching tape and taking practice licks in preparation for this year's slate of postseason bowl games.
NEW YORK (AP) - It was an average performance from Jabari Parker, and it drew praise worthy of another stellar effort by the Duke freshman.
College of the Canyons defensive lineman Antonio Guy was named one of the top community college players in the state.
The next head football coach at College of the Canyons will be its current one.
Former Valencia Vikings standout Brock Vereen saved his best season for last as a Minnesota Golden Gopher, and Big Ten coaches took notice.
It wasn't broke.
When College of the Canyons men's basketball head coach Howard Fisher talked about his team in early November, the 13th-year coach said this is perhaps the most diverse team he's had in his time with the program.
Between postseason honors and early season winning streaks, it was a busy week for The Master's College's athletic programs.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout.
The Master's College men's basketball team kept its hot start to the 2013 season rolling, downing visiting Bethesda University of Anaheim 71-60 on Saturday night at Bross Gym.