It is safe to say that San Mateo Bulldogs College travels well.
In their first road game of the year on Saturday, the Sequoias College Bulldogs defeated the Sequoias College with a 45-21 victory at the Mineral King Bowl. CSM (2-0) now outperforms its competitors With a cumulative score of 90-49 to start the year with two consecutive wins.
In his first group start, new quarterback Richie Watts was 16 of 23 and passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Bulldogs to a 31-0 lead in the first half. The week before CSM’s win over Sierra College, Watts split QB’s time with freshman Anthony Grigsby. This week, all Watts were under center.
“He did a great job,” Tulloch said. “He dominated the game, led the team, did a great job throwing the ball, protecting the ball… and he really succeeded in attacking.”
As evidenced by the CSM’s outperformance of the Sequoias 434-278 in yardage, Bulldog’s defense had a big part in the victory as well. After Watts styled 75 yards on CSM’s first possession, the dogs defense scored a brace later when second quarterback Justin Sinclair boarded a Nathan Lamb pass and returned it 40 yards for a pick-up of 6.
“Last year he got hit on that road…same team, same road,” Tulloch said. “Throughout the study of the film and his maturity as a player, he read it… and he was making them pay for it. He stepped in front of her and took her 40 yards home.”
The defense provided two CSM scores in the first half. The other came to start the second quarter. After the Bulldogs took a 21-0 lead at 33 yards by sophomore J’Wan Evans, the Giants coughed up pigskin in the next play of the melee, with sophomore Marcellus Eison stripping the ball and a fresh defensive tackle Noah Ngalo. It comes to relegation, bringing the difference to 28-0.
“When you score twice in defense, that’s great,” said Tulloch. “The first week, sales were huge for us… and we were able to continue that this week. Twists and twists with dozens — that’s a huge thing of wise momentum.”
A few minutes later, sophomore kicker Gabi Placencia made it 31-0 with a 40-yard field goal. Sequoias got three points from AJ Dixson. He ran for a touchdown of 3 and 1 yards. CSM answered with a 6-yard pass from Watts to Colin Geffen. But Sequoias hit the right-back, making it 38-21 in a touchdown pass from Lamb to Dixon with 10:11 to play.
Sequoias (1-1) had a chance to close in a two-goal game on a 35-yard field goal with 7:55 from the end, but the attempt sailed too far to the left. The Bulldog then put the game away by four quick, 80-yard runs, capping a 62-yard touchdown hit from Watts to Brian Pierce (two 70-yard flats).
“They scored two goals and regained momentum on their way,” said Tulloch. “Then Richie hit Brian in a big pass that basically put him on the ice.”
But Watts’ early tempo and Bulldog’s crime set the tone for the game.
In CSM’s first drive, Watts called with Ezra Moleni back, turning the third and twelfth places in the Bulldogs ’38 into a screen lane for a 38-yard pickup truck. After five plays, Mullini (18 holders for 94 yards) scored 3 yards to put CSM on the board.
Then, with the CSM advancing 14-0, the Bulldogs were pinned to their 3-yard line after 54 yards by Mike Melanson. Watts went on to drive 13 games, 97 yards — he completed passes from 19, 6, 18 and 8 yards — before Evans (nine buses for 55 yards) won on his 33-yard scoring run.
“They’re few and far between,” Tulloch said of the 97-yard scoring. “I can’t remember many of them but they are great when you have them.”
The Bulldogs are coming home this coming Saturday to face Modesto Junior College. The game is scheduled to kick-off at College Heights at 1 p.m