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Monday, Nov 18 2013 07:28 PM

Perennial JC football powers miss playoffs

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College receiver Colin Spencer is tackled by Allan Hancock's Vil St. Romeison (85) and Aaron Pringle after this first-half reception Saturday.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Bakersfield College concluded a 5-5 season on Saturday with a 52-6 win over Pasadena.

The Renegades, who were state champions last season, did not qualify for a postseason football bowl game.

It turns out, two of the state powers BC faced last season are also out of the playoffs -- City College of San Francisco and Mount San Antonio College.

BC had its state title stripped by the California Community College Athletic Association in May because of alleged violations of CCCAA rules. The college is appealing.

San Francisco, which BC beat 35-14 in last year's state title game, did not earn one of the two Northern California playoff berths. CCSF went 7-3 and finished as Northern California's No. 4 team.

Unlike Southern California, which has four state playoff qualifiers, only two teams from Northern California enter the playoffs.

This year, that's NorCal Conference champion Butte from Oroville (10-0) and Valley Conference champion Fresno City College (7-3).

In Southern California, Mount SAC lost its second game of the season Saturday, 33-30 to Riverside, to finish 8-2 and found itself out of the playoffs.

In the South, three of the four playoff spots are guaranteed to the three National Conference division winners.

This year, that's Central Division champion Fullerton (10-0), Northern champion College of the Canyons (7-3) and Southern champion Riverside (9-1).

Golden West, which went 9-1 and was second to Fullerton in the Central Division, grabbed the at-large spot to ace out Mount SAC.

"The way the selection goes, it comes down to the polls," said Jim Sartoris, Southern California Football Association commissioner. "The pollsters voted Golden West ahead of Mt. SAC."

Four teams with 5-5 records earned bowl berths. Sartoris said a previous rule requiring at least six wins for bowl consideration was deleted from state bylaws two years ago.

The 5-5 teams in bowls are Saddleback and Grossmont from the South and Diablo Valley and Modesto from the North.

"In the South, we separate our polls," Sartoris said, referring to the stronger National and weaker American conferences. "We now have National and American polls. We knew that certainly there would be competitive balance and you could get good teams that have five losses. ... Now you just have to be ranked high enough."

Sartoris said National teams must be ranked in the top 10 in the final Southern California poll to ensure a spot in a bowl game.

As part of the sanctions against BC last May, the Renegades were declared ineligible for postseason play. That became moot when BC finished outside the SoCal top 10.

"This year we had several teams that were ranked very high that were 5-5," Sartoris said. "Nothing's written any more. You just have to end up with a high enough ranking."

BC's postseason ban was only for this season, so the Renegades will be postseason eligible a year from now.

Six of the 10 teams the Renegades faced this season received bowl berths.

California bowl games

Saturday

x-National Bowl

At Yorba Linda High School

Canyons (7-3) vs. Fullerton (10-0)

x-Southern California Bowl

At Riverside City College

Golden West (9-1) vs. Riverside (9-1)

American Championship Bowl

At Chaffey College

L.A. Pierce (8-2) vs. Chaffey (9-1)

Beach Bowl

At Saddleback College

Citrus (7-3) vs. Saddleback (5-5)

Golden State Bowl

At Mt. San Antonio College

Ventura (6-1) vs. Mt. San Antonio (8-2)

Patriotic Bowl

At Olympian High School (Chula Vista)

San Bernardino Valley (8-2) vs. Southwestern (8-2)

Western State Bowl

At Cerritos College

Grossmont (5-5) vs. Cerritos (6-4)

Bay Bowl

At Laney College

Diablo Valley (5-5) vs. Laney (7-3)

Bothman Bulldog Bowl

At College of San Mateo

American River (8-2) vs. San Mateo (9-1)

Central Division Bowl

At College of the Siskiyous

Chabot (7-3) vs. Siskiyous (8-2)

Golden Valley Bowl

At Santa Rosa College

Modesto (5-5) vs. Santa Rosa (6-4)

Living Breath Foundation Bowl

At Cabrillo College

Contra Costa (7-3) vs. Hartnell (8-2)

Nov. 30

X-Gridiron Classic Bowl

At Butte College

Fresno (7-3) vs. Butte (10-0)

X-So. Calif. Football Assn. Championship

At highest remainng seed

Dec. 7

San Francisco Community College Bowl

At City College of San Francisco

Sierra (6-4) vs. San Francisco (7-3)

Dec. 14

x-California state championship game

At Fresno or Oroville

Note: X = state playoff game

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