Bakersfield (10-2) upset Mt. San Antonio (11-1), 30-21, in the Southern California Football Association finals Saturday night and will host the state title game on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8.
ARC quarterback Mike Hicks apparently completed an 18-yard pass to state sprint champion Deondre Batson in the right side of the end zone with no time remaining, but the play was called back on a false start penalty. ARC got another try from the 23-yard line, which bounced at the goal line. A personal foul penalty against CCSF, however, put the ball at the 11 for the third Beavers' attempt. That sailed through the end zone to finally end the game.
Defending state champion CCSF (10-1) won its third consecutive Northern California Football Association championship. Valley Conference co-champion American River finished 8-3, including two season losses to San Francisco.
CCSF rallied to overcome American River's 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, going up, 34-17, before the Beavers came back with two fourth quarter TDs -- the last coming with 1:46 remaining, ARC then recovered an onside kick and moved into the redzone in eight plays to challenge for the win.
San Francisco QB Andrew Spivey completed 22 of 33 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Kristo Olugbode, led the Rams' ground game with 143 yards on 31 carries and a TD. Dezmon Epps caught six passes for 132 yards and Drake Whitehurst grabbed eight for 57 yards, each scoring a TD.
For ARC, Hicks was 16 of 32 for 252 yards and two scores and rushed for 133 yards on 21 carries for a total offense of 385 yards. Ference Lang caught seven passes for 84 yards and Tyler Trosin five for 124 yards – each with one TD. Devonte Booker of American River was the top rusher with 169 yards on 21 carries.