The Los Medanos College football team outlasted host Contra Costa 33-26 on Saturday, as the Mustangs, Comets and Shasta all finished Bay Valley Conference play with 4-1 records.
Saturday's contest featured two of Northern California's top running community college backs in Contra Costa's Devonte Sapp-Lynch and Los Medanos' Shawn Vasquez. It was Vasquez, though. who powered his team to the victory with 231 yards and two touchdowns along the ground. Sapp-Lynch who finished with 153 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Teams throughout the state will find out Sunday if it landed a bowl bid. Both Contra Costa and Los Medanos appear to have excellent cases to be included in a postseason game.
At halftime, Contra Costa (7-3, 4-1 BVC) held a 13-12 lead. Sapp-Lynch had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and in the second quarter, quarterback Malik Watson directed a 10-play, 80-yard drive with Watson sneaking in for a one-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs (7-3, 4-1) responded with 1:13 left in the third quarter when quarterback Adam Nesheim directed his own 10-play, 64-yard drive with Nesheim running in his own 1-yard touchdown run to help his team take a 20-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Los Medanos added more points on its next possession in the fourth quarter as Nesheim found receiver Jermaine Sims on a slant for a 12-yard touchdown pass to put the Mustangs ahead 26-13.
The Comets responded on their next possession as Sapp-Lynch jumped over his offensive line into the end zone on a two-yard halfback dive as Contra Costa narrowed the gap to 26-20.
But Los Medanos' Jamal Lockett, on the ensuing kickoff, cut from the right sideline back to the middle of the field for an 84-yard touchdown that all but sealed the victory.
The Comets' Watson found receiver Anthony Stewart over the middle for a 7-yard touchdown catch with the Mustangs still holding a 33-26 lead.
The strong run game of Los Medanos worked well as it was able to game manage the clock and walk away with a victory.
"Our offense has played well all year," Mustangs coach Chris Shipe said. "But our defense played better than our offense today."
Chabot 47, Reedley 6: The host Gladiators (7-3) scored 21 points in the second quarter and held a 27-point lead at halftime as they blew out Reedley (1-9) to clinch the Golden Gate Conference championship.
The Gladiators' offense was led by quarterback Zach Lujan, who threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Another noteworthy performance from the offense was wideout Stefon Martin, whose 44-yard touchdown early in the second quarter proved to be key in Chabot's monster second quarter.
Special teams also made some contributions for Chabot as two blocked punts were returned for scores by freshman Elvis Trujillo.
Chabot's next game will be announced when CCCAA announces the state bowls for the 2013 season.
-- Logan Murdock, correspondent