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San Mateo First CC Team On Network TV:
UNPRECIDENTED NATIONAL TV NETWORK COVERAGE FOR CSM FOOTBALL IN 2018
SAN MATEO -- Defending Northern California football champion College of San Mateo is the first community college with a schedule of nationally televised football games. Coverage is slated to debut with the season opener on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, against College of the Siskiyous – live at 1 p.m.
Six CSM games are scheduled to air in high definition on the new national sports network ELEVEN SPORTS USA, available on national cable systems such as DIREC TV (channel 623), AT&T U-verse (channel 1665), and Verizon Fios (channel 597). ELEVEN can be found on various other cable and OTT providers such as Google Fiber 251, RCN 571, Atlantic Broadband 501, and Hawaiian Telcom 1091 -- and is available in 55 million homes. REAIR: The opener will also reair Sunday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. (PT).
The San Mateo national TV schedule is slated to include (at this time):
Sept. 15, CSM at American River; Sept. 22, Fresno at CSM; Oct. 19 (Friday), CSM at Laney; Oct. 27, Diablo Valley at CSM; and Nov. 10, City College of San Francisco at CSM.
The games will also air on ELEVEN'S Digital Channel, Eleven Next, which is on the Amazon Twitch platform.
ELEVEN also plans to air nationally the CCCAA State Championship game from Sacramento CC's Hughes Stadium on Dec. 8 – another first for community college football.
2018 NATIONAL TV FOOTBALL SEASON OPENED ON ELEVEN SPORTS (ahead of ESPN):
ELEVEN SPORTS kicked off the national college football season on Saturday (Aug. 25) with a special "Week Zero" game between University of Massachusetts and Duquesne. The Associated Press reported, "The first touchdown of the college football season came on a 32-yard pass from UMass quarterback Andrew Ford…in their 63-15 win over visiting Duquesne."
ELEVEN SPORTS is beginning its second season airing a Big Sky Conference game of the week, along with home games for NCAA Division I institutions such as UMass, New Mexico State, and James Madison.
The first community college event on ELEVEN was the 2018 California CC Athletic Association State Track & Field Championships from Bakersfield College in May (produced by San Mateo County's PenTV).
--The CSM football series is being produced in HD by Bay Area Online Sports Network (BAOSN), which will also stream the games live on baosn.tv.
-- About ELEVEN SPORTS:
ELEVEN SPORTS is an award-winning global sports provider delivering world-class international and domestic sports and lifestyle entertainment to dedicated fans everywhere. Expanding globally, and with a deep understanding of the local fan, ELEVEN is challenging how live sport is packaged and delivered.
ELEVEN SPORTS delivers more than 30,000 LIVE hours of top class sporting action per year worldwide in Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. ELEVEN has recently made its first moves in the UK, Ireland and Portugal -- which are set to become the platform's eighth, ninth and tenth markets -- with launches ahead of the 2018/19 domestic football (soccer) season.
SOPHS TAYLOR, FONTENETTE, JOHNSON LEAD #2 CSM OVER #12 SISKIYOUS IN OPENER
SAN MATEO -- Sophomores Cameron Taylor and Rashaan Fontenette split 202 yards of rushing and All-America receiver Rajae Johnson caught six passes for 47 yards and a touchdown as defending Northern California Football Conference champion College of San Mateo blanked 2017 state playoff participant College of the Siskiyous, 42-0, in a nationally televised season opener Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1).
Matt Adamkiewicz came off the bench less than ten minutes into the game to replace returning CSM quarterback Kamalii (Shawn) Akina, who was injured after completing 3-of-4 passes for 30 yards. Adamkiewicz, a 5-185 inexperienced sophomore out of Christopher High School (Gilroy) stepped right in, completing 13 of 19 passes for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with no interceptions.
LIVE NATIONAL TV: The game was televised live on the new national sports network ELEVEN SPORTS USA, available on several cable channels and digitally on the Amazon Twitch platform. It is archived on baosn.tv.
It was a successful head coaching debut for new CSM head coach Tim Tulloch (of Foster City). San Mateo did not turn the ball over and recovered two Eagles fumbles (both by Nathan Talakai). The Bulldogs outgained Siskiyous, 502 yards to 161.
RECORD 4 FGS: New Bulldogs placekicker Cesar Silva (Milpitas High) began with a CSM record tying 4-field goal performance. His initial 44-yarder, that easily boomed through the uprights, was followed with perfects kicks from 26, 32, and 42 yards. He also averaged 48.0 yards on three punts. Gil Hernandez set the CSM record with four field goals in 2005 against City College of San Francisco.
--This was the first CSM shutout since a 62-0 victory over Foothill in 2015. Both fumble recoveries by Talakai came deep in San Mateo territory and resulted in Bulldogs touchdown drives of 79 and 93 yards. Taylor capped one drive on a 1-yard run and Johnson scored the other on a 9-yard pass from Adamkiewicz. It was the 13th game that Johnson (6-4, 215) from Jennings (Mo.) has caught a CSM TD pass. He led the state in receiving yards with 1,383 in 2017 and has been listed as the No. 1 football recruit in the state by the CBS 247 Sports Rating site.
The first CSM TD of the season came in the second quarter on a 61-yard pass and run play from Adamkiewicz to Connell Ryans (Willow Glen, San Jose). Taylor, a sophomore out of Hillsdale High, rushed for 104 yards on 14 carries and Fontenette (Oak Grove, San Jose) had 98 on 12 trips. Taylor was a thousand-yard rusher for the Bulldogs last year (1,060 yards and 11 TDs, playing in 11 games). Freshman Viko Ahoia (St. Francis) handled most of the fourth quarter rushing duties, gaining 41 yards on nine carries and scoring the last TD on a 4-yard run. CSM totaled 286 rushing yards and held Siskiyous to 68.
NEXT GAME SAT. AT DELTA: The Bulldogs continue non-league play on Saturday at San Joaquin Delta (0-1) in Stockton at 1 p.m. No. 18 Butte defeated Delta, 49-7, in another opener on Saturday.
San Mateo won the 2017 Bay 6 League title and then defeated Siskiyous and American River College to take the NCFC crown. The Bulldogs narrowly lost in the final seconds of the CCCAA state championship game with Fullerton.
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