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Rustlers break through

Golden West football team, which is program-best 9-1, face Riverside in Southern California Bowl.

November 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

There was plenty riding on the line Saturday, namely, the future of its season, for the Golden West College football team.

The Rustlers passed that test with flying colors, and their 30-6 win in the regular-season finale earned the program two milestones.

First, the victory was the ninth of the season for the Rustlers, a new school record for most wins in a regular season. The previous record had been eight wins set by the 1977 team.

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No Golden West team has won 10 games in a season but the Rustlers will get a shot at that mark when they travel to Riverside Community College Saturday to face Riverside at 6 p.m. in the Southern California Bowl.

Golden West is 9-1 overall and finished second in the Southern California Conference (National Division). The Rustlers were awarded the at-large berth to the four-team Southern California region playoffs.

Southern California Conference champion Fullerton (10-0), Central Conference champ Riverside (9-1), and Northern Conference winner College of the Canyons (8-2), received the three automatic postseason bids.

Golden West, whose only loss came to top-ranked Fullerton, finished the regular season at No. 3 in the Southern California rankings.

Riverside, whose only loss also is to Fullerton, is ranked second.

"It's been a great season, so far," Golden West Coach Nick Mitchell said. "Our defense is excellent and has played lights out, all year. Our kicking game has been huge for us, as well. We have excellent kickers. Our offense has also been putting points up on the board. We hired John Shipp and he has been really instrumental in our success this season."

Shipp, who had been the head coach at Fountain Valley High through the 2012 season, serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Rustlers. Golden West quarterback Chris d 'Entremont started last year for Shipp at Fountain Valley.

"Chris has gotten better week after week and as our season has progressed, so has he," Mitchell said. "It's a huge adjustment, going from high school, and I know how good the Sunset League is, to playing at this level, but he has adapted very well. He's done an admirable job running our offense and managing the game."

The Golden West offense is averaging 35.5 points per game which ranks 10th in Southern California, and 20th in the state. The Rustlers defense ranks second, overall, in the state. It has given up an average of 16.5 points (ranks No. 2) and 312 yards per game, and leads the state in sacks on the season at 44.

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