For the second straight year the College of the Canyons football team found themselves in a bowl game and for the second consecutive year they end the season in a disappointing style.
In back to back weeks at Bakersfield the Cougars were unable to hold the other team to under 40 points for the first time all season as the Cougars get thumped by Fullerton 64-49 in the Golden Empire Bowl at Bakersfield.
Not only did the COC give up its highest point total of the season, but it was the most points scored on a Cougar football team since 1971.
The Cougars had no offense to speak of in the first half as Fullerton went into the half with a 24-7 lead. The only touchdown for COC came on a 67-yard interception returned back the other way for six by Josh Irvin.
COC would come alive in the second half, outscoring Fullerton 29-20 in the third quarter and 49-40 in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome the number six seeded Hornets.
The charge back was led by freshman quarterback Justin Arias who had four turnovers of his own in the first half; 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles. Arias finished the game with a career high 441 yards passing, completing 35 of his 60 attempts with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Arias also led the Cougars on the ground with 52 yards on 16 carries and a pair of touchdowns. The freshman from Agoura high school finishes the season with 1,973 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing over 53 of his passes.
For the first time this season the Cougar offense came alive as they racked up 512 yards; 441 in the air and 71 on the ground. COC out gained Fullerton in yardage as the Hornets had 478 total yards; 281 in the air and 197 on the ground.
COC’s defensive tackle Deshawn Cassell was named the Golden Empire Bowl Defensive Player of the Game. The sophomore from Shawnee, New York had 6 tackles.
After finishing third in the National Division, Northern Conference and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year the Cougars could not rally the troops one last time in the 2010 season, finishing with a 6 and 5 record for the second straight year.