Published Nov. 29, 2014
PAYBACK: Mt. SAC quarterback Justin Alo did not throw an interception against the RCC defense in the SCFA title game, after throwing four in the regular season meeting on Oct. 25. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
HOME FIELD: The Riverside City College Tigers entered the SCFA Championship Game as the No. 1 ranked football team in the state. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
STUFFED: The Riverside City College backfield rushed for a 118 total yards on offense against Mt. San Antonio in the SCFA Title Game. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
POUNCE: Sitiveni Tamaivena and the Mt. SAC defense capitalized on the miscues within the RCC offense. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
AIR BOUND: RCC defensive back Terin Solomon of RCC takes Mt. Sac’s wide receiver Aaren Vaughns off his feet with an incredible tackle at the state semifinals held at RCC on Nov. 29, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Mt. SAC WR Derrick Macon scored two touchdowns against the Riverside City College defense. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
DEFENSIVE: The Mt. San Antonio College defense held the RCC Tigers offense to 292 yards of total offense. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
MVP: RCC’s line backer Jonah Moi and Mt. SAC’s quarter back Justin Alo were both awarded MVP at the state semifinals held at RCC on Nov. 29, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)
REVENGE: The Mt. SAC Mounties returned for a second meeting against the RCC Tigers at Wheelock Stadium, in which the Mounties produced a different outcome. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
AIR GAME: RCC Quarterback Nick King threw for two touchdowns in the second half against Mt. SAC Nov. 29. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
GAME CHANGER: Mounties LB Sitiveni Tamaivena was named the Player of the Game after his defensive performance. Tamaivena had 11 solo tackles and 2.5 sacks. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
TACKLE: RCC’s Cortland Fort tackles Mt. SAC ball carrier Branden Wilson in the SCFA Title Game on Nov. 29. (Luis Solis | Photo Editor)
UP IN THE AIR: RCC’s defensive back Ray Ford gives his all to stop Mt. SAC from advancing on the field at the state semifinals held at RCC on Nov. 29, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)
TOUCHDOWN: Isaac Whitney completes the pass and scores a touchdown for RCC at the state semifinals held at RCC on Nov. 29, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)
RUN: RCC’s wide receiver Alejandro Marenco makes a desperate attempt to gain ground against Mt. SAC at the state semifinals held at RCC on Nov. 29, 2014. (Michael Walter | Asst. Photo Editor)
James H. Williams | Managing Editor
Quarterback Justin Alo and the Mt. San Antonio College Mounties defeated the Riverside City College Tigers, 35-14, at Wheelock Stadium to win the Southern California Football Championship and advance to the CCCAA State Football Championship.
Alo was named most valuable player, after completing 16 of his 26 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns.
Alo entered the game with a chip on his shoulder against the Tigers defense following a regular season loss to RCC, in a game in which he had thrown four interceptions.
Running back Omaris Tolbert rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries against the Tigers, who entered the game as the No. 1 state ranked team.
Sitiveni Tamaivena lead the Mounties defense with 11 solo tackles and 2.5 sacks. He was also named player of the game.
The Tigers scored all 14 points in the second half after being shutout by the Mounties defense in the first half.
Tigers quarterback Nick King, who was held to 28 passing yards in the first half, threw both of the Tigers’ touchdowns. King finish with 126 yards.
King was pulled from the game in the second half for Kelly Hilinski, who was the starting quarterback to start the season. King was quickly brought back in after Hilinski threw an interception, which was the first turnover for either team.
The loss snaps RCC’s eight-game winning streak and gives the Tigers an 11-2 overall record to end the season. The Tigers were the Central League Champions.
Mt. San Antonio College (10-2) will play on Dec. 13 against San Francisco City College for the State Championship. The Mounties have played San Francisco four previous times and share a 2-2 record in the series.
The win also gave Mounties football coach Bob Jastrab his 6th SoCal Championship.