CMS and Redlands Named SCIAC Football Co-Champions

CMS and Redlands Named SCIAC Football Co-Champions

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and Redlands were tabbed 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Co-Champions as both teams finished 6-1 in league play during the regular season. 

CMS, which stands at 7-3 overall, earned the SCIAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship by virtue of a 20-10 victory over Redlands (8-2) in the head-to-head meeting between the two teams. The Stags will await their draw for the national tournament which will be announced at 2:30 p.m. PT Sunday afternoon. The share of the SCIAC title is the first for CMS in 31 years, while Redlands last won the crown in 2016. 

After dropping two of its first three games to begin the 2018 season, CMS opened conference play on September 29 with a 37-24 victory over La Verne to begin a run of six games unbeaten in league action. The Stags powered to a 17-10 victory over California Lutheran (Oct. 6), a 20-10 win over Redlands (Oct. 13), a 27-7 win at Occidental (Oct. 20), a 34-21 win over Whittier (Oct. 27), and a 16-9 victory over Chapman on Nov. 3. CMS then fell 24-19 to Pomona-Pitzer in Saturday's regular season finale. 

Redlands, meanwhile, suffered its only conference loss to the Stags. The Bulldogs edged the Sagehens, 15-13 on September 29 to begin its conference slate, and then won, 39-26 against Chapman on Oct. 6. Following the loss to CMS, Redlands defeated La Verne, 35-17 (Oct. 20), the Kingsmen, 51-23 (Oct. 27), Whittier, 42-7 (Nov. 3), and Occidental, 52-20 on Nov. 10. 

CMS averaged 340.2 yards per game in 2018, including 205.6 yards on the ground, and 134.6 yards through the air en route to 22.6 points per game. The Stags' defense allowed 277.6 yards per contest, including 104.3 rushing yards and 173.3 passing yards allowed, surrendering just 16.3 points per outing. 

Jake Norville led the CMS offense hitting on 75-of-142 pass attempts for 909 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. On the ground, Garrett Cheadle rushed 245 times for 1305 yards (5.3 per carry) with 10 touchdowns. Ethan Takeyama hauled in 27 receptions for 321 yards and two scores. 

Defensively, Mitchell Allan led the Stags with 72 total tackles including a sack, five tackles for loss, one pass breakup and a block. Stiles Satterlee led the secondary with three interceptions and, while Alex Plunk recorded 12 breakups. 

Redlands averaged 29.2 points per game in 2018 and 387.4 yards of total offense including 216.3 yards rushing, and 171.1 passing yards. The Bulldogs' defense allowed 17.2 points per game and 311.6 yards to its opponents, including a mere 64.2 yards on the ground, and 247.4 yards through the air. 

Levi Plante and Nathan Martinez led the quarterbacking unit for Redlands as Plante was 92-for-149 for 1047 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions, while Martinez was 40-for-65 for 583 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception. Conner Kennedy led the running attack with 216 rushes for 1023 yards and seven scores, while Plante added eight rushing touchdowns of his own. Blake Roy led the Bulldogs with six receiving touchdowns on 32 receptions for 403 yards.

On defense, Nick Castro registered 61 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five pass breakups. Marvin Perkins Jr. added eight breakups and three interceptions, and PJ Wilson added nine breakups to highlight the Bulldogs' secondary play.