College of the Canyons will play its fifth regular season game as the Cougars host the Grossmont College Griffins at Cougar Stadium. Saturday’s game is a non-conference contest.
Canyons (2-2) enters as the No. 11 ranked team in the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, according to the most recent California Community College Athletic Association/California Community College Football Coaches Association Regional State Football Poll. Grossmont (3-1) is ranked No. 8.
These two programs last met in 2011, with the Griffins defeating COC 38-14 in El Cajon. Grossmont also leads the all-time series 6-3, dating back to the 1978 season. However, the Cougars have had some success vs. the Griffins.
In 2004, Canyons defeated Grossmont 30-0 in the semifinal round of the Southern California Football Playoffs, before going on to win both a State and National Championship. The following season, COC earned a 32-22 regular season win against the Griffins in week two, but eventually lost to Grossmont 24-19 in the Southern California Championship Game.
The Cougars will come into the game looking to rebound after back-to-back losses to two of the state’s top ranked teams. In week four, the Cougars lost 41-14 to No. 4 Long Beach City College. Prior to that, the Cougars were defeated 59-14 at No. 3 Fullerton College.
The Griffins suffered a 17-10 loss to No. 13 Chaffey College in week four after starting the season 3-0.
SCV Youth League Players, Coaches and Cheerleaders
The COC Athletics department is inviting all players, coaches and cheerleaders associated with a Santa Clarita Valley youth sports league or cheer organization to attend Saturday’s Cougar football game free of charge.
The invite is extended to all local teams/leagues/organizations including: elementary school, junior high and high school programs; parks and recreation leagues; youth/pop warner football; youth cheerleading; AYSO/club soccer; club volleyball; basketball; little league baseball/softball; swimming; track & field etc.
Players, coaches and cheerleaders who arrive at Cougar Stadium wearing their team’s respective jersey, uniform and/or team colors will be admitted into the game for FREE.
General admission tickets are $5. As always, kids 10 and under are free. Game time is 6 p.m.
—Jesse Munoz/COC Sports Information
— Photo by Jim Bloomfield/COC Sports Information