Prepared to be bowled over, community college football fans.
Four of the five local squads received berths in bowl games on Saturday.
Laney (7-3) will host rival Diablo Valley (5-5) in the Bay Bowl at 1 p.m., in a rematch of last year's East Bay Bowl, in which the Vikings prevailed 30-27 in Pleasant Hill.
The Vikings, co-champions of the Mid-Empire Conference, boast the top-ranked run defense in the state by a long shot, allowing just 44.9 yards rushing a game. DVC's sophomore lineman Tui Talia, a Washington commit, has a state-leading 13 sacks, and Sioua Taufa and Dillon McGrew have combined for 20 sacks.
Chabot (7-3), which earned a school-record third straight GGC title, will travel to College of the Siskiyous (8-2) for the Central Division Bowl.
Chabot is piloted by true freshman quarterback Zach Lujan, of South Anchorage, Alaska, a quick-study who was named GGC Offensive Player of the Year. But the Gladiators success stemmed mostly from its drive.
"Very proud of the team's work ethic in practice," said Chabot coach Danny Calcagno, the GGC Coach of the Year. "Zach Lujan did a great job managing the games on offense."
Calcagno also praised his assistant coaches.
"My staff did an awesome job this year of preparing our guys each week," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of the guys I work with. The amount of work they put in is second to none. They got the most out of our players. It has been really fun working with these guys the last few years. Major reason why we have won three in a row."
Laney had 12 players make the all-Golden Gate Conference squad, led by linebacker Jerome McElroy, the Defensive Player of the Year.
Contra Costa (7-3), the Bay Valley Conference tri-champion with Los Medanos and Shasta, got the BVC's lone bowl bid, based on power ratings. The Comets, led by running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch (123.9 yards a game), will defend their title in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl against Hartnell (8-2) at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
In a marquee matchup, College of San Mateo (9-1), ranked No. 2 in Northern California, will host No. 3 American River (8-2) in the Bothman Bulldog Bowl. The Bulldogs have nonconference wins over Laney, Chabot and DVC.
LMC ON RISE: Even though it was left out of the bowl picture, Los Medanos continued to come of age under coach Chris Shipe. Consider that the Mustangs (7-3, 4-1 BVC) have 13 wins combined over the last two seasons after going winless in 2011. They were 6-4 last season.
Sophomore Shawn Vasquez, a former Liberty High star, ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive 33-26 win over Contra Costa on Nov. 16. It was the second consecutive 200-yard effort for Vasquez, who led the state in yards per game with 153.0. He finished with 1,378 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Los Medanos has succeeded with local talent. Offensive tackle Garrett Louis of Deer Valley and center Alex Cabral of Freedom bolstered the offensive line. Freshman Jamal Lockett of Pittsburg returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, including an 84-yarder against CCC. He ranked first in the state in yards per return and touchdown returns.
LMC quarterback Adam Nesheim of Alhambra had nearly 2,000 yards of total offense, passing for 12 touchdowns and running for six scores, rushing and passing. Wideout Jermaine Sims of Pittsburg had six touchdown receptions.
The Mustangs' much-improved defense featured linebackers Markie Beltram of Antioch, Jake Catala of Heritage and Ben Malolo of Deer Valley. Highly recruited defensive end Charles Alexander of Deer Valley, who is 6-foot-6, and Junior Malolo (Deer Valley) combined for eight sacks. Leading the secondary were Shecari Johnson of Deer Valley, Jeremy Bittle of Antioch, Aaron Cole of Deer Valley, and Jamon Ward of Pittsburg.
GOLFER EXCELS AT UCSB: Maggie Daly, a former standout golfer at San Ramon Valley High, had a strong year at Santa Barbara City College, helping the Vaqueros finish Western State Conference play with a 32-0 record. They also won the Southern Cal Regional and state titles.
WORTHLEY SOLID AT SAC STATE: Tyler Worthley, who played football for three years at Dublin High, will make his 45th consecutive, and final start, at right guard for Sacramento State on Saturday, The former walk-on was second-team all Big Sky Conference in 2012 and is hoping for all-conference honors again.
MONTE VISTA ALUMS TO END CAREERS: Former Monte Vista players and standout collegians, Brendon Garcia, a kicker at Idaho State, and Tom Hemmingsen, a UC Davis wideout, will conclude their college careers. The Bengals (3-8) will travel to Weber State on Saturday, and Davis (4-7) is at Sacramento State in the 60th annual Causeway Classic. Davis also boasts Monte Vista graduate/wideout Dane Turner, a sophomore.