The football bowl fortunes of El Camino College have taken unusual twists over the past week.
The Warriors (9-0), who play host to Golden West College (5-3-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the season finale, are one of three teams to accept invitations to the Pony Bowl Classic, a revamped version of a single bowl game that was to be played Dec. 5 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
Three weeks ago, despite its perfect record, El Camino was "sweating out a bowl invitation," according to Coach John Featherstone.
Under the new Pony Bowl format, officials are seeking four teams to play a double-header Dec. 5 at Orange Coast College.
Pony Bowl sponsors thought they had the four when they invited El Camino, Saddleback, Orange Coast and Taft, the state's No. 1 team. They announced second-ranked El Camino would play Taft if the Warriors defeated Golden West and that Orange Coast would meet Saddleback in a rematch of an earlier contest. But on Tuesday players at Orange Coast, which is tied with Saddleback for the Mission Conference lead, voted not to play if it meant a rematch with Saddleback.