Will San Francisco Be JC Title Town Once Again?

Head coach George Rush had a season he would like to forget in 2002, even though many of his rivals would be more than happy with a 9-2 record.  Now in his 32nd year at the Rams helm, the veteran CCSF head man thinks this might be one of his better teams if they execute well.

TEAM PROFILE

2002 RECORD:  9-2
HEAD COACH:  George Rush (32nd season)
RETURNING STARTERS:  Offense  7,  Defense  4

2002 RECAP:  It certainly isn't easy to see a 42-game winning streak, longest in junior college football annals, come to an end and then finish with nine wins and a pair of losses.  "We lost both of our games on the road," said Rush, "but that's definitely not an excuse. We didn't play very well in either game.  (Foothill 20, CCSF 13, Nov. 2 and Butte 35, CCSF 10, Nov. 23). Butte just gave us a good old fashioned licking. They were ready to play." Rush felt his 2002 Rams never clicked as they should on the offensive level, but admired the intensity and grit displayed by his defense. "We closed with a big 41-6 bowl win over San Mateo and allowed their offense just 144 yards."

2003 OUTLOOK:  "If everything goes right for us this could be one of our best teams," continued Rush. "Our offensive line is solid. Quarterback and running backs are in good hands with Swanson and Tim Brown. We have good receivers. What can I say about the defense except it is ‘fast'." Free-safety Bret Jones (6-1, 185) and defensive tackle Lloyd Talakai (6-1, 300) key what should be an aggressive and deep defense. The Rams led the state in "D" in 2002, allowing just 626 yards rushing and 1,297 in the air, for an average of 192.3 in total offense. That will win some games. Offensive coordinator Dan Hayes will find a way to utilize TE Jamir Davis (6-3, 240), who is a D1 prospect. Will there be enough balls to go around? The receiving corps is "D1 deep" as usual and led by 6-2, 195-pounder Deqawn Mobley. Place-kicker Darius Ghoddoussi has improved his leg strength after kicking 45 of 49 PATs and 6 of 8 field goals last year. As for punting, Rush says "I hope we don't have to use one very often." The schedule tends to favor CCSF with perhaps the four toughest games coming at the end of the season and Foothill, Sacramento and Butte all at home.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Tim Brown (5-9, 180), a first-team All-Conference all-purpose back after piling up 1,718 yards, is a D1 kick and punt returner.  OT Albert Toeaina, a mammoth 6-7, 340-pounder, bench presses 515 pounds and will be recruited by everyone in the country. He signed with Oregon out of high school and still has the Ducks on his list. Quarterback Jason Swanson (6-1, 185) hit on 159 of 252 passes with 14 TDs, just 7 picks, and 2,255 yards. He has already received a scholarship offer from Kansas after a strong spring. Finally, keep an eye on RB Antwaun Guidry (6-0, 190) a transfer from Hutchinson CC who signed with Nebraska out of HS.

FIRST GAME:  At home versus Cabrillo, Sept. 6, (1:00 p.m.)


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