WHIELDON SETS SADDLEBACK COLLEGE PASSING RECORDS
Sophomore quarterback Jason Whieldon (Orange Lutheran HS)
shattered the college's single-game records for pass completions and
attempts on Saturday during the Gauchos' 44-31 loss at the hands of the
Whieldon connected on 32 of his 61 attempts, breaking the
previous record of 29 completions by Justin Vedder (who later starred at
Cal-Berkeley) and the record of 55 attempts, set two seasons ago by Adam Hoover (now at Cincinnati).
Whieldon's passing netted 377 yards - the fourth best production
in school history. However, his day went without a touchdown pass and
he was intercepted once. Grossmont, in turn, produced three big pass
plays of 69, 65, and 31 yards as the Griffins' Nick Forston upstaged
Whieldon's record-setting day by passing for 385 yards and four scores.
Two of Whieldon's top targets on the afternoon were Chris
Bernard (Aliso Niguel HS) and Tony Holder (Los Alamitos HS). Bernard
caught 12 passes for 177 yards while Holder added nine receptions for
108 yards. Bernard had a big day, adding 15 yards on four carries and
74 yards on three kickoff returns. He also threw a four-yard touchdown
pass in the fourth quarter.
Defensively for the Gauchos, linebacker Lance Miller (Mercer
Island HS in Washington) was credited with 11 tackles, including the
games only sack. He also recovered two fumbles.
Saddleback (1-1) was ranked No. 15 in Southern California
heading into the game against the ninth-ranked Griffins (2-0). The
Gauchos will be at home again this Saturday, September 22, to host the
Riverside Community College Tigers (1-1) in a 1 p.m. kickoff