LITTLE THIS – N -THAT
LOTS OF CHATTER ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA PLAYOFFS -
We'll keep you up to speed as the season progresses. The basic setup
shows that the MISSION CONFERENCE will have two teams for sure, along with
WESTERN STATE, with the FOOTHILL getting one. That takes care of five
places with the other three going to AT-LARGE teams. Conference winning
percentage in crossover games will play a part and here is the way that breaks
MISSION – 16 WINS, 8 LOSSES
FOOTHILL – 10 WINS, 7 LOSSES
WESTERN STATE – 9 WINS, 18 LOSSES
The lineup could go something like this –
1. Mt. San Antonio (Mission #1)
2. Grossmont (Foothill)
3. Canyons (Western #1)
4. Santa Ana (right now Mission #2), but probably El Camino, Palomar, Cerritos, would end up in that slot.
5. Compton (Western #2, but Bakersfield and Moorpark loom in the background)
6. El Camino, Bakersfield, Palomar, Chaffey or Cerritos in the last three spots as At-Large teams.
The eventual winner will play the winner of the NorCal vs. Valley Conference
bowl game winner. That would make 14 games for the California champion, so I
sure wouldn't look for a follow up bowl game with the NJCAA titleist.
Maybe they could schedule a season opener between the two. It would get
some attention and, yes, we know the makeup of the team would be entirely
different, but it would be a start in the right direction.
BUTLER COUNTY 29, COFFEYVILLE 28
What a classic community college contest. We picked Coffeyville only because
we thought they were the home team. Turns out our schedule was incorrect
and it was in El Dorado. Yep, the hometown advantage won it by a point.
Jeff Leiker's Red Ravens dominated the first half big time and took a 28-3
lead to the locker room. Troy Morrell spoke and the Grizzlies listened and
tallied 26 unanswered points in the second half in the battle between the 2nd
and 4th place teams in the J.C. Grid-Wire rankings. Coffeyville had
been proud of a record that showed zero turnovers in the first three games and
just two last week. The mystique disappeared in the second half as BC
forced three fumbles and picked off a pass. In the meantime, BC piled up
276 in the second half after getting just 120 in the first, and scored 3 times
in the 4th stanza.
According to the Associated Press wire report Morrell called the second half
a "big-time character test for us and our guys answered it." Leiker
commented, "We didn't have the ball long and our defense was on the field
forever. I know our guys were frustrated. They felt like they let
one get away."
A COUPLE OF LAST SECOND VICTORIES OVER THE WEEKEND –
HUTCHINSON's Leonard Brice scored on a one-yd run with :39 left in their
21-14 win over Air Force Prep; Ryan Lux toed a FG for PALOMAR with :16
left to provide a 16-13 win over SADDLEBACK; SAN DIEGO MESA pulled out a 36-33
triumph over College of Desert with just seconds to play. ANTELOPE VALLEY
scored with :10 left to down Southwestern 25-23.
LOOKING AT THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE OVER THE WEEKEND –
BLINN's Rashod Turner caught 10 passes for 161 yds and 2 TDs and Dane King
went 26 of 38 for 377 yds and 3 scores in 38-21 win over Kilgore. RB
Derrick Ross had his 4th straight 100-yd game with 153-2 TD effort giving him
72-660-11. LB David Dixon posted 13 tackles, caused a fumble and blocked a
TRINITY VALLEY DB Jermichael Thacker, 5-11, 185
returned a fumble 40 yds and an INT 40 yds plus had 8 tackles and a sack in
56-21 win over Cisco.
TYLER had two lads set conference records when they trounced Navarro 41-7.
WR/KR Robert Spells, 6-1, 185, returned a kickoff 105 yds (5-237) and P/K Chris Smith set a new mark with a 52-yd field goal. Mitch Berger, now in the
NFL, is a former Apache.
KILGORE QB Cole Kristynik, completed 20 of 33 passes for 276 yds and 2 TDs.
CISCO's Demarcus Smith had 11 tackles and a pair of INTs.
NOTES FOUND ON THE BACK OF A PROGRAM –
Glendale Az. RB Ramel McIntosh 6-1, 210, had a nice game vs. Phoenix (49-23),
when he galloped 258 yds on 26 carries and scored 4 times. In just 2 games
he is 44 for 367-5…SCOTTSDALE's P John Goss has a nifty 44.2 avg. after 17
boots. Our All-American P from last year, Lance Lane of BLINN, is still at
it. He has averaged 43.5 on his first 13 punts…DIXIE WR Travis Brown
scores on one of every 3 catches having 4G stats of 21 for 408 and 7 TDs.
The SOUTHWEST JC CONFERENCE is putting the ball in the air more than ever
before in our memory. Nick Smith of CISCO already has thrown 195 passes,
completing 119 and BLINN's King is 73 for 113, 1,335 and 14 scores.
ON STREAKS –
DIXIE has the lead winning 14 in a row, followed by SIERRA with 11.
MENDOCINO has dropped 14 straight, while Itasca has lost 8 in a row.
MORE THIS-N-THAT –
GROSSMONT had 10 players enter the scoring column vs. Mt. San Jacinto, with
10 different receivers, 10 running backs and 3 QBs. The Griffins crack
defensive backfield, headed by future Sun Devil, Maurice London, has allowed
just one passing TD this year. Todd Watkins and Joe Griffin, a pair of ace
receivers, don't get top stats because the ball is distributed to so many.
Looks like that CHAFFEY-GROSSMONT clash on Oct. 18 in Alta Loma be a dandy.
Speaking of GROSSMONT, alumnus Dante Hall is in the news just about every
Sunday with his record-breaking streak of punt and kickoff returns for TDs for
the Kansas City Chiefs…CHAFFEY's slick CBs, Tyrone Brackenridge (6-0, 178)
and Dramayne McElroy (5-11, 168), will be a severe test for GCC's passing
SACRAMENTO was sacked for 143 yds on penalties in 36-33 loss to Merced…WEST
L.A. freshman passing phenom, Devin Hollis, is a transfer from University of
Wisconsin. He has a big arm and excellent receivers…WEST VALLEY trailed
Sequoias 19-6 entering the 4th period and tallied 3 times for a 26-19 win…COFFEYVILLE's
Dashon Goldson, a California lad who is coveted by the Washington Huskies, had a
pair of interceptions against Butler nullified because of penalties. He
had 12 tackles and recovered a fumble however. By the way, the Red Ravens
missed 2 field goals in that one-point loss…SOUTHWESTERN has won 2 games on
the road and lost 2 at home. Go figure…DIXIE is averaging 476 yds total
offense and ARIZONA WESTERN giving up just 150…
MESABI RANGE defeated Rochester 13-11, taking a pair of safeties in the 4th
period when the punter kneeled rather than kicking from the end zone. MR
put the stop to RCC's RB Chad Strike who was had just 44 yards on 21 carries
with 3 fumbles. It was a rugged defensive battle with each team avg. just
1.4 yds per carry on the ground…NORTHWEST MISS held Delta to minus 24 yds on
the ground on 32 attempts and added no less than 12 SACKS.
The EL CAMINO-MT SAN ANTONIO contest was a bruising match between two solid defenses. Very impressed with MSAC Fr. LB Tony DeMonaco, 6-1, 225, WR Delanie Walker (leaping TD catch), DL Austin Jackson, 6-3, 270, and RB Caz Hill, who managed 132 yds on 12 carries. ECC again was led by SS Keith Ellison and LB Elias Ellis. Both teams are solid on the defensive side. Mounties stopped Chris Howard with 23 yds.