Hank's Weekly JC Notebook (9-30-03)

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. More on this topic inside. Plus, a look at Butler Co.'s win over Coffeyville, Southwest Conference notes, and other notes of interest.

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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 down.

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 FG.  

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 game….

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.

 


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