Hetherington Breaks Gaynor's Record

Freshman college quarterbacks usually don't make a huge, immediate impact, but don't tell that to Mark Hetherington (Buchanan High). After only three games, the Fresno City College slinger has amassed some very impressive totals in leading the No. 2 ranked Rams to a 3-0 start.

 

Hetherington breaks Gaynor's record after
tying it one week earlier; Rams trounce
San José CC 77-6

            Freshman college quarterbacks usually don't make a huge, immediate impact, but don't tell that to Mark Hetherington (Buchanan High).

            After only three games, the Fresno City College slinger has amassed some very impressive totals in leading the No. 2 ranked Rams to a 3-0 start.

            In throwing 6 touchdown passes in the 77-6 thumping of San José City College (2-1), Hetherington broke the mark of 5 that he had shared with Doug Gaynor (Roosevelt) for one week. Hetherington tossed five scoring strikes in the 51-0 shutout at College of the Siskiyous. What is most noteworthy, is that in breaking Gaynor's record outright, he has surpassed a mark set in 1981 by one of the best athletes ever produced in the Fresno area.

            Hetherington threw 5 of the six in the first half. Two each were directed at sophomore wide receivers LaMonte Jones (Fresno) and Maurice Washington (McClymonds, Oakland) and the fifth went to tight end Aaron Austin (Dos Palos). The record-breaker was caught by freshman wide receiver Willie Johnson (Edison) with 12:14 remaining in the third quarter. The seventh of Ron Anderson's (Hoover) eleven point-after kicks made the score 49-6.

            For the game, Hetherington was 14-of-24 for 273 yards. He now has completed 54 of 81 attempts for 900 yards and 14 touchdowns against only 3 interceptions. Backup quarterback Mike Van Worth (Dos Palos) played out the rest of the game as the Rams concentrated on the running game.

The single game total offense of 676 yards broke the previous week's mark of 672. In addition, the 77 points are a single game record for most points. The victory margin of 71 is also a new record. The previous mark for both categories was 68 set in 1988 when the Rams blanked West Hills in Coalinga 68-0.

Anderson's eleven point-after-touchdown kicks qualify as a FCC record for most PAT kicks in a single game. In addition, his twelve kickoffs were consistently into the endzone or inside the 10-yard line.

This week, the Rams must prepare for the Foothill College "Owls." This bunch from Los Altos Hills has a 2-1 record and a lot to hoot about after winning a wild-scoring game against Sacramento City College, No. 3 in Northern California last week, by outlasting the Panthers 54-42. The previous week, Foothill downed FCC's traditional rival College of the Sequoias, 32-7 after losing the season opener to Santa Rosa, 29-20.

In the past two games, the Rams have outscored opponents 128-6, but FCC head coach Tony Caviglia was very direct. "This one won't be easy."

Kick off time Saturday evening September 29 is at 7 p.m.


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