Hank's Weekly Notebook (10-7-03)

What a weekend! This week's report includes my notes on the Grossmont - Southwestern game, which had Grossmont running up 819 yards of total offense. Plus, a Joliet JC record was broken by DE Rob Ninkovich. I've got a few alumni notes here, too. Did you know that former Butler Co. LB Marcus Lawrence is now South Carolina's leading tackler? And how about the wild shootout between SWJCFC frontrunners Tyler and Blinn. Read more...



Stat guys are scurrying around trying to find out if GROSSMONT's 819 yards from scrimmage might be a record.  A COUPLE OF ODDETIES – SOUTHWESTERN once led 12-7 after WR David Bellinger returned a kickoff  97 yards and the Griffins did not score in the first period.  After the zero it went 20-35-21.  GCC rolled up 387 yards on the ground and 432 in the air with 2 different passers, 12 ball-carriers and 9 receivers.  WR Todd Watkins, 6-3, 185 put on a clinic gaining 194 yards on 5 catches, one a 55-yard TD, and kicking FGs of 44 and 37 yards.  He was also 8 for 8 on PATs with the backup kicker, Travis Doroski, going 7 for 7.  RB Gary Franklin, 5-11, 180, carried 11 times for 120 yards and caught 3 for 27.  Freshman RB Rajive Otah, 5-8, 180, touched the ball 9 times, (rushing and returns) and amassed 197 yards.  QB Jarrod Jackson his on 19 of 33 for 385 yards and a pair of scores.  Defensively frosh LB Evan Hermanson, 6-1, 210, had 5 tackles, a sack and a pick and DB Marcus Beecher, 5-9, 180, 10 tackles and 2 pass break-ups.


Rob Ninkovich, JOLIET's 6-3, 238 DE has 12 sacks in 6 games and needs just 3 to break the school record set by Josh Chrestman (now at Illinois St) last year…JOLIET allowed Grand Rapids just 38 yards rushing…FORT SCOTT has a pair of very large OT that are playing very good. Robert McGraw is 6-4, 330 and Fr. William Quirk, 6-7, 350, are the ones to watch…DIABLO VALLEY scored just one TD in a 59-9 loss to FRESNO and that on a blocked kick recovered in the end zone.  FCC didn't take it lightly and promptly blocked DVC's PAT attempt. FRESNO also won the Total Yards battle 597-67…WEST HILLS outgained Monterey on the ground 340 to 23 as Lantrez Jones gained 182 on just 12 carries.

IT'S A KNOWN FACT YOU HAVE TO BE A BIT LUCKY TO GO UNBEATEN.   BUTLER COUNTY found out in their 36-34 nipper over HUTCHINSON.  BC got a 6-yard scoring run from Jameel Spears with :57 left to get the victory.  Hutch missed a 30-yard field goal earlier and then had a 38-yarder blocked and returned for a TD…PASADENA coach Tom Maher was certain he had the makings of a title team this year, yet finds himself looking at an 0-5 record.  He must have seen the handwriting Sat. night when PALOMAR's DE Soli Lefiti sacked Lancer QB Darnell LoVett on the very first play of the game…MESABI RANGE clobbered Vermilion 41-8 allowing just 56 total yards, while picking off 5 passes and recovering a fumble…NASSAU LB Trevon Rodney blocked a punt and recovered a fumble for a TD against Dean, giving him 29 tackles, 28 assists on the year…

KNOWLEDGEABLE PREP FOLLOWER RON SIEGEL, who lives near Seattle, writes to say that he has found no less than 114 lads from Washington state high schools on JC rosters of schools from all over the country…MOORPARK picked up 14 penalties for 155 yards in a narrow victory over L.A. Valley. ..SAN FRANCISCO held Modesto to 75 total offense yards, with a minus 6 in the first half.  Ace RB Tim Brown, 5-7, 180, played just the first half and went 11 for 106.  OT Albert Toeaina, 6-7, 340, who benches 515 pounds and did 225 with 37 reps, is the key figure in leading the rushing game.  He looks like a future Sunday player…LACKAWANNA lost their first game of the year 55-29 to a solid ERIE team.  The loss ended a 13-game home winning streak and it was only the 7th loss in 44 home games for the Falcons.  ERIE had an 88-yard kickoff return, a 65-yard punt return and ran a recovered fumble 34 yards for a score…COFFEYVILLE's Lee Baker has gone over 100 yards rushing in 4 straight games.  He carried 18 times for 130 against Highland.  Paul Soliai, a 6-4, 320-pound OT leads the Red Raven offensive line and is one of the very best in the U.S. JC ranks.


Josh Scobey, N.E. OKLAHOMA, returned a kickoff 100 yards for the Arizona Cardinal a couple of weeks ago…Nathan Chandler, ex-PASADENA QB, is doing a nifty job of directing Iowa to a spot in the nation's top-20…Jonathan Smith, PASADENA, and Chris Bruhn, BUTTE, handle the running game for Washington State with 20-83 and 13-67 performances against Arizona.  Smith added 69 on 4 catches.  Jermaine Green, BUTLER COUNTY, has been dinged up.  Taco Wallace, MT. SAN ANTONIO, has made the practice squad with the Seattle Seahawks, and FRESNO's Maurice Morris is running behind Sean Alexander.  SACRAMENTO's Seneca Wallace is sticking around as backup QB with the Hawks.

Marcus Lawrence, ex-BUTLER CO. LB and COFFEYVILLE's Darrell Shropshire, are now teammates at South Carolina and seeing plenty of action.  Lawrence actually leads the Gamecocks in tackles. Former CC SAN FRANCISCO Rams RB, Johnnie Mack, is looking good at Texas Tech; S Gibril Wilson, Tennessee; CB Ronald Nunn, USC; CC San Francisco alum Zach Fletcher is the number one WR at Alabama.  Two REEDLEY lads who were on our All-American team, Doug Langenfeld, DE at Auburn and Lionell Green CB at North Carolina are both performing very well.  KILGORE's Demorrio Williams LB leads Nebraska in Ts.


It was a shootout for the SWJCFC lead.  TYLER's Tony Eckert  throws for 346 yards, 3 TDs and rushes for 3 more,  Vincent Brown, 5-10, 185, rushes for 129 yards, 1 TD on 14 carries, Ashlan Davis,  5-8, 185, catches 3 passes for 140 yards and a pair of scores and WR Robert Spells, 6-1, 185, catches 3 for 93 and a TD.  BLINN's All-American punter, Lance Lane avg. 53.3 on 3 punts and leads the conf. with a 45.3 avg. RB Derrick Ross is numero uno in rushing with 841 yards on 100 carries after picking up 181 on 28 against the Apaches.  BC QB Dane King set new conf records with 62 pass attempts and 39 completions, while netting 397 yards and 4 TDs and WR Rashod Turner, 6-1, 170, broke another mark with 14 catches.  He totaled 177 yards.

SNOW 41, GLENDALE 36 was another barnburner.

Like the boys in Texas, these two put on an aerial show.  SNOW QB Jason Coutts went 26 for 40 and totaled 372 yards with 4 TDs, while his pet target, Brian Romney, a JCGW All-American in 1999, caught 9 for 171 yards and a score.  Meanwhile, GLENDALE, suffered its first loss despite Darren Williams hitting on 33 of 53 tosses for a whopping 457 yards and 4 tallies.  WR Riley Weber hauled in 9 for 159 and a TD.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, at least in Southern California, it seems that defenses are holding court.  The MT. SAN ANTONIO – FULLERTON clash was a dandy, hard-hitting affair with the Mounties winning out 15-7.  The EL CAMINO – CERRITOS game was more of the same with a couple of safeties shining.  (ECC's Keith Ellison and the Falcon's Eric Frierson).  EL CAMINO won out 14-7 when they stopped Cerritos with four shots on the goal line late in the game.  There were some who thought Fr. RB Daniel Dixon had scored, but the refs said no.  Two very evenly matched teams.


RB Greg Morris, MOORPARK, 24 carries for 126 yards and 2 TDs vs. LA Valley;

RB Aaron Brown, VENTURA, 25 carries for 153 and 2 TDs vs. Pierce;

Kris Theus, CANYONS, 5 carries for 95-1 plus a 97-yard KOR.

QB Larry Dockery L.A. PIERCE, completed 27 of 52 for 422 yards and Greg Fullerton kicked FGS of 42 and 45 yards; 

DL Tearrius George, L.A. VALLEY, 4 solo, 5 assists, a sack caused a fumble and 2 TFLs.  QB David Koral, SANTA MONICA, 18-35 for 256-1.


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