Seneca Wallace (Sacramento City) had a game to remember as his Iowa State Cyclones whooped Baylor, 41-0. Wallace threw four TD passes in going 22-24-299! He also had 7 carries for 58 yards. His counterpart at Baylor, Greg Cicero (Palomar), was 8-12 for 62. Not a good week for anyone with ties to Palomar (they lost to El Camino this weekend). LB Justin Eilers (Butte) was a leader on the Cyclones' defense with 3 solo tackles and 4 assists -- plus an INT.
Dameon Hunter (Chaffey) has really emerged as this year's top RB for the Runnin' Utes of Utah. Last year it was Adam Tate (Mt. SAC). Against New Mexico Hunter carried the rock 25 times for 177 yards and two TDs. Meanwhile, not to be completely outdone, Tate had 12 carries for 76 yards and two TDs, including one TD of 46 yards. Tate had 3 catches for an additional 30 yards, too.
LB Rod Taylor's (East Miss.) Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham team lost to Southern Miss, 3-0. But he will definitely remember his effort. Taylor racked up 11 solo tackles and had 3 assists plus a sack (-7) and two tackles for loss. That's a game! Teammate DB Torry Hale (East Miss.) had six solos and one assist to go along with a forced fumble.
Gotta mention the amazing game that Weber State running back Johnny Gray (Foothill) had against Sac State. Gray had 37 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Not surprising since this young man led all Calif. JC running backs in 1999 and was JC Grid-Wire first team AA. Throw in 5 catches for 47 yards to go with the ground attack.
Kansas State played Oklahoma in the "Game of the Week." K-State running back Josh Scobey (NE Oklahoma A&M) didn't get his usual 100+ yards in his team's loss to the Sooners. He had 15 carries for 45 yards with one 7-yard TD run. His fullback, Rock Cartwright (Trinity Valley), had 3 carries for 36. DE Tank Reese (Hutchinson) had four unassisted tackles.
Virginia Tech safety, Kevin McAdam (Grossmont), returned an INT 69 yards for a touchdown in the Hokies' win over Central Florida. Miss. Gulf Coast graduate, WR Doug Gabriel, had one grab for 71 yards for UCF. Gabriel was a Miss. JC Conference MVP last season.
Minnesota lost in OT to Purdue but a couple of Golden Gophers did alright. QB Travis Cole (Foothill) earned back his starting job and was average going 12-26 for 153 with 3 INTs and 2 TD passes. WR Antoine Burns (Rochester) had 3 big grabs for 83 yards. The former JC Grid-Wire AA is starting to make a name for himself after sitting out last season.
Javon Walker (Jones County) is the go-to wide receiver at Florida State. This week in a win over Wake Forest he hauled in 3 balls for 111 including a 52-yard TD.
The Cougars of BYU have been throwing up an astounding number of points in their first few games. WR/KR Junior Mahe (Dixie State) has been helping the Cougs along with his weekly 100-yard+ efforts. This week in a narrow win over UNLV he had more modest numbers. 7 catches for 65 yards. Mike Rigell (Foothill), another Cougars WR, had 2 grabs for 50.
The 0-4 Cal Bears came oh so close to getting their first win of the season. And it would have been a big win since Washington was ranked 12th coming in. The Bears got a big game from Charon Arnold (El Camino), who had 7 catches for 75.
Maurice "Mo" Morris (Fresno City) of Oregon piled up 175 yards rushing on 22 carries against Utah State. He had a 69-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter.
Washington State is very friendly to JC kids, signing a good number of them every year. One former JC on their squad is starting RB David Minnich (Mt. San Jacinto). In a win over Arizona the former Marine had 30 carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two catches for 38 yards and a fourth touchdown. WR Nakoa McElrath (Palomar) had been leading the nation in receiving but cooled off this week with only 2 for 24. He may have been hurt; we'll check on it..
Syracuse wide receiver Kwasi Leverette (SUNY-Morrisville) hauled in 4 balls for 84 yards in what was a break-out game for him. The Orangemen beat E. Carolina.
Kevin Galbreath (NE Oklahoma) rushed for 95 yards on 25 carries in North Texas' losing effort against South Florida. He added 11 on 2 catches. Galbreath has really proven himself, rushing for nearly 100 this week and over 100 in the previous games.
Idaho got ripped by Boise State a week after getting destroyed by Washington in Seattle. But Vandals running back Blair Lewis (Pasadena City) had an okay game with 19 carries for 89 yards and 3 catches for 28.
Mississippi State got shut out by Florida today. On a positive note for MSU, however, was the performance of Demetric Wright (NW Miss.) who had 6 unassisted tackles and 2 assists.
Mike Cajal-Willis (CCSF) kicked a last second 27-yard field goal for Portland State to lift his team over Northern Arizona in the conference opener. Earlier in the game he kicked a 24-yard FG. PSU wide receiver Jessie Levin (CCSF) had another good game with 4 catches for 90 yards.
Should be mentioned that W. Texas A&M quarterback Josh Knight (Pasadena) is putting up great numbers. We don't have this week's numbers yet but through 9-24 he was 62-129-919 with 5 TDs and 3 INTs. He also has 17 rushes for 82 yards.
Kevin Zouzounis (CCSF) was 20-41-2-269 but his Illinois State squad was upended by SW Texas State, 20-13. He had one TD toss 34 yards.