BOWL AND PLAYOFF LINEUPS
NATIONAL BOWL 6pm; SADDLEBACK (8-2) @ MT. SAN ANTONIO (9-1) –Saddleback's power defense headed by LBs Ryan Powdrell and Jimmy Ellingson face the Mounties offense that avg. 34.5 giving up 14.7. WR Delanie Walker, RB Cazmir Hill and a nice QB in Adam Ernst. SAD needs a huge job out of QB Brock Farrel. MOUNTIES 24-17.
SOUTH COUNTY 1pm; CITRUS (9-1) @ GROSSMONT (10-0) – Citrus has little chance if Quinon Ganther's shoulder problem doesn't clear up. He has 1,490 yards. Grossmont avg. 49.1 to 15.4, behind a pair of Fr. QBs and the prolific scoring of WR/PK Todd Watkins. GCC has a huge OL and safety Maurice London is exceptional. GROSSMONT 45-21
WESTERN STATE BOWL 7pm; PALOMAR (8-2) @ COLLEGE OF CANYONS (10-0) – Palomar's two losses came in OT, one of them 21-15 to Canyons. Comets have RB Lawrence Letuli (207-906) running behind giant tackles Pino and Schmidt. COC avg. 40-17.9 behind solid OL, QB Jason Beck and RB Marcus Howard. Decent "D." PALOMAR to avenge loss 24-21.
US BANK BEACH BOWL 1pm; FULLERTON (8-2) @ SANTA MONICA (7-3) – Fullerton lost only to MSAC and Palomar and is the surprise team of the year. P/PK Sam Paulesco is a weapon. Lbers Morris and Sober good. SMCC wicked aerial game with David Koral passing for 18 TDs and just 6 picks. Corsairs beat Citrus, but we'll take FULLERTON 34-21.
These four games constitute the Southern California playoffs. Semis on 29th. Finals on the 6th winner goes to Bakersfield.
POTATO BOWL 1:15pm; CERRITOS (6-4) vs. VICTOR VALLEY (7-3) @ Bakersfield College - Cerritos could easily have won game. Two-pronged running game features Velasquez (1,304) and Dixon (663), but OL is very young. VVC has a fine QB in Jefferies and solid passing game avg. 34 points, but giving up a lot too. CERRITOS 28 to 17.
EAST COUNTY, 1pm; SOLANO (6-4) vs. DIABLO VALLEY (6-4) @ Los Medanos College – At least it appears to be an even contest with each team sporting a 6-4 record. Solano's Ingram and DVC's Hubbard figure to run wild. DVC 27-23.
VERIZON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 1pm; EL CAMINO (7-3) @ CHAFFEY (8-2) – Both beat Cerritos. Both lost to Saddleback. Frosh Matt Engle of ECC and Nick Davila of the Panthers figure to hook up in a passing battle. Both have fine ends, but we especially like Chaffey's Cody Sorenson. ECC SS Keith Ellison and Chaffey CB Tyron Brackenridge is another battle. CHAFFEY 31-28.
SILICON VALLEY, 1pm; SAN MATEO (9-1) vs. SAN JOAQUIN DELTA (9-1) at Foothill College – One of the best matchups. Calif. top-ranked passer is Steve Haren of SMCC to go with Sione Tavake at RB (794 and 13 TDs). Delta has Steve Wickman throwing and 3 solid receivers. Should be a shootout and fun to watch. DELTA by a 42-38 score.
PACIFIC GRAFFITI, 3pm; WEST HILLS (6-4) vs. LANEY (7-3) @ Modesto Jr. College – WHC has been cranking it up lately with just a 19-16 loss to Reedley. Likewise for Laney, which lost 20-27 to San Mateo. Nice matchup. West Hills appears to have guns with QB Brad Treadway and RB Lantrez Jones leading the way. Pretty much a toss-up. WEST HILLS 34-23.
PRODUCERS DAIRY, 4pm; ALLAN HANCOCK (8-2) @ FRESNO (8-2) – Hancock may take advantage of possible sanctions against some FCC players. For Hancock, RB Jordan and QB Nicholson are good and Scipio avg. 49.9 on KORs. Fresno Fr. RB Nate Wright leads the Rams (1,347) with some ace defensive guys like Dek Bake at DE and Simonton at DB. Hunch says HANCOCK 24-21.
We'll take a look at games of Nov. 29 next week. Gavilan plays Sierra in the Capital Shrine and Feather River faces Butte in the Tri Counties games, plus the Dalton Defenders Bowl in Coffeyville, featuring NE Oklahoma vs. Coffeyville, is on Sunday.
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS
EL CAMINO – Fr. Matt Engle, 6-1, 180, was 18of 25 for 306 and 4 TDs, 1 INT, in 48-12 win over Santa Ana
ORANGE COAST – Kelika Higa, 6-0, 175, completed 21 of 31 for 303 and a pair of scores in loss to Golden West
CITRUS – Fr. Steve Payne, 6-4, 190, went 20 of 31 for 302 and 4 TDs in 27-15 win over Glendale
WEST HILLS – Brad Treadway, 6-2, 215, hit on 18 of 28 passes for 276 yards and 3 TDs, in 35-21 win over Modesto
MT. SAN ANTONIO – Adam Ernst, 6-1, 210, was 16 of 27 for 271 yards and a TD
CERRITOS – Carlos Velasquez, 5-10, 190, 31 rushes for 222 yards, (giving him 1,304 for the season) vs. Palomar
DIXIE – Frosh Danny Gifford, 5-10, 210, rushed for l96 yards on 21 carries and scored twice in 36-29 win over Air Force Prep
CHAFFEY – Fr. Geramie Bascomb, 6-0, 215, returned to action with 178 yards and 4 TDs in 56-20 win over San Bernardino
GLENDALE, Az. – Ramel McIntosh, 6-0, 220, rambled for 166 yards on 29 carries in 42-7 win over Mesa
PASADENA – Jerome Harrison, 5-11, 190, despite team's 0-10 record, rushed for 162 yards on 33 carries and became the first PCC rusher to deliver consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
L.A. SOUTHWEST – Frosh Donald Bell, 5-4, 160, caught 5 passes for 76 yards and 1 TD, 2 PRs for 13 yards, 5 KORs for 140 and another score and intercepted a pass in wild 46-44 win over West LA.
SADDLEBACK – Frosh Jerard Rabb, 6-3, 195, had 5 catches for 158 yards 1 TD and freshman Julien Petit, 6-3, 190, hauled in 5 for 144.
WEST L.A. – Shadee Shakir, 6-2, 185, 8 catches for 157 and a pair of tallies.
L.A. PIERCE – Craig Gobroski, 5-11, 180, caught 10 passes for 138 yards
SANTA ANA – Koa Bartlett, 6-1, 185, 9 catches for 119 and a TD.
PALOMAR – S Josh Gomez, 6-1, 215, had 2 INTs, a fumble recovery runback for 55-yard TD and 10 tackles
L.A. HARBOR – Fr. LB Steven Jaurez, 6-2, 219, had 15 tackles, 10 solo and 2 TFLs and DE Dewayne Hollyfield, 6-4, 270, had 10 tackles, 3 unassisted, 2 TFLs, 4 hurries and 2 pass break ups in 14-7 win over Compton
SADDLEBACK – LB Ryan Powdrell, 6-1, 245, was in on 8 tackles and carried the ball 5 times for 30 yards and 2 TDs, and DE B. Jay Parsons, 6-5, 255, was credited with 11 tackles, including 5 for lost yardage, a sack and an assist.
FULLERTON – CB/KR Larry Collins, 5-11, 200, had 2 INTs and 4 tackles
RIVERSIDE – LB Hoang Mai, 5-11, 195, contributed 16 tackles, 8 solo, 4 for losses and rushed 1 for 45 on fake punt, in 21-24 loss to Fullerton.
SOUTHWESTERN – P Ryan Seele, 5-8, 180, had 4 punts for 42-avg. and recovered an on-side kick.
BOWL AND PLAYOFF ROUNDUPS
N.E. OKLAHOMA wins Southwest Conf. title with 37-34 triumph over TYLER. Fr. TB Charles Elix, 6-0, 195, who had a great year, galloped 272 yards and scored 4 times, the last a 15-yard run with 4:11 left in the game. Vincent Brown, 5-10, 185, rushed for 173 yards for TYLER, but ace QB Tony Eckert was able to complete just 9 of 24 for 240. Freshman Apache LB Irapatrick Jackson, 6-1, 205, had 9 tackles and 2 sacks and Ashlan Davis caught 4 passes for 124 yards.
PEARL RIVER 21, HINDS 17 – Wildcats won their 16th state championship, but first since 1976 before a crowd of 6,000. PRCC's Anthony Johnson was 22 of 38 for 243 and 2 TDs, one each to star receivers Larry Brackins 8 for 102 and Larry Kendrick 5 for 74. Hinds Fr. RB Greg Clark rushed 22 times for 84 yards and caught 7 passes for 60 more, but PK Carter Mascagni missed 3 4th quarter FGs. He kicked 13 on the regular season and 3 in the semi-finals.
ROCHESTER 14, MESABI RANGE 12 – RCC completed just 3 passes, but the theme was, give the ball to Strike and play solid defense. It worked. Chad Strike lugged 37 times for 180 yards and the "D" stopped the potent MR offense that avg. 356 yards and nearly 40 pts per game. Josh Bryant connected with Bryan Dalton for 41 and 65-yard TD passes for MR. It was the 6th state title for RCC in the past 8 yrs.
SAN FRANCISCO 48, BUTTE 33 – CCSF faced its stiffest competition in 8-1 Butte and led from start to finish. RB Tim Brown dashed for 173 yards on 25 carries and scored 3 times and Fr. QB Joseph Ayoob went 15 of 28 for 265 and 3 scores, while running 11 times for 65 yards and another. Butte Fr. TB Jason Peters got an extremely tough 112 yards on 23 trips and Craig Barber caught 2 scoring passes and had 173 yards on 5 KORs for 227 all-purpose yards.
REEDLEY 27, FRESNO 24 – Reedley used a blocked punt, a fumble return (in final 5 minutes), 2 FGs and a pass from Robert Johnson to Ronnie Saintil to nudge the Rams for the third time in two seasons. RCC had 255 total yards, FCC 224 as defenses and those ever-lovin' penalties (24 for 241 yards between them) prevailed. When it was all over a brawl broke out and some players may be disqualified from the bowl and playoff games.
GRAPHIC EDGE BOWL –
WM. RAINEY HARPER 31, IOWA CENTRAL 24 – MVP-Offense, Fr. Eric Shultz, 6-1, 194, broke bowl records with (29 completions on 54 attempts) for 285 yards and 4 TDs and Fr. LB Steven Octavien. 6-2, 222, had 15 tackles, 2 TFLs, forced and recovered a fumble and had a sack for MVPD honors. Edgar Arceo had 37 and 44-yard FGs and Larry Turner gained 104 on 33 carries for IC.
ELLSWORTH 29, HUDSON VALLEY 23 in 3 OTs – Emmanuel Marc lugged 40 times for 269 yards for HVC to get MVP-Offense honors, but it wasn't enough as Aussie David Lonie kicked 3 FGs and MVD Tanner Varner SS, had 18 tackles and blocked a punt for Ellsworth. It was the Panthers 14th bowl victory.
OUR CARRY OVER from previous years, dating back to 1986 when we starting predicting the bowl games, is 219-113-6 for a 68% rating. Not great, but not bad. However, we only tabbed Pearl River, NEO and San Francisco right out of this batch. Take note that the CCSF-Butte and Fresno-Reedley contests were scheduled games that just worked out as playoffs for spots in the finals.
CLEANING UP THE NOTE FILE –
The championship playoff games in Kansas and Texas were terrific. BUTLER COUNTY came from behind to drop Coffeyville 45-38 and N.E. OKLAHOMA survived an Apache rally to beat Tyler 37-34. They don't get much better than that. It would be nice if the California finals turned out the same way…DIXIE coach Greg Croshaw handled his dual QB situation nicely. Adam Madsen and Danny Southwick split 131 completions in 251 attempts for 2,128 yards, 21 TDs and 5 INTs right down the middle, and it worked for a 10-1 record…When NASSAU dumped Lackawanna 49-15, it gave the Lions their 35th straight winning season since the football program was established in 1968. RB Omar Palmer helped win that one by gaining 209 yards on 16 carries and DE James Williams, 6-1, 280, had 6 tackles, 3 sacks and a fumble recovery. KUDOS to ANTELOPE VALLEY for having 2 school vans and a bus loaded with items ready to go for the fire victims following their game at AVC with San Bernardino. . .COFFEYVILLE had two backs in the exclusive 1,000 yard club. Lee Baker, 5-8, 190, went for 1,289 on 206 carries with 11 TDs and Arkee Whitlock, 5-9, 205, pounded out 1,153 on 188 trips and 16 tallies. It's the first Kansas duo to turn the trick since 1991. BAKERSFIELD's defense came to play in their big 28-7 win over an injury-riddled VENTURA team. Fr. LB Kenny Atkins, 6-3, 205, had 4 sacks and the Gades held the Pirates to 30 yards rushing. CB Jerome Miller, 6-2, 173, picked off 2 passes and had 145 yards in returns. VC lost 9 starters to injury. CITRUS ace. Quinton Ganther, carried just 7 times for 48 yards against Glendale and then left to rest his injured shoulder. It cost him the Calif. State rushing title as BUTTE's Jason Peters ended up with 1,517 and "Q" 1,485.
ALUMNI REPORT –
Bill Whittmore, FORT SCOTT, went down with a shoulder injury at Kansas, and he was replaced briefly by PALOMAR's John Nielsen. Corey Dillon, ex-DIXIE/GARDEN CITY star, may never get back into the Cincinnati Bengal lineup. Rudi Johnson, former BUTLER COUNTY ace, has taken over and is doing just fine. Will Poole, ex-VENTURA CB, is showing DI schools that if a player is good enough it pays to scholly him for just one year if that is all the eligibility he has left. Southern California, may be headed for the BCS championships with considerable help from Poole, along with CB Ronald Nunn, SAN FRANCISCO, and John Drake OL LONG BEACH…REMEMBER Tonya Butler, the 5-5, 140 young lady who did some place-kicking for MIDDLE GEORGIA in 1999-2000 before the school gave up football? Tonya is kicking well for West Alabama, coached by Randy Pippen, who was her mentor at MGCC. After 9 games she was 24 of 25 PATs and 4-5 on field goals. She is said to be the first woman to have place-kicked a FG in JC and in an NCAA game. . . Ex-CHAFFEY OLs, Brad and Cory Lekkerkerker, have done well at UC-Davis, which is enjoying its 34th consecutive winning season. The brothers were the subject of a nice yarn in SI a couple of weeks ago…BUTTE transfers Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Arrington had huge games in one-sided victory over Washington…
SOME LATE INDIVIDUAL STATS-
Kendrick Johnson, NEW MEXICO MILITARY, lugged 21 times for 192 yards and 2 scores in 28-17 loss to Snow. LANEY RB Roger Moppis, 20 for 126 and 4 TDs vs. San Jose; Delaine Ingram, 5-10, 180, SOLANO, 40 carries for 240 yards 55-34 over Marin…Shaun Bodiford, BUTTE WR, 6-1, 190, caught 7 for 126 and 2 scores 65-13 over Chabot…Geary Davenport, 5-7, 180, MARIN, was 30 of 52 for 362 and 4 scores in loss to Solano…MODESTO FS Andy Bristow, 6-2, 185, blocked 2 punts, recovered a fumble and had an INT for a TD in 20-0 win over Sequoias…FOOTHILL Fr. QB John Russell, 6-3, 215, was 19 of 26 for 276 and 2 TDs in 36-12 win over Redwoods…WEST L.A. Fr. Devin Hollins, who we have featured just about every week, passed for 419 yards and 5 TDs going 22 of 45, but Oilers' defense was elsewhere in 46-44 loss to L.A. Southwest, who had scored over 26 points just once.