This is a continuation of our bowl previews with predictions and commentary about each game. Also, we look back at last weekend's action around the nation and summarize how we did with our picks. We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


CAPITAL SHRINE BOWL @ Sacramento City College, Nov. 29, 12 pm – SIERRA (10-0) vs. GAVILAN (5-5) - Mismatch of the bowl season. On Sept. 20 Sierra beat Gavilan 65-0. Gavilan is playing because they won the Coast Conf. Gav. Will match ElRay Henry's 1067 rushing against Sierra ace Kelvin Haley, 1201 and QB J.P. Greco, 167-277-2630 and a very impressive 32 TD-7 INT ratio. This one will be closer. Make it SIERRA 45, GAVILAN 7

TRI COUNTIES BANK HOLIDAY BOWL @ Butte College, Nov. 29, 12 pm – FEATHER RIVER (9-1) vs. BUTTE (8-2) - Sierra was the only team Feather River couldn't handle. Butte lost only to Fresno and CCSF and has the Calif. rushing champ Jason Peters 1507 yds. Feather River QB D.J. Porter is an all-around star who accounted for 27 TDs. FR has a ground game that picked up 2503 yds, but goes against Roadrunner "D" that gave up just 824. Rigsbees lads avg. 35.6 points and give up 25.9. Feather is 36.2 and 25.7. Should be fairly close game. BUTTE 38, FEATHER RIVER 27

COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS (11-0) @ GROSSMONT (11-0) Nov. 29, 1 pm - Semi-finals of Southern California Playoffs. The only matchup that pits two unbeaten teams. Should whet the appetite of any good JC lovin' football fan. Dave Jordan's Griffins avg. 49.1 pts and gave up just 15.4. Chuck Lyon saw his charges avg. 40 and cough up 17.9. Center Shawn Huntsinger, DT Domata Peko, 6-4, 280, LB Jerrod Perry, DB Charles Manigo, QB Jason Beck, RB Marcus Crawford and PK Josh Cummings are COC leaders. Grossmont has blue-chippers in WR/PK Todd Watkins (hurt?), who scored 86 pts kicking and caught 8 TD passes, Lb Dan Catalano, injured early vs. Citrus, DB Maurice London, OT Andrea Liddell, and Fr Dallas Mauga. As it should be this is a tough one to pick. Grossmont is tough at home. GROSSMONT 31, CANYONS 28

FULLERTON (9-2) @ MT. SAN ANTONIO (10-1) Nov. 29, 1 pm semi-finals of Southern California Playoffs - Fullerton ripped off 6 straight after their 15-7 loss to MSAC and is definitely getting stronger. The Mounties hold that earlier win and have defeated foes by a 34.5-14.7 margin. If it comes down to a kick, the Hornet's Sam Paulescu is a super P/K, Larry Collins DB, LBs John Morris and Dustin Sober, very good on defense QB Tom Kirchmeyer, keeps improving, and Chaz Guinn a fine WR. Wr Delanie Walker was co-MVP on offense in the Conf. for the Mounties and Caz Hill can pack the leather. FS Bobby Godinez, DL Fillsonuu Tafisi and DL Austin Jacison, are defensive keys. FULLERTON 24, MSAC 21

DALTON DEFENDERS BOWL @Coffeyville, Kans. Nov. 30 . NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA (9-2) vs. COFFEYVILLE (9-2) - These two opened the season Aug. 30 with Coffeyville getting a 13-0 victory. It may be reversed as they close the campaign. Both conferences play round robins. The Ravens just couldn't beat Butler Co. losing both games by total of 8 points. NEO's other loss was by one point to Tyler and then was avenged in the playoffs. Norse Fr. Charles Elix ran for 1,173 yds, OLB Kenneth West was Conf. MVPD, and DT Remi Ayodele is a Di prospect. Raven OT Paul Solai, DB Dashon Goldson and LB Barry Wright are fine players. Tough one to call. Home field advantage. COFFEYVILLE 21, NEO 17

CLO BOWL @ Santa Rosa College, Dec. 6, 1 pm – WEST VALLEY (6-4) vs. SANTA ROSA (10-0) - If comparisons mean anything, SRCC should win easily. The Bear Cubs Avg. 459 yds and give up 272. The Vikings avg. 337 and give up 344. Jordan Borovicz, conf. MVPO, passed for 3230 yds, 37 TDs, but had 18 picked off. Jason Campbell's numbers were WR Mike Crooks is a good one for WV. DB Scott Ware (USC commit) plays like Superman in the SRCC defense. Santa Rosa shows wins over Reedley, Laney, and Delta. WV beat San Mateo. We like SANTA ROSA 35 TO 24

HAWAIIAN PUNCH BOWL @ City College of San Francisco, Dec. 6, 1 pm – REEDLEY (9-1) vs. SAN FRANCISCO (10-0) - Defending State champion, Reedley, was already an underdog, then saw some key players disqualified for after-game activities in the Fresno game. However, Reedley does have awesome QB Robert Johnson, so anything can happen. RB/KR Tim Brown, playing about half the games, went 169-1,354 with 19 TDs for CCSF running behind huge Albert Toeaina (Tenn. Commit). Antwon Guidry had a great all around season as an all-purpose guy. WRs are outstanding. Bert Jones stars at FS. We just don't see how the Tigers are going to keep up with the high-scoring Rams. SAN FRANCISCO 42, REEDLEY 21

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (hosted by higher seed) - Winners of Fullerton-Mt. San Antonio and Grossmont-Canyons games will play in this one. Since we predicted wins for Fullerton and Grossmont, our calculations come up with GROSSMONT winning the Southern California title, 28-17.

DIXIE ROTARY BOWL, St. George, Utah, Dec. 6 – BUTLER COUNTY (11-0) vs. DIXIE STATE (10-1) – There should be some scoring in this one. Butler scored 534 pts in 11 games and allowed 233. Dixie went 453-200 in 11. Greg Croshaw employs a double QB system, has a great punter in Jake Hendy and two outstanding Lbers in Singa Iloa and Tyler DeBry. Butler Co. QB Chad Wilmott fits the system perfectly, Joseph Harris rushed for 1580 yds in 10 games and Lbers Greg Wilkerson and Lee Foliaki get the job done. BC came from way behind twice to beat Coffeyville, but it wouldn't be a good idea to count on that at Dixie. We've had the BC Grizzlies on top most of the season so – BUTLER CO. 42, DIXIE 35

CHAMPS HEART OF TEXAS BOWL, Copperas Cove, Tex. Dec. 6 – ROCHESTER (9-2) vs. TYLER (9-2) – Minnesota champs have not fared well against the "big boys" and Tyler certainly rates in that category. Tony Eckert is a good QB and Robert Spells and Ashlan Davis a fine pair of receivers. Richard Collier, 6-7, 380 OT leads the way. Chad Strike, a 5-11, 185 Fr. RB is the key guy for the RCC Yellowjackets. He is usually over 100 yds. last year RCC took a 55-7 licking at the hands of Coffeyville in the Dalton Bowl. It may not be that bad this year, but TYLER should win. TYLER 48-14

VALLEY OF THE SUN, Glendale, Az. Dec. 6 – HUTCHINSON (7-3) vs. GLENDALE (8-2) - Hutch lost to Coffeyville twice and Butler once. Glendale lost to Dixie and Snow, so none of the defeats were embarrassing. QB Robert Coats leads the Hutch attack with WR Frankie Robinson on the other end. DB Jamar Flourney heads the defense. Glendale' RB Ramel McIntosh is their big gun, K Joe Tantarelli, DB DeMarcus Greene and WR Riley Weber are all-Conference. These two met in 1999 in this bowl and Hutch prevailed 52-8. GC beat Garden City twice since. GLENDALE 38, HUTCHINSON 20

SEA ISLAND CO. GOLDEN ISLES BOWL, Dec. 6, - SNOW (8-1) vs. GEORGIA MILITARY (8-2) – GMC seldom gets to face a JC opponent, but when they do the Bulldogs usually win. Snow will be a formidable foe, losing only to Dixie early in the season. Most of the GMC upside is defense with the likes of Demetrius Hodges, CB, Wayne Wilder, DL, Tim Autrey, LB. Their scoring ratio is 36.4 to 10.4. Snow goes 38.4 to 12.2 so no real difference their. The Badgers have a fine QB in Jason Coutts, WR Brian Romney, and Ol , Duce Lutui, all 6-5. 350. It's a long trip so we go with GEORGIA MILITARY by a 35-28 count.



NATIONAL BOWL – MT. SAN ANTONIO 24, SADDLEBACK 23. – Despite 6 turnovers, the Mounties managed to pull out the one-point victory late in the fourth period behind solid defense and special team errors by Saddleback. The Gauchos held a 20-7 lead, but WR Delanie Walker (ASU-bound) scored on a long run after catching a screen pass and the PAT put the Mounties ahead 21-20. The two teams traded FGs late in the 4th. A highly entertaining game with Adam Ernst passing for 323 on 18 of 31 for 2 TDs and Saddleback's Brock Farrel 18 of 35 for 283 and a pair of scores. Julien Petit caught 9 for 149 yds and the Mounties pair, Walker 6 for 123 and Demitrius Hughes 3 for 124. LB Ryan Powdrell had 14 tackles, caused 2 fumbles and scored on a 2-yd run for Saddleback. We picked MSAC to win 24-17.

SOUTH COUNTY – GROSSMONT 38, CITRUS 21 – The unbeaten Griffins won easier than the scoreboard showed but the game Owls put on a dazzling passing exhibition. QB Steve Payne went 26 of 47 for 286 and 3 TDs. Grossmont's Jarrod Jackson put up similar numbers with 21 of 29 for 328 and 2 scores. Citrus RB Quinton Ganther, playing with a shoulder injury, carried just 10 times for 40 yds and caught 5 screen passes for 54 more. Grossmont was driving for another score with the lead already 24-7 when Owl DB Roderick Williams picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yds to keep the game close. Our prediction was Grossmont 45-21.

WESTERN STATE - COLLEGE OF CANYONS 24, PALOMAR 14 – Canyons never trailed in downing the Comets for the second time in 2003, but a last minute 2-yd run by Marcus Crawford made it look more dominant. Neither team had much of a running game working, but in the air Jason Beck was 18 of 36 for 252 and MVP honors for Canyons and Tony Paoli 16 of 36 for 273 and 2 scores, but had 3 picked off. Comet WR Caleb Spencer caught 8 for 179 yds. Beck scored on a 23-yd throwback from WR Bobby Stanley for the first COC tally. Our hunch had Palomar winning 24-21.

U.S. BANK BEACH BOWL – FULLERTON 45, SANTA MONICA 7 – On a cold, blustery day the Hornets dominated in every facet, holding the vaunted SMCC passing attack under 100 yds. Frosh DT Gabe Long, a 6-3, 260, who won MVPD honors, knocked out Corsair QB David Koral in the first half with a vicious tackle. WR Chaz Guinn caught 3 passes, all for TDs. RBs Justin Domineck 18 for 92 and Alfred Guidry, 12 for 88 hogged the ball and P/PK Sam Paulescu booted a 57-yd FG plus 6 PATS giving him 43-43 and 11-17 stats on the year. He avg. 50.1 punting. Our pick was Fullerton 34-21.

POTATO BOWL – CERRITOS 34, VICTOR VALLEY 22 – The Falcons had to come from behind to win this one, but had it well in hand at the end. QB Mike Keeling was named the game's MVP with Carlos Velasquez MVPO after rushing 20 times for 129 yds. VVC's DB Kevin Stanley was the MVP on defense. We tabbed Cerritos by a 28-17 score.

EAST COUNTY – SOLANO 41, DIABLO VALLEY 20 – Solano whipped up a ton of offensive yards headed by QB Justin Nunley, who went 9 of 15 for 281 and 3 scores to be the games MVP. We expected RB Robert Hubbard to do more for DVC and picked them to win 27-23.

VERIZON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – EL CAMINO 21, CHAFFEY 14 – El Camino foiled 4 passes in the end zone late in the game and the Panthers missed several other scoring chances. ECC's Matt Engle was the MVP after going 15 of 29 for 188. ECC's Jamal Gatlin recovered a fumble on the 2nd half kickoff and ran in for a 16-yd TD and later had an INT in the end zone. The Warriors held Panther WRs Prater to 7-107 and Sorenson 3-89. We predicted Chaffey would win 31-28.

SILICON VALLEY – SAN MATEO 20, SAN JOAQUIN DELTA 17 – Pat Davis kicked a 33-yd FG with seconds remaining in a very evenly balanced game. Sione Tavake, 6-1, 260, refused to leave the game despite a large cut on his forehead and went on to MVP honors as he gained 12 yds on 31 carries. Brandon Harper led the Delta offense with 107 yds on 16 efforts. We picked Delta to win 42-38.

PACIFIC GRAFFITI – WEST HILLS 28, LANEY 24 – West Hills rallied from a 11 point deficit behind QB Brad Treadway, who passed for 13-26-197 yds and all four scores. Lantrez Jones rushed for 56 yds and caught 3 passes for 103. The last TD reception by Fred Strickland came with just 40 seconds to play. We said West Hills would win 34-23

PRODUCERS DAIRY – FRESNO 44, ALLAN HANCOCK 23 - Didn't know what to do with this game because of late suspensions and all, but the Rams gave Tony Caviglia his first bowl coaching win at FCC in rather easy fashion. Fr. Nate Wright gained 104 yds on 13 carries and scored twice. Wayne Desmond was 13 of 24 for 273 yds and a TD. Andrew Jones filled in admirably at QB for Hancock going 19-34-253 with 3 TDs after starter Nicholson was hurt and unable to play. We looked for an upset here and it definitely didn't happen. Our pick Hancock 24-21.

For the weekend we split the 10 games, going 5-5 and now stand at 7-8 for the bowl-playoff season.

The 44th annual J.C. GRID-WIRE All-American will be out next week.


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