FULLERTON WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
Nov. 17 - Coach Gene Murphy (photo) and the No. 15 Fullerton Hornets rolled past Santa Ana, 24-7, Saturday at Titan Stadium.
"The Key to the County," signifying the state's oldest rivalry (79 meetings), returns to Fullerton for the first time since 1995.
Fullerton ends the regular season with three straight wins, and a 6-4 overall record makes the school eligible for a 2001 bowl game.
Statewide bowl pairings will be announced Sunday afternoon.
"Sophomore Day" at Fullerton was well represented by the team's second-year players:
o QB Brian Bartczak completed a school-record 32 passes on 43 attempts for 310 yards (two TDs, one INT).
o WR Terrance Moore posted career-highs of 11 catches for 199 yards;
o WR Jeff Weber tied a school record with 13 receptions for 76 yards and two scores;
o and the defense picked off a school-record seven interceptions - all by sophomores, including two by SS Deonta Birdsong and LB Jeremy Ellis.
Fullerton held Santa Ana, the Mission Conference's fourth-leading rushing team, to just 45 yards on 28 carries.
Bartczak hit seven different receivers on the day, as he stepped into fourth place on FC's all-time single-season passing list with 2, 254 yards.
His 32 pass completions in one game broke the old mark of 31, set by former NFL pro Dave Wilson (1979).
FC has its first winning season since 1994, when the team went 7-3-1 and appeared in its last bowl game - a 38-33 victory over Allan Hancock in the Western State K-Swiss Bowl.