Top Performances & News of Note

Here is our weekly look at top performances from around the country. Plus, we packed in a ton of news and a little This-and-That from around the country. Beginning with achievements on the gridiron ... Butler County QB Zac Taylor, a bounceback from Wake Forest, was 12 of 21 for 3 TDs and 288 yards in one half vs. Dodge City.


PEARL RIVER: Jimmy Oliver completed 24 of 31 for 478 yards and 6 TDs in 43-26 win over Itawamba in opener.

S.J. DELTA: In the opener Steve Wichman, 6-3, 225, hit on 22 of 33 passes for 353 yards and 3 TDs.

SAN FRANCISCO: Joseph Ayoob, 6-3, 215, was 19 of 25 for 303 and 2 TDs, and ran 3 times for 21 more. He had 1 INT.

SADDLEBACK: Freshman Colt Brennan, 6-3, 193, completed 23 of 42 for 294 and 2 TDs, giving him 545 yards passing in first 2 collegiate games.

BUTLER COUNTY: Zac Taylor, a bounceback from Wake Forest, was 12 of 21 for 3 TDs and 288 yards in one-half vs. Dodge City.

TRINITY VALLEY: Thomas Cook was 13 of 21 for 284 and 2 TDs in 44-14 win over Ranger.

SANTA MONICA: Jeff Kreiger was 17 of 31 for 274 and 4 TDs in loss to Santa Ana.

HUTCHINSON: Robert Coates went 15 of 27 for 271 yards and 4 TDs and ran 5 yards for another.

CITRUS; Steve Payne, 6-4, 210, completed 17 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a TD in 24-14 victory over Riverside.

LOS MEDANOS: Bryan Beaver, 5-11, 190, was 17 of 28 for 257 and 3 TDs in their victory over Contra Costa. He also has a 40+ average on punts.

HUDSON VALLEY: Jonah Chappall became the first QB at HVCC to throw for 4 TDs going 6 for 11 for 91 yards

N.E. MISSISSIPPI: Michael Edmiston went 15 of 24 for 232 with 5 TDs in his team's 45-14 win over Copiah-Lincoln.


SANTA ANA: Dartangan Johnson had 32 rushes for 257 yards and a pair of scores vs. Santa Monica. That's a career high for him.

SAN FRANCISCO: Dallas Bernstine, 5-9, 165, carried the rock 19 times for 151 yards and had 3 catches for 65 more yards.

EL CAMINO: Frosh Brian Flowers, 5-9, 180, had 12 carries for 151 yards, including a 68-yard TD run and a 23-yard KOR.

BUTLER COUNTY: Ryan Torain gained 149 yards on 22 carries with a 14-yard score.

VENTURA: Alex Garfio carried 28 times for 148 yards in a 22-18 win over San Bernardino Valley.

CITRUS: Dario Camacho carried 27 times for 145 yards.

N.E. OKLAHOMA: All-American Charles Elix had 13 carries for 141 yards (3game totals: 60-368-54 pts) and 4 TDs (24, 15, 1, 29).

CHAFFEY: Brandon Fractious, 6-0, 190, lugged the pigskin 20 times for 137 yards after gaining 100 the previous week vs. Cerritos.

ROCHESTER: Lentrell Nealy, 5-11, 190, carried 19 times for 133 yards and a TD.

GOLDEN WEST: Turill Engleman, 5-10, 205, rushed for 128 yards on 13 carries with a 58-yard TD run. Also, he made 2 catches for 11 yards and a TD.

ERIE: Charles Bigham had 17 carries for 114 yards and 2 TDs in a 28-6 win over Lackawanna. Charles also added a 25-yard reception.


L.A. HARBOR: Mike Bolio, 6-1, 190, caught 13 passes for 218 yards and a TD, had a 2-point PAT, returned 2 punts 31 yards and a kickoff for 29 yards … that makes 278 total yards, in a 52-42 loss to Victor Valley.

TRINITY VALLEY: Ross Roby caught 7 passes for 183 yards and 2 TDs.

COMPTON: Cory Fredrick had 12 catches for 115 yards and James Finley 8 for 104 in loss to Cerritos.

SOUTHWESTERN: WR Ernie Ballenger, 6-3, 195, hauled in 8 catches for 123 yards. Last week he also caught 8 for 103.


SAN MATEO: DE Shawn Sapoaga, 6-3, 285, a transfer from Idaho State, had 2.5 sacks, forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one. He was also in on numerous tackles in CSM's road victory over Sequoias.

L.A. PIERCE: Wes Anderson made 10 tackles and added an interception while Branden Robinson tallied 14 tackles and a sack vs. Antelope Valley.

BUTTE: Cornerback Jameel Dowling, 6-3, 185, blocked a punt & returned it for a TD, recovered a fumble and had an INT vs. Redwoods

TYLER: DE Keith Stewart made 8 tackles, had 3 sacks, 2 hurries, & caused and recovered a fumble in the Apaches' 18-12 win over Trinity Valley.

TRINITY VALLEY: Cody Robinson tallied 14 tackles in helping defense hold Tyler to minus 20 yards rushing.

FULLERTON: Frosh CB Nate Jackson, 5-8, 150, hauled in 2 INTs (3 for year), helping to seal the Hornets' win. He also had 6 tackles in the effort.

SAN DIEGO MESA: DB/KR Keno Walter-White, 6-1, 175, made 6 tackles, had 2 pass deflections, and caused a fumble in win over Glendale.

GROSSMONT: Speedy CB John Guice, 5-9, 180, had 2 picks and DL Dallas Mauga, 6-1, 295, had 2 sacks, 3 QB hurries and 5 tackles. Meanwhile, LB Evan Hermanson, 6-1, 220, contributed 12 tackles.

LONG BEACH: SS Junior Taliauli had 11 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble vs. Grossmont.

HUDSON VALLEY: Freshman Dale Williams intercepted 4 passes in a 63-12 win over RPI JV. He was named the conference's defensive MVP.

N.E. MISSISSIPPI: LB Donald Thornton tallied 12 tackles, 3 for losses, and 3 QB sacks, in 9-0 win over Southwest.

RIVERSIDE: Freshman linebacker Jeff Benjamin, 6-3, 260, made 5 solo stops, l tackle for loss, 2 sacks (-20 yards) and a forced fumble in loss to Citrus.

PASADENA: Linebacker Marcus Raines, 6-3, 230, was all over the field with 8 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 hurries in the Lancers' 12-6 loss to Bakersfield.

MT. SAN ANTONIO: CB Tommy Musa, 5-9, 175, tallied 8 solo stops, 1 QB sack, and a fumble recovery while DE Nuu Tafisi, 6-2, 260, had 7 solos and 3 sacks.

ORANGE COAST: Joe Mitchell made 13 tackles (6 solo) in loss to LASW.

NAVARRO: CB Stephen McCoy pulled down 2 INTs, one setting up a TD in his team's 21-6 win over Trinity Valley.

JONES COUNTY: LB Corey Cooley contributed 18 tackles (8 solo) and caused a fumble in a 19-6 win over Holmes.


SANTA ROSA: Safety Mike Salvage, 5-10, 190, who will reportedly play for TCU next season, recovered a fumble, had a pick, made 7 tackles, broke up 2 passes and had 157 return yards against Mendicino.

L.A. VALLEY: Shaun Avalos punted 8 times for a 44.8 average in 39-17 loss to Mt. San Antonio.

COFFEYVILLE: OT Brandon Stephenson graded out at 87% while the first unit played in 65-0 rout of Independence.

GARDEN CITY: Punter Grant Stephenson is averaging 47.8 yards per punt.

SANTA MONICA: B. J. Vickers, who signed with Louisville out of HS, had 181 total yards with 5 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs and two rushes for 66 yards and a TD.

REEDLEY: PK Anthony Montgomery tied a school record by booting 5 field goals (30, 41, 38, 21, and 22) in 50-6 win over Sacramento.

MORRISVILLE: Mario DeGracia had 2 KRs for 89 yards and 4 PRs for 43 vs. Utica JV.

HINDS: Punter Kyle Platt boomed 5 punts for a 49.4 average, including a 65-yarder, in a 53-7 win over East Miss.

PALOMAR: Ryan Hotchkiss, 6-2, 205, made 7 punts for a 46.1 average with a long of 70 yards.

ITAWAMBA: Michael Gibson punted 7 times for a 46.7 avg. (Season: 14 for 42.8 average) in a 10-7 loss to East Central. 


Our "Little This-N-That" section is usually just a compilation of JC-related items that we hope you will find of interest. Some might be important, some might just be unusual – whatever, we hope you enjoy it.

HERE'S ONE THAT IS IMPORTANT- The California courts, on August 27, ruled that the COA binding arbitration process has been ruled illegal and unenforceable and therefore City College of San Francisco will not be required to follow it. As we get it, the COA had ruled CCSF ineligible for post season play in 2004 due to certain rule infractions. Apparently the rules themselves were illegal, or something to that affect. There still seems to be some judgment yet to come down regarding the Rams' eligibility for post-season play, but it is the guess of this editor that George Rush and his crew will be defending their California title in Visalia in December.

THIS LOOKS LIKE THE YEAR OF THE QUARTERBACK in the JC ranks. Not just the QB, but big QBs. Here are a few examples:

Brett Hall, LACKAWANNA, 6-3, 225
Bruce Petty, VICTOR VALLEY, 6-2, 220
Justin Tyler, GEORGIA MILITARY, 6-4, 235
Brett Ratliff, BUTTE, 6-4, 215
Ban Brethaur, LANEY, 6-5, 210
Damien Collins, RANGER, 6-2, 220
Steve Payne, CITRUS, 6-4, 210
Danny Southwick, DIXIE, 6-2, 215
Cornell Thomas, ERIE, 6-5, 210
Steve Wichman, SAN JOAQUIN DELTA, 6-4, 224
Justin Dion, ANTELOPE VALLEY, 6-5, 215 

That's just to name a few.

JC COACHES are getting good coverage in the American Football Monthly magazine. Troy Morrell, BUTLER COUNTY is a coach in the "spotlight." Scott Maxfield, BLINN, has a piece on the 3-Step Passing Game. Bert Williams, GEORGIA MILITARY, explains his revolutionary 3-5-3 defense. And that's all in the September edition!

Jeff Kilts and his SNOW Badgers finally got their season underway and it was an impressive 21-13 over Georgia Military. After GMC had dropped two games on the road to Texas teams, they figured to be especially tough at home in Milledgeville, GA. Still on the schedule for Snow are trips to Yuma for Arizona Western this weekend, then Eastern Ariz., Mesa, Az., Roswell, N.M. and back to Tucson to play Pima. They must own their own bus…It apparently does not pay to schedule All-Star or semi-pro teams. ARIZONA WESTERN has had two cancellations against something called Copper All-Stars and the AZFL Scorpions and now opens play against SNOW. The other downside is a loss is a loss, but beating these teams doesn't amount to much at all.




GROSSMONT will count on a terrific defense this year rather than the point-a-minute offense ala 2003. DT Dallas Muaga, 6-0, 290, DE Andrew Jilles, 6-4, 262, LB Evan Hermanson, 6-1, 215, and CB John Guice, 5-9, 185, head the "D" that allowed just 17 yards total rushing in first two game. The defense has allowed just a total of 6 points. Speaking of 2003 offense, we look for Jordan Adams, who had a brilliant championship game backing up Jarrod Jackson before transferring to Nebraska, to be starting for the Huskers in a couple of weeks. Adams has recovered from the removal of his spleen and is raring to go. He should fit Bill Callahan's new passing offense beautifully.


BUTTE had 9 sacks in its win over Feather River, giving the Roadrunners 16 in two games…GROSSMONT turned the ball over 8 times vs. Long Beach and still managed to have the ball for 92 plays and gain 546 yards…SAN MATEO caused 8 fumbles vs. Sequoias and recovered five of them.

WHATS IN A NAME – Try Liumotumotuaagaileafi Suiaunoa, a LB who starts for PALOMAR. The P.A. guy calls him by last name only for obvious reasons…CISCO's Earvin Brown is an ambidextrous type. In a loss to Garden City he returned an interception 32 yards, completed his only pass attempt for 41 yards and added 4 solo tackles. For good measure he punted 6 times for a 44.1 average…Sept. 25 will be a big weekend for Kansas Jucos as BUTLER COUNTY travels to COFFEYVILLE. Last year BC took two from the Ravens despite trailing at halftime in both games.

LAST WEEKEND WE WATCHED CANYONS rather methodically take apart a good Palomar eleven. The Cougars had taken the long, very hot trip from Santa Clarita to San Marcos and it was well up in the 90s in temperature, but they made it look pretty easy against the Comets. It was their third straight victory over PC. Cory Miles seems to have taken over the starting QB job and was very efficient with 18 of 27 for 252 yards and a pair of scores, plus running for another. Our pre-season All-American WR Tyrell Smith caught 12 of them for 101 yards and a TD. DB Chris Theus looked good and LB Brandon Fuselier laid some hits, OT James Paulk 6-4, 295, looks like he's 6-5, 295. Jason Tompkins, back from the 2002 squad, is doing the kicking, but had a PAT and FG blocked. He'll be real solid later on. LB Jerrod Perry plays a lot bigger than his 6-0, 225 and makes tackles all over the place. The Cougars have three decent RBs.

PALOMAR does not appear to have the fine WRs they usually have, which makes it tough for QB Tony Paoli, 6-2, 212. The running game wasn't much. DEs Soli Lefiti, 6-5, 255 and Corey Mace, 6-3, 266, were very solid and punter Ryan Hotchkiss continually boomed long boots, including a 70-yarder. Overall the Comets look as though they lack offensive firepower but will hang in games with a tough defense. FS Josh Gomez is a fine player with great instincts and a sharp tackler. CANYONS should be in the hunt for the title all year, while the Comets may eventually muscle into the Top-25 at the lower end and probably will be in a bowl game somewhere.

HOW MANY TIMES has one team had three backs rush for over 100 yards? Good question and we do not know the answer, but for sure it is unusual. GARDEN CITY turned the trick in their 37-14 victory over Cisco when TB Marcus Cross, a redshirt sophomore, 5-11, 203, bowled for 31 carries and 209 yards; QB Chris Nelson, 6-4, 215, carried 6 times and gained 102 yards including a 41-yard TD, and RS-freshman QB Rod Windsor, 6-2, 198, galloped 106 yards on 14 carries with scoring runs of 1, 26 and 10 yards. GC ended up with 425 yards rushing and 508 total yards of offense.

PASADENA must have the toughest schedule in the country. They opened at Canyons, hosted Bakersfield, travel to Mt. San Antonio this weekend, then get Cerritos, Palomar and Fullerton. Tough way for Tom Maher's lads to break that losing streak…

Apparently there are some home teams not doing the job providing stats, at least in California. That should go right along with refs, you name it. Part of the game expense. This isn't the 1970s.

QUICK ALUMNI REPORT - Marty Johnson, BUTTE, and Quinton Ganther, CITRUS, are providing the Utah Utes with a really solid running game. Watch for Rudi Johnson, BUTLER COUNTY, to break loose as the new starter for the Cincinnati Bengals. Is QB Aaron Rodgers, BUTTE, headed for All-American honors at U. California? Many of Rodgers' throws to go former TE teammate Garrett Cross. And how about RB J.J. Arrington, CANYONS/CAL, and Kay Jay Harris, GARDEN CITY/WEST VIRGINIA, in their opening weeks?


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