Top Performances & News of Note (9-21-04)

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 ... Mesa CC (Ariz.) running back Austen Collins -- pictured left -- was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week. In a 38-28 loss to top-ranked Dixie State, Collins had 226 yards on 25 carries & three touchdowns. His longest run was for 46 yards and he averaged 8.9 yards per carry. More...



DODGE CITY: Freshman Omar Haugabook, 6-2, 225, was 21 of 33 for 374 yards and 3 TDs in 39-6 win over Highland.

INDEPENDENCE: Tyler Hennes, 6-3, 185, had his 1st 2 passes intercepted, then went 21 of 35 for 320 yards and 4 TDs in 32-21 verdict over Fort Scott.

L.A. PIERCE: Frosh Thomas Herringshaw, 6-1, 195, went 18 of 30 for 307 and 3 TDs in loss to Canyons.

PEARL RIVER: Jimmy Oliver threw for 4 TDs going 18 of 33 for 304 yards in 35-14 win over Copiah-Lincoln.

BAKERSFIELD: Thomas Perregrin was 24 of 34 for 287 and 3 TDs.

SANTA BARBARA: Preston Maloney went 24 of 39 for 280 yards and 2 scores.

DIXIE: Danny Southwick had scoring tosses of 37, 53 and 35 yards in win over Mesa.

GARDEN CITY: Backup QB Rod Windsor, a 6-2, 205 redshirt-freshman, ran 22 times for 127 yards, 1 TD.

N.W. MISSISSIPPI: Lewis Kuffuor rushed for 116 yards and 2 TDs and threw for 128 and another score.


L.A. HARBOR: Joe Harris, 5-9, 190, carried 37 times for a school record 364 yards and 2 TDs in a 35-20 win over Citrus.

WEST L.A.: Frosh Lorenzo Bursey, 5-9, 180, lugged the ball 25 times for 224 yards in 31-24 win over Santa Monica.

MESA: Austen Collins rushed for 220 yards and 3 TDs in a 38-28 loss to Dixie State.

BLINN: James Johnson, 6-0, 190, rushed 14 times for 187 and a pair of scores in 60-0 rout of Ranger.

BAKERSFIELD: Anthony Stewart, a 3rd string RB, gained 188 yards on 28 carries and enjoyed 2 scores.

ROCHESTER: Lentrell Nealy carried 29 times for 163 yards and 2 TDs in 31-13 victory over Hibbing. He has 622 yards on 75 trips in 4 games with 4 TDs.

NAVARRO: Clarence Robinson, 5-11, 235, ploughed for 155 yards on 33 carries and a TD in 18-10 loss to Kilgore.

FOOTHILL: FB Alan Webster rambled for 153 yards on just 6 carries, including a 98-yard TD run in 34-0 win over De Anza.

L.A. VALLEY: Edric Prim, 5-8, 200, had 21 carries for 152 yards and 3 TDs in a 44-29 victory over Santa Barbara.

LONG BEACH: Richard Nichols, 5-9, 180, had 17 carries for 139 yards and 3 TDs, including a 70-yard score, in the Vikings' 42-11 win over Santa Ana.

KILGORE: Eric Hatchett, 5-8, 180, had 17 carries for 127 including a 70-yard TD run.


DODGE CITY: Frosh WR Demario Hamilton, 6-0, 190, caught 10 passes for 191 yards and 2 TDs and Jeron Harvey, 6-5, 215, hauled in 3 for 105 and a score.

CANYONS: All-American sophomore Tyrell Smith, 6-0, 170, caught a school record 13 passes for 165 yards and a score.  

SAN FRANCISCO: Ruben Jackson, 5-11, 185, hauled in 8 passes for 148 yards in big win over Fresno.

COMPTON: James Finley caught 6 passes for 132 yards and Derrick Matthews had 142 all-purpose yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return for a score.

GOLDEN WEST: All-American Brandyn McCall, 6-5, 250, caught 7 passes for 78 yards, helping set up both TDs.

LOS MEDANOS: Justin Amaral, 5-11, 185, caught 8 for 130 yards and a TD and returned 2 kickoffs for 109 yards in loss to Solano, then caught 7 for 133 yards in 21-14 upset of Reedley.

BLINN: Rashod Turner, 5-10, 175, nabbed 8 for 120 with 2 TDs and Brandon Green, 5-9, 180, 8 for 125 and 1 score.

FOOTHILL: Bryce Stephens, 6-4, 201, snagged 7 balls for 107 yards and 3 TDs in 34-3 win over Merced.


CHAFFEY: DB Dewayne Patterson, 6-2, 195, continued his fine play by returning a fumble 14 yards for a TD and an interception for 33 yards.

BUTTE: Freshman LB Garrett Judah, 6-3, 225, had 7 tackles and made 3 sacks in team's 27-21 win over Feather River.

MENDOCINO: Freshman DB Jared Gruber, 6-1, 193, had 2 interceptions and returned them for 60 yards setting up a pair of scores vs. Redwoods.

GROSSMONT: CB John Guice, 5-9, 180, returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a TD and had an interception in limited time and DT Dallas Mauga, 6-0, 300, had a pair of sacks, 2 QB hurries and 3 solo tackles.

TYLER: DL Adrian Haywood, 6-3, 285, accounted for 7 tackles, 2 for loss, knocked down a pass and returned an INT 82 yards for a TD in 31-16 win over Cisco.

MT. SAN JACINTO: LB Tim Ojeda, 5-10, 220, had 2 sacks and 16 solo stops in upset win over Victor Valley.

SAN FRANCISCO: WR Lavell Hawkins, 6-0, 185, pressed into duty as a DB, had an interception, 2 sacks and a number of tackles against Fresno.

HUTCHISON:  LB David Dixon, 6-2, 235, had 13 solo stops, 9 assists, 6 tackles for losses and a sack vs. Coffeyville.

ORANGE COAST: DT Ryan Davis, 6-1, 270, had 3 sacks, a fumble recovery and 7 tackles vs. Saddleback.

PALOMAR: DE Soli Lefiti, had 12 tackles, 5 solo, and one for a loss vs. Fullerton

FULLERTON: DT Gabe Long 6-4, 290, had 9 tackles (4-5), 4 for losses, registered 3 sacks, on in the endzone for a safety.

RIVERSIDE: Freshman DB DeAnthony Bass, 5-11, 160, had an 86-yard INT for a TD and 4 tackles and DB Chris Bolden, 6-1, 230, had 9 tackles, (6 solo) and a pick in 34-10 shocker over Cerritos.

EAST MISSISSIPPI: SS NeAndra Hoskins had 12 tackles and recovered 2 fumbles in 43-13 win over Coahoma.

L.A. SOUTHWEST: LB Brandon Souder, 6-2, 220, had 7 solo, 5 assists and 2.5 sacks in 19-7 win over Glendale.

VENTURA: LB Rafael Horton, 6-2, 240, 4 solo, 6 assists, 2 TFLs, 2 INTs, one returned 11 yards for a TD and returned a blocked punt 25 yards for another in 27-26 upset of Hancock.


MT. SAN JACINTO: WR Flamingo Malone, 6-3, 210, had 3 solo tackles on special teams and caught 3 TD passes.

EL CAMINO: Freshman K Branden Jones, 6-2, 210, went 3-3 on FGs, including a 33-yard game winner with :58 seconds to play.

MT. SAN ANTONIO: Freshman Brian Giambastiani, 5-11, 165, converted 22, 45, 27 FGs and had 3 kickoffs for touchbacks.

SADDLEBACK: Freshman P Andre Larson, 6-0, 180, 3 punts avg. in 50.3 win over Orange Coast.

SANTA ANA: Freshman P Dominik Bronowicki, 6-1, 200, punted 4 times for a 44.2 avg. in loss to Long Beach.

PASADENA: Freshman RB Ron Williams, 6-1, 220, out of Florida rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries, passed for an 8-yard TD and caught 3 passes for 28 yards.

GULF COAST: Dantrell Savage had a 94-yard punt return and a 96-yard kickoff return, both for TDs, in 41-30 win over Holmes.


DEPT OF OOPS…Despite hours of research under formidable conditions we managed to overlook SANTA ROSA when listing the teams with the longest winning streaks. Right there with BUTLER COUNTY and SAN FRANCISCO would be the Bear Cubs with 16 victories in a row. However, SIERRA has the current longest victory skein working with 21 straight. PEARL RIVER would be in the top group with 10. On the losing side, PASADENA, my old alma mammy, has dropped 15 straight, followed by REDWOODS at 13, SAN BERNARDINO 11, and MARIN 10.

MESABI RANGE with new coach Jeff Weisner, travels to ROCHESTER, now under the guidance of Brad LaPlante. Two new coaches on the Minnesota beat, both unbeaten playing for the early "King of the Hill."  Frank Mazzotta saw his CERRITOS team hopes slip out the window in the opening game when RB Daniel Dixon went down with a broken leg in the 2nd period vs. Chaffey. Dixon was headed for big things. Speaking of CERRITOS, Falcon SID John Van Gaston outdid himself with this year's media guide. 150 pages of really good stuff… In the player profile area I discovered that QB Kevin Brown's ambition is to wrestle an alligator…We neglected to mention COFFEYVILLE QB Mike Machen in last week's roundup of big and good signal-callers. He's 6-6, 240, and was previously on the roster at Alabama. HUTCHINSON, however, gave the big fellow a really bad time last weekend. 

REMINDER TO MAJOR COLLEGE RECRUITERS lest you forget the impact JC players can make on your programs. Both USC and LSU, 2003 co-National champions, had two '03 JC recruits each in their starting lineups last week. Huge offensive tackles Duce Lutui out of SNOW and FS Scott Ware, SANTA ROSA started for the Trojans, while DT Claude Wroten, MISSISSIPPI DELTA, and LB E.J. Kaule, DODGE CITY, were in the opening lineup for LSU….

GROSSMONT USED 11 wide-receivers, 9 RBs and 3 QBs and took the "chickenkneel" 3 straight times at the end of the game to hold the 70-7 score that might have been 100 to 7. Oddly, the Griffins gained just 15 total yards (560) more against San Diego Mesa than they had in the 20-10 win over Long Beach. Of course, they had those 8 turnovers vs. LBCC…MT. SAN JACINTO went 5 overtimes before finishing off VICTOR VALLEY 48-42. Allegedly the game score was 16-16 after 60 minutes.

SADDLEBACK 28, ORANGE COAST 7…This is the one we took in before dashing back to watch the JC kids playing in the  USC-BYU tiff on TV. OCC freshman RB Matt Padilla carried 24 times, mostly up the middle before he was injured. FR QB Kyle Basanez is a scrapper and the team plays tough ball. Failure to score 4 times inside the 5-yard line in the 1st period hurt.

SADDLEBACK has a CB, Rasheed Prescott, 5-9, 175, who can fly and stick to receivers like glue. WR Jerard Rabb, 6-3, 200, knows how to get separation, has good speed and great hands. Freshman RB Cheyne Verhagen, 5-10, 180, showed flashes of what we can expect next season. Colt Brennan is a good QB with a pretty decent arm and can run. WR Quincy Lever, 6-1, 180, is a nice looking freshman who caught 4 for 94 yards and a TD. The game was played on brand new FIELDTURF at ORANGE COAST COLLEGE.. It's pleasant to look at and a poll of some 6 players from each team following the contest indicated they loved it. "The cleats stick a little bit, but once you are used to it, man this is real nice. Think what it is going to look like in about a month compared to the way it used to look. You know, like bald. No grass left."

PLAYING CATCH UP – We unintentionally neglected the Minnesota Conf. the first couple of weeks on the Player of the Week so here are a few outstanding performances. FERGUS FALLS (Now Minnesota State) QB Kurt Elden was 14 of 23 for 318 yards and 2 TDs. He rushed for 30 and 15 and punted for a 44.6 avg., 50-31 over NORTHLAND, who had Steve Stene, 6-0, 210 Freshman RB go for 176 yards on 25 carries…RIDGEWATER RB Chad Strike, 18 for 187 and 2 scores plus a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. He played for Rochester last year…VERMILION RB Keena Turner, 5-8, 160, galloped 185 yards on 34 lugs and caught a pair of passes in 21-6 win over Fergus Falls…DE Erick Washington, MINNESOTA WEST, 6-2, 225, had 9 solo tackles, 7 assists, 4.5 sacks, 4 knockdowns vs. HIBBING which had 28 for 162 rushing by Corey Shepherd. He's 6-1, 185.

THE PASADENA DRESSING ROOM was robbed at MT. SAN ANTONIO causing some emotional overflow on the part of the Lancers. The visitor's locker room is one place where a security guard should be posted….L.A. HARBOR rushed for a school record 528 yards vs. Citrus. Combo of strong offensive line and perhaps weak DL on the part of the Owls who were handed a two-year probation sentence for illegally recruiting out-of-state players….FRESNO Lbers Bryan Iriye, 6-0, 215, and Selevasio Fauolo, 6-3, 220, played extremely well in win over Chabot and came back with strong efforts vs. SAN FRANCISCO. They totaled 14 and 11 tackles respectively against the Rams. RB Nate Wright continues to nail down at least 100 yards per game. He was 12 for 121 two weeks ago and came back for 112 on 21 carries vs. CCSF. FCC SID Woody Wilke said, "At least they had to settle for field goals (4) instead of TDs and we won the 2nd half."

COFFEYVILLE 24, BUTLER 21. That's our prediction for the big Kansas shootout this weekend. BC has an edge at QB where Wake Forest transfer Zac Taylor is playing real well and the Grizzlies have a string of 21 consecutive conference wins over 4 seasons. That said, COFFEYVILLE is overdue to win the big one. Last year they had big halftime leads and blew them both against BC. RB Kendrick Smith pounded out 132 yards on 23 carries against Huchinson and PJ Ikner 23 for 85 as the Ravens go for a strong ground game. If QB Michael Machen shakes off a poor performance vs. Hutch, watch out. He has great receivers in Prechae Rodriguez and Kerry Reed. Center Mike Pope and tackle Kiel Ruiz keep grading out highly on blocking assignments and better continue Saturday. It should be a dandy contest.

BREAKING NEWS – According to the Orange County Register, SADDLEBACK officials are allowing QB Colt Brennan to remain with the football team despite legal issues stemming from events that occurred while he was attending the University of Colorado. Through three games Brennan – in his first semester at Saddleback – leads the conference in passing yards, 788, touchdowns 8, percentage .652 and yards per game 262.7. Brennan was a walk-on at University of Colorado at the time of the alleged transgressions. He was dismissed from the CU football team by coach Gary Barnett. Saddleback President, Dr. Richard McCullough, said the school's student conduct code applies to behavior that occurs while a student is enrolled at the school. (We will no doubt be hearing much more on this, but won't be bouncing it around in these pages.) You can read the OC Register article at: You must first create a free user account on the OC Register site.

DIABLO VALLEY had double-pronged rushing out of Ronnell Robinson, 187 yards and Brendon Pressley, 111 behind an OL that dominated Mendocino 28-7…LONG BEACH picked off 5 Santa Ana passes to stop the Dons…FOOTHILL had 622 yards total offense in 34-0 win over De Anza…SEQUOIAS scored on 55- and 32-yard INTs and a 91-yard KOR in 34-26 win over Gavilan.


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