CONGRATULATIONS TO NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI HEAD COACH BOBBY FRANKLIN … His Rangers' 44-7 win over East Mississippi last weekend was the 200th time Franklin tasted victory. His overall JC coaching record now stands at 200-54-6 in 22.5 years. Only seven head guys have reached this exalted mark. Ken Swearingen, now at DESERT after stints at EL CAMINO and SADDLEBACK, leads them all with 257 after picking up three wins this year. He is followed by:

Hal Sherbeck, FULLERTON – 241
John Eliasik, HARPER – 237
George Rush, SAN FRANCISCO – 218
Bob MacDougall, JOLIET/DUPAGE – 217, and
George Sekul, GULF COAST – 204 (retired)

AS IT STANDS AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING C.C. SAN FRANCISCO has won an injunction allowing them back into post-season play if they qualify. The case, however, is continued this week (Oct. 12), giving the COA an opportunity to have the courts ruling overturned. Frankly, it's sad to see all of this happening. JC football does not need this negative atmosphere. Shoot, I cringe when one of our graduates gets a DUI, or has drug problems, or otherwise earns notoriety for running afoul of the law. The papers always manage to mention the JC connection. We don't need more steps backward. I much prefer to hear the TV announcer talk about BUTTE College graduate, Aaron Rodgers, setting a collegiate record with 23 straight completions against USC. SAN FRANCISCO, by the way, should become bowl eligible long about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon unless Sacramento pulls off a mammoth upset.


MORE ON FATHERS AND SONS – Marlon Wood, a WR/CB at PASADENA, is the son of "Batman" Wood, the former USC and Tampa Bay star. RIVERSIDE head man Bill Brown has his brother, Dennis, handling Linebackers. Claudie Minor, a great lineman at MT. SAN ANTONIO and later the Denver Broncos, has a son Claudie Minor, III playing for CHAFFEY…

SEQUOIAS RB I'lario Vital, missed the first 3 games because of academics. In his 2nd game back he cruised for 130 yards on 16 carries…

VICTOR VALLEY, noted for its passing attack, rushed for 348 yards vs. DESERT, but only scored 6 points and lost. Ryan Gilbert leads the Foothill Conference with 145 carries for 753 yards (5.2 avg.) and 5 TDs…

COFFEYVILLE's gridders have the highest average GPA in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference with a 2.89…

PASADENA blew Palomar away after trailing 28-14 with just 12 minutes to play. An untimely 15-yard penalty at the end of a 21-yard punt return gave PCC a first down at the Palomar 14. The Lancers tallied what turned out to be the winning TD with 38 seconds left. Three pass interceptions led to the rest of the scores and accounted for the 41-28 tally…

HARTNELL's Ricky Gebin had 3 INTs – including one that he returned for the winning TD as the Panthers upset Sequoias 20-19…

REEDLEY, a tad off their winning form this year, came up with a 34-0 victory over Diablo Valley. In that one freshman DL Marcus Worlds, 6-1, 295, got a lineman's dream when he rambled 14-yards to pay dirt with a recovered fumble…

HUDSON VALLEY DE Jonal Saint-Dic had 3 more sacks vs. Erie and has now broken the career record with a total of 16…

CHAFFEY has American flags (including very large flags in the end zone) all over their stadium…


WINNING – Sierra 23, Butler 19, San Francisco 18

LOSING – College of DuPage 16, East Los Angeles 14, Marin 14, San Jose 13, East Mississippi 12, Eastern Arizona 11


Saturday afternoon at Grossmont (1 p.m.)

This will be the decider for the Foothill Conference title. Dave Jordan's Griffins still have not played their best game despite the 6-0 record. The team tends to loaf a tad in the first half and then turn on the jets in the second. They have coughed up the ball 22 times and taken it away 18. In short, this year's offense is not as good as the '03 team (no Todd Watkins) that barely lost the state title to CCSF, but the defense is probably better. CB John Guice and DT Dallas Mauga are All-Americans in any book. DE Andrew Jilles and LB Evan Hermanson, 6-1, 218, (13 tackles and a sack against San Bernardino) are right behind. Guice, 5-9, 181, had 5 tackles, 2 PBUs, 2 PR for 23 yards and 2 KOR for 59 vs. SBVC. On the year he has 6 INTs. RB Rajive Otah ran for 167 yards and 4 TDs on just 14 carries and in the past 3 games has 49 carries for 415 yards and 5 scores. QB Jarrod Jackson has not played in the past two games but should be ready for Saturday. He still ranks 2nd in the Conference.

Take CHAFFEY lightly and you will be counting your losses. Carl Beach probably does more with less than any other head coach in SoCal. He is 45-10 in the last 5 years, which is not too shabby. He has an A-1 gunslinger in Nick Davila who has flossy five-game stats that look like: 92 for 150, 1,341 yards, 13 TDs and 4 INTs. He averages 268 in the air each game. Former Riverside WR Rickey Moore has bobbed up in Pantherland and leads the conference with 38 catches for 672 yards (17.7 avg.) and 5 tallies. Brandon Fractious is the rushing leader with 88 carries for 649 yards (7.4 avg.) and 6 scores. It's a tough team to figure out. They have to come from behind in the final 14 seconds to defeat Victor Valley 41-40, yet traveled to Saddleback and defeated a darned good team 35-33. That's the team that had best show up against Grossmont. It won't help that FS Aleem Harris, 6-4, 215, won't be eligible to play after getting kicked out of the Southwestern contest.



It was a typical Texas JC shootout. Scott Maxfield's Bucs lead the conference with 464 yards of offense per game. QB Daniel Marshall completed 25 of 34 passes for 336 yards and 4 TDs and Brandon Green returned 4 punts for 95 yards and 4 kickoffs for 103. LB Marcus Brown had 20 tackles and an INT. TVCC QB Thomas Cook hit on 15 of 28 passes for 270 yards and one TD and rushed for 33. WR Tony Degrate caught 7 for 137 and Andre Carter rushed for 145 yards on 26 carries. Marshall has a QB rating of 175.8 after going 81 of 113 for 1,088 yards, 11 TDs, and 5 INTs. Green is averaging 25.6 yards on 12 PRs.

KANSAS JCS HAVE A RULING that allows for 45 players from in state and 12 out-of-staters on their rosters. Sounds like California might take a page from their notebook. The numbers would be larger according to areas and the number of local high schools, etc., but at least there would be lids. This would no doubt create more bookwork for the COA, or someone, but might eliminate all of the complaints. Schools such as Reedley and West Hills and probably several in the far reaches up North, far outside metro areas, would be allowed more out-of-staters (but still a maximum number) because they have fewer high schools to draw from. Don't know if this would work, but something has to be done.


Ex-PASADENA star James Griffin is playing a lot of LB for Virginia Tech and DT Mike Watson is starting for West Virginia…Devin Pitts, EL CAMINO, caught 6 passes vs. Wyoming for San Diego State and PALOMAR's Chris Pino is starting at NG…

KICKERS are getting heard from too. Joe Tantarelli, GLENDALE, Ariz., is at Missouri, Josh Cummings, CANYONS, is at Pittsburgh, Ryan Lux, PALOMAR, is at Temple and Ryan Killeen, MT. SAN ANTONIO, is at USC. Don't forget Rhys Lloyd, ROCHESTER, at Minnesota…

Joe Harris, ex-BUTLER RB, leads Wyoming in rushing…Andre Hall, GEORGIA MILITARY and GARDEN CITY (JCs current version of Cory Dillon) is the numero uno hotshot at Southern Florida…OL Tyler McMeans, LACKAWANNA, starts for U. of Miami…Brandon Jacobs, also pulling a Dillon, left Auburn for So. Illinois. He was an AA at Coffeyville…Todd Watkins continues to out-jump opposing secondaries for BYU. The ex-GROSSMONT star is fun to watch…And then there are QB Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Cross, BUTTE, and JJ Arrington, CANYONS, along with DE Ryan Riddle, EL CAMINO, all starring for highly-ranked Cal.

Former Morrisville and Univ. of Wisconsin LB Alex Lewis is having a nice year for the Detroit Lions. He intercepted Michael Vick over the weekend and also had a sack.


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