Grossmont gets the best of Chaffey

EL CAJON— Ever since they ran into each other at an off-season combine—where players from Chaffey College professed a victory over Grossmont and "a party at the G-house"—the Griffins had been waiting to get their hands on the Panthers.

For the hip-hop challenged, The G-House is slang for Grossmont's home field, Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.

Never mind that for the past three years the winner of this match up has gone on to win the Foothill Conference championship, or that Grossmont has won every home game since they switched to FieldTurf in 2000, except one, a triple-overtime loss to Chaffey in 2002. The players added another chapter to their rivalry during their off-season encounter and the players in the green and gold where intent on using it to their advantage as they posted "we are going to come here and have a party at the G-house" all over their locker room and used it as motivation.

If anybody had a party yesterday, it was the No. 3 ranked nationally by JC Grid-Wire Grossmont (7-0, 5-0) who routed the visiting Panthers by 31 points 45-14 in front of 2, 070 in attendance.

The win extended Grossmont's regular-season winning streak to 20 and bettered their home record to 24-1 since switching to Field-Turf. It also puts the Griffins, ranked No. 2 in the state, in the driver's seat to win their sixth conference championship in 11 years, but another conference championship is not what the Griffins want.

"Our goal is not conference," said Griffins defensive end Andrew Jilles Jr., who had two sacks and forced a fumble. "Our goal is to go back to the state championship game."

Grossmont Head Coach Dave Jordan added that the players are most interested in one thing and one thing only: winning the state championship.

Chaffey (5-1, 3-1), who entered the game with the conference's leading rusher, passer and top two receivers, suffered their first loss of the season as they were unable to get their offense going in the first half, even though they dominated the time of possession 37 minutes to 22.

"We just took (the game) away from their quarterback," said Jordan. "We just got too much pressure on him."

Chaffey's Nick Davila (18 of 27 for 221 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions) was sacked fives times and was under relentless pressure though the entire game. The Panthers, ranked No. 8 in the nation and No. 5 in California, got their first first down with 3 minutes left in the half when they were already down 28-0.

Brandon Fractious, who entered the game averaging 130 yards a game and 7 yards a carry, was held to 74 yards on 21 carries, an average of 3.5. Fractious' longest carry, an 11-yard run, came in the first play of the second half.

Grossmont's Rajive Otah opened up the scoring when he caught the Panthers defense cheating near the line of scrimmage on a third-and-one play that he bounced to the outside and streaked down the sidelines 33 yards into the end zone. Otah (89 yards on 13 carries) raised his touchdown total to 11, which leads the conference.

On the ensuing drive, Davila was sacked for the first time by Jilles, who caused Davila to fumble and recover the ball on that play to force a punt.

"I saw on film that he wasn't that quick to get back," said Jilles. "I knew that I could get back there and put pressure."

It took only six plays and 2:31, after the punt, for freshman Jarzzale Beeks to score the Griffins second touchdown on a 25-yard run.

In the second quarter, Grossmont's Jarrod Jackson connected on touchdown passes with Joshua Cooper (23 yards) and Jason Factuar (8 yards) on consecutive drives to give the Griffins a 28-0 lead.

"We were almost perfect," said Jackson (16 of 25 for 233 yards, two touchdowns and one interception), who had sat out the past two games nursing a high ankle sprain. "Nobody is perfect, but it is good to be almost perfect."

At the end of the half, place kicker Dan Ziedman, who was 6 for 6 on PATs, gave the home team a 31-0 lead on 47-yard field goal as time expired.

In the second half, Davila drove Chaffey 87 yards down the field on a 9-play drive that took 3:21 to ruin Grossmont's shutout bid on a 37-yard pass to Idris Moss and cut the Griffins lead to 24.

However, the Griffins countered three plays later on a 4-yard run by Beeks, 58 seconds after Chaffey's touchdown, shutting the door on any comeback hope the Panthers might have had. The touchdown was Beeks' (40 yards on six carries) second of the game. The key play on that drive was a spectacular, one-handed 48-yard reception by Marques Clark, who had a Chaffey defender (who was called for pass interference) draped all over him holding his right hand, that placed the ball on the 4-yard line.

A key stat in the game was third down conversion. Chaffey was bad at it, 4 of 15, while Grossmont (7 of 13) converted on more than half of its opportunities.

The Panthers, did, however, twice converted on fourth down opportunities on their second touchdown drive, a 15-play, 80-yard, 7-minute drive that culminated on a 9-yard pass to Marcel Reece to make it 38-14 in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Devon Jones returned Davila's second interception 51 yards to give the Griffins their definitive 31 point lead.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Panthers made their way off the field, to the busses, and left The G-House for  Rancho Cucamonga.

NOTES: The Griffins tied the all-time series between Grossmont and Chaffey at 10-10…The Panthers have won 7 of the last 11 meetings... The announced attendance of 2,070 was a season high for Grossmont.

Scoring Summary

G— Otah 33 run (Zeidman kick) -- 09:08 1st Qtr
G— Beeks 25 run (Zeidman kick) -- 04:06 1st
G— Cooper 23 pass from Jackson (Zeidman kick) -- 12:01 2nd Qtr
G— Factuar 8 pass from Jackson (Zeidman kick) -- 09:31 2nd
G— FG Zeidman 47 -- 00:00 2nd
C— Moss 37 pass from Davila (Haweileh kick) -- 07:00 3rd Qtr
G— Beeks 4 run (Zeidman kick) -- 06:02 3rd
C— Reece 9 pass from Davila (Haweileh kick) -- 14:01 4th Qtr
G— Jones 51 interception return -- 06:07 4th

Individual Statistics:

RUSHING— Chaffey—Fractious 21-74, Faulkner 7-28, Davila 6-5, Pavton 1-4, Grossmont—Otah 13-89, Beeks 6-40, Cooksey 5-22, Flenoid 3-8, Turchetta 2-1, McLaurin 1-1, Jackson 2-(minus 19).

PASSING— Chaffey—Davila 18-27-2-3-221, Grossmont Jackson 16-25-2-1-233, Musphy 1-2-0-0-8.

RECEIVING— Chaffey—Moss 5-35, Gilchrist 4-62, Moore 4-48, Reece 3-45, Fractious 1-18, Acuna 1-13, Grossmont—Factuar 6-70, Clark 3-52, Mareko 2-28, Nelson 1-41, Cooper 1-23, Wynn 1-11, Kamoku 1-8, Nahiwawa 1-8.

INTERCEPTIONS— Chaffey—Willis 1-0, Grossmont—McCurtis 1-9, Jones 1-51, Hermanson 1-17.

MISSED FIELD GOALS— Chaffey—None, Grossmont— None.


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