The Wildcats should finish the regular season 9-0.
Waiting in the weeds for the Mississippi Playoffs are the NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI RANGERS. Bobby Franklin's lads have been sailing along and are also 7-0. NW averages 460 yards per game, with 335 coming on the ground. Eldra Buckley, leads the Conf. in rushing with 1,099 yards on 120 carries. As near as we can figure he is the first JC back to reach the exalted 1,000-yard pinnacle. Eldra also is tops in scoring with 72 points. Our guess is these two will meet for the Mississippi title, but HINDS cannot be written off either. The Eagles are 6-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of Pearl River.
The biggie between GROSSMONT and CHAFFEY turned out to be pretty one-sided. Grossmont changed their M.O. and played super in the first half leading 28-0 at the intermission. The Griffin defense hounded Panther QB Nick Davila all afternoon, led by LB Evan Hermanson, 6-1, 218, who had 7 tackles, an INT and lots of pressures on Davila, along with DE Andrew Jilles, 6-4, 244 and DB James Gentile, 6-0, 180. QB Jarrod Jackson returned to action and went 16 for 25 for 233 yards and 2 TDs. FR K/P Dan Zeidman, was 6 for 6 on PATs and booted a 47-yard FG. Chaffey had the ball for 72 plays and Grossmont 57, but didn't get a first down until the score was 28-0. COULD THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME in Visalia be a rematch between Grossmont and San Francisco? Could be headed that way. Last year's 38-35 SAN FRANCISCO victory in the final minute of play was one of the best games of the season and would be high on the title game list.
ALUMNI REPORT –
Seen on the Screen … Ex-BUTTE QB Aaron Rodgers tossing a beauty to his BC teammate Garrett Cross as the TE made a classic stretching catch in the end zone for a California TD vs. UCLA. And Former CANYONS ace J.J. Arrington, ripping off 205 yards on the ground. Matt Giordano, FRESNO, playing solid DB for the Bears along with Joe Maningo, FOOTHILL at LB and David Lonie, ELLSWORTH doing the punting. Andre Hall a 200-yard gainer for SOUTH FLORIDA and QB Paul Peterson, SNOW, going 32-53 for 367 yards in the rain for Boston College, only to lose on a Josh Cummings, CANYONS, field goal for Pittsburgh. SAN DIEGO MESA QB Mike Rathe throwing the winning TD for South Carolina in the final seconds. Deqawn Mobley, CCSF WR, catching 2 passes, one for a 55-yard TD for the fast-charging Texas A&M Aggies. Marcel Love, CCSF, had 5 catches for 91 yards for Oregon State. DeAndra Cobb, ANTELOPE VALLEY, rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries and returned kickoffs for Michigan State in their giant upset of Minnesota. John Madsen, SNOW, catching lots of balls for Utah, where Marty Johnson, BUTTE, and Quinton Ganther, CITRUS, handled most of the running back chores for the unbeaten Utes. Damien Nash, COFFEYVILLE, is the top RB at Missouri. Yamon Figurs, GARDEN CITY, caught 6 passes for 80 yards and 1 TD and returned punts for Kansas State vs. Oklahoma.
RUMOR DEPT –
Oklahoma is interested in ERIE LB Chris Wooten. The 6-1,255, sophomore had 10 tackles, 5 for losses in a 45-0 win over Dean last weekend. The Sooners may see him as a replacement for Lance Mitchell, ex-SAN FRANCISCO stud, who will be heading for the pros in 2005. ERIE'S defense accounted for 23 points in that contest, including 2 long interceptions and a blocked punt and a safety…A squib kick eluded five players with just seconds to play and SADDLEBACK's Casey Clark fell on the ball at the SANTA ANA 17 to set up a winning FG by Derik Martinez and a a 41-38 victory. Colt Brennan, 6-3, 195, was 22 of 32 for 406 yards, and Jerard Rabb, 6-3, 200, caught 10 passes for 174 yards for Saddleback, while Dartangan Johnson, 6-0, 200, rushed 24 times for 130 yards for the Dons, in the wild shootout. Kaleo Igarta returned a kickoff 94 yards and it looked like the SA 38-31 lead would hold up. It was 24-24 at halftime. Rabb now has 85 career receptions , 6th on the all-time Saddleback career list. Igarta had 3 KORs for 149. SA QB Daniel Morales was 14 of 20 for 213 and 4 TDs and rushed for 33 yards. It was a wild one.
2004 ALL-NFL /JC TEAM
QB TIM RATTAY, SAN FRANCISCO/Scottsdale
RB CORY DILLON, PATS/GARDEN CITY/Dixie State
RB CHRIS BROWN, TENNESSEE/Fort Scott
FB RUBEN DROUGHNS, DENVER/Merced
TE JEREMY SHOCKEY, NY GIANTS/N.E. Oklahoma A&M
WR CHAD JOHNSON, CINCINNATI/Santa Monica
WR ISAAC BRUCE. ST. LOUIS/Santa Monica
OL WALTER JONES, SEATTLE/Holmes
OL BRYANT MCKINNIE, MINNESOTA/Lackawanna
OL STOCKAR MCDOUGALL, DETROIT/Navarro
OL LARRY ALLEN, DALLAS/Butte
OL TUPE PEKO, INDIANAPOLIS/Cerritos
PK MATT BRYANT, MIAMI/Trinity Valley
DL LEONARD LITTLE, ST. LOUIS/Coffeyville
DL DELAWRENCE GRANT, OAKLAND/El Camino
DL JASON FERGUSON, NY JETS/Itawamba
LB KENDRICK BELL, STEELERS/Middle Georgia
LB ANTONIO PIERCE, WASHINGTON/Mt. San Antonio
LB AKIN AYODELE, JACKSONVILLE/Coffeyville
DB CHRIS MCALISTER BALTIMORE/Mt. San Antonio
DB AARON GLENN, HOUSTON/Navarro
DB CHRIS CASH, DETROIT/Palomar
DB FRED SMOOT, WASHINGTON/Hinds
RET ANDRE HALL, KANSAS CITY/Grossmont
P MITCH BERGER, NEW ORLEANS/Tyler
HEAD COACH – Dick Vermeil, KANSAS CITY/ Napa
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Larry Moore, INDIANAPOLIS/Grossmont; Frank Middleton, OAKLAND/Fort Scott
TIGHT END - Boo Williams, NEW ORLEANS/Coffeyville
QUARTERBACK - Jeff Garcia, CLEVELAND/Gavilan