Punt was blocked by SS Camron Carmona, (7 solo, 3 pass breakups) who then recovered in the end zone for a legitimate TD. For a 36-35 score this was not an offensive contest. Hard-hitting? Oh my, yes. ECC managed one long drive for a score. The Hornets scored theirs on defense, except for an 83-yard burst by Alfred Guidry (9 rushes for 139), and led by a couple of scores with just 6 minutes to play. Bam! ECC tallies twice to take the one-point lead. Long pass and FCC is in position to kick the winning FG. Instead, the QB runs wide and is tackled for a big loss by DE Rick Talanoa and out of range. Strange game. Evenly matched for sure. And the echoes of bodies colliding still reverberating thru the Fullerton College stands.
FRIDAY NIGHT's GOLDEN WEST vs. PALOMAR tiff was equally strange. GWC tallied 3 times in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead. The Comets then scored 31 unanswered points to take a seemingly safe 31-21 lead. The Rustlers then proceeded to tally 20 points in the 4th period for the victory. WR Steven Yaden, 6-0, 210 and tough as a bucket of nails, got absolutely crushed on a play by Comets FS Josh Gomez. He staggered off the field, yet one play later flew down the sideline to take in a TD pass. He hauled in 6 balls for 113 yards and 3 TDs.
NOTES AND STUFF–
MAJOR OOPS DEPT. After giving Bobby Franklin a big ovation when he muscled into the 200 win category with his NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI crew earlier in the season we should have done the same for DIXIE STATE's Greg Croshaw. His Rebels cracked the magic number Oct. 2 in their 68-51 triumph over Arizona Western. He is now 202-53-1 in a little over 22 and one-half seasons. So now we have 6 active coaches in the 200-win category.
BAKERSFIELD had a well designed offense against Citrus gaining 238 passing and 235 on the ground two weeks ago…WEST HILLS used a 91-yard KOR by Leonard Moore and an 81-yard INT in their 36-12 win over Merced on Oct. 16. The Falcons had KORs for TDs in 3 straight games.
Lots of four-year scouts were in the stands when GROSSMONT and CHAFFEY played on the 16th….MARIN scored one TD in each of its first 6 games, all losses… FRESNO and SEQUOIAS have met 60 times with FCC holding a 33-24-3 edge and winners of the last 6…
MESABI RANGE has crafted 5 shutouts and allowed just 23 points while accumulating 372. MESABI has taken over the King of the Hill role in Minnesota. Jeff Weisner's gang just stuffs all rivals, including Rochester 49-10. QB Chris Woodard, 6-3, 200, receivers William Norwood, 6-3, 220 and Rasheed Rowe, 6-2, 225, key the offense along with OT Brock Pasteur, 6-7, 312. DB Jermaine Walters, 6-0, 225, heads the "D."
ALUMNI REPORT –
Heard from coach Tony Lewis at MERCED reminding all that Reuben Droughns is one of his boys, circa 1996-97. Taking over the running duties for the Denver Broncos, Reuben has romped for nearly 500 yards in 3 games. The '97 J.C. Grid-Wire First-Team All-American, (HM in '96) had been playing fullback for the Broncos -- until the RBs went down with injuries. You may have noticed in last week's issue he was on our ALL-JC/NFL team as the FB. Also heard from JOLIET head man Bob MacDougall, who reminds us that Kelvin Hayarden is now at CB for Illinois and has been captain for the past 6 weeks; Rob Ninkovich, played both ways vs. Notre Dame for Purdue and had 2 sacks; CB Derrick Phillips and LB Dateme Lay helped Grand Valley State win the DII national crown in '03 and are still undefeated this year; Talib Wise at the University of Nevada-Reno, was named Newcomer of the Year. LB Lance Mitchell, SAN FRANCISCO, rambled for a TD with a recovered fumble for Oklahoma vs. Kansas.
With SIERRA reaching 25 straight victories, BUTLER at 21 and SAN FRANCISCO 20, it is time to take a look at the all-time record streaks.
SAN FRANCISCO holds the mark with 42 straight stretching from the first game of 1999 to near the end of ‘2002 when FOOTHILL hung a 20-12 loss on the Rams. Second on the list is BOISE JC with 38 in the 1946-50 era, followed by College of DuPage, 36 (92-96), COFFEYVILLE, 35 (39-46), and FULLERTON, 28 (66-68). PEARL RIVER has put together a current 15-game win skein still working.
ON LOSING … COLLEGE OF DUPAGE has lost 19 in a row, SAN JOSE 15, MARIN 14 and FORT SCOTT 13. COD has a long way to go to set a record. COAHOMA dropped 50 straight, losing the last 9 games in 1978 until the 5th game in 1984, which was tied and then went until 5th game of '93 without a win. That's 84 in a row without a victory.
MORE NOTES –
Tony Caviglia welcomed his sophomore QB Corey Brown back from an injury sustained in the season opener and the 6-1, 195-pounder responded with an 11 of 14 for 171 performance that included TDs of 2, 30 and 47 yards vs. Merced…The Rams have picked off 16 enemy passes with 4 returned for TDs….GROSSMONT recorded a school record 11 sacks against Desert for minus 86 yards. The leader was DE Andrew Jilles, 6-4, 244, who had 2.5 plus numerous other stops.
IS THE LEVEL OF OFFICIATING GETTING WORSE OR IS IT OUR IMAGINATION? Way too many phantom calls. Pass interference calls when the ball is sailing out of bounds, etc. L.A. HARBOR managed to beat Glendale 49-41, despite being called 23 times on penalties for 230 yards. DESERT and GROSSMONT combined for 25 penalties and 287 yards…L.A HARBOR star Mike Bolio is amazing. After 2 injury plagued seasons he is finally healthy. He is a WR/KR and had never played QB, but when both starters went down he went behind center. Against Glendale he was 13 of 16 for 280 yards and TDs of 20, 35, 30 and 56 yards and carried 9 times for 84 and another score, plus a KOR of 44 and a PR for 12. He's 6-1, 190 pounds with 4.3 speed. He has rushed 57 times for 470 yards and an 8.2 average with 6 TDs and passed 58 times, completing 39 (67.2%) for 565 yards, 9 TDs and has 500 yards in returns.
FLASHBACK-20 YEARS AGO –
TYLER was the top team at 7-0, but fell out of the race; FULLERTON was 5-0 and finished 10-1; TAFT was 5-1, ended up at 10-1 and No. 1 in the nation; GULF COAST was 8-0 and finished 13-0 and in 2nd place.
We picked our 25th Anniversary All-America Team: Joe Roth, GROSSMONT, QB; O.J. Simpson, SAN FRANCISCO, RB; Tommy Reamon, FORT SCOTT, RB; Clyarde Russell, GARDEN CITY, RB; Margene Adkins, HENDERSON and Larry Battle, REEDLEY, WRs; Charles Johnson, TYLER, TE; OL Andy Baroncelli, TAFT; OL Burkley Harkless, WHARTON; OL Rob Kezirian, FRESNO; OL Mike Giers, LONG BEACH; OL Lew Kamanu, WENATCHEE.
ON DEFENSE: DL Guy Teafatiller, CERRITOS; DL Cliff Frazier, FORT SCOTT; DL Joe Blake, BAKERSFIELD; DL Renso Perdoni, FERRUM; DL James Wilks, PASADENA; LB Ivan Weiss, SEQUOIAS; LB Robert Jackson, HENDERSON; LB David Webb, N.E. OKLAHOMA; DB Jeff Sanchez, FULLERTON; DB Haven Moses, L.A.HARBOR; DB Sherman Cocroft, CABRILLO; P Craig Schiller, L.A. PIERCE; RET Tony Accomando, ORANGE COAST