Hank's Weekly Notebook

Nov. 9, 2004 - Lots of notes as usual. But lets start with a brief game recap. BUTLER AND COFFEYVILLE played another one of their cliff hangers with BUTLER coming out on top, 37-26.  It was the 11th straight victory for the Grizzlies over the Ravens, marked their 23rd consecutive win over a two-year span, and was the 4th straight Jayhawk Conference title for Troy Morrell and his lads.

The score was 24-19 for Butler with just 4 minutes to play and 31-26 with 2 minutes left. Butler DB Michael West returned the onside kick by the Ravens for a TD and had 9 tackles and a pair of pass breakups. CB Jonathon Wilhite had 5 stops, 4 PBUs and blocked a punt.  Butler held the Ravens to 24 points below their scoring average.


In California the Commission on Athletics (COA) added several bowl games to their original list.

NOV. 20 AMERICAN BOWL – Mission Conf hosts

GOLDEN EMPIRE @ Bakersfield (Replaces Potato Bowl, but not sponsored by the Shriners).   NATIONAL BOWL – Mission Conf. hosts this one also


WESTERN STATE BOWL  (conference champ is host)

As stated before, many of the southern California tilts will serve as first round playoff games. The northern California championship game will be played between the winners of the Nor-Cal and Valley conferences at one of the designated bowl games.


Anyone notice how difficult it is to play against a no-huddle offense? FRESNO found SAN JOAQUIN DELTA'S to be very difficult to handle and the Rams' usual tough defense was shredded…

A long time GARDEN CITY fan, Gary Cheatham, after his team's 2nd round playoff loss to BUTLER said, "Watching Butler is like watching a fine tuned machine. It just keeps on ticking." 

COFFEYVILLE won five straight by 66.2 to 8.7 point averages before they ran into BUTLER last weekend…

Gary Barlow, the highly successful head man at SAN JOAQUIN DELTA, points out that his team deserved to be ranked in the top teams of the last 5 years. Delta has logged a 37-17 record (all of the teams were ranked prior to this  season) which would put them in a tie for 25th along with TYLER and MT. SAN ANTONIO…

DESERT QB Nate Lewis, 6-5, 230, played the last 3 games with a broken hand.  "His stats went down and so did we," said venerable coach Ken Swearingen.


Gibril Wilson, former SAN FRANCISCO DB, is being looked at as a NFL "Rookie of the Year" prospect. He's playing for the Giants.

South Florida RB Andre Hall, GARDEN CITY/GEORGIA MILITARY, established a school record with 275 yards rushing recently…

DeAndra Cobb, ANTELOPE VALLEY, gained 205 yards for Michigan State against Michigan…

RB Jerome Harrison, who had two fine seasons at PASADENA, returned to the Crown City with Washington State and scored 3 TDs against UCLA while gaining 247 yards on 42 carries. His efforts earned him Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors…

Ex-SAN FRANCISCO QB Jason Swanson had been seeing time at QB for Kansas, but was felled by an injury. PALOMAR alum John Nielsen took over and completed 21 of 31 for 183 and a TD in a loss to Colorado.  He is carrying a 4.0 GPA at KU…

DL Jesse Mahelona, ORANGE COAST, is having an All-Conference type year at Tennessee…

LATE PLAYER RESULTS RECEIVED FROM THE OCT. 31 WEEKEND showed some really outstanding performances.

WR Tyrell Smith, CANYONS, 6-0, 170, caught 10 passes for 210 yards and 3 TDs, breaking the school records for receptions in a season & in a career. He also has the record for career TDs. He now has 20 TD catches, 65 receptions (Career: 109) and 2,000 career yards.

CANYONS QB Cory Miles hit on 17 of 30 passes good for 345 yards and 4 TDs and DL Dennis Ellis, 6-3, 265, had 5 solo stops, 2 pass break ups 2 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Arizona State and Michigan State are among the schools recruiting Mr. Ellis.

L.A. PIERCE freshman LB Alain Karetepeyan, 6-3, 240, had 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 caused fumbles and a recovery plus a blocked punt which he returned 30 yards in the 17-8 upset of Bakersfield. He's a bounceback from Boise State. LAPC WR Ramon Perry caught 8 passes for 134 yards and a 72-yard TD.

Freshman RB Dario Camacho, CITRUS, carried 21 times for 212 yards and 3 TDs in a 47-23 win over East. LA and QB Steve Payne connected on 17 of 25 for 214-1…

Edric Prim, LA VALLEY, carried 25 times for 153 yards and a TD in 30-13 loss to HANCOCK and Anthony Melton retaliated with 20 for 136 and LB Trevor Shamblee had 10 tackles.

IT IS SAID TO BE THE OLDEST JC RIVALRY IN THE U.S. so it seemed natural that it took 3 overtimes to decide the winner of the 82nd annual contest between Fullerton and Santa Ana. Ultimately, FULLERTON came out on top, 36-28, which now has the series record in favor of SANTA ANA, 40-38-4. Hornets' RB Alfred Guidry scored 4 times, going 87 yards on 16 carries while backfield mate Rafael Rice rushed 21 times for 120. DT Gabe Long and CB Steven Randolph (See next section) were outstanding, along with frosh LB T.J. Tabatabai, 6-2, 205, who tallied 5 solo tackles, 8 assists, 1 TFL and frosh DE Joel Janke, 6-4, 230, who added 5 tackles, 1 sack (minus 10 yards) and ended the game by stripping the ball away from a Santa Ana RB in the 3rd OT. Freshman LB Myles Banford, 6-1, 190, had 5 solo tackles, 3 assists, a sack, and forced 2 fumbles for SANTA ANA.  Freshman LB Ray Andong, 6-0, 215, and DB Daniel Harris, 5-10, 170, each had 9 tackles.  And so, FULLERTON is now in possession of the Key to the County.

SANTA ROSA gave SAN FRANCISCO a scare before losing 47-42.  QB Kevin Ballatore, 6-2, 205, played 3 quarters before leaving with a knee injury. He has played with an MCL and ACL damage for the last 4 games. Before departing he was 25 of 48 for 286 yards and 4 TDs. His backup, freshman Ian Hetrick, 6-2, 200, dented the tough Rams defense going 11 of 19 for 118 yards and 2 TDs in the 4th period. WRs Bradn Simpson, 6-0, 180, (13 grabs for 166 and 1 TD), freshman Erik Wolseth, 6-0, 185, (8 rec., 110 yards., 4 TDs) and Kyle Sammons, 6-1, 205, (9 rec., 65 yards, 1 TD) sure did their part.  On a day when USC, Oklahoma and Texas scraped by their collegiate foes, it figures that the #1 JC would have their first close call.

GOLDEN WEST COACH RAY SHACKLEFORD has had to retire on doctor's orders after spending a few days in the local hospital. Co-Head Coach Alex Gerke will finish the season and become just the 4th coach in school history…

FULLERTON coach Gene Murphy has been nearly felled by foot problems that have him rocking around on crutches and not working the sidelines during a game.  Most of the JC press boxes are inaccessible for someone in his condition so it's a bad deal.  Our best wishes for speedy recoveries for both Shack and Murph, two really good guys in the coaching profession.

TWO WEEKS AGO I saw blocked punts recovered in the end zone on consecutive plays for the first time. The first was called back on a penalty and the second was fair. Saturday I went to two games and both ended up in overtime. SADDLEBACK used 315 passing yards on 22 of 35 passing attempts by QB Colt Brennan and hard running by frosh Cheyne Verhagen (21 carries for 102 and the winning TD) in a seriously hard fought contest. EL CAMINO QB Don Poole passed for 304 yards and WR Laferrell Payne caught 6 for 112.  FULLERTON'S 3 OT victory over SANTA ANA was the afternoon special.  You gotta love JC football.

JUST AS THEY DID LAST YEAR, ROCHESTER upset MESABI RANGE in the first round of the Minnesota playoffs, 24-13. During the season Mesabi won 49-10 at RCC. ROCHESTER now plays MINNESOTA WEST for the title.

TYLER did likewise against BLINN losing 41-14 during the season, then coming back in the first round to knock off the Buccaneers 34-20. TYLER meets an ever-improving KILGORE eleven for the Texas title. That should serve notice to PEARL RIVER, who takes on HINDS for the MISSISSIPPI championship. PRCC won during the season, 37-30.


JC Football Top Stories