Unfortunately, CCSF blew away Palomar, 64-12, and there hasn't been TV since. CANYONS will have their hands full. CCSF has won 24 straight games and over the past 6 years have an incredible 68-2 record.
Head coach George Rush has watched his team go unbeaten five times in the past six seasons. The Rams have scored 489 points and allowed just 175. QB Joseph Ayoob was the hero of last year's championship game as he directed a long drive in the final minutes before firing the winning TD pass to WR Ruben Jackson and a 38-35 victory. Where was television when we needed it?
With all of that said, we hasten to say that CANYONS is a darned good team and perfectly capable of knocking off the Rams.
The Cougars have shut out El Camino and Grossmont (what are the odds on any team pulling that off? in the playoffs and totaled five during the season. They have rambled through opponents and only a weird scoring duel with L.A. Valley, a 48-45 Cougars victory, was close. We saw one or two games every weekend during the season and CANYONS definitely had the best defense that we watched. In 13 games Chuck Lyon's charges allowed just 163 points while putting 507 on the board. Cory Miles, a slick passer, and Marcel Marquez, who runs well, will probably share QB duties, as will Will Caldwell and Gerrell Cain at TB. Tyrell Smith can be a game breaker at WR, Dennis Ellis had a great season at DT and LB Jerrod Perry at LB. CB Roshawn Marshall is also a tiger on returns and Jason Tompkins the All-American at PK.
The Rams are loaded well beyond Ayoob and Jackson. Dallas Bernstine should be healthy at RB, CB Edorian McCullough is a blazer, Lavelle Hawkins great either at WR or DB and LB Desmond Bishop, maybe the best in the country. Alex Toeaina is another top LB, Taase Jennings at OT and Bryce MacMartin at C, are All-Conference guys with D1 rides. It should be fairly low-scoring, say
24-21, and we will stick with SAN FRANCISCO.
J.C. BOWL WRAP-UP WITH ONE BIG ONE TO GO
HAWAIIAN PUNCH - SAN FRANCISCO 42, FRESNO 21 (MY PICK: 31 – 17 W)
SOCAL TITLE GAME - CANYONS 37, SADDLEBACK 24 (MY PICK: No Pick)
DIXIE ROTARY – DIXIE 27, GRAND RAPIDS 20 (MY PICK: 42 – 24 W)
GOLDEN ISLES - BLINN 20, JONES 14 (MY PICK: 48 – 27 W)
C.H.A.M.P.S. - HUTCHINSON 15, TYLER 10 (MY PICK: 14 – 21 L)
DALTON DEFENDER - PEARL RIVER 35, BUTLER 14 (MY PICK: 30 – 33 L)
VALLEY OF THE SUN – COFFEYVILLE 33, SCOTTSDALE 14 (MY PICK: 35 – 28 W)
CLO BOWL - SANTA ROSA 48, GAVILAN 10 (MY PICK: 45 – 14 W)
PILGRIM'S PRIDE - PIMA 10, KILGORE 7 (MY PICK: 27 – 20 W)
ZION'S TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN – SNOW 45, ROCHESTER 7 (MY PICK: 34 – 21 W)
GAMES PLAYED THE PREVIOUS WEEK…
SO CAL PLAYOFFS –
CANYONS 30, GROSSMONT 0 (MY PICK: 17 – 14 W)
SADDLEBACK 41, LONG BEACH 25 (MY PICK: 38 – 28 W)
CAPITAL SHRINE – SIERRA 31, CHABOT 16 (MY PICK: 20 – 21 L)
NEXT WEEK WE WILL HAVE OUR FINAL J.C. GRID-WIRE TOP-THIRTY TEAMS
BOWL NOTES –
FRESNO took an early lead vs. CCSF, but turned the ball over at inopportune times and the Bay City Bombers seemed to just wear the FCC Rams down. QB Joseph Ayoob was the game MVP after hitting on 16 of 30 for 293 yards and 4 TDs plus showing off his footwork with 40 yards and another score. RB Dallas Bernstine had a dandy game with 135 yards on 28 carries and a TD and another score receiving (4-85-1). WR Ruben Jackson hauled in 5 passes for 113 yards and a TD. LB Desmond Bishop lived up to his All-American reviews. FRESNO's CB Aaron Miller had a pair of picks.
DIXIE had to come from behind, also, and faced a much tougher opponent than expected in GRAND RAPIDS. JT Diedrichs lugged the ball 34 times for 191 yards and 2 tallies and MLB Taylor Ownby had 6 solo, 4 assists and broke up 4 passes for DIXIE. Reggie Smith returned 3 kicks for 124 yards, ran for 42 and caught 3 for 21 to lead GRCC.
RB Landon Beus went 11 of 95 and 1 TD to gain MVP honors for SNOW and Deondrick Nunez was the defensive star with a blocked punt, blocked field goal for the Badgers.
CANYONS just flat shut down Colt Brennan, tallying 8 sacks for 69 yards, mostly in the 2nd half, after trailing 17-13 at halftime. QB Marcel Marquez was the spark on offense, but the huge defensive line led by Dennis Ellis and Tomi Halai with 12 tackles each. Brennan managed 20 of 36 for 242 yards and all 3 TDs and somehow Jerard Rabb got open for 6 catches and 93 yards under the close surveillance of CB Roshawn Marshall. Tip for the future: Keep an eye on CANYONS freshman DB JaVonte Holmes.
Jason Lance caught 2 passes and freshman RB James Johnson rambled for 220 yards in BLINN's win.
COFFEYVILLE RB Kendrick Smith slogged for 209 yards on 17 carries in bone-chilling rain and mud in Phoenix.
WR Larry Brackins, 6-6, 220, was the key to PEARL RIVER' surprising 35-14 triumph over BUTLER which ended a 23-game winning streak. Brackins had 11 catches, many of the circus variety, for 166 yards and 2 TDs and a couple of long returns. He also plays DB. Freshman QB Jimmie Oliver went 23 of 40 for 296 and Gene Coleman had 2 picks.
Kevin Coleman kicked FGs of 31, 32, 40, 47 and 47 yards as HUTCHINSON beat Tyler 15-10.
SIERRA won for the 29th straight time by forcing 7 CHABOT turnovers. Kyle Mowry and Ronald Motley had picks. Cornelius Brown returned a kickoff 92 yards for the winning REEDLEY points to offset a 22-175 rushing performance by HANCOCK's Anthony Melton.