Foothill Conference Notebook (Week 1)

The Foothill Conference provided its share of surprises opening weekend. Five of the Conferences nine teams picked up win giving it a winning record at 5-4. This is the first of our weekly Foothill Conference roundups by new JCFootball.com writer, Ric Rivas. Normally, the roundup will be posted midweek and may or may not be part of our Total Access Pass section for subscribers.

Antelope Valley (0-1) - Perennial favorite Reedley College handed AVC a 30-9 road loss, holding the Marauders to 172 yards total offense. But the there were some bright spots as Daniel Ashcraft, (fr., Mojave) caught 3 passes for 46-yards, one for a 31-yard touchdown pass. QB John Taylor was 7 of 13 for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Head Coach Brent Carder is optimistic about his young team, "We have 45 freshman and 10 sophomores. Many players are getting used to this level. I think that a few guys where a bit wide-eyed last Saturday, but they will learn quickly and be ready for the Conference opener."

The Marauders will host 0-1 Glendale, who lost to Southwestern 39-36 at home on Saturday. Game time is 7 pm.

Chaffey (0-1) - Scoring a league low 3 points in a 33-3 loss to Canyons. Head Coach Carl Beach is looking for improvement from his club. "We are just looking to get better with every game," Coach Beach said. "We know that El Camino will be a tough team and we will just have to play better to have a good chance to beat them."

Coach Beach is looking at Sophomore QB Casey Hanson to have a good game as will as Return Specialist Tim Kranawetter who had 111 return yards against Canyons.

"We feel that there are a few guys who will step up and play a great game," Coach Beach said. "But don't misunderstand me, Canyons is a great team."

Chaffey will travel to El Camino on Saturday game time is 6 pm.

Desert (0-1) - Also coming off a tough loss, as they were beaten 38-14 by LA Harbor. Desert managed 190-total yards to LA Harbor's 562. Things do not get easier for them as Riverside City College visits on Saturday. Game time is at 7 pm.

Mt. San Jacinto (1-0) - 2nd-year coach Ed Carberry was thrilled with the Eagles' 30-20 victory over LA Pierce. Leading the way was his Chaparral HS connection of QB Matt Ticich and WR Chris Kehne. Ticich was 25 of 36 for 285 yards and 2 TD's while Kehne had 12 catches for 129 yards and a TD, and on top of that Kehne also completed a 64-yard pass.

"This was a good opener for us," Carberry said. "I guess we Chaparraled (referring to the fact several members of his team are from that high school) them (Pierce) to death."

Mt. San Jacinto will take on visiting LA Valley; game time is at 1 pm on Saturday.

Grossmont (1-0) - Are coming off an exciting 21-17 victory over Mt. San Antonio. QB Reilly Murphy sealed the win with a 51-yard touchdown pass to WR Mario Brunker with 2:50 left in the game. Murphy ended the night by going 17 of 26 for 243 yards while Brunker had 4 catches for 101 yards.

The defense also helped the cause as LB Matt Westrick had an interception, and 4 tackles. DB Terry Mixon also shined with 9 tackles while DL Brian Stanbra added 6 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Grossmont will visit 1-0 Canyons; game time is at 7 pm on Saturday.

San Bernardino Valley (0-1) - Fell 23-7 to East LA in their opener but Coach Pat Meech saw a lot of promise in his team. "We felt that the score didn't tell the story of how close the game was."

Meech points to the 204 total yards San Bernardino gained. "We gave them a few openings and they (East LA) just took advantage of them and the game got out of reach for us."

LA Pierce will visit on Saturday also looking for their first win of 2005. "Both teams will be going after it in this one," Coach Meech said. "But we need to focus on what we need to do."

Game time will be at 1 pm.

San Diego Mesa (1-0) - Picked up a tight 34-26 victory over Golden West. Veteran coach Martin Moss was pleased with his team's performance. "Getting a win in the first game of the season is always good. But you have to be cautious too, because it is a long season and a lot of things can happen."

QB Jake Santos who was 17 of 26 for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns led Mesa. All three TD's went to RB Phillip Gyulai who also caught 6 passes for 166-yards.

"You always want to find ways to improve," Moss said. "So our defensive players like Chris Carman, Jason Linutau, and Matt Tufaga on the line and LB Paul Bradley need to have good games this week."

This week Mesa will travel to Santa Ana. Game time is 1 pm on Saturday.

Southwestern (1-0) - Won a wild 39-36 shootout over Glendale last week. QB Robert Riggs led the way by going 17 of 23 for 289 yards and tossing 4 TD's. Special Teams came into play as K Ryan Bowling was 4 of 5 on PATs but he still had to kick a game winning 39 yard FG to seal the game.

WR Antuan Bloom had 6 catches for 122, including 2 for TD's and had 80 yards in return yardage.

Southwestern will play host to East LA on Saturday at 5 pm.

Victor Valley (1-0) - The Rams defeated Santa Monica 42-14, their 42 points was the weeks conference high. RB Antoine Randolph lead the way with 81 yards on 12 carries and 2 TD's. Defense also came up big with a pair of DL's had big games. Kristopher Barron had 2 sacks and 5 tackles while Justin Halas recovered a fumble and returned it 20 yards for a score.

Victor Valley had 344 total offense while Santa Monica was held to 208 yards.

The Rams next test will be on Saturday as they will visit LA Southwest at 1 pm.

 


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