ON STREAKS –
WINNING – SIERRA leads with 31 in a row. PEARL RIVER, which opens its storm-delayed season Thursday night vs. Copiah-Lincoln, has won 19 straight, with CANYONS next with 16. MONTEREY has a 9-game skein working and HUDSON VALLEY 7.
LOSING – MARIN has dropped 19 straight, followed by FORT SCOTT 16, RAINEY RIVER 11, MERCED 8 and several tied at 5. DUPAGE halted a 21-game losing string last week with a 17-14 victory over Ellsworth.
NEW ALIGNMENTS –
The Illinois and Iowa Conferences have joined forces to make one 9-team conference.
IN CALIFORNIA's VALLEY CONFERENCE, SAN JOAQUIN DELTA with MODESTO moving over to the GOLDEN GATE. SANTA ROSA has joined the NORCAL to form a "hot" conference with SAN FRANCISCO, BUTTE, FOOTHILL, SACRAMENTO and SAN MATEO, an evacuee from the GOLDEN GATE. In the MISSION CONFERENCE the breakdown is AMERICAN DIVISION: CERRITOS, SANTA ANA, ORANGE COAST, EL CAMINO, GOLDEN WEST and SADDLEBACK; NATIONAL: PASADENA, MT. SAN ANTONIO, LONG BEACH, RIVERSIDE, FULLERTON, PALOMAR.
NOTES AND STUFF –
CERRITOS kick-returner Rickey Reyes, 5-11, 191, set a school record with 202 yards on 4 efforts vs. Moorpark. He broke the mark of 185 set by Corey Kelley in 1994. Most observers feel CANYONS defense is not quite as strong as the 14-0 2004 version, but the offense is close. VENTURA QB Brandon Bishop-Parise, set a school record with 403 yards passing vs. Golden West. He went 25 of 42 with 5 TDs. SADDLEBACK WR Jared Rabb was a solid All-American last season. His cousin Finas Rabb, is taller at 6-6, heavier at 210, but doesn't have Jared's blazing speed. Finas is starting end for SANTA ANA and did some fancy catching against SAN DIEGO MESA. Where I'd like to be Saturday afternoon: CCSF Stadium for Rams vs. Rams. SADDLEBACK at LONG BEACH or FULLERTON at SANTA ANA will be equally important. Not a good time for FRESNO QB Jeff Schott to come up with a sprained ankle, what with Saturday's biggie vs. SAN FRANCISCO. Fr. backup Stanley Nihipali, 6-0, 190, got himself ready by tossing 3 TD passes and going 14 of 27 for 261 yards. Last time FRESNO defeated CCSF was 1982 when they won at home 35-24. Since then the other Rams have won 6 in a row. BAKERSFIELD blocked 3 field goal attempts in first 2 games. Good to see ex-CCSF star Joe Ayoob bounce back with a great showing vs. Washington.
TRIPLE-HEADER LAST SATURDAY –
The opportunity to watch 6 JC teams in action last Saturday and the considerable drive from South Orange County outweighed the urge to see the Grossmont-Canyons fracas. The following are some observations on the teams in general and then a list of outstanding players.
SAN DIEGO MESA at SANTA ANA (Sat. afternoon at 1 pm.) It was an even first quarter with some hard-hitting on both sides. Dons started to pull away in 2nd period with 14 points and a scrambling defense. SANTA ANA was definitely superior and turned up the offensive wick in the 2nd half. This is a team that could be a serious factor in conference play. We saw a nice combo of passing and running and some good looking DBs. MESA's offense is pretty much Jake Santos, who will have big numbers because he will throw on 2 of 3 downs.
MOORPARK at LONG BEACH (Sat. at 5 pm.) LBCC displayed the best defense we have seen thus far. They have an accurate throwing QB in Alex Aispuro and a stable of receivers. Add in a corps of really good linebackers, CBs and deep backs. We'll know more about the Vikes after they host SADDLEBACK at 5pm, Sat. night, but they certainly will be a bowl team. They completely stopped the Raiders offense, which went about as far as a freshman QB could take them. These lads don't give up, however and are pretty tenacious on defense.
WEST LOS ANGELES at CERRITOS 7 pm – CERRITOS should have won by a much larger than 28-16 tally. Falcons often proved to be there own worse enemy with penalties, but displayed ability to move the ball behind QB Jeff Kline and RB Jeron Johnson. WEST L.A. was "feisty" for sure. They have some hitters in the line. On offense the QB runs around until he sees someone open and then throws. Accounts for some pretty good-sized gains and losses. Probably about a .500 team when they get into conference.
LONG BEACH: QB Alex Aispuro, 6-2, 200, possesses a strong arm but only throws long now and then. He's deadly on short routes. WR Stanley Franks, 6-0, 190, can be a scoring machine. Others who caught my eye: DL Josh Tauanuu, 6-5, 300; LB Antonio Steele, 6-2, 215, is a sideline to sideline-type; and FS Damion Porter.
MOORPARK – Standouts? DL Dom Foli, 6-5, 265 and Fr. FS Wallace Bates, 6-2, 225, were playmakers for Moorpark. About a third of the team are freshmen. OG Steve Stroh made a good block and then got knocked over. School is still out WR Tony Washington, 6-0, 180, made some nice catches.
SANTA ANA – QB Daniel Morales, 6-1, 200, is the real goods. Great feet, can throw long and accurate shorties. K Curtis Gladden,, 6-1, 170, has a terrific leg. Kickoffs boomed into the end zone and he had a 70-yard punt. DB Nathan Dedic, 6-4, 225, is real good and I liked SS Myles Banford, 6-1, 215, a lot. Geoff Jones' Dons are deep in talent.
SAN DIEGO MESA – QB Jacob Santos looks like a low D1 or 1-AA player. He keeps his poise and can move, but is only 6-0, 195.
CERRITOS – About the time you figure Kline runs better than he passes, he uncorks one. He does have good feet. The hot dude though is RB Jeron Johnson, 6-0, 205. He's out like a shot thru the line and see you later. LB Dylan Campanale, 6-2, 245, is very quick for his size. Foes will see a lot of him. DE Dan Kuykendall, 6-5, 270, who has already committed to Oregon, did not play.
WEST L.A. submits a roster with about 40 names and numbers. That's it. Not even a position, let alone height, weight, hometown or any of the essentials that people buying a program would want. So, it's hard to identify people.
CANYONS 32, GROSSMONT 22. Key stats: Times carried the ball: GC 40, COC 78; Possession: GC 15:42, COC 43:18. Hard to score if you don't have the ball. This was the Cougars' 31st straight victory at home. The loss stopped a string of 24 straight regular season wins for the Griffins. LB Joey Larocque, 6-2, 235, had 7 tackles (4 solo) and a sack and Michael Carr returned an interception 22 yards for a Td and made 2 tackles. Brandon Clayton, 5-7, 167, zipped for 132 yards on 28 trips. At one point the Cougars led 32-7, but GROSSMONT came back with some long runs to make it close.
SEQUOIAS 42, SAN MATEO 40 – This was a slambang battle between two programs definitely on the rise. Both QBs are very mobile and earned some serious yardage credit. Tennessee transfer, Brent Schaeffer rushed 23 times for 144 yards and 1 TD and hit on 18 of 31 tosses for 206 and 3 more scores for SEQUOIAS and was backed by a 16-130-1 performance by Derrick Brown. WR Darrius Passmore, 6-1, 175, with 4.24 sprinter speed, caught 3 TDs among his 7 grabs for 86 yards stats. SAN MATEO QB Julian Edelmanran ran 16 times for 134 and 2 scores and added 71 passing.
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS
SANTA ANA – Daniel Morales, 6-0, 200, 14 of 20 for a career-high 317 yards and 4 TDs of 8, 26, 35 and 79. He had 334 total offense.
MT. SAN JACINTO – Matt Ticich, 6-0, 180, went 18 of 36 for 336 yards and 3 TDs.
MT. SAN ANTONIO – Freshman Brian Hildebrand, 6-3, 204, completed 15 of 28 for 315, 2 TDs, vs. CITRUS
SAN BERNARDINO – Frosh Ryan Rising, 6-1, 210, was 14 of 25 for 245 and 2 TDs in 41-26 win vs. L.A. PIERCE.
BAKERSFIELD – Thomas Perregrin, 6-3, 195, was 9 for 19 for 231 and 2 TDs vs. SADDLEBACK.
LONG BEACH – Alex Aispuro, 6-2, 200, continued hot streak going 18 of 30 for 223 and 4 TDs for the second straight week.
PHOENIX – Azaad Muhammad romped for 231 yards on 23 carries with 2 TDs in 55-30 win over Pima.
CERRITOS – Jeron Johnson, 6-0, 205, 19 carries for 160 yards and TDs of 19 and 1 yard.
FOOTHILL – Jacob French went 154 in 22 efforts vs. Merced, after logging 168 the first week against WEST HILLS and 24-126
MERCED - Ontrea Johnson had great games the first two weeks collecting 126 on 24 carries vs. FOOTHILL and 17 for 176 vs. AMERICAN RIVER.
CISCO – Chauncey Campbell rushed for 202 yards on 21 carries, including 80-yard TD, plus 2 catches in 22-19 win over GARDEN CITY.
FULLERTON – Fr. Joe Chatman, 5-8, 175, dashed for his second 200-yard night with 30-202-2 vs. SANTA MONICA.
EL CAMINO – Brian Flowers, 5-8, 185, 13 lugs for 175 and 2 catches for 12 in win over CHAFFEY.
RIVERSIDE – Frosh Robert Murrell, 6-0, 240, rushed for 164 yards and a pair of scores in loss to DESERT.
TYLER – Brian Rodgers, 5-8, 175, 3rd straight 100-yard game, rushing for 140-2 in 27-0 blanking of KILGORE.
BUTLER – Freshman FB Darrin Seiwert 6-0, 215, moved to RB and went for 130 on 17 efforts with a TD.
VENTURA – Charles Dillon, 6-1, 190, had a super game vs. Golden West 33-12. He caught 12 passes for 235 yards and 2 TDs and ran 3 times for 76 yards. He's a very good D1 prospect.
FRESNO – Mike Williams, 6-6, 220, caught 6 for 113 yards and TDs of 44, 18 and 6 yards.
SACRAMENTO – Chido Nwokocha caught 6 passes for 182 yards and TDs of 23 and 77 yards in loss to REEDLEY.
MT. SAN ANTONIO – Aaron Tonga, 6-3, 285, had 4 solo tackles, 4 sacks, 6 QB hurries in rout of FORT SCOTT.
N.E. OKLAHOMA – CB Devin Anderson 5-11, 185, 4 solo stops, 3 assists, 2 picks, 1 returned for a 32-yard TD and deflected pass.
FRESNO – DB Andre Jones, 6 tackles, an interception and 2 QB hurries.
HANCOCK – LB Rick Aguilar, 6-0, 243, 13 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 sacks and fumble recovery in 44-0 win over WEST HILLS.
TRINITY VALLEY – DE Clyarde Holloway blocked a punt, had 9 tackles, 2 for losses and a sack, in 27-0 win over RANGER.
NEW MEX. MILITARY – Frosh LB Trent Whitmill, 5-11, 195, notched 5 solos, an assist and 3 QB sacks, in 33-14 win over Hardin-Simmons JV.
GROSSMONT – LB Matt Westrick, 6-2, 238, had a team-high 12 tackles.
PALOMAR – MLB Robert Bala batted down 5 passes and had 5 tackles and a QB hurry in 38-12 win over HARBOR.
GARDEN CITY - Marcus Pittman, 6-5, 285, 12 tackles (7-5), 2 sacks and 4 tackles for losses in 22-19 upset by CISCO.
DODGE CITY – Fr DL Kellen Belcher, 6-3, 280, 2 sacks vs. Independence and 8 in first 3 games.
EL CAMINO – DB Nate Ness, 6-1, 180, a third team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American in '04, has 3 interceptions in 2 games.
GROSSMONT – Freshman Derrell Hutsona, 5-10, 180, had 219 all-purpose yards, including a 91-yard KOR and 54-yard PR for a TD,
SADDLEBACK – Andrew Larson, 6-0, 180, had 9 punts for an avg. 45.6 yards, dropping two inside the 20.
TRINITY VALLEY – K Sinisa Vrvilo, 2 field goals, one a record-tying 52-yarder.
TYLER - DE Michael McDonald, had 7 tackles, a sack and 10 QB hurries vs. NAVARRO
TRINITY VALLEY - LB Jacob Martin recorded 15 tackles in loss to Butler, and DE Clyarde Holloway 6 tackles a sack and a pick.
BUTLER – DL Paul Griffin, 6-1, 287, 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and LB Jonathon Reese 8 stops, a sack, 1 interception and 2 tackles for losses 24-14 over DODGE CITY. OT Sherrone Moore graded out at 84% and collected 4 pancakes.
LANEY – Frosh Frank Summers, 5-11, 244, 22 carries for 196 yards and 2 scores vs. HARTNELL.
MOORPARK- Fr. QB Cody Holland, 6-1, 190, went 19 of 30 for 277 and a TD and ran 9 times for 62 and a score vs. CERRITOS and DB Wallace Bates, 6-2, 225, collected 15 tackles and 2 passes broken up.
CANYONS – LB Joey Larocque 6-2, 235, had 5 tackles, 3 solo, a hurry and a fumble recovery for a score vs. CHAFFEY and CB Ja'vonte Holmes, had a pick for a 58-yard TD and broke up 4 passes.
RIDGEWATER – CB Tony Kley recorded 2 picks, 1 an 85-yard TD, 2 solo and 5 assists in 28-19 win over ITASCA.
RAINEY RIVER – S Adrian Moultrie, 5-10, 190, 18 tackles, a sack and 33-yard pick in 6-17 loss to CENTRAL LAKES.
L.A. HARBOR – DB Scott Felando, 5-10, 180, 11 tackles, 3 solo, 1 for a loss, 2 picks and a pass deflection win over DESERT.
GLENDALE – Darion Donnelly caught 11 passes for 119 yards and a score and Jason Bonwel had 7 tackles, a sack, 4 hurries and recovered a fumble in loss to SOUTHWESTERN.
FEATHER RIVER – Mark Dodge 6-4, 235, 18 tackles in 41-12 loss to FRESNO.
SANTA ROSA – QB Ian Hetrick was 24 of 42 for 314 yards and 2 scores, but 3 picked off, in 42-7 win over MENDOCINO.
L.A. HARBOR – QB Sean Flynn, 15 of 30 for 240 and a TD in win over DESERT.
HIBBING – Robert Robinson, 5-11, 185, ran for 184 yards on 20 carries vs. MINN. STATE.
PASADENA – QB/DB Tremane Vaughns, 5-9, 179, 13 carries for 85 yards, 4 for 8 passing for 27, returned a punt for 5 and defended on 2 passes in 16-14 win over L.A. VALLEY.
MINN. STATE – QB Wes Stettner was 18 of 27 for 291 and 2 scores in win over HIBBING.
SOUTHWESTERN – WR Antuan Bloom, 5-11, 175, 6 catches for 122 and 2 TDs and 4 KOR for 80 yards vs. GLENDALE.
SACRAMENTO – Freshman QB Brent Congdon, 6-2, 215, completed 26 of 43 for 336 and 4 TDs with 2 Ints, in 34-20 win over SHASTA.