Notes & Top Performances (9/27)

This week's Notes and Top Performances includes an extensive look at receivers, quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive players who turned in big numbers. Example? Hutchinson (Kans.) quarterback, Greg Meinzer (see photo), who went 22 of 31 for 297 yards with TDs of 2, 13, 45 and 59 in a 59-24 win over Air Force Prep. We also look at Reedley's dismantling of Butte in a big NorCal game ... and lots more.



HUTCHINSON:  Fr. Greg Meinzer, 6-6, 205, went 22 of 31 for 297 yards with TDs of 2, 13, 45 and 59 in a 59-24 win over Air Force Prep. SEE PHOTO ABOVE.

SAN DIEGO MESA: Jake Santos, 6-0, 190, completed 14 of 27 for 257 yards and 5 TDs in 34-16 win over Antelope Valley.

SANTA ANA: Daniel Morales, 6-0, 200, was 14 of 25 for 245 and 2 TD of 42 and 17 yards and rushed for 12.

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: Erik Walden was 14 of 21 for 240 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 184 and 2 more scores.

LONG BEACH:  Alex Aispuro, 6-2, 200, threw for 4 TDs for the third time this year hitting 17 of 28 for 240 yards. 

EL CAMINO: Frosh Lyle Moevao, 5-11, 205, was 16 of 20 for 229 yards and 2 TDs after replacing starter Don Poole.

N.E. OKLAHOMA: Justin Allen, 6-2, 210, hit on 9 of 13 for 207 and 3 TDs, all in the 1st half of 70-0 rout vs. Ranger.


RIVERSIDE: Joshua Miller, 6-0, 210, 34 rushes for 292 yards and 2 TDs as Tigers ran for 486 yards in 48-28 win over CERRITOS.

BUTLER: Kenny Wilson, 6-1, 217, 16 carries for 219 yards and TDs of 90, 49, 18 and five.

MERCED: Fr. James Ezell carried 29 times for 212 yards and a TD in 42-20 win over Hartnell. It marked the 3rd straight 100-plus game by Merced backs. Robert Hill exceeded that total the past two weeks.

BAKERSFIELD: J.R. Rogers, 5-10, 182, carried 24 times for 210 and 3 scores.

SOUTHWESTERN: Larry Richardson, 5-7, 175, dashed for 157 yards on 29 lugs against a powerful Grossmont defense.

GLENDALE: Jamal Rashad carried 28 times for 149 yards and 3 TDs and Samuel Ledford 28 for 120 vs. LASW.

COFFEYVILLE: Kendrick Smith, 5-11, 205, rushed for 146 on 16 carries vs. Independence.

HANCOCK: Drew Williams, 5-8, 196, backed up last week's huge game with 144 on 22 carries vs. Ventura.

GARDEN CITY: Marcus Cross, 5-11, 210, 25 for 135 with 25 and 3-yard TDs in 30-20 win over Dodge City.


PASADENA: Carlos Celis, 6-0, 195, 26 of 48 for 267 and a pair of TDs.

SNOW: Travis Henderson, 6-2, 202, 6 catches for 162 yards giving him (12-291-1) in 40-7 win over Phoenix.

EL CAMINO: Marcel Reece, 6-3, 235, 6 catches for 148 yards, 1 TD.

BUTLER: Anthony Parks, 6-0, 189, 2 catches for 97 yards and 4 PR for 104.

SAN FRANCISCO: Maurice Purify, 6-5, 215, 4 catches for 160 yards, all for TDS of 45, 6, 49 and 60 yards.

REEDLEY: Albert Daniels caught 11 passes for 132 yards with scores of 33 and 23 yards. The previous week he caught 9 for 183 and scored 3 times in 42-14 win over Los Medanos.


EASTERN ARIZONA: Armondo Murillo had 2 interceptions, one for a 68-yard TD. No TDs vs. Gila Monsters in 3 games.

MT. SAN JACINTO: Freshman Scott James, 5-10, 185, 6 tackles, 2 intercepts and game-winning tackle on 1-yard line in 14-12 win.

LONG BEACH: Damion Porter, 6-1, 190, 6 tackles, broke up 2 passes and blocked a field goal.

COPIAH-LINCOLN: DE Ryland Wilson had 6 tackles, 3 sacks and forced a fumble in 44-7 win over Jones.

CANYONS: Joey Larocque, 6-2, 235, had 9 tackles, 7 solo, 1 for a loss and 2 sacks playing a super game weekly at LB.

CITRUS: LB Cory Tello, 5-8, 190, 9 tackles, caused a fumble, tackle for loss, 24-14 over East L.A. and DB Hector Corona, 5-11, 185.

GLENDALE: Jason Bonwell had 11 tackles, 2 for losses, a sack and 4 hurries in 24-15 win over LASW.

EL CAMINO: LB Tyler Flack, 6-2, 220, 9 solo, 3 assists and Elisha Mueller, 6-1, 200, 4 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL and .5 sack.

RIVERSIDE: ILB Daylan Marrow, 6-0, 220, 7.5 tackles, 2 for loss and a pair of sacks for –14 yards.

ELLSWORTH:  C.J. Jones, 6-1, 171, had 14 tackles and LB Joe Hall and Thomas Wright 9 each in 24-10 loss to Rock Valley.

BUTLER: CB Elbert Mack, 5-10, 180, 5 solos an assist, 3 pass break ups and 2 interceptions for 41 yards.

GARDEN CITY: Marcus Pittman, 6-5, 285, 10 tackles (8 solo), 2 for loss, 2 QB hurries and an interception.


ITAWAMBA: Tommy Pharr 4 punts for 44.5 avg. 5 for 5 on PATs and a 49-yard FG in 38-0 triumph over Coahoma.

MERCED: Fr. Dedrick Davis returned 4 kickoffs for 166 yards, 2 punts for 28, threw 2 passes for 94 and 1 TD and had 2 catches for 13 yards, giving him 303 total yards.

SOUTHWESTERN: Punter Martin House averaged 42.1 on 8 punts, with great hang time and virtually no return.

GROSSMONT: Freshman Derrell Hutsona, 5-10, 180, 16 carries for 164 yards and 2 KOR for 66 yards.

PASADENA: PK Angel Reyes, 5-8, 170, 44-yard FG, 2 PATs and two successful onside kicks, both recovered by PCC.

CERRITOS: Frosh Genoa Dill, 6-0, 195, had 2 catches for 83 yards and a 72-yard TD and 4 KOR 154 yards TD of 87 yards.

NASSAU: C Mike Parshley 6-2, 280, and OT Nick Diana, 6-3, 295, have been keys to a strong Lions rushing game and converted TE James Parker 6-5, 260, is doing a terrific job at DE.

SEQUOIAS: P Aaron Thomas 5 punts for a 43.8 average with a long of 57 yards.

COFFEYVILLE: OG Trent Stanley had 4 pancakes and 70% grade-plus for fifth straight week.


RIDGEWATER: Frosh WR Shawn Thissen, 6-2, 180, caught 8 passes for 211 yards and 2 TDs in a 27-32 loss to Northland.

CABRILLO: S Dwight Lowery, 6-1, 185, had a pair of interceptions, blocked a PAT and returned it for a TD in 39-10 loss to Laney.

HARTNELL: RB/DB Selwyn Daye, 5-8, 185, rushed for 192 yards, 38 receiving and 54 returns for 284-2 in 33-34 loss to Contra Costa.

MINNESOTA WEST: CB Regis Richardson, 5-9, 180, picked off 3 passes, 1 for a 57-yard TD, 3 PBUs in 34-14 win over Vermilion.

CONTRA COSTA:  Deandra Green, 6-2, 190, hauled down 10 passes for 106 yards and 2 scores.

LANEY:  Huston Lillard, 6-0, 190, went 21 of 28 for 231 and 3 TDs vs. Cabrillo.

BUTTE: LB Tom Grove, 6-1, 200, had 8 tackles, 3 for losses and a pair of sacks vs. Siskiyous.

MINNESOTA STATE: Anthony Carpenter rushed for 223 yards on 32 carries and 2 scores in loss to Rainey River.

ROCHESTER: FS Tyler Lodermeier, 6-1, 182, notched 3 solo, 8 assists, 2 TFLs, caused a fumble and an interception in win over Hibbing.

SEQUOIAS: DB Justin Scott, 6-1, 185, had 1 INT, recovered a fumble in end zone for TD and had 9 tackles vs. Gavilan.



It's hard to believe that REEDLEY could roll up 616 yards of total offense against BUTTE, who had been yielding just 104 per game. QB Terry Mayo accounted for 289 yards running and passing, but the defense earned a share of the applause holding the Roadrunners to just 140 yards, 103 passing on 6 for 29 (3 QBs).  Butte's Webster Patrick carried just 10 times for net 2 yards before leaving the game with a shoulder separation.

Running and throwing QBs did their thing last weekend. Note: CANYONS' Marcel Marquez completed 18 of 30 passes for 255 yards and ran 17 times for 75 more and a pair of scores. Brian Johnson of WEST L.A., 6-0, 185, completed 8 of 9 for 136 yards and 3 TDs and packed the leather 11 times for 163 yards and another score in a 70-30 romp over Santa Monica. GULF COAST QB, Erik Walden, went 14 of 21 for 240 yards and 2 scores and rushed 20 times for 184 yards and another pair of tallies.

First-time starters looked good recently. SADDLEBACK Fr. P.T. Gates rambled 160 yards on 23 carries in his first start against Long Beach and QB Kasey Peters passed for 204.  MERCED's James Ezell went for 212 last weekend vs. Hartnell in his initial start.  Bernard Payton, CHAFFEY, saw his first action and gained 131 yards on 14 carries for 3 TDs in a 38-6 win over Victor Valley.

WR Herbert Martin, 6-2, 190, transferred from ORANGE COAST to PASADENA between seasons. Last weekend he caught 7 passes for 93 yards including TD tosses of 33 and 27 yards against his former college, but OCC won the game 37-17.

FULLERTON's mighty freshman whiz, Joe Chatman, 5-10, 190, gained 150 yards on 28 carries for 2 TDs and caught a 41-yard scoring toss for another.  L.A. VALLEY's Troy Jackson put the ball in the air 64 times against Bakersfield, but completed just 17.  However, the 17 garnered 370 yards and a TD.  Thomas Perregrin led the Gades with 10 of 20 for 209-1. SADDLEBACK had a pair of 100-plus RBs in action against Fullerton. Daniel Dixon, 5-8, 205, hit the magic mark for the third time getting 127 in 21 trips and P.T. Gates had 17 carries for 123.

LAST WEEK we mentioned that historian Harry Frye Jr. tabbed the 1951 SAN BERNARDINO squad as the best JC team ever. We countered with a couple of other options then an email from L.A. TIMES SCRIBE Shav Glick pointed out that the 1938 PASADENA eleven was as good as it gets. Then known as the Bulldogs, PJC had the likes of Jackie Robinson, Clem Tomerlin, Frank Spratt, T.D. Floyd, Pete Pappas, and Hershel Patton, all of whom went on to play Division 1 ball.  I wouldn't argue with any team that had the all-time greatest athlete, Jackie Robinson, on it.  However, there probably isn't a reader of these pages who saw that team play other than Shav, who just celebrated his 85th birthday a week ago, and I as a little kid on Friday night's with my dad. Friday nights at the Rose Bowl, watching J.R., that's what hooked me on JC football.

A RESURGENCE OF INTEREST has hit Visalia, Calif. as the College of Sequoia's eleven sails along unbeaten. A nice crowd of 3,900 turned out for the Modesto-COS clash, the largest since 1998. Speaking of crowds, there likely will be a big one in Bakersfield Saturday night when COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS comes to town.  COC DBs had best be on their toes because, believe it or not, the Renegades lead the Western State Conference in passing.

SANTA ANA plain shocked PALOMAR 38-0. OT Saul Fuentes, 6-1, 265, is the big little brother of Simon, who is a Dons assistant coach now and played a mean QB there a few years ago. Saul will be pretty darned good when he grows up. SANTA ANA's SS David Buehler, 6-2, 215, kicks off for the Dons.  The stadium barely holds his booming kicks.  He's the best we've seen this year. 

IN 1998 LONG BEACH LB MARKUS STEELE earned J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honors. His brother Antonio, now playing for the Vikings, is a spitting image and even made our pre-season All-American list. COFFEYVILLE's OG Brent Stanley, 6-3, 285, and GARDEN CITY's "big load" Phil Loadholt, 6-9, 350, look like two of the best OL in the nation. QUESTION:  Is DODGE CITY QB Omar Haugabook, really 6-2, 220, as listed, or perhaps slightly less on both counts?

SANTA ROSA set what must be a record by scoring 48 points in the first quarter of their 69-0 game with Redwoods.  In the first 12 minutes QB Ian Hetrick, 6-2, 195, went 15 of 21 for 295 yards and 5 TDs and then rode the pines for the rest of the game.

QUESTION: When was the last time Mississippi powers, HINDS, JONES and NORTHWEST, were all defeated on the same weekend?  Hinds lost to Southwest 19-13, Jones to Gulf Coast 44-7 and NW to Copiah-Lincoln 16-6.  PEARL RIVER did extend its win streak to 20 games with a 35-10 victory over East Central. Pearl River sophomore QB Jimmy Oliver went nuts, going 14 for 34 for 193 yards and 2 TDs, but was also picked off 4 times.  However, Mike McClendon, 5-10, 185, countered with 203 yards on 18 carries and a pair of tallies.

SIERRA extended its win streak to 34 games and CANYONS to 18.


(Beginning play this season)

1. NE Oklahoma 558
2. Bakersfield 548
3. Coffeyville 513
4. Pearl River 495
5. Fullerton 469
6. Pasadena 468
7. Jones Co. 467
8. Santa Ana 453
9. Kilgore 433
10. Mississippi Gulf Coast 428
11. Hinds and San Francisco 420
13. Sacramento 417
14. Santa Rosa 412
15. Hartnell 409
16. Hutchinson 403
17. Riverside 398
18. Copiah-Lincoln 392
19. Modesto 390
20. Grand Rapids and Tyler 389


Coach:  Chuck Lyon (76-10)

The Cougars are 54-6 over the past five years, have won 18 straight, 32 regular season games in a row and 43 Western State Conference contests. QB Marcel Marquez is a competent passer and excellent runner who saw considerable action in 2004. RB Brandon Clayton is just 5-7 and weighs 175, but is a tough runner for his size. He also returns kickoffs. The defense may be the strong suit of COC and LB Joey LaRocque, 6-1, 230, is the straw that stirs. He led the team in tackles and sacks last year until he broke his wrist. CBs Justin Tryon and Ja'Vonte Holmes are blue-chippers.


Coach: Jeff Leiker (73-23; to date 40-12 with the Ravens)

A Kansas power for years. TB Kendrick Smith is the goods. DE Walter Fisher, 6-2, 255, heads the defense and OG Trent Stanley is a probable All-American. Big date is Oct. 15 when they try to break Butler's stranglehold on the title.


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