OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS
ELLSWORTH: Zack Thomas, 17 of 22 for 259 yards and 1 score in 33-0 win over Graceland JVs.
SAN DIEGO MESA: Jake Santos, 6-0, 195, 12 of 21 for 220 and 3 scores in win over San Bernardino Valley.
ELLSWORTH: Marcus Dawson, 118 rushing and a pair of TDs vs. Graceland JV.
GARDEN CITY: Rod Windsor, 6-2, 205, 15 for 26, 223 yards and 2 TDs and ran 10 times for 63 yards in 25-21 upset of Coffeyville.
N.E. MISSISSIPPI: Cameron Montgomery, a freshman from Houston, 19 carries for 248 yards and 2 scores in win over Delta.
BLINN: James Johnson rushed for 185 yards and 3 TDs and caught 3 passes for 40 yards in 31-14 win over Trinity Valley.
GARDEN CITY: Marcus Cross, 5-11, 210, 29 carries for 179 yards and a 6-yard TD.
SAN BERNARDINO: Kendrick Harris 24 carries for 160 yards and 2 scores in loss to San Diego Mesa.
TRINITY VALLEY: Freshman Eric Ransom 129 yards and a TD in loss to Blinn. He is close to 1,000 yards for the season.
NASSAU: Brett Wilson, 10 carries for 109 yards and a TD of 68 yards and Joe Williams 27 lugs for 103 and a pair of 1-yard TDs in 36-25 win over Dean in monsoon conditions.
VICTOR VALLEY: Antoine Randolph, 5-8, 175, 23 for 131 and a TD in 27-0 verdict over Antelope Valley, and frosh Theodore Snodgrass, 5-10, 180, 13 for 97 and 2 catches for 35 yards.
EAST CENTRAL: David McCants had 27 lugs for 133 and a TD in 12-7 win over Copiah-Lincoln.
SAN DIEGO MESA: Verlain Betofe, 6-3, 200, caught 4 passes for 127 yards and 3 TDs.
ELLSWORTH: Chris Beekman 6 catches for 115 yards and a score.
KILGORE: Frosh DL Marcus Smith 6-1, 250, had 5 tackles, 1 for a loss, recovered a fumble for a TD and 2 QB hurries.
NAVARRO: CB Dustin Calhoun, returned a fumble 91 yards for a TD and added an INT to preserve l6-l5 win over NE Oklahoma A&M.
BUTLER: FS Toddrick Verdell had 6 solo stops, 1 assist, caused and recovered a fumble, 1 tackled for a 4-yard loss and an interception returned 57 yards for a TD and SS Jonathon Warren snagged a pair of interceptions.
N.E. OKLAHOMA: OLB Chris Patterson, 6-3, 225, blocked 2 punts and recovered one for a safety. The other set up NEO's first score. He had 7 solo tackles, 4 assists, a sack and 2 tackles behind the line for minus 9 yards. MLB Justin Roland, 6-1, 220, had 7 solos, 7 assists, 2 sacks for minus 13 yards and 2 tackles behind the line for minus 8.
HUTCHINSON: WR Roger Frazier accounted for 330 all-purpose yards getting 117 on 2 kickoff returns and catching 5 passes for 184 yards, scoring on catches of 51 and 61 yards as Blue Dragons downed Highland 48-14.
KILGORE: Michael Cohen, 5 punts for 49.6 avg. with 3 inside the 15-yard line.
COFFEYVILLE: OT Brandon Walker, 6-4, 320, graded out at 85% for the 3rd straight week, had 2 pancakes and 2 drive blocks.
NEW MEXICO MILITARY: Roddray Walker, 6-2, 195, a freshman DB, 15 solo tackles and an INT in 14-13 win over Phoenix.
BUTLER: PK Joe Paletta leads the nations kickers with 71 points, 44-46 PATs and 9 of 11 field goals. AND OLs Sherrone Moore and C Mike Davison graded out at 89% and 87%.
ELLSWORTH: LB Joe Hall had 11 tackles, 4 for losses in 14-27 defeat at the hands of Harper and punter Jason Caton 9 for 40.3 average.
DIABLO VALLEY: DL Vontas Mason, 6-2, 289, 96-yard INT return, 4 tackles, and many pressures on Reedley QB.
CONTRA COSTA: NG Shudved Hasan, 5-11, 275, 1 sack, 5 tackles, 2 for losses, forced 2 fumbles, 1 hurry, in 41-38 win over Shasta.
MONTEREY: Frosh WR Brian Dougherty, 6-3, 181, 9 catches for 108 yards, in 27-12 loss to Mendocino.
SANTA ROSA: Angelo Richardson, 6-2, 185, 10 catches for 118 yards and a pair of scores plus 4 KOR for 122 yards in 39-34 win over SJ Delta.
EYEBALL TREATMENT OF GROSSMONT 38, CHAFFEY 31
One wag said: "I think Grossmont thought the game started at 7pm instead of 5pm." Good observation. Chaffey completely dominated the first half, the Griffins woke up and scored 35 in the 2nd half. Some of the time the question was, which team wanted to win the most? Griffins QB Reilly Murphy had some good stats, 21 of 47 for 334 yards and 3 TDs and scored one running, but wasn't used much after getting dinged up. RB Derrell Hutsona looked like he might break a long first quarter kickoff return. The front line on defense, plus linebackers, were the most impressive factors for the Griffs. The DEs, Roderkus Wright, 6-6, 275, and Brian Stanbra, 6-5, 230, are quite possibly as good a duo as there is in JC football. Freshman MLB Magnum Mauga, (yep little brother of Dallas, last year) at 6-0, 265, is a trifle overweight, but can he ever hit. DB Adam Cooper, off the injured list at last, is a good one. CB Terry Mixon, 6-1, 191, loves to clock people. DT Daniel Hathaway, 6-8, 285, does a good job. All things considered, the Griffs acted like USC's Trojans even when trailing 24-3 at one point, and then like the Trojans, went out and proved they're no fluke.
Make no mistake, Carl Beach has some fine athletes at Chaffey. The difference probably is that they don't have as many as rival Grossmont. QB Casey Hansen, a bounceback from Colorado State, is long and lanky at 6-5, 220, but he can really throw down field and isn't afraid to do it. He has some kids who can catch the ball, but no one like Ricky Moore from last year. RB Bernard Payton, is very remindful of ‘04 star Brandon Fractious, now at East Carolina. FS Tim Kranawetter is a player and several freshmen in the DL impressed. I don't see any Foothill Conference team beating Grossmont and Chaffey will win most of their remaining games.
OUR ANNUAL ALL JC/NFL ALL-STAR TEAM
QB – Aaron Rogers, BUTTE/PACKERS
TE - Jeremy Shockey, N.E. OKLAHOMA/GIANTS
PK – Matt Bryant, TRINITY VALLEY/BUCS
P - Jeff Feagles, SCOTTSDALE/GIANTS
AP – Dante Hall, GROSSMONT/CHIEFS
QB – Tim Rattay, SCOTTSDALE/NINERS; RB – Chris Brown, FORT SCOTT/TITANS, Mike Anderson, MT. SAN JACINTO/BRONCOS, Duce Staley, ITAWAMBA/STEELERS; WR – TJ Houshmandazeh, CERRITOS/BENGALS, Isaac Bruce, SANTA MONICA/RAMS, Deion Branch, JONES/PATRIOTS; TE – Kevin Everett, KILGORE/BILLS; OL – Tupe Peko, CERRITOS/COLTS, Derrick Deese, EL CAMINO/BUCS, Milford Brown, EAST MISS/TEXANS, Alvin McKinley, HOLMES/BROWNS
DL – Kendrick Clancy, EAST CENTRAL/GIANTS, Orpheus Roye, JONES/BROWNS, DeLawrence Grant, EL CAMINO/RAIDERS; LB – Akin Ayodele, COFFEYVILLE/JAX, Derek Smith, SNOW/NINERS, Alex Lewis, MORRISVILLE/LIONS; DB – Juran Bolden, MISS DELTA/BUCS, Eric Brown, BLINN/TEXANS, Chris Cash, PALOMAR/FALCONS; P – Mitch Berger, TYLER/SAINTS; RET – Doug Gabriel, GULF COAST/RAIDERS
COACHES - Andy Reid, GLENDALE/EAGLES; Joe Gibbs, CERRITOS/REDSINS, Dick Vermeil, NAPA/CHIEFS, Mike Martz, SANTA ANA/RAMS
*By the way, get well soon wishes to Mike Martz.
When DUPAGE defeated ELLSWORTH, 17-14, it snapped a 21-game losing streak. GROSSMONT obviously missed DE Rod Wright in their contest with SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY. Wright had an infection from a spider bite. NASSAU'S VICTORY, their sixth of the year, guaranteed the Lions their 37th straight winning season. NASSAU has finished above .500 every year they have played. COFFEYVILLE led GARDEN CITY 21-10 with just 7:03 remaining in the game, but lost QB Woody Wilson to a shoulder injury at that point. He had rushed for 64 yards on 5 carries and had completed 7 of 16 passes for 55 yards. VICTOR VALLEY scored 2 TDs on fumble recoveries vs. Antelope Valley. FS Richard DeShawn ran 90 yards to score with one and DB Jonathan Carraway, 60 yards with another to hit pay dirt.
The NAVARRO 16, N.E. OKLAHOMA 15, clash was a doozy of a defensive battle. Combined the QBs managed just 216 total yards on 20 of 57 passes and the ground games garnered only 216. There were at least 7 sacks.
ANTELOPE VALLEY was shut out by VICTOR VALLEY 27-0, the 2nd blanking of the year. Last time that happened was in 1957.
One wonders why coaches fail to respond to their own conference Player of the Week nominations. Consider the FOOTHILL CONF. in Calif., where week after week only two schools show as having reported. Not fair to the players. It's hard enough to get a little attention for the JC kids, but that sure does not help. Ditto for the coaches all over the country who refuse to oblige simple requests for rosters. Something to hide? Probably not, but it makes one wonder.
RECORD? As far as we are concerned the 6 overtime tussle last weekend between JOLIET 30 and NORTH IOWA 21 stands as a national record. Our quick research came up with 4 OTs, but nothing like a six-pack. The NCAA mark is seven. While we are on records, we will go with the 55 points scored by BUTLER in the 2nd period against Hutchinson as a one period scoring record. The previous week SANTA ROSA had tallied 48 in the first quarter. The NCAA record is 49.
COMPARING ANOTHER RECORD: Most yards gained in a game? JC – Charlie Garner, SCOTTSDALE, 430, 1990. And for D1? LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 406, 1999. For D3 – Dante Brown, Marietta College, 441 in 1996.
HOW DO YOU GET A COLLEGE OF THE DESERT 27, SOUTHWESTERN 14 score in OVERTIME? Desert scores on a Brouse to Hall 5-yard pass, then picks off a pass and returns it for a TD. SW FS Travis Crawford had returned a blocked FG 80 yards with just 9 sec left to set up the OT.
(Winning) – 34 SIERRA; 22 PEARL RIVER; 19 CANYONS; 8 SNOW; 7 REEDLEY
(Losing) – 22 MARIN; 20 FORT SCOTT; 9 COAHOMA; 7 SAN JOSE
ALUMNI REPORT –
Claude Wroten, former MISSISSIPPI DELTA now at LSU, is expected to be an early round NFL draft choice along with Tennessee's (ORANGE COAST) DT Jesse Malehona. Jerome Harrison, PASADENA, romped for 218 against Stanford and is working on a string of 8 straight 100-plus games for Washington State. He leads the Pac-10. GROSSMONT had four starters in the UNLV lineup when the Rebels downed San Diego State 13-10. CBs John Guice and Chanti Bloomer, LB Bobby Kelly and QB Jarrod Jackson. Ryan Gilbert, a late Houston report out of VICTOR VALLEY, scored 3 TDs in the Cougs' win over Tulane. RB Alfred Guidry, FULLERTON, is playing well for San Jose State, as is CANYON's TE Jason Lance, who showed so well at Kevin's Southern California combine at Citrus College last May.
25 YEARS AGO – Oct. 7, 1980, NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI held the No. 1 spot in the J.C. Grid-Wire rankings with a 5-0 record, but ultimately finished 9-2 and were ranked 28th. KILGORE was second at 5-0 and went on to finish 7th. SANTA MONICA was 3-0 and ended in the third spot with a spotless 11-0 mark. On this date MODESTO was 3-0, but the Pirates ran the board to go 11-0 and capture the mythical national title. MJC handed PASADENA its only loss, 20-10, in the Metro-Valley Bowl, dropping the Lancers 10-1 to 5th. NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA hovered in the top-five most of the season, finished 10-0 and in second place. COFFEYVILLE's Mike Rozier, who went on to earn Heisman honors for Nebraska, headed the All-American list. DE John Rade and DB Todd Sevick, were MODESTO All-Americans. Todd Hons, another in a long line of EL CAMINO star QBs was first team after passing for 22 TDs and nearly 3,000 yards. Walter Ross of ANOKA RAMSEY, gained 404 yards in a game and totaled 1,612 yards.