Foothill Conference Roundup (10/12)

Last week saw the Foothill Conference provide more thrills as several close games were decided last week. Grossmont continued its winning ways by defeating Chaffey 38-31. Desert had to go to overtime to defeat Southwestern 27-14. San Bernardino Valley came up short losing to San Diego Mesa 28-25. And Victor Valley finally picked up its first conference win by shutting out Antelope Valley 27-0.

Grossmont (4-0, 5-1) - Plays at Desert; The Griffens continued their unbeaten ways by defeating a tough Chaffey team 38-31.

"We have been playing hard and playing though injuries," Grossmont coach Dave Jordan said. " We are lucky to have good depth this year. Our whole defensive secondary was out but our reserves where able to step out."

Both leading rushers Derrell Hutsona and Kevin Smith missed last week game due to injuries but Hustona should be returning this week.

"Yes Derrell will be ready to go," Jordan said. "As well as our secondary. Smith will still have a another week on the shelf."

Plays at Desert, game time Saturday at 7 pm.

Desert  (3-1, 4-2) - Plays Grossmont; The Roadrunners had to go to overtime to defeat Southwestern 27-14. RB AJ Scott continues to be the conferences leading rusher with 113.5 yards per game average and a total of 681-yards rushing and conference leading 8 TD's.

The Roadrunners are the number two rushing offense in the conference by averaging 242.2-yards per game and they have scored 14 rushing TD's.

Hosts Grossmont, game time is Saturday at 7 pm.

Mt. San Jacinto (2-1, 4-1) - Plays at San Bernardino Valley. The Eagles had a bye last week. Overall MTSJ is tied for third in the conference at 2-1 with San Diego Mesa and Chaffey.

QB Matt Ticich is still the conferences leading passer despite missing two games. He averages 288-yards per game and has 1,154-yards overall, 10-TD's and 3-INTs. WR Chris Kehne is the team's leading receiver with 23 catches, 300-yards and 3-TD's.

The Eagles are the number two offense in the conference 428.8-yards and 18-TD's.

Plays at San Bernardino Valley, game time is Saturday at 1 pm.

San Diego Mesa (2-1, 3-1) - Plays at Chaffey; Mesa won a close game over San Bernardino Valley 28-25. Mesa is one of three teams tied for third place in the conference.

QB Jake Santos is the number two passer in the conference with 226.2-yards and he has the most passing TD's with 14. Vertain Betofe and Phillip Gyulai are still among the conferences receivers, as both have 21 receptions, Gyulai has 359-yards and 6 TD's while Betofe has 321-yards and 5 TD's.

Plays at Chaffey, game time is Saturday at 5 pm.

Chaffey (2-1, 2-3) - Plays San Diego Mesa; Chaffey dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten when they lost a close one to Grossmont 38-31."We just couldn't finish this one off." Chaffey coach Carl Beach said. "Grossmont has a good team and we played hard, but we just came up short."

 RB Bernard Payton has gained 405-yards on 55 carries and has scored 5 TD's.

"Bernard has emerged for us and has been very good carrying the ball," Coach Beach said. "He's become a better ballplayer as the season wears on."

The Panthers will bring the conferences number 1 ranked defense into their game with San Diego Mesa. In total the Panthers have given up 282-yards and 14 TD's only Mt. San Jacinto, have given up less.

Hosts San Diego Mesa, game time is Saturday at 5 pm.

San Bernardino Valley (1-2, 2-3) - Plays Mt. San Jacinto. The Wolverines lost by a field goal to San Diego Mesa 28-25. But SBVC has a tall order this Saturday when they host third place Mt. San Jacinto. RB Kendrick Harris is the teams leading rusher by with 320-yards on 72 carries averaging 80-yards per game.

"Kendrick has been doing a good job for us," SBVC coach Pat Meech said. "We have basically a good offense and Kendrick and (QB Ryan) Rising are big part of it."

Rising has been averaging 134-yards per game and 5 TD's and 6 INT's. WR Marquis Smith is the team's leading receiver with 14 carries on 273-yards and 3 TD's.

Hosts Mt San Jacinto, game time is Saturday at 1 pm.

Southwestern (1-3, 2-4) - Plays Victor Valley. The Jaguars took Desert to overtime before losing 27-14 last Saturday. Both Southwestern and Victor Valley teams are at 1-3 in conference.

RB Larry Richardson is third in the conference in rushing. He has an averaging 91.8-yards per game but no TD's this season. Richardson also averages 168-yards in total offense good enough for second. WR Kevin Pike is in the top-10 in the conference with 12-catches and 143-yards and a TD.

Plays Victor Valley, game time is Saturday at 1 pm.

Victor Valley (1-3, 2-4) - Plays Southwestern. The Rams broke though last week and scored their first conference win 27-0 over Antelope Valley. With the win VVC is now tied with this weeks opponent Southwestern at 1-3 in conference.

RB Antoine Randolph has been the work horse with 90 carries only COD's AJ Scott and Southwestern's Larry Richardson have more. Randolph has gained 504-yards and scored 5 TD's. His backfield mate Erik Hardeman 256-yards in 3 games and has scored 2 TD's.

Victor Valley is the number 1 team in rushing offense 1,580-yards and 11 TD's.

Antelope Valley (0-4, 0-6) - Bye. The Marauders go into their bye week winless and having been shutout the past two games. Last week AVC fell to Victor Valley 27-0.

"Our defense has showed improvement during the season," AVC coach Brett Carder said. "But our offense is not performing up to the standard we need them. Several times we have good drives but fumbles have cost us touchdowns."

Coach Carder has pointed to the play of John Ikahihifo on the defense as a bright spot.

"John has really come though for us," Carder said. "We did lose him because of a concussion but he has become a vital part of our defense. It is just that our offense needs to step up. This bye week will help us heal up and work on areas of our game."


Ric Rivas has been a free-lance sportswriter for 13 years. He has worked for the Antelope Valley Press and the Los Angeles Daily News, and had a Motorsports Column for the AV Press, covering the early careers of Ron Hornaday, Jr. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. He covered several High School sports. He lives in Acton, Ca. with his cat Dimertia.

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