Notes & Top Performances (11/8)

This week's Notes & Top Performances...Ken Swearingen, the winningest JC coach of all time, has declared that "this is it."  He has retired from his coaching duties at COLLEGE OF THE DESERT. Lots of top performances like this one from Santa Ana ... QB Daniel Morales, 6-0, 200, completed 24 of 36 for 337 yards and 3 TDs giving him a career 37. Read on...



CHAFFEY RB Bernard Payton is a spitting image of 2004 back, Brandon Fractious, now at East Carolina. Runs the same way, about the same speed, and piles up the yardage.

GROSSMONT has had a super balanced offense to date, running 321 passes and 321 rushing plays. The passers have thrown completions to 24 different receivers.

GLENDALE had best watch out when they invade EAST L.A. on Saturday. The Huskies celebrated the return of QB Narcisco Diaz (out 6 weeks with an injury) to hand favored L.A. HARBOR a 56-25 thumping.

Sometimes our best intentions get misplaced. Like last week when we intended to feature a note about SEQUOIAS QB Brent Schaeffer. The Tennessee transfer had thrown over 200 passes without an interception, but WEST HILLS managed to pickoff two. After going 24-37-355 with 4 TDs and 0 picks this past weekend in 45-22 win over Merced, he now has 138 completions in 251 attempts for 2,273 yards and, get this, 32 TDs and just those 2 lonely picks. Schaeffer is the state leader in total offense with 2,995 yards on 368 plays, 722 rushing to go with that 2,273 passing, and a total of 40 TDs. Word is that he wants to go to the SEC for his next level of football and it seems to me those schools should be knocking down the COS doors.

FULLERTON installed former coach, Hal Sherbeck, and Brig Owens into their Athletic Hall of Fame recently. Ditto for SANTA ANA with John Fouch and Dunn Marteen.

ARIZONA WESTERN head coach James Pryor discovered the pitfalls of playing in the tough WSFL, but his Matadors have won four games with two to go. The AWC team participated in "Days of Champions" in and around the Yuma area prior to the season, assisting in such projects as renovating the YMCA's weight room, beautification of Yuma, home repairs, etc. Nice going coach.

SANTA ROSA coach Keith Simon is going to wonder what it takes to beat SAN FRANCISCO. Last year the Bear Cubs lost 47-42 and this season the Rams won 24-20 on a last second TD.

LAST WEEK WE JUMPED ON OUR ALMA MAMMY, PASADENA, for having a lousy season and losing players right and left. So, lets give credit to the 38 young men who were on hand for a 31-10 defeat at the hands of LONG BEACH. Though outmanned, the Lancer few showed a lot of heart.  Take DL Sam Brunston, 6-5, 299, who had 6 tackles making big plays on defense, including 2 forced fumbles and a pair of sacks. He also played on offense because of the short numbers. Then there was Tremane Vaughns, 5-9, 170, a WR most of the season, who opened at QB, passed for 56 yards under heavy rush, ran 22 times for 68 yards, returned a punt 31 and 2 kickoffs 57 yards. The Lancers will play the final game of the season at Riverside on Saturday starting at 5 pm.


WINNING:  CANYONS is working on 23 straight victories. REEDLEY has won 11 in a row. SIERRA had put together a 37-win string, third longest of all-time behind CCSF 42 and BOISE 38, before Rob Cushman and his FEATHER RIVER eleven came to town and won 44-31. On Oct. 20, PEARL RIVER saw their 23-game streak end with a 55-47 loss to GULF COAST.

LOSING:  MARIN has dropped 26 straight contests; FORT SCOTT 22; ANTELOPE VALLEY 15 losses in a row;  SAN JOSE 13;  L.A. PIERCE 10 straight. BUTLER's 25-game home win streak was snapped by DODGE CITY in the first round of the Kansas playoffs.


Ken Swearingen, the winningest JC coach of all time, has declared that "this is it."  He has retired from his coaching duties at COLLEGE OF THE DESERT. "I put in 13 years at EL CAMINO and 19 at SADDLEBACK and these two here at COD," said the venerable Swearingen. "I moved to the desert to retire and play golf and then got talked into coaching because things looked bad for the school."  He finishes with a record of 262 wins and 92 losses. Perhaps John Eliasik at HARPER will think twice about hanging ‘em up. He has 249 wins and could catch Swearingen in a couple more seasons. Ken said he definitely supports a proposed plan to have two divisions of JC football teams throughout the state. "It doesn't help anything to have one team winning by huge scores against teams that just don't have the talent or the bodies to compete. Get some equality and let them play for their own championship."  Another idea he cited might be to drop the bottom team from a "1" conference the following season and boost the top team from 2 to a 1 therefore keeping a semblance of balance. Ken moved to Idaho after retiring from SADDLEBACK a number of years ago then purchased a place in the desert right on a golf course. HERE'S WISHING YOU A BAG FULL OF PARS, KEN.

LATE NOTE: Highland CC's Marty Allen is retiring. We'll have more on him in the next Grid-Wire.


Saddleback's Colt Brennan is having a great season in Hawaii's spread attack, throwing for 409 yards in a loss to Nevada. RB Jerome Harrison, former PASADENA, tied the Pac-10 record of 12 consecutive 100-yard games after lugging the ball 38 times for 240 yards as Washington State dropped a tight 27-24 game to Arizona State. Jesse Mahelona, ORANGE COAST, was in on many tackles as Tennessee lost to Notre Dame. He will be a high draft choice. Michael Johnson, TYLER, was very much in evidence at DB for Arizona in the big win over UCLA. James Finley, COMPTON, caught the winning pass in OT for Oregon vs. California. Steve Smith,

SANTA MONICA, has rapidly become the No. 1 receiver in the NFL playing for the Carolina Panthers.


It's unusual to have two backs run for over 100 yards, but it happened in several games last weekend. COFFEYVILLE won the Kansas title behind Travis Evans, 30 for 249 and Kendrick Smith, 17-145. COMPTON's Thomas Perez 15 for 133-1 and Brian Baylor, 18-101 turned the trick in 14-12 win over West LA. Daniel Dixon, 5-8, 205, had 13 carries for 113 yards plus 5 receptions for 27 and PT Gates, 5-10, 185, went 18 for 100 and 30 yards in catches as SADDLEBACK defeated Santa Ana. GROSSMONT's strong defense is charged by DEs Rod Wright, 6-4, 285, and Brian Stanbra, 6-5, 232. Where would CANYONS be without CBs Ja'Vonte Holmes, 6-0, 175, and Justin Tryon, 5-10, 185?  Both are very quick and return punts and kickoffs as well. SAN FRANCISCO depends of WR Maurice Purify and Aaron Straiten. SCOTTSDALE has a pair of bookends in Louis Holmes, 6-6, 273, and Byron Honroe, 6-3, 245.


PRODUCERS DAIRY BOWL in Fresno will be on Dec. 5. Add the GRAFFITI BOWL in Modesto to the Nov. 19 list. In the Northeast Conference NASSAU, 8-2, Eastern Division champ, will host ERIE, 5-5, in a one-game playoff. Nassau won the first time 30-19.

In So. Calif. 4 of the bowl games will be designated as first-round playoffs and we won't even guess which ones. MINNESOTA title game is Sat. at St. Cloud College between ROCHESTER, 8-2, who else, and MINNESOTA WEST (34-27 winners earlier) 10-0. Neither team does much passing, but RCC has Mike Ferron, 149-883-7 as its leading rusher. MW counters with Elrazor Sharp, (love that name) a scoring machine with 16 TDs on just 78 carries. RCC Paul Stephans has 10 INTs in 9 games and Reggie Richardson has 8 for Minn. West. MISSISSIPPI has PEARL RIVER 6-1 @ NE MISS. and ITAWAMBA @ GULF COAST in their semis.



SANTA ANA:  Daniel Morales, 6-0, 200, 24 of 36 for 337 and 3 TDs giving him a career 37.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Freshman Jimmy Collins, 6-0, 180, 19 of 42 for 318, 2 TDs, but 4 INTs vs. Santa Rosa.

BAKERSFIELD:  Thomas Peregrin, 6-3, 195, 18 of 24 for 287 and 5 TDs. 123-208-59.1%-2010-21-6.

CANYONS:  Marcel Marquez, 5-11, 205, 13 of 27 for 279, 2 TDs and ran for 27 more and a pair of TDs.

LONG BEACH:  Alex Aispuro, 6-2, 200, 16 of 29 for 276 and 4 TDs in win over Pasadena.

REEDLEY: Terry Mayo, 6-4, 235, 30 of 50 for 269 yards. Oddly his only TD was a 1-yard run.

GLENDALE, AZ:  Tim Brockwell, 6-2, 240, 17 of 27 for 188, 2 TDs giving him 138-219-63%-1876-15-3 season stats.

JONES:  Brett Hyatt, 6-2, 205, hit on 22 of 31 for 211, 3 TDs and rushed for 77 and 1 score, in 47-21 win over Hinds.


COFFEYVILLE:  Travis Evans, 5-9, 200, rushed 30 times for 249 yards in the Kansas championship game and scored 4 times.

VICTOR VALLEY:  Freshman Antoine Randolph, 5-8, 175, became school's 3rd 1000-yard rusher with 229 on 34 carries.

CITRUS:  Dario Camacho, 5-10, 210, 36 carries for 210 yards. He has 237-1354 on the season.

GULF COAST: Dantrell Savage, 5-9, 195, romped for 192 yards and 4 TDs on 19 carries in 49-28 win over Holmes. He leads Miss. rushers with 1076 yards in 7 games and 11 TDs.

EL CAMINO:  Brian Flowers, 5-8, 185, 21 carries for 189 and 3 TDs, to set a single season rushing record at 1248.

WEST HILLS:  Shawn O'Conner, 32-183 to go over 1000 yards in 21-20 win over Delta.

TRINITY VALLEY:  RS/FR Eric Ransom, 5-10, 185, rushed for 181 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches for 30, 31-20 over Cisco. Eric is among the nation's leaders with 1329 yards on 222 carries and 14 TDs.

GLENDALE:  Brandon McCullough, 18 carries for 150 yards and 2 TDs.

N.E. MISSISSIPPI:  Scored 4 TDs in 30-14 win over Coahoma.

SAN JOAQUIN DELTA:  Lionel Scott, 6-1, 210, 15 for 134 vs. West Hills.


SAN FRANCISCO:  Robert McBean, 6-0, 180, 3 catches for 93 yards and the winning TD with just 39 seconds remaining.

LA PIERCE:  Freshman Raymond Johnson, 5-10, 170 caught 8 passes for 156 ys and 2 TDs plus a 52-yard KOR for 208 AP yards.

VENTURA:  Charles Dillon, 6-1, 200, grabbed 8 passes for 156 yards and a score in loss to Bakersfield.

RIVERSIDE:  Anthony Stith, 6-2, 175, 5 for 134, 2 TDs, both one-handers, the 2nd the game winner, in 17-10 win over Fullerton.

CANYONS:  Chad Garrett, 6-0, 190, caught 4 passes for 132 yards and 2 TDs.

SEQUOIAS: Freshman Michael Benson, 5-9, 180, had 6 catches for 119 yards.

SANTA ANA:  DeAndre Williams, 6-3, 195, 5 catches for 107 yards and TDs of 10, 16 and 26 yards.


EASTERN ARIZONA: DB Al Glay, 5-10, 178, was key to 29-28 win over Scottsdale with 10 solos, 3 TFLS a sack and blocked punt.

TYLER:  Freshman DE Paul Briscoe, 6-4, 230, 7 tackles, 4 QB hurries, 1 fumble recovery and 1.5 sacks.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Tony Cade, 6-2, 215, had 2 picks, many big hits to help hold Santa Rosa to 297 total offense.

TRINITY VALLEY:  Freshman DE Donald Pierce, 6-3, 220, 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks vs. Cisco.

NAVARRO:  LB Will Clewis, 6-0, 225, 18 tackles, one for a loss against Tyler.

VICTOR VALLEY:  Freshman LB Justin Halas, 6-2, 230, knocked down 2 passes, 2 QB sacks, 5 solo tackles and recovered a fumble.

COAHOMA:  LB Cortez Mack had 11 tackles and an interception in loss to NE Miss.

EAST CENTRAL:  LB Paul Tolbert, 6-2, 230, 12 tackles and 4 assists in loss to Southwest 20-17.

HANCOCK:  LB Luke Deras, 5-11, 215, and Rich Aguilar, 5-ll, 245, each had 10 tackles, 28-14 over Moorpark.

FULLERTON:  S Stephen Stagnero, 6-1, 205, 5.5 tackles, 1 for a loss, 2 INTs and 28 yards in returns.

MT. SAN ANTONIO:  DB Thyrell Lewis, 5-10, 165, 4 solo, 3 assist, 1 INT for 23 yards and 1 PBUs in win over Palomar.

ORANGE COAST:  LB Aaron Miller, 6-0 212, 7 solo, 5 assists, 2.5 tackles for losses and a sack.

LA HARBOR:  DB Kenny Brown, 6-3, 205, playing on both sides of the ball had 6 tackles, an INT, and a PBU and caught 3 passes for 100 yards and a 55-yard TD in loss to East LA.


MT. SAN ANTONIO:  WR/KR Travis Lee 5-9, 165, returned 3 punts 74 yards, one a 38-yard TD, 2 KO for 55, rushed for 58 with a TD and caught 3 passes for 74 yards totaling 254 all-purpose in 31-29 win over Palomar.

L.A. HARBOR: Freshman RB Jaycen Taylor, 5-11, 185,13 for 111-2 TDs, returned 4 kickoffs for 86 in 56-35 loss to ELAC.

MT. SAN JACINTO:  Freshman DB Scotty James, 5-10, 178, 5 tackles 2 assists, an INT and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD as time expired in 33-29 victory over Southwestern.

LA SOUTHWEST:  Josh Williams 4 punts for 45.5 avg.


SANTA ROSA:  QB Ian Hetrick threw for 402 yards and 3 TDs going 20-33 in 34-7 win vs.

BUTTE: Freshman WR Aaron Woods, 5-9, 185, caught 6 passes for 212 yards and a pair of scores:  SS KJ  McCrae, 6-2, 220, had a 90-yard INT for a TD and recovered a fumble.

COFFEYVILLE:  WR Devin Thomas, 6-2, 205, had 5 catches for 167 yards and 2 scores in playoff win over Garden City.

SEQUOIAS:  Brent Schaeffer went 13 of 26 for 233 and ran 13 times for 119 yards and WR Darius Passmore caught 3 for 105.

FRESNO:  Jeff Schott was 22 of 34 for 287 yards and 2 scores in win over Delta.

REEDLEY:  WR Albert Daniels caught 7 passes for 100 yards and QB Terry Mayo went 28 of 36 for 252 yards.

WEST HILLS:  Shawn Conners raced for 163 yards vs. Sequoias on 32 carries.

MONTEREY:  Freshman WR Bryan Dougherty, 6-3, 181, caught 8 passes for 124 yards and 3 scores n 42-35 win over Gavilan.

SIERRA:  Davey Johnson, 5-11, 190, 23 of 34 for 6 TDs, 40-6 over Redwoods.

CONTRA COSTA:  Freshman LB Cole James, 6-1, 240, 9 tackles, 3TFL, 1 sack and recovered a fumble, in 18-15 win over Solano.

DIABLO VALLEY:  S Castine Bridges, 6-2, 193, 2 INTs, 1 fumble recovery  a blocked punt and 2 solo tackles.

LANEY:  Freshman DB Darnell Henderson, 5-10, 200, an INT, 1 fumble recovery, 4 passes broken up and 10 tackles.

HARTNELL:  Vincente Rico, 6-1, 185, 3 of 4 FGs in 16-14 win over Cabrillo. Earlier in the season he had a 56-yarder.


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