Notes & Top Performances (11/15)

This week's installment of Notes & Top Performances features Hank Ives' thoughts on the upcoming bowl games and the MACJC championship tilt, as well as predictions. As always, there is a lengthy a list of top performances. For instance, Grossmont WR Mario Brunker, 6-2, 180, made 6 catches for 151 yards and a TD. In Texas, Trinity Valley WR Torey Degrate, 6-0, 180, caught 4 passes for 140 yards and 3 TDs in a 30-27 OT win in the Texas semis. More...




WESTERN STATE BOWL @ College of the Canyons 7 pm

CHAFFEY (7-3) vs. CANYONS (10-0) Canyons won in crossover game back in Sept. by a 33-3 tally and it could be more of the same. However, Panthers have found a solid passer in Casey Hansen (180-311-2401-23-13) and a running game headed by Bernard Payton (149-1208-12). Three losses were to Canyons, El Camino and Grossmont. No knock there. Canyons has a 60% passer in Marcel Marquez (148-244-2416-21-7), who also rushed for 401 yards and accounted for 31 TDs. CBs Holmes and Tryon and LB Larocque head a stingy defense. They don't lose at home. CANYONS 35-17.

NATIONAL BOWL @ El Camino 6 pm

RIVERSIDE (7-3) vs. EL CAMINO (10-0) Riverside had its best season in many years but couldn't handle El Camino at home, losing 37-7 in the 3rd game of the year. Kicker Raul Torres, 6th in scoring and a stout defense are the Tigers' hope. ECC has excellent talent at all of the skill positions: RB Brian Flowers, WR Marcel Reece, DE Moses Manu, FS Nate Ness, OL Marvin Arnold and a FR whiz at QB in Lyle Moevao. Warriors avg. 42 pts per game and gave up 19.9. We are not fond of repeat games in the playoffs, but that's the way it goes, so we will take EL CAMINO, 38-10.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOWL @ Grossmont College 1 pm

GLENDALE (8-2) vs. GROSSMONT (9-1) At first this appears to be a mismatch, but don't underestimate the Vaqueros, who seemed to improve weekly. QB Steve Martinez and RBs Jamal Rashad (1160 yards) and Brandon McCullough provide a balanced attack and WR Darion Donnelly a 13 TD scorer. They will need to be at the top of their game to match the Griffins firepower and defensive studs. QB Reilly Murphy avg. 246 yards and improved weekly. He has a host of receivers. On defense DEs Rod Wright and Brian Stanbra along with Magnum Mauga at NG are awesome. GROSSMONT 42-21.

GOLDEN EMPIRE BOWL @ Bakersfield College 3 pm

FULLERTON (8-2) vs. BAKERSFIELD (8-2) Hornets won season opener with Renegades 31-26, but this one is on the BC turf and few home crowds are louder. Joe Chatman (1560-14) needs to repeat his 250 yard performance vs. BC. The "Gades" have been getting better and better and their two losses were by a total of 6 points. QB Thomas Peregrin is the main man (138-230-2232-24-6), with a fleet of speedy receivers. The defense gave up just 17.1 per game, 2nd only to Canyons in the Western State Conf. These two have met in Potato Bowls many times in a good rivalry. BAKERSFIELD 31-24.

The above four games will serve as first-round playoffs. In future weeks the games will be hosted by the higher seeds.


AMERICAN BOWL @ Veteran's Stadium, Long Beach 6 pm FRIDAY NIGHT

ALLAN HANCOCK (7-3) vs. LONG BEACH (7-3) Bulldogs lost to Saddleback in the opener and Canyons/Bakersfield in 2 of the final 3. They lost RB Drew Williams in the Canyons tilt and his 8G-972-15 is a loss. AHC is a tenacious team not to be taken lightly. Vikings have an awesome aerial attack behind Alex Aispuro (219-359-2996-31-6), some fine receivers and a defense that allowed just 13 pts. per last 5 games. With Williams it might be a tossup, but we will take LONG BEACH 31-28.

U.S. BANK BEACH BOWL @ Santa Monica City College 4 pm

SADDLEBACK (6-4) vs. MT. SAN JACINTO (8-2) All the losses by both teams were to bowl participants, so this could be a pretty good matchup. Gauchos have mostly a rushing game with RBs PT Gates and Daniel Dixon, while Eagles depend on the passing arm of Matt Ticich. Good spot for an upset. MT. SAN JACINTO 20-17.



BULLDOG BOWL @ College of San Mateo, 12 pm

SEQUOIAS (8-2) vs. SAN MATEO (7-3) COS won 42-40 first time around on their turf, so this should be one of the better matchups of the weekend. Outstanding QB clash between Brent Schaeffer (722 rush, 2273 pass=2995) and Julian Edelman (995 rush and 905=1900 wishbone yards). We look for a reversal on the score. Make it SAN MATEO 42-41.

EAST COUNTY BOWL @ Los Medanos College 1 pm

ORANGE COAST (6-4) vs. DIABLO VALLEY (6-4) When was the last time a Southern Cal team went north for a bowl game aside from the state finals?  DVC is 12th in the state in defense and OCC 17th. LBs Dave Ronning and Justin Williams spark Buc "D", while Northerners have a gem in CB Castine Bridges. DIABLO VALLEY 17-14.

SILICON VALLEY BOWL @ Foothill College 1 pm

FEATHER RIVER (7-3) vs. FOOTHILL (7-3) FRC ended Sierra's long win streak. Foothill ended San Francisco's hopes for a 10-0 season. Should be a nice bowl game. NORCAL is the No. 1 conference up North so we'll take FOOTHILL 28-14.

GRAFFITI BOWL @ Modesto Junior College  1 pm

YUBA (4-5) vs. HARTNELL (6-4) Shouldn't there be a rule against a sub-.500 team getting a bowl bid?  Yuba did go 3-1 in conference though. Panthers lost their first 4 games and then won 6 in a row, including 66-60 over Sequoias. HARTNELL 42-17.


PEARL RIVER vs. GULF COAST – Another repeat game, but the last one was a gem with GC winning 55-47. PRC got here behind ace QB Jimmie Oliver who went 24-40 for 301 and ran for another 54 in 27-20 win over NE in semis. JJ Smith caught 8 passes for 125 yards. Gulf went to the title game with Miss. leading rusher Dontrell Savage gaining 132 and Denard Seymour scoring 4 TDs vs. Itawamba. This should be another titanic. We will stick with Oliver the magician. PEARL RIVER 44-38.


1st Game: JOLIET (6-5) vs. NORTH DAKOTA (4-6) Joliet won 15-12 during the season and 2 of their losses came at the hands of Grand Rapids 9-1. Not much to recommend NDS. JOLIET 17-13.

2nd Game: ROCHESTER (9-2) vs. IOWA CENTRAL (8-2)  RCC's bowl record outside of Minnesota is not all that good. IC usually wins its conf. and fares well in the bowls. So, we will go with IOWA CENTRAL 28-20.

Last year our picking record was 16-6. Our overall record for the past bijillion years is 252-130-6. Good picking.



LONG BEACH:  Alex Aispuro, 6-2, 200, broke school record with 589 yards on 31 of 45 passes for 5 TDs and just 1 INT.

SANTA ROSA:  Ian Hetrick, 6-3, 200, went 36 of 48 for 384 yards and 5 TDs in 47-42 loss to San Mateo.

CHAFFEY: Casey Hansen, 6-5, 200, threw for 357 yards and 4 TDs in win over Antelope Valley.

REEDLEY: Terry Mayo, 6-4, 235, playing with a badly bruised thumb, went 25 of 36 for 324 and 4 TDs and ran for 3 more.

LA HARBOR: Sean Flynn, 6-4, 195, 25 of 51 for 320 yards and 4 TDs and ran 12 times for 95 and 2 more. He also played defense on the last series and intercepted a pass to end the game.

REEDLEY:  Brent Schaeffer, 6-3, 200, was 20 of 37 for 303 yards and 4 TDs and ran for another and totaled 42 yards.

GROSSMONT:  Reilly Murphy, 6-3, 215, 18 of 25 for 303 and 2 TDs.

SANTA ANA:  Daniel Morales, 6-0, 200, 26-34 for 287-2 and set 6 school records. Career 325-546-4241-40. Season 177-2404 yards and tied with 24 TD passes.

MT. SAN JACINTO:  Matt Ticich, 6-0, 180, tossed 25 completions out of 42 attempts for 268 yards and 3 TDs in 30-28 win over VVC.

SAN MATEO: Freshman Julian Edelman, 5-9, 165, showed his athleticism by running for 104-2 and going 17 of 20 for 229-2


COMPTON:  Brian Baylor, 5-9, 185, carried 31 times for 279 yards and 3 TDs and Chris Wade, 5-8, 185, had 11 for 122 and 1 TD.

CITRUS: Dario Camacho, 5-11, 205, 32 carries for 209 yards and 2 TDs giving him a WSC best of 269-1563 with 10 scores. His yards total breaks the school record held by All-American Quenton Ganther, now at Utah.

VICTOR VALLEY:  Antoine Randolph, 5-8, 175, scooted for 207 yards and a pair of scores. He finished with a school record 1233 on 208 carries.

LA SOUTHWEST: Freshman Darryl Crummie, 5-7, 163, 30 for 205-2 and returned had 3 KORs for 62 yards.

SAN MATEO:  Freshman Ryan Faumuina, 5-9, 205, rushed for 187 and 2 scores after starter, Sean Conner, was hurt.

FULLERTON:  FR Joe Chatman, 5-10, 190, 35 carries for 164 yards and a TD, giving him 1560 yards and 14 TDs for season.

MERCED:  Robert Hill, 5-8, 207, 26 carries for 159 yards and 2 TDs in 39-34 loss to San Joaquin Delta.

MOORPARK: Merrill Mullaly, 6-0, 215, ripped off 158 yards on 21 carries and 2 TDs in 63-18 win over Pierce.

REEDLEY:  Jamal Williams, 5-10, 185, ran 23 times for 132 key yards in win over Sequoias.

SAN JOAQUIN DELTA:  Lionel Scott, 6-1, 210, 24 carries for 138 yards.

ORANGE COAST:  Robert Aoki, 5-8, 200, another consistent performance getting 137 yards on 27 carries, 3 catches.

EL CAMINO:  Brian Flowers, 5-8, 185, 19 for 131 and a TD and caught pass for another.

FRESNO:  Jose Rojas, 5-9, 205, raced for 125 yards on 23 trips vs. West Hills, and a pair of scores.


FRESNO: Freshman Zeb White, 6-1, 180, set a school record with 235 yards receiving on 7 catches, 3 TDs, in win over West Hills.

REEDLEY: Albert Daniels, 6-0, 180, caught 12 passes for 220 yards and scores of 83 and 29 yards.

LONG BEACH:  WR Stanley Franks, 6-0, 190, 12 catches for 162, LaTroy Dinkins, 6-2, 190, 8 for 214-2 and Freshman Ben Holloway, 6-0, 180, caught 5 for 133 yards and 2 TDs.

GROSSMONT: WR Mario Brunker 6-2, 180, made 6 catches for 151 yards and a TD.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Roberto McBean, 6-0, 180, had 5 catches for 138 yards and both TDs.

SANTA ROSA:  Angelo Richardson, 6-2, 185, 9 catches for 137 yards and 4 TDS although doubled the entire game. (81-257-16)

VENTURA:  Charles Dillon, 6-1, 190, caught 10 passes to break school record for season and career (69 and 125) good for 135 yards and TDs of 40, 9 and 13 yards in win over Santa Barbara. He also carried 9 times for 42 yards.

WEST L.A.:  Jacorey Laws caught 13 passes for 105 and his season total of 71 is a school record.

SEQUOIAS: Freshman Michael Benson, 5-9, 180, caught 7 for 104 and a TD and WR A.J. Jackson, caught 5 for 85 and his 2 TDs gave him 16 for the season, tying a school record.

TRINITY VALLEY:  Torey Degrate, 6-0, 180, caught 4 passes for 140 yards and 3 TDs in 30-27 OT win in Texas semis.


GROSSMONT: DE Roderkus Wright, 6-6, 275, had 4 tackles, 3 sacks and recovered a fumble in less than 3 Quarters and freshman DB Terry Mixon, 6-1, 191, had 10 tackles.

N.E. OKLAHOMA:  RS FR Brandon Balkcom, 6-1, 290, 7 solos, 8 assists, 4 sacks for minus 22 and a pass deflection.

CANYONS: Shiaphan Lewis, 6-2, 210, 6 solo stops, 2 TFLs and a 16-yard INT, in 51-0 win over LA Valley and CB JaVonte Holmes 6-0, 175, returned 3 punts 67 yards, 1 KO 31 yards, had an INT, a pass break up and 2 solo tackles.

LONG BEACH: Josh Tauanuu, 6-5, 300, had 3 sacks, 4.5 tackles and forced a fumble and LB Antonio Steele 6-2, 215, 5 stops, a 22-yard INT and a sack.

NASSAU:  LB Mike Heigh, 6-3, 225, had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery in title win over Erie.

TRINITY VALLEY:  LB Ric Palmer, 5-10 210, 14 tackles, 1 sack and caused a fumble that led to a safety.

CERRITOS:  Freshman LB Aaron Alonzo, 6-1, 230, 15 tackles, 7 solo and a QB hurry in loss to Santa Ana.

RIVERSIDE:  LB Jeff Benjamin, 6-3, 265, 6.5 tackles, 3 solo, 5 TFLs and 2 sacks, in 17-0 win over Pasadena.

FULLERTON:  CB Kenny Stiger, 6-0, 190, 4 tackles, a 23-yard INT and caught game-winning TD pass.


N.E. OKLAHOMA:  RB Justin Dore, 5-10, 180, returned 3 punts for 115 yards, including a 72-yard TD vs. Cisco.

SANTA MONICA: David Whaley caught 4 passes for 147 yards, TDs of 25 and 84 yards and returned 4 kickoffs 67 in loss to Compton.

MOORPARK:  DB Troy Lewis, 5-6, 165, had 6 tackles, 1 PBU, rushed for 32 yards, had 2 PRs for 51 and 4 KORs for 120.

EL CAMINO:  Jeff Eugene, 6-3, 305, graded out at 93% for victory over Saddleback.


LANEY:  RB Frank Summers, 5-11, 244, 48 lugs for 231 yards and 2 scores, in 35-20 win over Modesto.

GRAND RAPIDS:  DL Andrew Bates, 6-2, 250, 10 tackles, 9 solo, 8 TFL for –47, 6 sacks and a safety, in 25-7 win over Joliet.

MONTEREY:  Freshman Brian Hughes, 5-11, 192, 26 carries for 184 yards and a pair of scores, in 32-27 win over San Jose.

SISKIYOUS: Alex Gaston, 5-6, 175, had his biggest day of the year with 30 trips for 169 yards and a score, 5 catches for 44.

CHABOT:  DB/WR Paul Simpson, 6-2, 185, 2 INTs, a 95-yard PAT return, 2 catches for 50 yards and a TD in win over Diablo Valley.

BUTTE:  DB Jameel Dowling, 6-3, 200, 61-yard INT return for a TD and 7 tackles, in 26-20 win over Foothill.


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