Games of Nov. 26
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFFS:
GROSSMONT (10-1) at EL CAMINO (11-0), 7pm. This one shapes up as a corker. Grossmont lost to Canyons for their only defeat. QB Reilly Murphy gets better weekly (170-307-2464-18-12). Derrell Hutsona is a terrific All-Purpose back. The Defense behind the DEs, and DBs is really tough. Griffs have given up 57 points while scoring 274 in past 5 games. That's honking right along. EL CAMINO has simply outscored most folks, avg. 43.4 per game and in the last 5 the defense has started to shine. Fr. QB Lyle Moevao is a difference-maker with solid receivers, but RB Brian Flowers ripped of 1379 yards and tallied 16 times. Both have good PKs and they may be critical to victory. In an absolute toss-up we'll go with our top-ranked team. EL CAMINO 38-35.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SEMI-FINALS
BAKERSFIELD (9-2) at CANYONS (11-0), 7 p.m. BAKERSFIELD lost to Fullerton 31-26 in the season opener and avenged it last weekend in the Golden Empire Bowl, 54-20 in a game that wasn't the close. They lost at Canyons on Oct.1 24-23 when they did not have their regular kicker. QB Thomas Peregrine lined up behind Cory Actic, 6-5, 287, is an awesome combo. D and O are equally talented. CANYONS is rolling with a 25-game win streak and 35 at home and it has been "not to worry, Marcel is here" all season. Marcel Marquez is virtually unstoppable. If the arm doesn't get it done, watch the legs. If both work, just watch our period. We've always been one to stick with winning streaks until broken, so will stay with the defending national champion Cougars, but like the other semi-final, a kicker may ultimately decide this one. CANYONS, 27-24.
U.S. BANK HOLIDAY BOWL
BUTTE (7-3) vs. SIERRA (8-2) at Butte College 12 p.m. Interesting contest. Sierra rambled through easier opposition for 38-straight wins until Feather River caught them. They are due for a bump up in class. BUTTE has gone 45-10 over the past 5 years and has Webster Patrick raring to go. They play with the big boys in the NORCAL. No question both squads have talent, just how it is distributed. We'll go along with the big boys for now. BUTTE 38-21
CAPITAL SHRINE BOWL @ Hughes Stadium, Sacramento, 1p.m.
LANEY (8-2) vs. AMERICAN RIVER (10-0). Can LANEY give their head coach, Stan Peters, a win as a retirement present? Can AMERICAN RIVER, one of only five JC teams in the country still unbeaten, remain that way? It's a nice matchup. The Eagles have an A-1 RB in Frank Summers who ploughed for over 1500 yards. ARC answers with "Mr Everything" CB Coye Francies. LANEY 21-17
DALTON DEFENDERS BOWL @ Coffeyville College 2 p.m. NOV. 27.
N.E. OKLAHOMA (8-3) vs. GULF COAST (7-2). NEO lost both of its bowl games since 2000. GC hasn't played in years. The Norse bounced back nicely from a 4-5 year in '04. Gulf rode the heels of Dantrell Savage who gained 1213 yards on just 188 trips in 8 games. The Bulldogs beat Pearl River and then lost to the Wildcats in the state finals. NEO has a short trip, but neither team is the "home" team. NEO will probably be a slight favorite, but we are going with GULF COAST in this one 31-24
Games of Dec. 3
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FINALS @ higher seed.
PRODUCER'S DAIRY BOWL, @ Grizzlies Stadium Fresno 7 p.m.
SANTA ROSA (7-3) @ FRESNO (7-3). FRESNO's top players are a pair of defenders, LB Steve Allen and DB Andre Jones, both reportedly already committed to Nebraska. Jeff Schott gets the job done at QB. Defense has been solid, offense has not. Bear Cubs had a good 7-3 season, losing 46-41 to Foothill, 24-20 to CCSF and 47-42 to San Mateo. Angelo Richardson played at FCC last year, but led Calif. receivers in 2005 for SRCC. Ian Hetrick, 6-3, 200 had a dandy season, ranking in top-10 in the state. Bear Cubs should win it based on their offense, so why do we take FRESNO by a 27-24 tally?
HAWAIIAN PUNCH BOWL @ San Francisco C.C. 1 p.m.
REEDLEY (10-0) at SAN FRANCISCO (9-1). REEDLEY racked up some impressive wins like 54-7 over Butte, 51-9 over Fresno and 69-40 vs. Sequoias. CCSF finished with two narrow wins over San Mateo and Santa Rosa and lost 21-14 to Foothill. The record book says it should be Reedley going away, but not so fast. The Rams are 56-3 over the past 5 years, unmatched by any school in the country. Reedley loads up with a fine QB in Terry Mayo, great receiver in Al Daniels, ace MLB Josh Yarbrough, DT Marcus Worlds, DE Ervn Baldwin, CB Cornelius Brown and on into the night. George Rush counters with WR Maurice Purify, who darned near pulled last year's title loss to Canyons out of the fire. Fr. QB Jimmy Collins has been learning on the job and doing well. LB Larry Grant is a super. Get the idea this will be a titanic clash between two top programs? REEDLEY 34-31
VALLEY OF THE SUN @ Glendale, Az. College, 2 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS (9-1) @ GLENDALE (10-0). Billy Firn handles QB duties for the Raiders with avg. stats. RB Leonard Curry looks good with 201 carries for 11l19 yards and 13 TDs. "D" has been sturdy led by SS Karl Wimberly. GLENDALE's Tim Brockwell completes 63% (155 of 246) for 2255, 18 TDs and just 4 INTs. Johnny Sanchez led the WSFL in rushing with 985 yards on 167 carries and WR Eric McCain had 43 catches for 10 TDs and 656 yards. LB Torrey Huckaby was one of the top tacklers and CB Reno Paccioni not only a glue but great on returns. Glendale usually plays in the Valley of the Sun Bowl and usually wins (including an NJCAA title in 2000). We see no reason to pick a change in that format and go with GLENDALE by 44-21, for NJCAA championship.
SEA ISLAND GOLDEN ISLES BOWL in Brunswick, Ga. 1:30 p.m.
COFFEYVILLE (9-2) vs. GEORGIA MILITARY (8-2): Red Ravens opted for this trip rather than hosting their own Dalton Defender Bowl. They will turn loose a potent rushing game featuring Travis Evans (166-1219-20) and Kendrick Smith (116-857-11). Brandon Walker and Trent Stanley are a pair of studley OL. GMC has a defense loaded with DI prospects, headed by DB Scott Broughton and LB Jasper Brinkley. Bert Williams' crew is tough to diagnose because they play so many Jayvee teams out of necessity, but both losses were by a total of only 5 points to JCs. COFFEYVILLE should triumph here by a 28-17 tally.
PILGRIMS PRIDE BOWL CLASSIC at Copperas Cove, Tex. 12 p.m.
N.E. MISSISSIPPI (7-1) vs. TRINITY VALLEY (8-3). Hurricane cut short NE season, but Tiger's only setback was 27-20 to Pearl River in the playoffs. QB Bruce Hall was Conf. MVP on offense and DE Chris Bradwell on defense. Fr. RB Cameron Montgomery can find the end zone. TVC got to the bowl by beating N.E. Oklahoma for the 2nd time in the SW finals. Fr. Eric Ransom is the key. He rushed for 1531 yards on 256 carries and scored 14 TDs. PK Sinisa Vrvilo, 37 of 38 and 14 FGs adds to the punch. In a toss-up we'll take TRINITY VALLEY 23-21.
DIXIE ROTARY BOWL in St. George, Utah, 12 p.m.
GARDEN CITY (7-3) vs. DIXIE STATE (8-3). The Kansas crew split with Coffeyville and lost to Cisco by 3 and Butler by plenty. Rod Windsor handles the QB duties, Marcus Cross is a fine RB and Phil Loadholt, a 6-9, 300-pounder, is headed for Colorado. Greg Croshaw will be coaching his last JC game if the school goes to 4-year status in '06 as expected. JT Diederichs should be healthy and he can flat run with the ball. Misi Tupe is Conf. MVP on defense at LB. Fr. Keauntea Bankhead is a terrific S. When in doubt take the home team. DIXIE 35-31
C.H.A.M.P.S HEART OF TEXAS BOWL at Mt. Pleasant, Tex. 2 p.m.
DODGE CITY (7-4) vs. CISCO (6-4). This one could be on the wild side. Both teams have good QBs. Omar Haugabook (161-279-2261-20-11) for DC matched against Marcus Johnson (136-273-1896-13-16). Chauncy Campbell is a 1,000-yd rusher for the Texans. Gerald Tate, a fine WR and Kellen Belcher at DL help the Dodge cause. Jonathon Batson, Cisco's safety, joins Johnson as MVP in the SWJC. Dodge, under new coach Marcus Garsteki, pulled off the 23-17 upset of Butler in the playoffs and we think they can do it here. DODGE CITY 28-21
ZION'S BANK TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN BOWL, at Salt Lake City, Utah, 1 p.m.
BUTLER (9-1) vs. SNOW (9-2). These two never got the knack for losing this season and should have a good match up here. BUTLER, is aching to make up for that one loss and has some serious hosses to do it. RB Kenny Wilson gained 1229 yards in just 112 carries with 14 TDs in 8 games and Ryan Torain 8G 109-739-11 aint bad. DT Paul Griffin heads the defense. Titan Trmble took over as head man at SNOW and found a solid defensive eleven led by LB Brett Madson and DL Fotu Kofuta. OT Victory Haines, 6-7, 285, is a handful for defenses. We look for Butler to be super-charged for this contest and the Snow offense is not too strong, so BUTLER 38-28.
DEC 10, CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno, 1 p.m.
RESULTS OF PLAYOFFS AND BOWL GAMES TO-DATE
CANYONS 37, CHAFFEY 10
EL CAMINO 57, RIVERSIDE 22
GROSSMONT 42, GLENDALE 10
BAKERSFIELD 54, FULLERTON 20
American Bowl - LONG BEACH 49, HANCOCK 37
U.S. Bank Beach - SADDLEBACK 42, MT. SAN JACINTO 31
Bulldog Bowl - SAN MATEO 41, SEQUOIAS 39
East County - DIABLO VALLEY 37, ORANGE COAST 34
Silicon Valley - FOOTHILL 35, FEATHER RIVER 33
Graffiti Bowl - HARTNELL 37, YUBA 34 OT
GRAPHIC EDGE BOWLS
NORTH DAKOTA ST. 35, JOLIET 10
IOWA CENTRAL 17, ROCHESTER 6
PEARL RIVER 25, GULF COAST 19
Hank's peerless predictions were quite peerless last weekend, coming up with 11 wins and just two losses, both on upset picks. He entered 2005 with an overall 252-130-6 record. That was 0.659. Now it's 0.665 at 263-132-6.
We are saying farewell to a couple of longtime soldiers of the JC football coaching ranks, Stan Peters of LANEY and Marty Allen of HIGHLAND. Peters spent 31 years as head man at the Oakland school and retires with a 177-137-2 record, with the bowl game vs. AMERICAN RIVER yet to be played Sat. I often wondered how Allen hung in there so long at Highland, a small school located in the far reaches of NE Kansas and far from the other state rivals. Lots of bus trips later he is still smiling and so popular around town he could easily be elected mayor. I always admired Peters for being able to keep his charges on the right side of the GPA ledger. He always had nominees for our Scholar/Athlete All-American and a very good graduating record for his lads. Both of these coaches have been active in their respective associations providing leadership and sage advice. They will be missed and I can say it has been a pleasure working with each of them over their long tenures. ENJOY.
SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES last weekend: TRINITY VALLEY's ace RB Eric Ransom missed the title game with NEO due to the death of his grandparent, but backup QB Ben McMahan went 20 of 32 for 304 yards and 3 TDs. Lance Moss had a blocked punt and a pick that resulted in the winning score. SAN MATEO'S Julian Edelman was sensational in his dual with Brent Schaeffer of SEQUOIAS, going 12 for 21 and 181 yards and rushing 24 times for 145. Schaeffer was 23 of 38 for 396, 4 TDs and rushed for 23 and another. Winning points were scored by Gil Hernandez who kicked a 28-yd FG on last play. The Bulldogs also had a 19-149 performance from Ryan Faumuina running behind MVPO Alex Reyes. GROSSMONT's Reilly Murphy 10 of 21 for 273 and 4 TDs in limited play and LB Matt Westrick, MVPD with 11 tackles and a sack. BAKERSFIELD QB Thomas Peregrin and K Jose Martinez shared MVP honors. RB Jacob French FOOTHILL was MVP. WR Terrance Scott led CANYONS by catching 7 passes for 183 yards, scoring on first offensive play, a 65 yd pass from Marcel Marquez who passed for 265 and ran for 65 more accounting for 3 TDs.