J.C. BOWL WRAP UP
ZION'S TO OF THE MOUNTAIN
SNOW 17, BUTLER 14 (Hank's prediction: 28 – 38)
Snow's solid defense held Butler's running game in check with Kenny Wilson going 12 for 46 and Ryan Torain 9 for 60 (59 on one TD run). Ben Tonga led Badgers with 15 for 97 and James Pritchard went 15 of 30 for 223 with 2 TDs and 2 picks.
VALLEY OF THE SUN
GLENDALE 50, GRAND RAPIDS 48 (Hank's prediction: 44 – 21)
Gauchos dominated for 3 periods then held off big Raiders rally that culminated in a missed 2-point PAT. Tim Brockwell went 17 of 30 for 321 with 2 TDs, 3 INTs. Eric McCain MVP with 6 catches for 177 yards. Glendale had 490 yards and GRCC 267. Johnny Sanchez ran for 85 yards and 3 TDS for Arizona lads.
TRINITY VALLEY 24, N.E. MISSISSIPPI 14 (Hank's prediction: 23 – 21)
A close game most of the way. TVCC's Eric Ransom rushed 32 times for 123 and QB Ben McMahan shared MVP honors. Cameron Montgomery led Tigers with 21 for 124.
CISCO 47, DODGE CITY 28 (Hank's prediction: 21 – 28)
Penalties plagued both teams, totaling 23 for 211, 15 of the personal nature. Cisco QB Marcus Johnson tossed for 240 yards and 2 scores on 17 of 29 and Chauncey Campbell ran for 132 and 3 tallies. Omar Haugabook passed for 303 yards but was picked 3 times. Gerald Tate hauled in 9 for 116 yards.
N.E.OKLAHOMA 21, GULF COAST 19 (Hank's prediction: 24 – 31)
45 mph winds and the game was stopped twice for lightning and a funnel cloud. There were 2 safeties where the wind blew the ball over the punters head and out of the end zone. Ben Treadwell 16 of 28 for 168-2-1, FS Antwon Moore, 5 solo, 14 assists for NEO. Dentrelle Savage rushed 34 times for 172, DT Sean Merrill recorded 16 tackles.
GRAPHIC EDGE (TWO GAMES)
NORTH DAKOTA ST. 35, JOLIET 10 (Hank's prediction: 13 – 17)
Jerome Messam rambled for 180 yards and 2 TDs as Joliet turned the ball over 4 times.
IOWA CENTRAL 17, ROCHESTER 6 (Hank's prediction: 28 – 20)
Darian Williams raced for 171 yards and 2 scores. 310-lb Albert Rodriguez won MVP honors on def. for ICCC.
DIXIE 35, GARDEN CITY 31 (Hank's prediction: 35 – 31)
Got that one 100% correct, including the score. Dixie scored on a return in final 5 minutes for the win. JT Diederichs had 90 yards and 3 TDs for Rebels. Rob Windsor 10 of 20 for 191 and ran 11 times for 107 to account for 4 GC TDs. Marcus Cross was 19 for 81. Dixie's Greg Croshaw coached his final JC game as the Rebels are going D2 in 2006.
GEORGIA MILITARY 21, COFFEYVILLE 17 (Hank's prediction: 17 – 28)
I seldom get GMC right in the bowl games. GMC finished winning 7 straight.
SANTA ROSA 35, FRESNO 12 (Hank's prediction: 24 – 27)
Ian Hetrick 35-46-311-2 and Matt Gray, 6-6-65, (totaled 41 of 52 for 376 yards) to shoot down the host Rams, who could muster less than 200 total yards. Angelo Richardson caught 12 passes for 228 yards and both aerial scores. Bear Cubs had nation's most prolific passing game and went 8-3 in tough NorCal.
SAN FRANCISCO 40, REEDLEY 35 (Hank's prediction: 31 – 34)
George Rush started QB Timothy Sonnenberg for the first time in two years and he completed 13 of 32 for 332 yards and 5 TDs. He also punted 6 times for 35-yard avg. and KO 8 times deep. WRs Maurice Purify (5 for 110-2) and Aaron Straiten (3-121-3) accounted for all the TDs. Reedley lost a chance to win when they were stopped on the 2-yard line late in the contest. Terry Mayo was 24 of 44 for a TD and 188 yards and Albert Daniels caught 8 for 93. The Tigers defense was solid led by DE Ervin Baldwin.
SOUTHERN CALIF PLAYOFF FINAL
GROSSMONT 24, CANYONS 19 (Hank's pick: No pick)
Griffins dominated on a cold, windy night as Canyons lost their first home game in 30 outings and broke a 26-game overall winning streak. Seven turnovers and 6 sacks did the Cougars in as Marcel Marquez suffered through his worst game of the season. Just as he did in the 52-43 semi-final win over El Camino, Derrell Hutsona used his blazing speed to record 179 yards on 31 carries. Rod Wright and Brian Stanbra put huge pressure on COC backs. Reilly Murphy was only 8 for 25, but two went for TDs. Adam Cooper stole 2 COC passes giving him 4 in the 2 games. Michael Carr had his 3rd INT in last 3 games vs. Grossmont and ran it for a 58-yard TD. Terrance Scott caught 5 passes for 132 for Canyons. COC had ventured to the finals blasting Bakersfield 48-26, following a 37-10 triumph over Chaffey. Grossmont whipped Glendale 42-10 in the first round.
With the defeats of El Camino and Canyons and CCSF's win over Reedley, plus American River's loss at the hands of Laney, the last of California's unbeaten elevens bit the dust. Only Glendale, Az. went through the campaign unscathed and will be crowned NJCAA champs. The J.C. Grid-Wire will hold off until after Saturday's Grossmont-San Francisco finale before announcing the final THIRTY TOP TEAMS.
TAKING A LOOK AT THE CALIFORNIA FINALS:
GROSSMONT, 12-1, is the nation's second highest scoring team, 44.7, behind Reedley's 46.7. SAN FRANCISCO, 10-1, is the third stingiest allowing just 13.4 ppg behind N.E. Mississippi and American River. The Griffins have reeled off 11 straight wins, seemingly improving with each outing. The Rams were awesome the first 7 games then faltered but survived against San Mateo and Santa Rosa before dropping a 21-14 game to Foothill.
The theory of the South having to play 13 games to the North's 11 to qualify for the finals will again come into play.
Canyons proved last year that it is not insurmountable by defeating CCSF, 39-32, in its 14th contest. So big deal. Big "MO" seems to be on the side of Grossmont, but, can you imagine Rush losing back-to-back title contests?
In the final analysis, the Griffins have enormous team speed. Hutsona is acting like his former high school teammate Reggie Bush. Murphy has proven to be a cool QB and the Griffs have a host of capable WRs. Those DEs are terrific and DBs Cooper and Mixon will play at D1 for sure. One sleeper is freshman NG Magnum Mauga, a 6-0, 265-pounder who can rearrange an offensive real quick.
San Francisco has won an incredible 66 out of 70 games over the past six seasons, so don't look for them to cave. The WRs are as good as they get. The DBs have plenty of talent. Larry Grant as LB is headed for stardom at the next level.
Bottom line is we know what to expect out of Murphy, the Grossmont QB. Can't say the same for CCSF.
Prediction? GROSSMONT to avenge the 38-35 championship loss in 2003 with a 45-42 victory.