Grossmont Prevails Over CCSF & More

Grossmont's Griffins completed a terrific trifecta by defeating San Francisco 42-38 in the California State Championships at Grizzlies Stadium in Fresno. The win followed a 24-19 triumph over College of the Canyons and a 52-43 victory over El Camino, all on the road, and provided the Griffs with their first J.C. Grid-Wire National Championship.

Coach Dave Jordan officially announced his resignation as head coach following the contest. He will be replaced by his son, Michael, who has been offensive coordinator of the high-scoring Griffins for the past 10 years.

San Francisco led 10-7 with 5-minutes still to play in the first quarter of the game, but that was the last time the Rams held the lead. It was 31-10 at halftime and 38-17 at the end of 3 stanzas, but CCSF put on a furious rush in the 4th, much like they did vs. Canyons last year, to tighten the final tally. Ultimately a 30-yd field goal by Jared Ballman, his 2nd of the game, spelled the difference. The 3-pointer was set up by an incredible catch by Grossmont's WR Michael Omar, who leaped to grab a pass away from at least three receivers on a 4th down pass that kept a drive alive in the final moments.

Grossmont QB Reilly Murphy probably was the difference overall. He gained the game MVP honors going 18 of 29 in the game for 270 yards and a TD and give credit to his OL, they didn't allow a sack and he didn't throw an interception. CCSF QBs threw for 346 and 3 TDs but were picked off 5 times and sacked 3. MVP on defense was Griffin freshman DB Lee Paleafei, a 5-9, 185, who was everywhere. Maurice Purify of CCSF grabbed MVP honors on offense catching 7 passes for 104 yards and a pair of scores. Derrell Hutsona lived up to expectations for GC gaining 129 yards on 19 carries and 1 TD. He flashed his amazing speed at opportune times.

Fortunately the sun popped out just before kickoff, because it was seriously socked in during the morning. Playing on a baseball diamond, even in a nice park like Grizzlies, is not a good venue for a championship football game. On the other hand, there was plenty of grass around, unlike the 2004 debacle at Visalia.

Way too many penalties. Both teams were nailed for 12, Grossmont getting 126 yards and CCSF 88.

George Rush quote:  "How do you have eight turnovers and score 38 points?"

Dave Jordan said:  "This team had great depth. We lost three defensive backs and the other guys came in and did the job. Depth was our strength all year."

Some additional observations…  It was another super entertaining contest, third in a row in the finals. Unfortunately, there was nothing more than a corporal's guard in the stands. I mean, a count of 1,000 would be generous. With one team coming from the San Diego area, and the other from San Francisco, there was no local interest and certainly there were darned near no locals there. The game was part of a huge COA Championship Festival encompassing many sports at many venues. This game deserved a crowd of at least 2,500, but if there was any advance publicity or promotion it sure wasn't in evidence. The local paper not only did not have a story on Friday, but no advance on game day and did not even send a reporter to cover it.

How bad is that? This game has to be worked well in advance. A star player from each team needs to spend a day in town, along with each coach, and someone working the papers and radio-TV outlets. I talked with some people in Fresno that didn't know there was a game on, but wondered why there were so many football coaches in town.


CONGRATULATIONS TO GLENDALE. Joe Kersting had a fine team that sailed through a tough WSFL conference to win 11 games. They had to fight for a 50-48 win over Grand Rapids, but the thing is to win, and win they did. That is a rock solid football program at Glendale.

A FEW OTHER NOTES. Lots of coaching changes on tap before the 2006 season. A quick look at some of the vacancies (and we might not have caught ‘em all). GROSSMONT, Dave Jordan leaves, Michael Jordan steps in; PASADENA where Dennis Gossard is gone; Dave Banuellos has resigned at L.A. PIERCE; WEST L.A. has an opening since Darryl Holmes is joining Henry Washington on his L.A. Southwest staff; Jeff Tisdel has stepped down at SIERRA; Stan Peters retired at LANEY but the position is already filled; Jeff Jordan is taking the reins from Craig Rigsbee at BUTTE; COLLEGE OF DESERT, where Ken Swearingen has hung ‘em up; Parker Dykes is moving from JONES COUNTY to assist at a DII school; SCOTTSDALE is open with Ken Giovando leaving. Rion Rhoades will replace Brian Vaganek at FORT SCOTT and hope to end a 22-game losing streak; HIGHLAND hired Keith Majors to replace retired Marty Allen; Titan Trimble stepped down for family reasons and is being replaced by Steve Coburn. There were also rumbles going around about possible retirements and coaching changes at SISKIYOUS, HARPER and JOLIET.

Word is that PHOENIX and PIMA will give up football in 2006. DIXIE STATE and MORRISVILLE are moving to DII levels.

LOOKING AT SOME RECRUITING COMMITMENTS:  Thomas Peregrin, BAKERSFIELD QB to Western Michigan; Finas Rabb, SANTA ANA WR, Washington State; Ismail Abdunafi, BAKERSFIELD DT '04 to Oregon State; Herb Martin, PASADENA WR, Western Michigan; Phil Loadholt, GARDEN CITY OL, Colorado; Ian Hammond, SADDLEBACK OT, Syracuse; James Tretheway, SAN MATEO OL, Arizona; Mike Gibson, SOLANO OL, California; Paul Griffin, BUTLER DL, Florida State; Sean Merrill, GULF COAST DL, Southern Miss; Keith Robertson and Alex Faagai, both DL, Oregon State; Dorian Smith, DESERT DL, Oregon State; J.D. Craigman, MENDOCINO DE, Kentucky; Willie Williams, HUTCHINSON DL, Kansas St; Mark Dodge, FEATHER RIVER LB, Texas A&M; Paul Tolbert, EAST CENTRAL LB, Texas A&M;  Andre Jones and Steve Allen DBs, FRESNO, Nebraska; Nate Ness, EL CAMINO DB, Arizona.

Remember, things have a way of changing and nothing is written in concrete at this time.

It has been 46 years of fun and I'm looking forward to the 47th. In fact, can't wait. Again, I want to thank the coaches and others who keep us supplied with information throughout the year. Couldn't possibly cover 140 JCs spread all over the U.S. without your help. Enjoyed chatting with a lot of coaches at the California coaches meetings in Fresno last weekend and look forward to doing the same with many more in Dallas in January. Have a Great Holiday season.


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