JC Grid-Wire Notebook

From the desk of JC Grid-Wire publisher, Hank Ives. A look back at some big games, including Santa Ana's win over rival Fullerton and CCSF over Fresno. Also, what's with all the penalties? Allan Hancock had 3 backs go over 100 yards rushing last weekend vs. Santa Barbara. Lots more...



NOTES AND ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN COLLECTING SINCE THE 2005 SEASON ENDED. We hear there is a new BOWL GAME that has been confirmed for Central California. THE STATE CENTER BOWL. If REEDLEY ends up in it, it will be played at Reedley High at 1 pm Nov. 18. If FRESNO is the host, the game will kick off at 7 pm in Ratcliffe Stadium. All of which begs the question, what if Sequoias, Delta or Merced wind up in it?

Who would ever have thought Grossmont and Canyons would lose their openers. I mean these were the national champs the past two seasons. Grossmont fell to Mt. San Antonio 13-10 after garnering a mere 192  yards in total offense and that was 25  yards more than MSAC. Travis Lee's punt and kickoff returns spelled the difference for the Mounties. CHAFFEY bumped off CANYONS as did GROSSMONT, the 2nd week. No surprise that COC took it out on VENTURA 54-0.

EL CAMINO held Citrus to minus 22  yards rushing and a 403-91 total yardage advantage.  CANYONS WR Terance Scott, had 10 catches against Grossmont but gained only 47  yards with them. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with GROSSMONT's defense, except they will miss DT Magnum Mauga, who is out with an ACL. The big fellow will have an injured red-shirt year and be back in 2007. His cousin Tuese, a 6-2, 252 TE remains with the team and cousin Dallas was a JC All-American with the Griffins in 2004.

ARE THE ZEBRAS calling ‘em closer this year, or are teams committing more foolish penalties than ever? Just a few samples: N.W. MISSISSIPPI 12 for 120  yards in 24-17 loss to Jones; HUTCHINSON HAD 19 penalties, 11 for personal fouls, adding up to 218  yards in 17-14 loss to Highland. GROSSMONT 14 and MT. SAN JACINTO 16 - had 30 between them for a rousing 273  yards. COFFEYVILLE was nailed on 12 for 103 in win over HUTCHINSON. FOOTHILL 10-107 and SEQUOIAS 11-106, too much.

ALUMNI REPORT …  Michigan State is making good use of JC transfers. DE Ervin Baldwin, REEDLEY, SS Nehemiah Warrick, HUTCHINSON, and DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo, SOUTHWESTERN, are all starting on defense. On the offensive side, Kerry Reed, COFFEYVILLE, is starting at one WR. Devin Thomas, COFFEYVILLE, is a second unit WR. Ex-SADDLEBACK QB Colt Brennan, led the nation in passing last year at Hawaii and LB Ryan Powdrell was switched to FB by the USC Trojans only to suffer a season-ending dislocated and fractured ankle on his first carry vs. Nebraska. Speaking of the Cornhuskers, Zac Taylor, BUTLER, does a fine job at QB, but didn't really get much chance to show his wares. Ditto for receivers Mo Purify, SAN FRANCISCO, and Franz Hardy, BUTLER.

ON STREAKS WINNING – GLENDALE, AZ. 14, LANEY and SNOW 9; LOSING – MARIN 28, ANTELOPE VALLEY 17, L.A. PIERCE 14, WEST L.A. 9 Note: FORT SCOTT's 24-game losing skein came to an end Sept. 9 when they beat Independence 28-21. The win gave new coach Rion Rhoades his first victory as a head man.

KUDOS TO BOTH THE NJCAA AND COA for allowing COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS to go out of state to play EASTERN ARIZONA in Thatcher. If memory serves, the last time California faced an NJCAA team, or vice versa, would have been 1997 when COLLEGE OF THE DESERT hosted ARIZONA WESTERN in the second of a home and home series. Prior to that we had the KICKOFF CLASSIC in BAKERSFIELD where the Renegades hosted NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA IN 1991, losing 48 to 14.

The Classic started the year before when Bob McElroy brought his defending national champion NAVARRO team to BAKERSFIELD and the Gades proved poor hosts by whipping the Bulldogs, 44-8. What a great idea, a Kickoff Classic to start the season, featuring a major NJCAA team against a top California eleven. Too bad it didn't continue. PASADENA and TYLER exchanged home games in the mid-80s with the Lancers traveling to TYLER in 1985, losing a thriller 45-33. I remember going to that game because there was an extra seat on the airplane and watching Anthony Miller run crazy on punts and kickoffs. 

In 1986 the Apaches traveled to PASADENA and went away with a 13 to 9 victory. There have been other games between neighboring states, WALLA WALLA, Wash. visiting Calif. to play MERCED and MODESTO, before giving up football, border clashes between Arizona squads and Calif. elevens, but the above mentioned were real intersectional classics.

FIRST GAME STAR, Nigel Orozco of PASADENA. In his collegiate debut and after playing 3 soccer matches during the week, The 5-8, 160-pound frosh booted field goals of 22 and 47 yards and 1 PAT to help his team defeat Golden West, 20-13. He added 2 punts for a 37.8 avg., one inside the 10-yard line and made a TD-saving tackles on a 74-yard KOR.

SAN FRANCISCO 34, FRESNO 31 … FCC built a 21-0 lead helped by a couple of blocked punts. CB Casmin Thomas, 5-10, 180, blocked the first and ran it back 42 yards. CB Donald Rogers, 5-9, 170, blocked the 2nd and Thomas ran it in for his 2nd TD. CCSF came back to make it 21-14 at the half and on a 61-yard Zach Lee toss to frosh Adrian Hilburn, 6-2, 190, in the 3rd period went ahead. FCC went ahead again but with 1:07 left Lee hit freshman Deric Davis, 5-10, 185, for the winning 27-yard score.

SANTA ANA 45, FULLERTON 35 … The Dons scored twice in the first 57 seconds and at one point held a 45-20 advantage. The SAC offensive line looked to make the difference, although WR David Richmond used his 6-3 frame to outreach CBs twice for TDs and caught 7 for 125 yards. DB Tremaine Brown, 6-5, 195, picked off 2 passes and had 2.5 tackles. The Hornet's Joe Chatman did his part with 25 carries for 135 yards and a score. SANTA ANA moved their record against FULLERTON to 41-39-4 in the nation's oldest JC rivalry. Brian Allen races for 170 on 34 trips for SAC with 1 TD

DID YOU KNOW … THAT C.C. SAN FRANCISCO's Fr. QB Zach Lee, 6-2, 210, is the son of former NFL (Falcons & 49ers) QB Bob Lee? Zach ran for one TD and passed for 4 more (35, 6, 61 and 27) while completing 31 of 48 for 465 yards and zero INTs against Fresno.

MORE NOTES … HANCOCK had 3 backs go over the 100-yard rushing mark in a 56-35 win over Santa Barbara. Corey Stollmeyer, 6-0, 175, zipped 191 yards in 16 trips for 2 TDs, frosh Andre Cirino, 6-4, 229, had 15 carries for 162 and 2, and Shaun Stewart 5-8, 200, 19 for 117 and another score. That's 470 yards rushing right there.


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