JC Grid-Wire Weekly Notebook

What a weekend we just had! Our JC Grid-Wire notebook includes recaps of the El Camino/Mt. San Antonio 3-overtime thriller and also a look back at Moorpark's win over Canyons. Additionally: alumni notes; feeling sad over recent passings; upcoming big games; and lots more.



WAS JUST THINKING how great it would be to have a backfield made up of such ex-JC super stars as Warren Moon (WEST L.A.) at QB, Mike Rozier, (COFFEYVILLE) at RB with O.J. Simpson (CCSF) and Hugh McElhenny (COMPTON).  OR Roger Staubach (NEW MEXICO MILITARY) at QB with the likes of Ron Springs (COFFEYVILLE), Frank Gifford (BAKERSFIELD) and Jackie Robinson (PASADENA). Those would be all-star backfields in the JCs, colleges or pros.

ALUMNI REPORT: How neat it was to see Chris Jennings, ARIZONA WESTERN, starting for Arizona against the Trojans.  He walked on from the Yuma school and quickly earned a scholarship after rushing for over 200 yards in one game and averaging 6.7 yards per carry. QB Justin Edelman, SAN MATEO, ran and passed for a score last weekend for Kent State. QB Colt Brennan, SADDLEBACK, accounted for nearly 400 yards for Hawaii on the Boise State blue turf, but his former Gaucho teammate, Jerard Rabb, made a critical fumble recovery to salt the game for BS. DL Shane Lapka, FULLERTON, is doing great for San Jose St., especially in the win over Stanford.

MT. SAN ANTONIO 42, EL CAMINO 39. A few observations. In the press box before the game the general consensus was that 25 points might be the over and under line. The Mounties had shown stubborn defensive powers but little offense. ECC had a swarming defense and a big WR who could do everything, but not a powerful offense. Maybe a 14-13 game. Are you kidding? It was 30 to 20 in favor of El Camino at halftime. Each team led in double digits during the first half and gave it up.

Triple overtime, who would have thought? Clutch FG kicking by MSAC's Jeremy Gener and El Co's Joe Houston. You started to think neither team could win. Some darned good players were in action and showed why they are darned good players. For the Mounties, WR Travis Lee is a game breaker. He had an 83-yard PR in the closing minutes that set up an apparent winning FG, only Warrior LB, Eli-sha Talosaga Mueller, broke through to block a FG attempt. Lee caught the winning TD pass plus 5 others for 56 yards, ran the ball 3 times for 43, had a 19-yard KOR plus his PR which counted for 67 due to a penalty. DE Elia Le-au, 6-5, 235, played every minute on defense and was all over the field. RB Randall Brown, 5-6, 165, ground out 130 yards in 30 efforts. DB Scott Burton, 6-1, 190, also stood out with 5 solo and 3 assited tackles. For ECC LB Vuna Tuihalamaka, 6-0, 225, gave new meaning to "sideline to sideline," with 9 solos, 8 assists, 2TFLs, a sack, caused 2 fumbles. LB Eli-sha Mueller, 6-1, 220, DE Justin Thompson, DE, 6-4, 265, were aces on defense. WR Kayne Farquarson, 6-2, 190, drew double coverage all day and was still a constant threat. All in all, wow, what a game.

MISSING: I miss Gary Cheatham, who might have been the biggest Kansas JC honk ever, especially GARDEN CITY. He and I talked weekly on the phone and one thing's for sure, his opinion was good as gold. I'm sure they miss him around that Kansas campus, too. He died back in the spring. Thanks to the NJCAA guys for selecting him to their Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. He was one proud puppy over that. I miss Devin Adair, EL CAMINO's star TE from the 2005 squad. Devin was a heck of a player, who was recruited by and signed with Tulsa's Hurricanes. Shortly after reporting he contracted a staph infection and eventually passed away, leaving a huge gap among his former Warriors buddies. I used to watch him on the sidelines. He was a one-man cheering section, moving around from player to player, patting some on the back, cheering up others, and then racing on the field to give his all. Quite a guy. I miss John Strey, a long-time sports editor of a local Southern California paper, then after retirement working in the PR grist mill at PALOMAR. One of those chaps who always had a bright outlook. The cup was always half full. He died a couple of weeks ago, on the job of course. RIP fellas.

MOORPARK 35, CANYONS 28. This was an old fashioned aerial show. MPs Cameron Merrill hit on 18 of 36 for 361 yards and 4 TDs, while the COC Cougars' QB, Andrew Miramontes, flexed his freshman muscles for 23 of 38 for 265 and a tally. He was aided by the running of Brian Stuart, who gained 125 in 16 trips. The Raiders' Conrad Meadows caught 7 for 155, Tony Washington, who has a 20.4 average on his 22 total catches, brought down 7 for 152, while Canyons ace Terence Scott pulled in 13 for 172 yards. He has 32 for 325 yards and 4 TDs to date.

DID YOU KNOW THAT … SEQUOIAS DE George Kearse, a 6-3, 275-pounder, is the cousin of NFL ace Jevon?  Or that OL Windham Rotunda is from a long line of wrestlers? His dad, uncle, and grandfather all were professionals and Windham won the Florida state high school crown. He is a 6-3, 320-pounder.

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK that will twirl the rankings around: SNOW visits GLENDALE Saturday night where the top offense will meet the unbendable defense. QB Cade Cooper and RB Matt Asiata have accounted for 20 TDs in 5 games, but go up against a Gauchos defense that allows just 96.3 yards total offense and 10 points per game. Lbers Josh Galloway and Maurice Wooten head that act and transfer DB Jermaine Clemons is super dangerous on returns (9 PR for 17.9, 4 KOR for 41.0). GC has held forth in recent years so maybe it's the Badgers' turn. The other major confrontation finds MT. SAN ANTONIO venturing to SADDLEBACK for a 5 p.m. clash Saturday. This also pits the potent MSAC defense against the Gauchos' high-flying offense, averaging a tick short of 40 points per game. The Mounties' aces are discussed above. They will have to stop QB Nick Nelson, RB P.T. Gates and WR Maurice Nelson. Could be another OT thriller.

A FEW FINAL NOTES: The only injury in the SEQUOIAS-LOS MEDANOS game was to offensive coordinator Andy Siegal of COS, who somehow managed to fracture 2 bones in his wrist. Kicker JP Brandvig has all of the scoring for ANTELOPE VALLEY, 9 FGs.

FRESNO has been very tough to run against. HUTCHINSON renovated their stadium to the tune of $5.5 million and then went 0-5. BUTLER airs their games over the internet. NOR CAL heavyweights will be done with tune-ups starting Oct. 14, which is when conference play begins.


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