CONGRATS TO MARSHALL SPERBECK, the highly competent FOOTHILL head coach, who has swept into the coveted 100-win club among active JC coaches. Actually, the Owls' first win of the season, 31-10 over West Hills, boosted him over the top and we have been delinquent in offering our Congrats. Steve Cox, CABRILLO, Jeff Leiker, COFFEYVILLE and Kevin Twait, IOWA CENTRAL, have all moved into the 80-win class, while Keith Simons, SANTA ROSA, Gene Murphy, FULLERTON and Chuck Lawrence, NAVARRO, have taken up residence in the 70-victory group.
NOTES AND STUFF: Don't know if John Parchman, the new head man at CISCO, is doing it with mirrors, but he has just 9 sophs in his starting lineup. Last year in a loss to N.E. Oklahoma 29-26, Cisco was able to gain just 11 yards rushing. Last Saturday the Wranglers put a serious hurt on the Norse, 37-17, on the way to their 6th straight win (7th overall). NEO beat them again in the playoffs, 41-10, so it had to be a good one for the Cisco lads and their all-frosh backfield. GROSSMONT has been mounting its comeback with a bruising defense and an improving offense. QB John Soli, a true freshman after leading his Jimtown, Indiana high school team to the state title last year, is learning on the job. He racked up 220 yards in total offense, going 9-16 for 187 and 2 TDs, as penalties nullified another 99-yarder against San Bernardino. Cornerbacks Terry Mixon, 6-2 205, and Sherrod Davis, 6-0, 180, have been huge stick-outs all season and WR Justin Johnson one of the very best return guys in the JC ranks. Keith Simons, head man at SANTA ROSA, always likes to have a pair of talented QBs on his roster. Frosh Greg Alexander and sophomore Mike Gray have combined to throw 126 out of 190 for 1,608 and 20 TD passes. That's a recipe for success right there.
MAIL BAG: From reader Ron Siegel: "In answer to your ‘Super JC backfields' in last week's issue, how about this one – Billy Kilmer, Citrus at QB, with RBs Ollie Matson, San Francisco and Joe Perry, Compton? Not too shabby I'd say."
ALUMNI REPORT: DT Louis Holmes, SCOTTSDALE, starts for Arizona and gave USC fits when they played. WR Delanie Walker, MT. SAN ANTONIO, our All-American WR of several years back, is now listed at TE for the San Francisco 49ers.
MORE NOTES: PEARL RIVER WR Larry Freeman, was pressed into service last week as a QB (Michael Greco is out with a bad shoulder). He went 11 of 19 for 120 yards at QB and when he was at WR he caught 2 passes for 59 yards, including a 53-yard TD. PRCC went on to beat East Central, 31-14. FRESNO is honoring Hans Wiedenhoefer, former head coach (1951-58), during their homecoming activities Oct. 21 vs. SEQUOIAS. They want as many players from that era as possible, so call 559-442-8229 for Woody Wilk. SADDLEBACK's five foes have a total of 17 wins and 8 losses.
SADDLEBACK 37, MT. SAN ANTONIO 10. In a game matching the J.C. Grid-Wire No. 1 (MSAC) and No. 4 teams, this was a bit of a shocker. Not that SADDLEBACK scored 37 points, because all along we felt they had a terrific offense, but questioned how good the defense might be. It was the other way around with the Mounties. We knew Bob Jastrab's lads were solid on the "D" side, especially after watching them manhandle Grossmont and El Camino. So how did the Gauchos come up with 37 points? No. 1 is Mark McElroy's no huddle offense and his use of multiple misdirection plays. I mean misdirection. Guys were running all over the place out of a short punt and QB Nick Nelson could surprise anyone with who he finally gave the ball to. It didn't hurt to have a RB like PT Gates, 5-ll, 195, and fast. He carried 16 times for 103 yards and a TD and added 7 catches for 92 yards and 2 more scores. On one he just took a short sideline toss and simply outran everyone down the sideline. Gates can also hit a hole in a hurry and with power. He came to Saddleback out of Marian Catholic HS in San Diego, where it is said he was maybe one step from being in trouble most of the time. McElroy says PT has cleaned up his act, matured, and is now on the school honor roll. Why don't we see stories like that in the L.A. Times? But back to the game. LB Brad Rife, 6-2, 230, made life miserable for MSAC QB Jake Fadden, making 13 tackles, 7 solo, a sack and posting 3 tackles for losses. The defensive troops were pretty awesome holding MSAC to 68 yards rushing, 57 coming in the closing minutes against the reserves. Fadden was sacked 5 times and intercepted 3 times. DB Chris Cole, 5-11, 215, had 5 tackles, 1 TFL and returned a fumble for 98 yards on the game's final play. MSAC WR/RET guy Travis Lee, was the offense for the Mounties. The 5-9, 165, speedster caught 3 passes for 88 yards and a TD and returned 3 punts for 104, with a long of 85. SADDLEBACK deserves a No. 1 ranking and I expect MT. SAN ANTONIO to hover in, or near, the top-10 all year.
SNOW 20, GLENDALE 17. Two very evenly matched teams played on the GCC turf. Passing was about even, too, with SNOW's Cade Cooper, 6-2, 195, going 19 for 33 and 214 yards 2 TDs, and GLENDALE's freshman Brenden Gaskins, 6-4, 220, 20 of 40 for 246 and 1 TD. Big Devin Frischknecht, 6-3, 238, caught 5 passes for 78 yards for SC, but the difference was the 148 yards on the ground by Matt Asiata, 5-11, 233, in 28 carries. GCC had 11-70-1 rushing stats from Jerry Vaughn. Almost every stat was virtually even except those yards by Asiata.
SAN FRANCISCO 28, CHABOT 14. Tied at 14 after 3 periods, CCSF rode Zach Lee's passing arm (11-21-219) for a pair of scores in the 4th. He hit Andre Walls (3-56) for a 25-yarder and then Kenny O'Neal (4-105) for 72 yards. CCSF RB Tyreece Jacks rambled for 194 yards on 28 efforts and a 22-yard TD, while Randal Eldridge tore off 185 on 26 carries for CHABOT.
ELLSWORTH pulled off a 22-15 upset over HARPER behind the play of DB James Jones, 5-10, 190, who registered 10 tackles, and CJ Jones, 6-2, 190, who added 10 tackles, a forced and recovered fumble and an INT. Dexter Baldwin caught 6 passes for 106 yards. The tab between the Iowa and the Illinois/Mich. Conferences reads 8-6 in favor the Iowans. NORTHWEST MISS. is getting rolling, racking up 517 yards in a 55-22 win over EAST MISS. TB Curtis Steele, 6-1, 180, rushed for 172 yards, including a 64-yard TD jaunt. LeGarrette Blount had 131 in 18 trips with 3 scores for EMCC. WR Travis Sanford caught 4 for 90 yards and 3 TDs for NWM.