JC Grid-Wire Notebook

This is Hank Ives' notebook for September 10, 2006. He gives you the bowl schedule for November and December, summarizes several of last week's big games, previews some upcoming contests, and more.




Nov. 18

Bulldog Bowl @ San Mateo; Century @ Butte; East County @ Los Medanos; Graffiti @ Modesto; Silicon Valley @ Foothill; State Center Community College @ Fresno or Reedley; American @ Mission Conference Team; National @ Mission Conference Team; Golden Empire @ Bakersfield; U.S. Bank Beach @ Santa Monica; Southern California @ Foothill Conference Champions; Western State @ WSC Champion

Nov. 25

Southern California Playoff semifinals
Capital Shrine Bowl @ Sacramento

Dec. 2

Southern California Championship
Hawaiian Punch @ San Francisco (NorCal winner vs. Valley champ)

Dec. 9

California Community College Championship @ Grizzlies Stadium, Fresno


Nov. 19

Graphic Edge Printing Doubleheader 10 am and 1 pm at the Uni Dome in Cedar Falls, Ia.

Nov. 26

Dalton Defenders @ Coffeyville, Veterans Memorial Stadium

Dec. 2

Sea Island Golden Isles @ Brunswick, Ga.
C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas, Copperas Cove, Tx.
Zion's Bank Top of the Mountain, Salt Lake City, Ut.
Valley of the Sun @ Phoenix, Az.

Dec. 9

Pilgrim's Pride @ Mt. Pleasant, Tx.


That's a total of 24 (minimum) chances for the top JC teams to showcase their talents. With the playoffs in Southern California their could be more games. We will be more specific with sites and times in a later issue and of course our big pre-bowl issue.  GROSSMONT has won 31 straight Foothill Conference contests. Their last loss was to Chaffey in a triple OT affair on Nov. 1, 2002, by a 43-35 score. The Griffs are still a work in progress from an offensive standpoint, but their defense is awesome.  SEQUOIAS got nailed for 16 penalties and 156 yards against Gavilan. They had better improve that stat considerably this weekend against REEDLEY. NORCAL teams finished 26-4 against non-conf. foes. Next best was the MISSION NATIONAL at 22-8.

LANEY hosts SISKIYOUS Friday night in a homecoming affair that will celebrate the 1966 team. The college opened in 1965 and the following year the Eagles went 10-0 and defeated San Francisco in the Prune Bowl. The Laney defense put the squeeze on "The Juice" OJ Simpson holding him to just 26 yards on 11 carries in the 35-13 victory. CCSF had been disappointed at not being selected to play in the Jr. Rose Bowl. PASADENA was chosen, despite suffering a 6-6 tie with LACC, and were soundly thumped by HENDERSON COUNTY of Texas, 40-13. It was the last JRB contest until the L.A. TIMES took on sponsorship in a short-lived renewal in 1976-77. Henderson had lost a 44-30 encounter with Cisco and SANTA MONICA, who finished number one in the final rankings, had a tie, so LANEY was the only unbeaten team that season.


Tyson Thompson, GARDEN CITY, returning kicks for Dallas; Darrell Hutsona, GROSSMONT, 6 for 68 for Wash. St. vs. Oregon St.  A Zac Taylor, BUTLER, to Maurice Purify, SAN FRANCISCO, pass was good for a 27-yard Nebraska TD. Kenny Wilson is another BUTLER alumnus playing well for the Huskers.  Dario Camacho, CITRUS, 6 carries for 35 yards for PURDUE vs. Iowa; QB Julian Edelman, SAN MATEO, running and passing Kent State to win after win; SADDLEBACK DL Paul Como, 5 tackles, 1 assist for Kansas vs. Texas A&M, who delights in the LB play of Mark Dodge, FEATHER RIVER; Brandon Fractious ran for 102 yards and a TD for East Carolina vs. Virginia; Ryan Torain, RB, BUTLER, has been starting at Arizona State. QB Matt Ticich, MT. SAN JACINTO, starting for Truman State.  DII powerhouse Grand Valley State has 7 former JCs on their roster.


BUTLER's "Craz Dawgs" held the Red Ravens to only one first down and 29 total yards in the first half, yet trailed 14-3 at the end of 3 quarters.  Soph. Safety Marcus Martinez blocked a Raven punt and raced 52 yards to a TD. "I just knew we would score an offensive TD at some point in the game, so to get the first TD from our special teams, it really jump started the rest of the team and gave our kids a ton of much needed confidence," said coach Troy Morrell.  TB Beau Johnson, QB Paul Eck and FR WR Dee Williams sparked a long drive that saw Butler take the lead 15-14 with just 2:24 to play. DB Maurice Gray then picked off a pass and raced 72-yards for the clinching tally.  A nice crowd of 7,000 was on hand to watch BUTLER nail down their 13th straight win over COFFEYVILLE.  It was also Butler's 36th straight conference win.


Here is where we find out just how good these two teams really are.  COS is fortified with maybe 15 DI  prospects and a fleet of fast and good wide-receivers in Mike Benson, AJ Jackson, Macintosh Nichols et all and QB Andre Sloan El, a transfer from Minn. is finally getting going.  The Giants feature an offensive line that averages 322 pounds. LT Aubrey McFadden is 6-7, 360. Michael White's Reedley gang is led by a really sharp guy in Drew Branch, 6-3, 210, who sends most of his passes towards diminutive Jose Garcia, 5-6, 175, who takes turns running, catching and returning the football.  The Tigers have played just four games with wins over Butte and Modesto.  COS took the 16-hour road trip to Thatcher, Ariz. to play Eastern Arizona, winning 26-16, but fell to Foothill the following weekend.  COS hasn't been beaten at home since 2004.  We'll guess COS 31-28.


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