Former CCSF WR and JC Grid-Wire All-American,Maurice Purify, has become Zac Taylor's (BUTLER) pet target at Nebraska. He caught a pair of TD tosses against Oklahoma State and Taylor was 21 of 39 for 247 yards. Robert Johnson, a star QB at REEDLEY, has become one of Texas Tech's ace WRs. SADDLEBACK LB Paul Como had 3 tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass for Kansas vs. Iowa State and James Johnson, BLINN gained over 100 yards. Jesse Mahelona, ORANGE COAST, is with the Tennessee Titans after two years with the Volunteers. Larry Grant, CCSF, backing up the line for Ohio State. Alan Patrick, INDEPENDENCE, doing a great job filling in for Adrian Peterson (broken shoulder) at Oklahoma. Patrick gained 142 yards last week vs. Missouri. Tyron Breckenridge, CHAFFEY, starting at CB for Washington St. Demitrius Veal, CERRITOS, playing for Denver Broncos. Ex-ANTELOPE VALLEY DB Cole Miyahira had 2 solos and an INT BYU's 52-7 win over UNLV. Lowell Robinson, ERIE, doing great job as a return man for Pittsbugh. SADDLEBACK QB Colt Brennan lights it up for Hawaii.
NOTES AND STUFF
SEQUOIAS had perfect balance in their 30-12 conquest of DELTA, showing 159 yards rushing and 159 yards passing. ANTELOPE VALLEY not only lost their 23rd straight contest, but for the 8th consecutive game they failed to score a TD. Ten FGs by JF Brandvig has been the total of the Marauders scoring. PASADENA WR David Reed, 6-1, 180 Fr. caught 7 passes for 123 yards and had TDs of 25 and 22 yards. He has caught at least one TD pass in all 7 of his collegiate games, and that's not too shabby.
SANTA ANA QB Kasey Peters, 6-3, 220, put the ball in the air 57 times with 27 completions against ORANGE COAST. He totaled 297 yards, but only had 1 TD. Peters relies on the jumping ability of WRs David Richmond, 6-4, 200 and DeAndre Williams, 6-3, 195. All three of them should get DI offers. OCC has a feisty defense that is hard to crack. It ranks right there with MT SAN ANTONIO and GROSSMONT among Southern California elite "D's". Fr. FS Chris Assily, 6-2, 210, from Kaiser, HI, is the spark, but DT Winter Welz, 6-1, 275, LB Bubba Reynolds, 6-1, 230, help considerably with the swarming defense. Watch out for the Bucs next year. Mike Taylor has some good looking Fr. headed by RB Andrew Banks.
HARD TO BELIEVE that little old HIGHLAND with an enrollment of 600 could put such a hurt on BUTLER, with 3,000 students, a team that always seems to be sitting up there in the top five in the rankings. The Scottie's 43-29 upset of the Grizzlies squelched a 38-game conference winning streak for Butler. Congrats to Keith Majors on sparking a turn around at HCC. However, Troy Morrell's lads get No. 1 spot in the playoffs and will host GARDEN CITY in the first round of the Kansas JC playoffs. Rion Rhoades has done a great job with FPRT SCOTT, who were 9-36 over the past five seasons. Greyhounds have gone 6-1 over the last 7 games and the only loss was a 26-20 OT to Butler. Rhoades will be facing his former coach Jeff Leiker of COFFEYVILLE in the other playoff contest. The Red Ravens continue to whip everyone, EXCEPT Butler and chances are the two will meet again in the finals. Coffeyville tuned up with a smashing 59-7 victory over Dodge City, while Fort Scott whacked Garden City 34-7. Our guess – BUTLER 35-10 over GC and COFFEYVILLE 24-21 over FS.
FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS TAKE NOTE
Ace historian Harry Frye submits a list showing more of the JC lads who excelled. This shows ROSE BOWL MVPs and their Junior College connection:
1937 Vic Bottari, California, Head Coach at MARIN
1939 Amby Schindler, USC, Head Coach at EL CAMINO
1940 Pete Kmetovic, Stanford, Head Coach at SAN BERNARDINO
1943 Norm Verry, USC, Head Coach and player at EL CAMINO
1957 Jack Crabtree, Oregon State, player at SAN BERNARDINO
1958 George Fleming, Washington, player at EAST LOS ANGELES
1967 O.J. Simpson, USC, player at SAN FRANCISCO
1976 Vince Evans, USC, player at LOS ANGELES C.C.
1995 Keyshawn Johnson, USC, player at WEST LOS ANGELES
MORE NOTES AND STUFF
The top three rushers in the JC ranks are BLINN's Bernard Scott with 1,464, SNOW RB 1,185, both in 9 games and SAN FRANCISCO's Tyreece Jacks, 1,088 in 8 games. Eric Ransom, TRINITY VALLEY RB, who was first-team All-American last year, hails from the same high school as LaDanian Tomlinson, University HS in Waco, Texas. One of the reasons for BLINN's success if a huge and good OL (Jake Johnson, 6-6, 370, Brandon Medalberg 6-3, 312, leading the way). GOLDEN WEST late hire, Nick Mitchell, is doing a fine job with mostly all freshmen. CHABOT RB Randal Eldridge can be added to the 200-plus yard club. He had 26 carries for 207 vs. Lees McRae. FOOTHILL attempted a 54-yard FG that would have forced their game with CCSF into OT. The attempt by Blake Dorchak hit the crossbar and fell back leaving a 27-24 score.
"I recently read in the Grid-Wire the top players in California post 1980. I believe an omission was made on the offensive line. Brad Bedell from Mt. San Antonio was a two-time JC All-American, was Mission Conference offensive Player of the year as a tackle, received a scholarship to Colorado, where he was All Big-12 and a Lombardi finalist. He was drafted in the 6th round in 2000 by Cleveland and is currently a tackle for the Houston Texans. He is my brother, but I believe he deserves a place on the team." Signed Derek Bedell " P.S. Keep up the good work covering JC football. As a JC coach I appreciate the coverage." Brad fits right in with the best in that era, no question. Thanks for the note.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…?
MT. SAN ANTONIO head man, Bob Jastrab, was a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American in 1983? Playing for the Mounties he recorded 12 sacks that year. THAT PASADENA only has 8 sophs on the squad and only 3 of them are starters? THAT MOORPARK has 5 sets of brothers on the team? Kyle QB and Chris FB Blum; CB Doug and NG Brad Chavez; RB Michael and SS Alex Leaupepe; WR Conrad and CB James Meadows and LS Luis and LB Danny Soria. THAT BUTLER blocked 4 punts in 48-7 win over Hutchinson, 2 by Ben Gugler, 6-4, 270 DL?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE THINKING of coaches who absolutely refuse to cooperate with their conference stat keepers. They can't seem to find the time to get the stats in, thereby holding up results for the rest of the schools. That is the kind of tactic that makes some folks wonder about JC football. I'm tired of hearing "we don't believe in individual statistics" blah, blah. If a player has an outstanding game, win or lose, he deserves to be mentioned in the media. Many conferences do a Player of the Week. Many conferences only have a couple of contributors each week. That's strictly small time BS. Take a lesson from the Mission and Western State Conferences in Southern California. Every school contributes. OK, I'm off the soap box.