BOWL AND PLAYOFF LINEUPS AND PREDICTIONS
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (All games listed on this page will be played this weekend)
BULLDOG BOWL Host is College of San Mateo 12 p.m. SEQUOIAS (7-3) vs. SAN MATEO (6-4)
These two met last year with COS squeeking out a 42-40 verdict during the season, then losing 41-39 in this same bowl encounter. So we expect fireworks for sure. Foothill administered a pretty solid thumping to both squads this year, but most of the other games have been shoot-outs. The COS Giants have a plethora of terrific receivers, but can't seem to settle on the QB. The Bulldogs have some great DBs, none to match Woodney Turenne, but more of them, a solid RB in Ryan Faumuina and run for 217 yards per game. This is a tough one to call. We've stuck with COS all year, so one more time. SEQUOIAS 38, SAN MATEO 35
SILICON VALLEY BOWL Host Foothill College 1 p.m. SIERRA (6-4) vs. FOOTHILL (9-1)
This should be a no-brainer favoring the Owls of Foothill, but the way Sierra handled the transition from the Mid-Empire Conference to the Central Valley was very impressive. In fact, the Wolverines knocked off both Sequoias and Fresno. However, we don't believe they will be a match for the aerial show of Josh Riddell to Schneider Julian. Riddell averages nearly 300 yards per game and Julian over 100 on the receiving end. The Owls average 40.8 points, 466.9 yards and had 14 interceptions. Zach Walker is a hard-runner for Sierra gaining right around the 1,000 yard mark. FOOTHILL 41, SIERRA 28
STATE CENTER BOWL Host Reedley College 1 pm SANTA ROSA (9-1) vs. REEDLEY (6-3)
Unless Keith Simons' troops are too ticked after being passed up for the Northern Calif. title game, the Bear Cubs should win this one. Make no mistake, Reedley can score behind the passing of Drew Branch and all-around play of Jose Garcia, but SRJC is loaded with talent. They average 369 yards per game through the air, probably because it is faster to the end zone. Fr. QB Greg Alexander has awesome stats headed by 24 TDs and just 6 INTs. His backup Mark Gray is darned good too. Aubrey Quarles has nearly 1,000 yards receiving and DJ Sexton 800. DL Steve Stutsman, 6-3, 240, is a stud as is Kao Misi. SANTA ROSA 45, REEDLEY 31
GRAFFITI BOWL Host Modesto Jr. College, 1 pm LANEY (8-2) vs. MODESTO (7-3)
MODESTO, behind the arm of Chad Draper and the receiving of Roman Penirian and Jamie January, averages 245 per game in the air. LANEY uses a more subdued route featuring the bull rushes of Frank Summers and darting Jerome Tarver, but Matt Dardenna gets 202 stripes per game passing too. Another tough call. Ivesism says "when in doubt take home team." MODESTO 24, LANEY 17
EAST COUNTY BOWL Host Los Medanos College, 1 pm SISKIYOUS (6-4) vs. DIABLO VALLEY (7-3)
SISKIYOUS Eagles ended up the season with 4 straight wins including 20-10 over Sacramento's bowl team. DVC got stronger and stronger winning the final five, with a knack for winning the close ones. SS James Francis, DE Anthony Wilson and CB T.J. Taylor spark a tough "D" that picked off 17 enemy passes. The Eagles rely on a strong running game. DIABLO VALLEY 27, SISKIYOUS 14
BUTTE COLLEGE CENTURY HOLIDAY BOWL @ Butte College, 12 MONTEREY (9-1) VS. YUBA (5-5)
Last year we questioned what a 5-5 Yuba team was doing in a bowl game. They promptly took Hartnell to OT before losing 37-34. The 49ers are blessed with a terrific WR in Marcus Allen (recognize the name?) who has caught passes for right around 1,000 yards. He led the state with 1,140 yards last year. RB Tavara Pressley is a 1,000-yarder for the Lobos, so it might be pretty even although this is one of the COA's dreaded rematches. MPC winning 14-10 in the opener. MONTEREY 17, YUBA 10
NOTE: Stay tuned for the Glendale vs. Santa Ana bowl preview; we'll post that separately real soon! The game is at 5pm on 11/18 at Glendale.
NATIONAL BOWL Host Saddleback College, 5 pm PALOMAR (6-4) vs. SADDLEBACK (10-0)
Looks like a mismatch at first glance, but the Comets have been hotter than a 2-dollar pistol lately and that 42-7 swamping of Mt. SAC still lingers as a warning. Iowa State transfer, Mark Lorenzen, 6-5, 220, has been packing the Comets on his back all year and can do it again. He is the team's leading runner and, of course, a superb passer. With that said, Saddleback is a team without any noticeable flaws. To pick against them is suicide. P.T. Gates may have a gear he hasn't even found yet and he's scored 114 points. QB Nick Nelson has already said "yes" to Colorado. LB Brad Rife is a terror. RB Andrew Nakihei is greased lightning. Put it all together and the Gauchos are smelling National Championship. SADDLEBACK 42, PALOMAR 28
GOLDEN EMPIRE BOWL Host Bakersfield College, 3 pm CITRUS (7-3) vs. BAKERSFIELD (9-1)
No. 2 seed vs. No. 7. Each won their division of the Western State Conf. The Renegades ran into a Saddleback buzzsaw back in September, 47-21, but have not faltered since. Fr. QB Cody Stone took over and the offense started to jell. JR Rogers is a sprinter in halfback's clothes. TJ Lee is one of the finest WRs in the state. Curtis Cornelson a really good ILB. CITRUS lost to El Camino and Mt. SAC in the first 2 games and Canyons in the middle, but proved to be the class of the South. QB Brian Waggener, said to have committed to Florida, must have the game of his life for the Owls to compete in this one. BAKERSFIELD 42, CITRUS 17
SO. CALIF. BOWL @ Grossmont College 1 pm VICTOR VALLEY (9-1) vs. GROSSMONT (9-1)
3RD Seed vs. 6th seed, but it's still an intra-conference game, just like the two above. And this one is a rematch. The Griffins gave Victor Valley their only loss 16-7 back on Oct. 21. Both squads are dynamite defenders, allowing 5.6 points per game for GC and 6.4 for VV. Terry Mixon at CB has already committed to ASU and the Griffs are deep at every position. QB is a freshman and a bit "iffy" but VVC has one also. Jahan Jones averages 24.7 yards per catch for the Rams and is sure one to watch. The feisty Rams might pull one off, but GC has come back so strong from opening loss to Mt. SAC. GROSSMONT 17, VICTOR VALLEY 10
AMERICAN BOWL Host El Camino College 6 pm MOORPARK (9-1) vs. EL CAMINO (8-2)
But for an 8-point turnover, 3 in OT vs. Mt. San Antonio and 5 last Sat. night, EL CAMINO's Warriors would be unbeaten. QB Boo Jackson came along to start the last 5 games and if he sticks around should be something extra special next season. WR Kayne Farquharson is a serious D1 prospect along with Sifa Moala at center, LB Vanu Tuihalamaka and RB J.J. Bass. Cameron Merrill is the "gun" for the Raiders showing 129 of 215 for 1,723-17-8 stats. WR Tony Washington is the "real deal," catching 47 for 810 and 9 TDs, 17.2 yards per catch. Only flaw in the MP ointment was Bakersfield, 41-10. We like the Raiders, but figure EL CAMINO 31, MOORPARK 24
U.S. BANK BEACH BOWL @ Santa Monica 4 pm ORANGE COAST (7-3) vs. MT. SAN ANTONIO (8-2)
Two outstanding defenses clash in this one. OCC was looking good until Golden West pulled off a 20-13 upset. You could say the same about MSAC and then along came Palomar to whip them 42-7. Go figure. Mounties WR Travis Lee, is big-time, can catch and run in the open field superbly. The Bucs are a scrappy lot behind SS Chris Assily and DT Winter Welz. Both offenses are shakey, to be kind. That GW loss throws us, so we'll take MT. SAN ANTONIO 16, ORANGE COAST 14
GRAPHIC EDGE BOWL, Unidome, IOWA CENTRAL (8-2) vs. JOLIET (7-3) 10 am.
ICCC has a solid running game led by Steve Harper and OL Brad Clayton. If it comes to kicking Brandon Burden can hold his own against Steve Ivanisevic of JC. The Wolves also have a fine brace of ends in Anthony Clark and Brian Miles, but rely more on running of Fr. Anthony Stewart. This is another famous rematch, like there aren't enough winners to go around, and IC won at Joliet 18-13. We will have to stick with the Iowans on this one. IOWA CENTRAL 24, JOLIET 17
SECOND GAME at 1 pm GRAND RAPIDS (8-2) vs. NORTH IOWA (7-3)
GRCC has a fine Fr. QB in Brad Trevino, solid RB in Khalfani Rice and outstanding DB in Nick Thompson. The Trojans counter with Conf. MVP Ben Alford at QB. CB Anthony Cullom was the defensive MVP. NIAC won first time them met 39-25. The Raiders don't do well on the road so we will stick with NORTH IOWA 34, GRAND RAPIDS 24
Hank's peerless predictions weren't especially peerless in 2005 going 15-6. Must mention hitting Dixie 35, Garden City 31 right on the nose, however. In the bazillion years he has been pickin' and prayin' his overall record is 267-136-6 for a 0.662 mark.
PLAYOFF RESULTS TO DATE:
TEXAS: Blinn 42, Cisco 7; Kilgore 14, N.E. Oklahoma 12; Blinn 20, Kilgore 14 in OT
KANSAS: Butler 42, Garden City 7; Fort Scott 21, Coffeyville 6; Butler 28, Fort Scott 14
MINNESOTA: Vermilion 33, Minn. West 7; Rochester 22, Northland 14; Vermilion 30, Rochester 0
MIDWEST: Grand Rapids 21, Harper 14; Joliet 28, Rock Valley 6; Grand Rapids 24, Joliet 21 OT; North Iowa 20, Iowa Central 19
LITTLE THIS-N-THAT AS SPACE WILL ALLOW
No other NJCAA bowl games wrapped up at press time for us. Will have a complete rundown and predictions next week. ANNUAL J.C. GRID-WIRE ALL-AMERICAN TEAM will be announced on November 28. Which reminds me to remind J.C. COACHES, DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR BALLOTS BACK. Earlier the better.
LACKAWANNA coach Mark Duda has his ballot already saying, "Antoine Holmes (6-4, 270 DE) had 10 sacks and 75 tackles and is the most physically dominant DE I have ever seen in JC football." Duda's team plays GLENDALE in the VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL. SIERRA outgained SEQUOIAS rushing 17 to 16 and passing 271 to 259. BUTTE stopped CCSF's Tyreece Jacks and the running game, but couldn't slow down the passes. FRESNO's Fr. QB McKinson Souverain, 6-1, 190, was voted MVP offense on the Valley Conf. team. New name for Fresno's Grizzlies Stadium – Chuckchansi Park, named for a nearby Indian casino/resort, will be the site of the California State JC football championship game. Maurice Morris, FRESNO, and Seneca Wallace, SACRAMENTO, are playing great in backup roles for the Seahawks.