JC Grid-Wire Weekly Meanderings (9-17-02)

Every week JC Grid-Wire gives you a little "This-N-That" and asks, "Did you know?" This week we look at the nation's longest winning and losing streaks; look back to 25 years ago in the Grid-Wire; rundown last weekend's amazing special teams and defensive plays; and tell you some interesting facts about a few of that nation's top players.



THAT SNOW COLLEGE DE Sitveni Tuivai, was a member of the Tonga Rugby team before departing for Utah to play football for the Badgers?

THAT WR Willie Johnson, FRESNO's fine 6-5, 205, was voted the Most Valuable Player  for the Central Valley Conference in basketball?   What an athlete.  In last week's game against Sacramento, Willie caught 3 touchdown passes from QB Mark Hetherington, adding up to 4 catches for 109 yards and TDs of 37, 50 and 6 yards.

THAT Mickey Hatcher, hitting coach of the Anaheim Angels, is a former J.C. GRID-WIRE All-American.  He played a great end for MESA CC (Arizona). And he did the punting.  Mickey later went on to start for the Oklahoma Sooners.  He might be a tad larger than his 6-1, 180-pound playing days at MCC, but he is doing a great job with the Angels, who are leading the American League in hitting.



  • San Francisco – 37
  • Georgia Military – 15
  • Joliet – 13
  • Jones County – 12
  • College of the Canyons – 10


  • LA Pierce – 11
  • Itasca – 11
  • College of the Desert – 9
  • New Mexico Military – 8
  • Minnesota West - 8                        

COAHOMA ended a lengthy 24-game losing streak with their 13-3 victory over Copiah-Lincoln last weekend and KILGORE's 13-game winning streak came to an end with their 57-33 loss at the hands of TYLER.  Oddly, Kilgore defeated the Apaches 3 times last year, the only losses suffered by TJC.  Their series now stands at 33-33-2.


Here's a quick recap.

James Norris, L.A. VALLEY, carried 5 times for 43 yards, caught 7 passes for 49, returned a punt 51-yards for a TD, and 4 kickoffs for 107 yards. 

SADDLEBACK KR Chris Smith 5-7, 170, took a 2nd half kickoff 100 yards to score and DB Jonathan Moon, 5-8, 165, Fr., went 78-yards on a punt return for a TD. 

SOUTHWESTERN WR Chad Donaldson, 5-11, 170, was credited with an 81-yard PR and score. 

Chris Carlisle of SACRAMENTO reeled off a 79-yard punt return for a score vs. FRESNO that was soon matched by the Rams' Rodney Woods, who returned a kickoff 85 yards to paydirt. 

REEDLEY WR Bryant Stewart caught 7 passes for 162 yards and a pair of scores and then added a

42-yard kick return for another tally vs. Antelope Valley.

NASSAU's only scores in a 46-9 shocking loss to Erie were a 93-yard fumble return by Enshaun Turner and 93 yard return of blocked PAT by Terrell Wilson. 

CHAFFEY got a 28-7 lead in the 3rd quarter when Robert Faulkner took the kickoff 96 yards into the endzone vs. Mt. SAC. 

SANTA MONICA WR Jahlamb Sinclair a 100-yard return with a kickoff in 20-7 triumph over Desert.

HUTCHINSON's Jon Andrews returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score vs. Highland.


Did the horde of red-decked BAKERSFIELD fans know some inside secrets about their team?  Only 4,698 showed up for their fracas with CERRITOS, which figured to be a dandy from the git-go. The Renegades used to draw 8,000 to 10,000 fans to their games weekly.  On the other hand, the 4,600 was probably tops in the country last weekend.

NOTE TO MYSELF:  Ask Bill Fisk, the MT. SAN ANTONIO coach, if his QB Adam Ernst is related to Mike Ernst, who was a heck of a passer at CERRITOS a bunch of years ago.  And also, what happened to Erik Garcia, the 6-0, 190-pound QB who had a great season at EAST L.A. in 1999, left after one season for the University of Arizona but never played and turned up on the Mounties' campus this summer?  My guess is that Erik is not eligible. 

ROCHESTER piled up 515 yards against Itasca with 5-10, 188-pound RB Lontrell Nealy scoring 3 times on 10 carries for 116 yards. Their other RB Quonian Bowen, 6-0, 211, scored once and was 14-133.

Clint Womack, GROSSMONT's fine QB circa 2000, was accorded Division IAA Player of the Week honors for leading Northern Arizona to a 40-14 win over Sam Houston State.  Womack was 28 of 36 for 343 and 4 TDs.  He earned J.C. GRID-WIRE SCHOLAR/ATHLETE honors that year.


Seven teams ranked in the Top-20 met defeat the third week of the JC season.  The Jones County Bobcats (Miss.) were in first-place, followed by Fullerton, El Camino, Mesa and San Joaquin Delta.  Pasadena, the team that ultimately won the J.C. Grid-Wire Championship, was back in 12th place. 

ORANGE COAST coach Dick Tucker won his 200th game on the high school and JC level.

Junior Rose Bowl tickets were already on sale.  (The Los Angeles Times had resurrected the fabled junior college game as part of its community and charity activity.) 

George Rush took over as head coach at SAN FRANCISCO, for Dutch Elston.

REDWOODS dropped a 14-10 decision to Hartnell, which ended a 19-game winning streak. 

ARIZONA WESTERN was preparing to meet ANTELOPE VALLEY the following week. 

UNDER THE HEADING ‘BIG GUYS" … OT Eric Holt, 6-5, 260, SPOKANE FALLS; OL Randy Tidwell, 6-3, 235, GLENDALE; MOORPARK had OT Rick Bradley, 6-2, 245 and Mike Jones, 6-4, 240;  HUTCHINSON claimed OL Steve Orendac OL, at 6-2, 240; HASKELL INSTITUTE, where a player had to be 25% Native American, had OT Virgil Carty, 6-2, 245.  These guys would be linebacker size nowadays. 

James Wilder was running wild at N.E. OKLAHOMA, bagging 200 yards and 4 TDs against Hutchinson, on his way to the pros.  All-American to be, Leroy King of BLINN, was tearing up Texas.  DIXIE's Larry Heater was scoring like crazy, and COFFEYVILLE's Mike Long hurled 3 TD passes vs. Highland.  GROSSMONT won the Joe Roth Memorial Game by beating Antelope Valley 13-10.  Defensive lineman Gary Talanoa and LB Scott Carter were sparking defensive efforts for EL CAMINO and FULLERTON respectively.  It's fun to look back now and then.


HISTORIAN HARRY FRYE comes up with another well-hidden stat.  Hal Sherbeck coached more teams that won or tied their conference championships than any other mentor.  He had his FULLERTON Hornets on top 16 times.  Ken Swearingen won 15 titles: 3 at EL CAMINO and 12 at SADDLEBACK.  Al Baldock won 14 at his assorted stops (HANCOCK 2, SEQUOIAS 2, TAFT 10), tying him with Lyle Smith at BOISE JC. 

George Rush can put another notch in his record machine if he wins the new conference championship.  (Most pundits will say when, not if). He is currently deadlocked with two other coaches in the matter of winning CONSECUTIVE titles.  Rush, SAN FRANCISCO; Bob MacDougall, DUPAGE ‘89-96/JOLIET ‘00-01; and Smith won 10 in a row.

MacDougall, by the way, can match Rush.  He is active again after a short retirement and his Joliet Wolves are currently 3-0 and look good in the Illinois Conference (N4C).

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