JC Grid-Wire Weekly Meanderings (10-3-02)

This week we take a look at the amazing class of JC tight ends around the nation. And we ask: What happened to Air Craft at Palomar? Plus we preview the upcoming #1 Fresno vs. #14 San Joaquin Delta match-up, which features two high powered offenses. More individual stats standouts and Did You Know? features. Enjoy!



This year's crop of JC tight ends might be the best we have ever had in terms of numbers and talent. Here is a list of top TEs who will be recruited heavily by major colleges, in alphabetical order.

Lyonel Anderson, ALFRED ST., 6-5, 222;

Ryan Antle, PASADENA, 6-4, 250;

Tommy Briggs, FRESNO, 6-5, 245;

Garrett Cross, BUTTE, 6-5, 220;

Kevin Everett, KILGORE, 6-6, 240;

Fausto Gonzales, CERRITOS, 6-3, 230;

Matt Gravette, SOUTHWESTERN, 6-3, 225;

Ray Gurley, INDEPENDENCE, 6-5, 255;

Sims Kemp, BLINN, 6-5, 230;

Dave Kenner, LACKAWANNA, 6-4, 260;

Jonathan Lyon, SADDLEBACK, 6-6, 250;

Tom Martindale, SANTA BARBARA, 6-6, 255;

Anthony Martinez, HUDSON VALLEY, 6-6, 270;

Brian Miller, CANYONS, 6-6, 235;

Kody Miller, BUTLER COUNTY, 6-3, 250;

Willie Roberts, N.E. OKLAHOMA, 6-7, 240;  

Eddie Whitaker, L.A. VALLEY, 6-4, 242;


For years the Comets have utilized "Air Craft's" passing attacks to dazzle the opposition. This year under Joe Early, Palomar is sticking to a potent ground game. RBs Alex Thompson and Chris Williams have been ball hogs and yardage gulpers, running behind a pair of freshmen OTs, Chris Pino (6-5, 275) and Taylor Schmidt, (6-5, 295) who promise to be something extra special. Against Long Beach, Thompson, 6-0, 207, dashed for 190 yds on 34 carries and Williams, 5-7, 165, 177 in 25. Each had a touchdown.   Schmidt was state high school heavyweight wrestling champion at Escondido HS. Pino, a Samoan who was born at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has about 2 percent body fat, is very athletic, quick and strong. PALOMAR rushed for 356 yds vs. LBCC and are averaging 312 on the ground. Big game this week at EL CAMINO.


Santa Barbara QB Bryan Peterson was sacked 6 times and tossed 3 picks vs. Ventura. Charles Blount, GOLDEN WEST KR/CB, had 9 KORs for 323 yds and a 95-yd TD vs. Pasadena. He also had 8 tackles from his CB position.

JOLIET, behind Lbers Dateme Lay and Mitchell Marshall, held Grand Rapids to just 78 yds rushing and 104 in the air. The pair had 4 sacks of the 7 the Wolves recorded and Lay intercepted his 3rd pass of the season, returning it 59 yds to a TD. REEDLEY held Contra Costa to minus 6 yds rushing and just 141 passing in 52-0 rout. Eighteen Tigers carried the ball and 9 caught passes. SNOW had 12 receivers catch passes vs. Dixie. COFFEYVILLE had the stats, but BUTLER COUNTY won the war 17-14. BC collected just 38 rushing yds and 134 on the ground.


CERRITOS LB Justin Burks had 20 tackles, 12 solo vs. Canyon and came back with 8 & 4 against Fullerton. Also we said Tim Rattay of PASADENA. Nope, Tim is the 49er, John the Lancer.

PIMA trailed SCOTTSDALE 17-3 while playing on their home field at Santa Rita HS in Tucson. The Storm then came back to remain unbeaten by taking a 38-24 verdict. DIXIE, who will host PIMA in a crucial WSFL tilt on Saturday, turned the ball over to Snow on the first 3 possessions, but went on to get 366 rushing (David Hager had 118, and Anthony Parker returned a kickoff 100 yds while adding 70 on the ground. It was fun watching Brad Banks, ex-HINDS QB now at Iowa, and Seneca Wallace, SACRAMENTO/Iowa State, do their thing on TV last weekend.


THAT - Ron Yary, who starred at CERRITOS before joining USC in 1966-67, is the only OUTLAND TROPHY winner from the West Coast? Yary played in two Rose Bowls for the Trojans, was on the 1967 national championship team, was seven-time Pro-Bowler for the Minnesota Vikings, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the NFL HOF several years ago.

THAT – New Carolina Panther head coach, John Fox, played at SOUTHWESTERN in 1973 and '74?

THAT – St. Louis Rams head man, Mike Martz, was the offensive coordinator and QB coach at SANTA ANA in 1978 under head Coach Tim Mills?

THAT – Jerome McDougle, the talented DE for Miami, Florida is a former star at HINDS? McDougle is listed by the Sporting News as the number two NFL prospect among the Big-Three Florida schools, behind teammate DT Williams Joseph.


BUTTE QB Aaron Rodgers, passed for 306 yds and ran for 46 more while accounting for 3 TDs in 48-0 win over Yuba. RB Williams Shoulders chipped in with 16 carries for 111 yds and WR Mark Onibokin caught 7 passes for 180 yds and 2 tallies. BUTTE accumulated 543 yds total offense while holding Yuba to just 106. RB Jermaine Whiten, CERRITOS, ripped off 160 yds in 25 carries vs. FULLERTON. The 308 yds he had the previous week against Canyons broke the school record set by Quion Austin, who had 260 against El Camino in 1996. He has 301 yds in 3 games this season. Emilio Salazar SACRAMENTO QB went 21 of 27 for 362 and 4 TDs and WR Phil Goodman caught 8 for 230 and 3 in win over American River. SCC recorded 7 sacks with Jonathon Shaw and Abraham Unimuke getting 2.5 each. GARDEN CITY LB Marcus West, 6-0, 225, had 9 solo and 6 assists in loss to Butler County. WEST HILLS P Jose Nieto, 6-0, 240, has had 3 drops inside the 5-yd line in his first 13 punts and avg. 43.2. FS LeUndo Adams has been the number one guy on defense for INDEPENDENCE and is among the league leaders in tackles. BUTLER COUNTY is rising to prominence again with a solid defense led by RS Fr LB Lee Foliaki, 17 tackles vs. Garden and had 4 sacks in first 4 games. At the other LB spot is Marcus Lawrence and DB Ricky Thompson form formidable defense for the Grizzlies. OL Aaron Harvey continues to grade out at over 90 percent.

COFFEYVILLE has a pair of gigantic tackles opening holes for Brandon Jacobs, the 6-4, 250 RB being recruited nationwide. Steve Franklin, 6-3, 315 and Paul Soliai, 6-5, 315 get the job done.


Features FRESNO, playing their first away game, against SAN JOAQUIN DELTA. Scoring should not be a problem in this one. DELTA avgs. 59.3 points per game and FRESNO 51.7. DELTA QB Dan Taylor is number three-rated in the state and FRESNO's Mark Hetherington, " Mr. Cool," is 39 of 68 for 635 with 9 TDs and just 1 pick. Last year he had 30 TDs and only 8 interceptions, a ratio admired by college recruiters. Taylor passed for over 2,000 yds last year but was just 15-7 in the TD/Int ratio. Both teams have great receivers. FRESNO's Willie Johnson looks like a future NFL-type, while Deandre Amos and Jomo Wilson are sure-fingered guys for DELTA. The difference could by in the hands of talented Earl Charles, the FCC RB who has 546 yds to his credit after 3 games. It should be a dandy to watch.

TYLER at NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA is a matchup that could decide the Southwest Conf. title. TYLER has that amazing 57-33 thumping of Kilgore on their record, while NEO bounced a good Coffeyville team 27-14. Neither team puts the ball in the air much. That could be a wise decision for NEO since the Apaches have four defenders with 9 picks among them. TYLER's Vincent Brown has an 8.9 ypc with 3 TDs, while NEO's Dupree Jones has cruised for 5.5. The best defense usually wins out in this kind of matchup.


Chijioke Onyenegecha, SAN FRANCISCO CB, who is considered to be almost a sure bet for future NFL play.


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