JC Notebook 9-11-07

What an incredible, yet typical contest, Bakersfield 33, El Camino 31. Here are a few observations of mine from Saturday's battle in Bakersfield. An announced crowd of 5,250 fans (I thought there were more like 8,500) were on their feet as the Renegades drove down the field in the closing seconds.

With just three ticks remaining, Jacob Bower – formerly of BYU – calmly stepped back and tossed a 10-yard floater into the corner to Seth Damron for the winning tally. This was a quarterback duel. Warriors’ sophomore QB Boo Jackson passed for 301 yards and two TDs, yet saw these impressive figures surpassed by Bower’s 340 yards and 4 scores.

Too darned many penalties called. Sometimes you just want to ask the refs to let the kids play.

Four great pass catchers were on display. Corey Surrency and Verran Tucker (already verballed to California) for the Warriors and Brandon Banks and Attrail Snipes for the Gades. Recruiters are after these lads big time. Banks is just 5-9, 170, but he can fly, juke and run over cornerbacks. Now that Jeff Chudy’s lads have disposed of Reedley and Elco, my opinion is that no Western State Conference foe will beat them. Let the playoffs begin. We’ll see.

Featherstone’s challenge at Elco will be to keep his Warriors’ daubers up and to beat the likes of Palomar, Mt. SAC and Saddleback and not let down this week against a pretty good Riverside eleven. Yep, this game was well worth the long ride over the Grapevine.

MAJOR GAMES ON TAP THIS WEEK: Mt. San Antonio @ Palomar, 1pm; San Joaquin Delta @ Santa Rosa, 1pm; Fresno @ San Francisco 2pm; Pearl River @ Gulf Coast, Thurs; These four will cause some re-positioning in next week’s rankings.

HOW SAD:  Former Kilgore tight end, Kevin Everett, is in a Buffalo hospital fighting for his very life after sustaining serious spinal injuries in the Bills game against Denver. Everett showed a great deal of promise at Kilgore, earning third team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honors before going to Miami, Fla. and then to the Buffalo Bills. News from the physicians treating Everett was somewhat better today (9/11) as they believe he may walk again. Perhaps a miracle. Our second team All-American RB from last year, Matt Asiata, Snow, sustained an injury playing in the season opener for Utah and is lost for the season.

Arizona Western might have been a bit overrated, or Mesa and Scottsdale are better than some folks thought. The surprise of the WSFL to date could be Eastern Arizona after the Gila Monsters stung Glendale 21-13 last weekend. Snow is still the team to beat, however. Question answered: Yep, the ever elusive Keauntea Bankhead, a very fine defensive back who last played at Dixie in 2005, is now on the Western roster. At one time he was an All-American prepster from Washington.

FULLERTON AND SANTA ANA have met on the gridiron no less than 84 times since a scoreless tie in 1916. After all this time, and 64 consecutive games, Santa Ana holds a very slim 41-39 margin with 4 ties. The Dons will host the Hornets Saturday evening at 6pm in game number 85. Keep an eye on FCC’s end Marquis Avery, a 6-4, 190-pounder.
He caught 15 passes for 161 yards and 3 TDs setting a new school record in their 32-31 comeback win over Canyons. Santa Ana has a good one too in Matt Cardenas, 6-1, 185, who grabbed six passes for 124 yards in the Dons’ loss to Glendale.

MORE NOTES:  Don’t even stop to think if Kevin Craft will wonder who to root for Sat. afternoon when his Mt. San Antonio Mounties take on Palomar in Escondido. Craft, the son of former Palomar/San Diego State head coach, Tom Craft, is QB for MSAC and his dad the offensive coordinator. In days gone by the younger Craft was the ball boy for the Comets. He hit on 28 of 35 for 392 yards and 6 TDs last week against outmanned Mt. San Jacinto after producing similar numbers versus Victor Valley in the opener. Palomar might be more prone to rushing these days having set a school record of 471 against Grossmont last Saturday. A freshman, Leilyon Myers (former UW Husky signee; nonqualifier), 6-0, 205, gained 227 of them with TD runs of 9, 24 and 38 yards. Good thing DE Magnum Mauga had a big day with 12 solo tackles for Grossmont, or the score might have been worse than 42-56. Griffins QB Blake Sutton looked considerably better after getting thrashed around by El Camino the previous week. He completed 33 of 46 passes for 393 yards and 3 TDs. The 33 completions was a school record. Previous record was 30 held by Jordan Adams in ‘04 and Brian Hasey ’98.

CISCO’S ATHLETIC Jocques Crawford, started the season as a pre-season All-American at defensive back, but already has been switched to running back where he gained 1,000 yards in 2006. Last week, in a 35-27 win over Air Force JV, Crawford lugged the pigskin 40 times for 188 yards and three scores. Itawamba’s Tyson Lee, who was second on our pre-season AA at QB is in rare form. He went 23 of 36 for 318 yards and 2 TDs last week vs. Copiah-Lincoln and was 30 for 43 for 229 in the opener vs. Southwest. Itawamba remains among six teams sporting 2-0 records in the Miss. Conf.
David Pittman, the third Pittman to play at Pasadena, is having a remarkable year so far. In the 53-27 win over Southwestern he connected on 32 of 43 passes for 414 yards, five TDs and ran for two more.

A rumor swirling about the JCFootball.com web site says that Fresno head coach Tony Caviglia was T-boned the day before the ballgame Saturday. His car was destroyed, but apparently Tony came through it OK. Andy Siegel, Sequoias offensive coordinator, had to miss the Reedley game to be with his wife following the birth of their child.

Kevin’s list of Top Performances for the past weekend covers the entire country and is huge. If you are a coach and your conference does not keep stats or pick Players of the Week, just give Kevin a quick email (kevin@jcfootball.com) on Sunday or Monday with quick stats and get your guys included. Along those lines:  If your local or metropolitan papers are not giving you any/enough coverage, take the time to call the sports editor and tell him that is why you subscribe to his paper. Newspapers are struggling and losing ground to computerism, so they should cooperate. Even the big ones are worried. Have the team moms make a call too. That will impress the SE.

Looks as though George Rush has found a replacement for Zac Lee at QB. Jeremiah Masoli has led CCSF to a pair of wins by going 31 of 51 for 524 yards and a pair of scores. Austin Curran, a 6-0, 215 running back has gained 169 yards on 27 carries.

ON STREAKS:  Hutchinson’s losing string ended at 13 with a 35-12 triumph over Highland. The win gave Rion Rhoades, who had so much success last year at Fort Scott, his first victory at HCC.

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