THE J.C. GRID-WIRE NOTEBOOK
By Hank Ives
Picking the offensive and defensive Players of the Week in the WSFL this time around had to be easy. Phoenix RB Timmy House, a 5-10, 220-pound freshman, rambled for 206 yards and scored 4 TDs, but alas, the Bears lost to Eastern Arizona 41-38. PC also had the special teams guy, kicker Treg Jeffrey, who booted a 57-yard field goal. On the defensive side it was easy to pick Glendale's freshman safety, Myron Beck, a 6-0, 200-pounder, who merely intercepted three passes and returned two for TDs and made five solo tackles with four assists. All in a 30-28 win over Scottsdale.
Mark McElroy's Saddleback eleven had its problems winning the 300th game in school history, 38-35 over upset-minded Long Beach, but freshman QB Brian Shrock unloaded 21 of 31 passes for 324 yards, all in the second half, and ran 13 times for 63 yards, to pull it off. The Gauchos were hampered by a slew of fumbles and no doubt McElroy is telling his charges they will have to play better Sat. night against an opportunistic 3-0 Fullerton
I don't believe that coach Tim Hatten figured his Pearl River eleven would lose a game this season. "Best defensive team I’ve had," cited Hatten. The Wildcats traveled to Perkinston last Thursday night and dropped a hard fought 24-17 decision to Gulf Coast.
All of the Mississippi games were played in driving rainstorms brought on by Hurricane Humberto. In fact the whole season has been wet and soggy to date. Northwest played its first-ever triple overtime and defeated Holmes 19-13. Gulf Coast has terrific offensive and defensive lines with solid returnees, headed by DT Terrence Cody, just a little fella at 6-5, 375 pounds. Hinds, Jones County, and Itawamba remain unbeaten in the Miss. Conference along with Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Butler has started out 4-0 and has shut out the last three opponents. It would appear that unless Jeff Leiker can get his Coffeyville gang untracked, Butler will go unbeaten in conference play. Yeah, yeah, I know it's early, but can anyone offer a solid disagreement?
Speaking of Fullerton, the Hornets managed to down Santa Ana 20-18, in the 85th renewal of their ancient rivalry. Just imagine, Santa Ana's overall lead for games played dating back to 1916, is now just 41-40.
Major upsets this past weekend included: Erie 20, Nassau 13; Fresno 19, CCSF 16, since they have been trying for so long without success to beat CCSF. Victor Valley 33 at Chaffey 26 in OT; Golden West 22-20 over Cerritos in OT; and Fort Scott 10, Coffeyville 7
Cory Lekkerkerker, former Chaffey All-American, was released by San Diego's Chargers in their last roster cut.
Kevin Craft is a nifty passer for Mt. San Antonio, but during the loss to Palomar, the son of Mounties offensive coordinator Tom Craft, suffered heat prostration and had to take a trip to a nearby hospital. Trailing 28-16 at halftime, the Mounties scored a late TD with less than 2 minutes remaining to make it close, 31-23. Last year Palomar traveled to Walnut late in the season and did a 42-7 number on the Mounties. I figured MSAC might be looking for revenge down south this season, but they looked and didn't find.
SOMETHING YOU MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN: Fred Dryer, star of the long-playing "Hunter" series and a former All-American at El Camino, is the only NFL player to tally two safeties in one day. He turned the trick for the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 21, 1973 against Green Bay.
CHECKING THE STREAKS
WINNING: Blinn has won 15 in a row. Lackawanna 12. Santa Rosa 8, Butler and Yuba 7, Snow and Foothill 6.
LOSING: Marin is at 38 losses and counting. Pima 20. Holmes 10, East LA and Hartnell 8, San Jose 7.
NEW COACHES IN THE J C RANKS THIS YEAR
There are 22 new head JC coaching positions being filled this season throughout the United States. California has 11 coaches taking over for the first time and 11 doing the same from the NJCAA ranks, plus three new schools.
CALIFORNIA: Perry Jehlicka takes over at Antelope Valley for Brent Carder, who retired after 37 years with a 187-183-6 record. Don Dillon hung 'em up at Americn River, replaced by Gerry Haflich. Chuck Lyon went to AD duties at Canyons, replaced by Garrett Tujague. Lyon finished his coaching career with 89 wins 20 losses. Bill Garrison took over for Steve Cox at Cabrillo. Mike Darr replaced Ralph DePew at Diablo Valley. Rob Cushman left Feather River and was replaced by Tony Simi. Doug Boyett moved up as head man at Foothill after Marshall Sherbeck became head coach at Sacramento State. Matt Collins is the new guy at Hartnell for Larry Souza. Efrain Martinez is at L.A. Pierce replacing Kevin Moore and Casey Mazzotta moved over from assistant at Fullerton to head man at Mt. San Jacinto replacing Ed Carberry, who is now the head coach at Southwestern, replacing Jan Chapman. Jon Mack is new at the Ventura College helm after setting the prep world on fire at St. Bonaventure. And finally, Jeff Tisdel returned to the HC spot at Sierra, a position held last year by Ed Eaton. Tisdel had a year off basically.
ON THE NJCAA side of the ledger Lucas Aslin takes the Garden City reins as J.J. Eckert moved over to Kilgore. Mike Beagle left North Dakota School of Science in favor of Highland, Kans. and Chuck Parsons replaced him at NDSCS. Rion Rhoades moved over from Fort Scott, where he was head man for a year, to take the seat at Hutchinson and Jeff Sims grabbed the position at Fort Scott. Ray Woodard for Chuck Lawrence at Navarro. Brad Smiley for Mark Sartain at Trinity Valley and Danny Palmer for Jeff Critchlow at Tyler. The only change in Mississippi finds Danny Robertson replacing Hugh Shurden at Holmes. Mickey Bell took over for Joe Kersting at Glendale, Az. Up in Minnesota, Greg Medeck is the new head honcho at Central Lakes;
GEORGE RUSH TOPS THE LIST OF ACTIVE WINNINGEST JC COACHES
George Rush, CC San Francisco, 278-76-0, 30 years
Frank Mazzotta, Cerritos, 182 –116-6, 29 years
James Bittner, Moorpark, 187-104-6, 28 years
John Featherstone, El Camino, 166-72-2, 22 years
John Anselmo, Nassau, 139-74-0, 16 years
Van Boschetti, Los Medanos, 119-126-2, 24 years
Michael White, Reedley, 117-137-0, 26 years
Lloyd Danzeisen, Minnesota State, 106-107-1, 24 years
Henry Washington, L.A. Southwest, 106-134-4, 23 years
Mark Duda, Lackawanna, 101-37-0, 13 years
Tony Caviglia, Fresno/Chabot, 92-28-0, 11 years
Carl Beach, Chaffey, 91-28-0, 11 years
John Cicuto, Glendale, 91-84-2, 18 years
Larry Owens, San Mateo, 87-67-2, 15 years
Tony Lewis, Merced, 85-101-1, 18 years
Jeff Leiker, Coffeyville/Garden City, 84-30-0, 11 years
Kevin Twait, Iowa Central, 84-33-0, 11 years
Keith Simons, Santa Rosa, 79-39-0, 11 years
Troy Morrell, Butler, 73-10-0, 7 years
Gene Murphy, Fullerton, 73-71-2, 14 years
Jay Miller, Itawamba, Delta, 72-56-0, 14 years
Robert Taylor, Santa Monica, 67-70-1, 13 years
Mark McElroy, Saddleback, 60-29-0, 8 years
Bert Williams, Georgia Military, 58-17-0, 7 years
Jeff Linder, Minnesota West, 50-48-0, 11 years
Jeff Tisdel, Sierra, 52-13-0, 6 years.
Leaving the board after last season were: Brent Carder, Antelope Valley, 187-183-6, 37 years; Joe Kersting, 115-45-2, 16 years; Marshall Sperbeck, Foothill, 104-53-0, 15 years; Steve Cox, Cabrillo, 85-78-0, 17 years; Chuck Lawrence, Navarro, 72-83-0, 15 years.