JC Notebook 9/26/07

I spent part of last Saturday at the Mt. SAC / El Camino contest. Penalty-ridden, mistake-prone, pass-happy, hard-hitting, are adjectives that would certainly fit the El Camino-Mt. San Antonio contest on a raid-sodden field. This game had just about everything in it. Could have done without the 37 penalties (19 by El Camino), however.

Man they slow a game down big time. Five personal fouls were bad news. Center snaps over QB and punters’ heads claimed by both teams. There were some serious tackles probably still being felt.  Long runs, long pass plays. It didn't take long for the center of the field to get torn up following the downpour in the first period. El Co jumped to an early 12-0 lead. After that they just traded scores. Coming down to the finals seconds of the game, the Mounties driving under the slick quarterbacking of Kevin Craft. I thought to myself, if Mt. SAC connects on the winning TD on the last play of the game, ala Bakersfield, coach Feather might indeed flip out. However, the final pass drifted over the end zone and game ends 31-26, reversing last year’s 39-42 loss in OT.

Random notes: Sequoias TE Maurice Graham, 6-5, 285, played the full game with his wrist in a cast and caught six passes for 75 yards and a TD. QB Arkelon Hall had 271 yards on 23 of 38, with two TDs, but had a pair of scores, 70 and 40 yards called back on penalties. Six of his receivers were freshmen with Graham the only soph.

Arkansas Baptist is getting the usual thumping from foes while wading through its first year of competition. RB Mike Harris ran for 134 yards on 29 carries in the loss to N.E. Oklahoma.

Santa Rosa All-American Aubrey Quarles broke his collarbone near the end of a 28-7 win over Yuba and appears out for the season. Quarles was burning up the stat pages with his multiple receptions, yards and runbacks. Good thing QB Greg Alexander didn’t go down. He left the game earlier after hitting on 30 of 58 for 281 and just two TDs.

San Bernardino Valley had 21 penalties and Grossmont 17, yet managed a 27-25 huge upset. Golden West free safety Patrick Tafua, 6-1, 195, is a lad who "does it all."  He is a dominant force in the Rustlers defense every game. Xavier Glenn of College of DuPage seems to have the lead among return guys. After four games he had six kickoff returns for 251 yards and three TDs and ten punt returns for 153. Freshman Alonzo Adams' 85 yard punt return provided the winning TD for Tyler in 29-23 win over Cisco. Garden City punter Cameron Kenney had three punts for a 58.3 average vs. Dodge City.

For those who were wondering how Fresno pulled off that 19-16 upset of San Francisco two Saturdays ago, just figure FCC coach Tony Caviglia had a pocket full of four-leaf clovers. CCSF had 503 total yards to 206 and the Rams scored on a 90-yard fumble return and a 26-yard interception. "Our quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli, has a lot of talent, strong arm, smart kid, but just doesn’t have experience," said CCSF head man, George Rush. He hadn’t played competitively for three years (greyshirt and redshirt years at CCSF). "I give Fresno all the credit, they did the job." Rush still feels that this year's Rams squad is as good as any he has had.

For those who forgot.  Now that the California Angels have clinched the American League Western Division, it is time to remind readers that affable Twinks hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher, is a former JC football star.  He played end for Mesa College in Arizona and made the honorable mention AA squad in 1974 before nailing down first team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honors in 1975.

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