Anyone else getting tired of the constant break in play while the men in stripes walk off five-, ten-, 15-yard penalties? Two of the games I watched over the past two weekends ended with 38 and 29 penalties. Both accounted for well over 200 yards. Oh, nice 96-yard kick return Marcus. Too bad it comes back because of a penalty. That's what happened to Pasadena's Marcus Anderson for the second week in a row as the Lancers and Palomars piled up gobs of penalties.
On the good side, Pasadena proved they should be taken seriously with their 54-14 pounding of the Comets. QB David Pittman can play any place on the next level, but of course he doesn't fit the 6-3, 215 physical mold. He is just 5-11, 190, faster than a blink, with a strong, accurate arm. By halftime he had the PCC passing record broken with 451 yards, finishing a few minutes later 28 of 38 for 481 and six TDs. This, mind you, against unbeaten Palomar, a team with wins over the likes of Grossmont, Mt. SAC, and Riverside. He throws a bunch of short passes to the outside to David Reed and Anderson and just about the time the cornerback inches up a couple of notches they fly down the sideline and he hits them on the dead run. He connected with Anderson (7 catches for 166 yards) on an 86-yard strike and came back with an 87-yarder to Reed, who nailed 8 for 196.
The Lancer defense appeared to be a whole lot better than in recent years, especially at CB where Santa Monica transfer, Terrell Carr, grabs everything colored pig. He earned two interceptions for 76 yards, lugged a fumble to the end zone for 44 yards and made six solo tackles. PCC has a state-leading 26 sacks and 13 interceptions to date.
Even though the Lancers are the only unbeaten team in the rugged Mission Conference, it's way too early to be making playoff plans with Mt. SAC, Saddleback, Riverside, Santa Ana and Cerritos looming in the weeds, but this is a team to watch.
RUSHING RECORDS MAY BE BROKEN. Jocques Crawford, a well built 6-0, 210-pound Cisco DB/RB, has accumulated 1,052 yards rushing on 150 carries and 10 touchdowns in just four games. The season opener found him playing defensive back for coach John Parchman, who declared he would remain there only if other potential running backs did not measure up. They apparently did not and he has been piling up the yardage ever since, including a 328-yard burst against Trinity Valley, tops among JC backs this year. The season record for yards gained by a JC back belongs to Rodrick Johnson, who played for Dixie in 1996 when he compiled 2,338 yards on 353 carries. Crawford, from Memphis, Tenn., gained 1,070 on 225 attempts last season. Cisco only has four more regular season games, but the Ives theory is to count the first playoff contest making it a 10-game season similar to that played by 90 percent of the JCs.
NAPKIN NOTES. A change in the coaches standings puts affable Larry Owens over the 100-win mark at San Mateo. He picked it up in the season opener, a 34-18 victory over American River and now has 104 wins. Tony Caviglia, Fresno, and John Cicuto, Glendale, will be the next JC coaches to surpass the century mark in wins
Lackawanna's national-best 14-game winning streak came to a screeching halt last weekend when Nassau won 33-21. Santa Rosa now has the longest victory skein at nine, followed by Butler with eight and Foothill with seven. On the losing side, Marin had to forfeit last weekend to Cabrillo because their roster was down to about 20 players. Marin has dropped 40 straight games. Pima is next with 25 straight losses.
Leonard Mason, a 5-11, 210-pound D1 prospect after gaining 1,010 yards last season for Citrus, has missed the first five games with a broken foot.
Palomar was clouted by the injury jinx for Pasadena. QB Hunter Wanket hurt his shoulder vs. MSAC, then tweaked it in practice and was lost by halftime. Ace LB Mike Bethea went down and a starting DL didn't even dress. However, Saturday they might not have won if they had Lorenzen at QB.
Itawamba freshman defensive end Pernell McPhee, 6-4, 225, of Pahokee, Fla, set a school record with 5.5 sacks and 4 quarterback pressures in a 23-13 come-from-behind victory over Northeast. Navarro DE Malcom Blount, also a freshman, 6-1, 220-pounder, is another who recorded 5.5 sacks, turning the trick in the 35-14 win over Trinity Valley.
No wonder Rion Rhoades moved over to Hutchinson from Fort Scott. When he coached his first win game for the Dragons, a 35-12 triumph over Highland, it was also the first in Gowans Stadium, a $5.5 million renovation project. Nice digs Rion.
When Saddleback freshman QB Brian Shrock threw for 408 yards in a 24-17 win over Fullerton, he broke Colt Brennan's school record by two yards.
Cerritos has a pair of semi-large lads at the offensive tackles in Mike Diaz, 6-5, 330 and Phillip Garcia, 6-8, 326. It takes some punch to move those lads around. Hancock transfer Lorenzo Goode clipped off 232 yards in a loss to Fullerton.
It seems a bit strange to see Fort Scott 4-0 listed above Butler 3-0 in the Kansas Conference standings. That will probably get straightened out when BC hosts the Greyhounds on Oct. 13.
Former San Mateo DB, Jonathan Harris and Santa Ana WR David Richmond have been key components for the San Jose State Spartans. Harris was named WAC defensive player of the week and Richmond caught the winning pass in the 23-20 win over Utah State.
Antelope Valley didn't go 5-0 via use of mirrors. It's been defense. Sparked by the play of freshman LB Eric Leon, 6-2, 230, the Marauders held Victor Valley to minus-37 yards rushing and Isaac Newton (averaging 132 per game) to 38 on 12 carries.
Santa Rosa QB Greg Alexander had another huge day in defeat of Diablo Valley going 15 of 30 for 347 yards and 7 TDs. Another TD was called back. He also ran for 55. Oddly enough, he has played 16 quarters and tossed 25 TD passes with just one pick.West Hills has a freshmen QB looking good. Jason Tyler, 6-1, 190, went 25 for 42 and 392 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs. That came in the 38-28 upset of Modesto. That will win Mark Gritton's troops some games.