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

This week's meanderings include a look at some of the nation's top cornerbacks, a brief JC Alumni report (how about QB Scott Rislov at San Jose State?), powerful QB - WR tandems, and several interesting Did You Know? items.

LITTLE THIS-N-THAT

ODDS AND ENDS –

PIMA lost to DIXIE 20-6 but outgained their host 327-171.  One of the reasons for the Rebels' victory was a swarming defense that accounted for 3 interceptions and 9 QB sacks.  Pima appears to have the makings of a bowl team, but it's still a tad early to tell for sure.  One other problem the Storm had was being limited to a total of 40 yards rushing.  Ryan Fusco's 2 field goals were the only Storm scores. 

NASSAU head man John Anselmo will be gunning for his 100th win against something called the Bryant JVs.  Our bet is the Lions could be Bryant Univ. 

Longtime Kansas source of information, Gary Cheatham, celebrated his 66th birthday last weekend with an exciting GARDEN CITY victory and with the team and coaching staff warbling HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  That's a sentiment that we echo Gary. 

SEQUOIAS 3-0 start is their best since 1991.  COS had the ground attack working for 284 yards with 10 different back lugging the leather. 

WEST VALLEY countered with an aerial game that found Jason Campbell going 25 for 49 for 278 yards and 3 scores. Ten different receivers made catches. 

EASTERN ARIZONA has given up 55 points per game. 

CERRITOS had little trouble with undermanned Golden West, racking up a 458-183 total offense margin. Josh Herrera, 6-1, 206, took over rushing honors for slightly injured Jermaine Whiten, and totaled 157 yards on 19 carries.  Whiten has 661 yards and 7 TDs in 54 carries. 

U. Illinois will be getting a good receiver in JOLIET's Kelvin Hayarden.  He grabbed 10 passes for 171 yards and 3 TDs against Rock Valley and has 40 for 742 and 8 scores.

THIS WEEK'S TONGUE TWISTER – LONG BEACH WR Kamal Goomunsingh.

CHECKING OUT SOME HOT CORNERBACKS

The list of good looking cornerback prospects runs deep this year.  Putting them in alphabetical order here is a good cross section of talent to watch for:

Corey Chatman, 5-10, 175, SANTA ANA; 
Justin Cooper, 6-0, 195, L.A. SOUTHWEST; 
Eric Fuller, 6-2, 195, INDEPENDENCE;
Bobby Fulmore Jr., 6-1, 204, ERIE; 
Larry Hollins, 5-9, 180, MODESTO;
Jamal Jackson, 6-0, 185,  NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI; 
Robert Jones, 6-0, 190, N.E. OKLAHOMA; 
Jason Lee, 6-2, 205, DIXIE; 
Carl Marshall, 6-1, 185, GLENDALE, Az.;  
DeShaun McCullough, 6-2, 190, MT. SAN ANTONIO; 
Jackson McIntyre, 6-1, 175, SANTA MONICA; 
Chijioke Onyenegecha, 6-3, 195, SAN FRANCISCO; 
Will Poole, 6-0, 190, VENTURA; 
Corey Reddick, 5-9, 165, GARDEN CITY; 
CB/S Zeonte Sherman, 5-11, 194, ARIZONA WESTERN;  
Brian Staley, 5-11, 180, GEORGIA MILITARY; 
Danny Tolbert, 5-8, 170, COFFEYVILLE;
Adrian Ward, 6-0, 165, CHABOT; 
Cedrick Williams, 5-10, 185, GARDEN CITY; 
Nino Williams, 6-1, 185, TYLER

ALUMNI REPORT –

Our 1999 2nd-team All-American Antoine Burns, the WR from ROCHESTER, is starting to carve some recognition at Minnesota.  Matt Grier, ITAWAMBA, had 2 picks for Ole Miss and returned one for a TD.  Rodney Davis, former FRESNO CC, has been a frequest 100+ gainer for Fresno St.  Defensive tackle Demetrin Veal, CERRITOS, made some big stops for Tennessee in multiple OT game with Arkansas. 

Seneca Wallace, has become one of the contenders for Heisman honors.  The former SACRAMENTO star is doing great at Iowa St.  Ditto for Brad Banks, HINDS, who is leading Iowa to a potential bowl spot.  Which reminds me, is  Nathan Chandler, PASADENA, QB, injured, red-shirting, or riding the pines behind Banks? 

Quarterback Robert Hodge, EL CAMINO, certainly came to life when given his chance at Colorado.  He and running back Chris Brown, FORT SCOTT, led the Buffalos to a win over Kansas St., a team loaded with JC talent, including: CB Randy Jordan, BAKERSFIELD; MT SAC WR Taco Wallace; TRINITY VALLEY DB Bobby Walker and OL Dralinn Burks; RICKS QB Marc Dunn; and GARDEN CITY RB Daniel Davis. That's just to name a few.

WR Jonathan Makonnen, SAN FRANCISCO, is playing great for resurgent California Bears.  Tim Parker SOUTHWESTERN is punting well for Arizona State.  Oregon State is getting good mileage out of FULLERTON WR Ken Farley, TE Jermaine Jackson, MT SAN ANTONIO, and SAN FRANCISCO S Lawrence Turner.  

ELLSWORTH QB Scott Rislov has been a pleasant surprise for San Jose State, where NAVARRO's Kendrick Starling,  CANYONS Jammal Broussard, and CITRUS Charles Pauley, do most of the receiving.  COFFEYVILLE RB Muhammed Abdulqaadir went over 200 yards for Southern Illinois last weekend.

SOME CATCH-UP STUFF –

MARIN, a small school in Kentfield, California, often gives up more points than they score, but the other team had better get on the board with regularity.  The MCC passing duo of freshman Gary Davenport, who is just 5-8, 170, throwing to Nick Royer, 6-1, 190, is liable to strike at any moment.  In a 51-44 double overtime win vs. Monterey, Davenport went 33 of 60 for 434 yards and 6 TDs and ran for 90.  On the other end, Royer hauled in 17 tosses for 252 yards and scored 4 times.

BUTTE, usually known for its rushing attack, has been going to the airlanes with 6-2, 195-pound freshman QB Aaron Rodgers. He's usually tossing to sophomore WR Mark Onibokun, 6-1, 196.  In the 45-6 win over Siskiyous last weekend, Rodgers hit on 20 of 25 for 286 and 4 scores, while Onibokun hauled in 8 passes for 127 yards.  He has 22 catches for 469 in 4 games, an average of 21.3 yards per catch and 117 per game.  Rodgers is 75 of 113 with 10 TDs and 1,223 yards in 4 games.

SPEAKING OF HOT PASS-CATCH COMBOS, the SACRAMENTO trio of Emiliano Salazar, 6-2, 193, to WRs Phil Goodman, 6-3, 213 and Lawrence Bady, 6-0, 191, has been dynamite. Against Shasta, Salazar was 17 of 37 for 355 yards with Goodman catching 5 for 186-2 and Bady hauling in 11 for 148-1.  Unfortunately, like Marin, the Panthers are not getting it done on the defensive side and SHASTA pulled out a 49-41 victory. 

SHASTA's passing duo of Rod Nelson, 6-1, 200, and WR Joe Irelan, 5-11, 190,  isn't too shabby either.  Nelson tossed for 374 yards and 4 touchdowns and Irelan caught 7 passes for 210 yards and all 4 scores versus SAC CITY.  Irelan caught 10 more for 149 and a couple of scores against Feather River.  Another hot pair is LONG BEACH QB Brandon Faasavalu, 5-11, 230, throwing to WR Darren Ross, 6-1, 165.  Faasavalu was 20 of 44 for 329-2 in the loss to Saddleback and Ross caught 7 for 123.

SPEAKING OF OFFENSE…  FRESNO has some obvious horses.  After four games Tony Caviglia's Rams show 1,070 in the air and 1,792 on the ground and 51 points per game.  On the other hand, the defense seemed to only show up in the Foothill shutout. FCC is giving up 451 yards per game, a stat that could bite them sometime.  On the other hand, the Rams opened with four seriously tough opponents and only Delta came within 12 points.

DID YOU KNOW?

THAT VENTURA CB Will Poole is a former Parade All-American at Christ the King HS in NYC?  He signed with Boston College and had 6 tackles, one for a loss in the 2000 Aloha Bowl.  Poole will only have one season of eligibility, but DI schools are willing. He's that good.

THAT GOLDEN WEST has its own "Partridge Family"?  WR Ryan Partridge is the latest Rustler following his father, three uncles and one cousin who have played at GWC.

THAT FRESNO DB Marquis Roberts played pro baseball the past four years?  He pitched in the minor leagues before suffering a torn rotator cuff.   Roberts had 2 picks vs. Sacramento, returning one for a 41-yard TD.

AD ADDENDUM TO DID YOU KNOW NOTE ABOUT MICKEY HATCHER.  The Angels batting instructor is one of only two players who have had their jersey's retired at MESA COLLEGE.  Mickey's No. 9 from the '75 team hangs alongside Daniel Jones' jersey.  Jones was also a receiver on the 1995 eleven.


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