Quite a story about Garden City RB Maurice Greer. In 2005, the 5-11, 215-pounder gained a promising 566 yards on just 84 carries good for 6.7 yards per carry. Major DI schools were calling. However, in spring practice of 2006, Greer was discovered to have cancer and his football career appeared over. Apparently no one told Greer. He worked hard to recover, doing all of the right things with the notorious drugs than can be applied to defeat cancer. He elected to go out for this year's team. This fairy tale is not over, but Greer seems to have whipped the dreaded disease, has gained 690 yards in 150 carries and has scored 11 TDs while helping the Broncbusters to a nifty 6-1 record and a place in the playoffs. That's the short, very condensed version, but no matter, we are rooting like crazy for Maurice Greer.
TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW TOP FRESHMEN PROSPECTS
Steven Schwark, 6-0, 200, Tyler
Brian Shrock, 6-0, 190, Saddleback
Darius Reynolds, 6-3, 190, Reedley
Jeremiah Masoli, 6-0, 200, San Francisco
Jeremy Mimms, 6-2, 200, Reedley
DeMatanise Hill, 6-1, 225, Northwest Miss. Alex Green, 6-2, 215, Butte
Chris Guthrie, 6-3, 245, Pasadena
Gary Lewis, 5-8, 170, Mississippi Delta
Leilyon Myers, 6-0, 200, Palomar
Jay Wisner, 6-1, 185, Saddleback
Johnny Thomas, 6-4, 175, Southwest Miss. Owen Dixon, 6-0, 200, Pasadena
Taylor Hansen, 6-5, 240, Fon du Lac
Andrew Tiller, 6-7, 320, Nassau
Bryan Braman, 6-7, 245, Long Beach
Thomas Majors, 6-0, 240, Northwest Miss.
Anthony Harris, 6-2, 230, Saddleback
Kirt Puletasi, 6-2, 240, Cerritos
Bubba Pugh, 6-2, 210, Palomar
Bobby Burns, 6-0, 165, Butte
Devin Mays, 6-0, 180, San Francisco
Stefaun Dorsey, 6-0, 170, Desert
Paul Rodriguez, 5-11, 180, Fresno
Sean Brauchie, 5-9, 175, Gulf Coast
Cameron Kenney, 6-2, 195, Garden City
That's just a few freshmen prospects, but food for thought. We'll get into more later on.
What a great comeback for Saddleback. Trailing 31-7 at halftime, the Gauchos came out roaring and raced to a 42-31 victory. Both teams entered the fracas with identical 5-1 records. Saddleback coach, Mark McElroy, when asked what happened, said “I have no idea. It just amazed me. We have a great bunch of kids who didn't like being behind, but I never expected anything like that. ” Saddleback had a slew of injuries which took out starting QB, Brian Shrock, two running backs etc. but back up Sebastian Trujillo made the most of his first start, tossing 3 TDs, going 15 of 25 for 181 and rushing 14 times for 87 yards and two more touchdowns.
Pasadena coach, Kenny Lawler, sure couldn't place the blame on his record-setting QB David Pittman, or WR David Reed. This dynamic pair has managed to break every major passing record in the Lancer book. Reed, 6-0, 180 and fast, caught 13 passes for SR 237 yards and his 70 catches with three games to go is the most in one season. Reed leads the state in yards with 1,149. In his 15 games for the Lancers he has 110 receptions for 1,860 yards and 19 TDs, all career school records.
Pittman, 5-11, 185, who followed a long line of Pittmans at Pasadena, set a SR with 57 pass attempts, completed 31 for 377 and a TD, rushed 11 times for 82 yards and two scores, and even did the punting, placing three inside the Saddleback ten.
Tony Caviglia found his Fresno offense in time to destroy Sequoias 60-17. If the Rams still have a handle on it and can beat a tough 6-1 Sierra team Saturday, Tony can celebrate his 100th JC coaching victory. He was 22-10 at Chabot and is currently 77-18 in Ramsville. Tony's defense has recorded seven TDs this season, five on picks and two on fumbles. His Fr. QB Bryant Moniz, 6-0, 185, was 19-37-282-2 vs. COS.
Snow's hard-running Soni Sotele, 6-1, 215, captures offensive player of the week honors in the WSFL just about every other week. Saturday he lugged just 16 times for 162 yards and 3 tallies and is now knocking on the 1.000 yard door (155-943-6.3-12 TDs). Two of the leagues top three QBs are Badgers. Jon Eastman and Houston Erbstroesser have 19 TDs between them and 1,670 yards with just 5 picks.
In eight games Mississippi Gulf Coast's freshman kicker Sean Brauchie has toed 17 field goals in 21 attempts. Garden City's Cameron Kenney, 6-2, 190, Fr., is some kind of an athlete. Against Coffeyville he caught 4 passes for 32 yards and a score, carried the ball 6 times for 42 yards, punted 5 times with a 41-yard average, and added a point after. Palomar QB Hunter Wanket, 6-4, 220, seems to have recovered from injuries. Against Long Beach he went 24 of 27 for 257 yards and 4 TDs, in 44-7 victory. San Francisco QB Jeremiah Masoli had his best game and it was badly need in 43-42 comeback win over San Mateo. He went 31 of 43 for 398 a pair of scores and ran 11 times for 66 and 2 more. A couple of "winners," Fred Winborn of Canyons and Marquis Winbush of Citrus, had healthy running games last week. Winborn, 6-0, 200, 18 for 125 yards in 55-7 rout of East L.A. and Winbush, 5-8, 190, 19 for 148 and a score in 44-13 blasting of L.A. Pierce. Hunter Easterling helped keep his Santa Barbara team close to Bakersfield as he caught 6 passes for 164 yards, including a 79-yard TD, plus a 35-yard KOR and a 48-yard punt return. Kilgore and Northeastern Oklahoma played a close game stat-wise, but in the end Kendrick Johnson, 5-8, 170, Fr. , made much of the difference in the 70-31 KC triumph. Johnson returned a kickoff 75 yards for a tally, caught a 71 yard TD pass from Logan Morris and scored on a 67-yard run. Bo Bowling, who runs, passes and catches for NEO scored on runs of 63, 52 and 16 yards.
Blinn kicked the starch out of upstart Cisco 56-14, but Wrangler RB Jocques Crawford did his level best for the losers. Crawford, 6-0, 210, gained 1,000 yards as a RB in 2006, was switched to strong safety this spring, and has gained 1,472 yards with 16 TDs since moving back to RB. That leads the nation. Blinn stopped him at just 91 yards on 22 carries. Both of these teams, along with Kilgore, are likely to be invited to bowls.
You have to hand it to two coaches who have done some magical work in turning around their football programs. Perry Jehlicka stopped a 26-game losing streak at Antelope Valley and is now 7-0. Desert's Dean Dowty saw his Roadrunners go 1-9 in 2006, and 8-0 so far this year. Oddly, the two teams will meet Saturday in the desert with the Foothill Conference title at stake.