JC Grid-Wire Weekly Meanderings (10-16-02)

Is there new, real hope for a national title game pitting an NJCAA team against a California squad? Things are definitely looking up! Get the latest news on a major development. Also, which northern California receiver just set a new record? Find out and also peek into our offensive record book. An update on the nation's longest winning and losing streaks and more.


The founding of the American Community College Football Coaches Association is a major step in what we can hope will ultimately lead to a National championship game between the NJCAA No. 1 and the California champion.  Both the NJCAA coaches, headed by Parker Dykes of JONES CO. and the California coaches, under Michael White, REEDLEY, have agreed to work together in their new association.

"We have a constitution that has been ratified by both associations," said White. "We are alive and kicking. Our first step will be to have an association meeting at the national coaches meeting in New Orleans in January. We will work out details and prepare to present our plans to both of our governing bodies."

"We are all hoping that this will lead to a true national championship game," said Dykes. "We have come a long way and have to thank the previous presidents for getting the ball rolling. We also want to thank Grant Teaff, the executive director of the National Football Coaches Association, who has been supportive of our efforts."

The National Community College Coach of the Year will be honored at the January convention along with coaches from all of the other collegiate levels. White will be the initial president of the newly founded organization with Dykes serving as First Vice-President.

Note:These two coaches not only put in many hours on this project but thus far have managed to have their teams on a winning note. JONES CO. (5-1) lost its first game 6-3 to East Central last week in a rain storm and REEDLEY is sailing along unbeaten at (5-0).


LANEY WR Jason Gaffney, a 6-2, 185-pound sophomore broke a national record that had lasted since 1986.The record of 19 receptions was originally set in 1980 by Mark Leslie of Rock Valley, Il and equaled in 1986 by Ron Fair of Pratt, Ks. Gaffney hauled in 21 receptions for 318 yards against Santa Rosa. His QB Derek Murray, a freshman, totaled 455 yards passing on 36 of 49 passes. Gaffney became the initial junior college receiver to total over 20 catches in a regular season contest. Stacey Colbert of MONTEREY PENINSULA caught 23 passes in a state Division II playoff game against Merced in 1978, but only regular season games are listed in the record books.  Bobby Lugo held the California mark with 18 catches in 1994 for SOUTHWESTERN vs. San Diego Mesa. According to LANEY coach, Stan Peters, Gaffney is the "real deal'. A definite Division I prospect with good speed, blocks well, does OK in the schoolhouse, is smart on the field and "catches the ball."


RECEIVING(Season) – (Catches) Greg Quesada, LOS MEDANOS, 1993 -- 95
GAME – Gaffney, LANEY, 2002 -- 21
CAREER – Dennis Short, MENDOCINO, 96-97 -- 165

YARDS – Imani Percoats, MERCED, 1998 – 1,686
GAME – Mario Ballestrasse, SAN MATEO, 1985 -- 361
CAREER – Short, 96-97 – 2,729

TOUCHDOWNS- Larry Battle, REEDLEY, 1970 -- 26
GAME – Battle-- 6
CAREER – Battle, and Stephen Baker, WEST LOS ANGELES, 83-84 -- 31

SCORING:(Season) – Tom Zenner NORMANDALE 1987, Larry Battle, REEDLEY, 1970, George Jones, BAKERSFIELD, 1994 – 204
GAME: - Battle, 1970; Putzer Dayton, COFFEYVILLE, 1986; Jones, 1994 -- 42
CAREER: - Zenner, 86-87 -- 330

RUSHING(Season) – (Yards) - Rodrick Johnson, DIXIE, 1996 --2,338 in 353 carries
GAME: - Charlie Garner, SCOTTSDALE, 1990 -- 430 yards on 47 carries
CAREER – Maurice Morris, FRESNO, 98-99 -- 3,708

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS (Season) – Zenner, 1987 -- 33
GAME – Dayton, 1986 -- 7
CAREER – Zenner, 86-87 -- 55

PASSING(Season) – (Completions) – Paul Chiochetto, VERMILION, 1996 -- 281 in 460 attempts
GAME – Matt Booher, INVER HILLS, 1987 -- 44
CAREER – Jarrod Degeorgia, SANTA BARBARA, 93-94 -- 487

GAME – Hall, 9 (3 tied with 8)
CAREER – Tony DeLeon, VERMILION, 91-92-- 67


TRINITY VALLEY WR Kenneth Shelton knows his way to the end zone.   The 6-0, 200 pound freshman has caught 6 balls this season resulting in 5 TDs.Against NEO he caught 3 passes, averaging 70 yards and scored on all three.

SAN MATEO QB Hassan Noble completed 6 passes in 8 tries against Gavilan, and 4 of them went for TDs. He totaled 189 yards, ran for 36 in one and one-half quarters of play.

PASADENA may be in a world of hurt if QB John Rattay is out indefinitely. He suffered a knee injury in the first series against Orange Coast. 

California JC coaches love the third weekend of October. It's a bye week for almost all of them.

TYLER managed just 13 yards rushing against NAVARRO.

LONGEST LOSING STREAKS on the books belong to GOLDEN WEST and SAN JOSE at 9. Of course the top WINNING STREAK belongs to SAN FRANCISCO with 41 and counting.

LONGEST FIELD GOAL of the year was kicked by Ryan Donahue of L.A. VALLEY at 54-yards.

COAHOMA scored in just 2 of their first 5 games and won them both, winning 13-3 and 8-0 over Co-Lin and Holmes.  The school has just 11 wins in past 26 seasons.

GROSSMONT utilized 9 running backs and 14 receivers in 50-14 rout of MT. SAN JACINTO.

GEORGIA MILITARY running back Andre Hall is averaging 7.2 yards per carry (121-866-7 after 5 games).

Steve Howell, MONTGOMERY's ace QB, 6-5, 225, from Indiana, had 5G stats of 66 for 118-1,187 with 20 TDs and 5 picks.

CERRITOS has a rushing average of 310.6 per game and is allowing just 53.6 on the ground. Santa Ana finished with minus 39 yards rushing vs. the Falcons. 

EL CAMINO QB Ron Venters had 13 interceptions and just 7 TDs after 5 games, not the norm for the Warriors. It has been a long season already for SUNY-CANTON. The Northstars have scored one lone touchdown in 6 games and allowed 239 points and it probably won't get any better this week against a talented ERIE team.

DB Walter Myers had 6 picks in first 6 games for NORTHEAST MISS.

RIVERSIDE's passing attack is missing WR Ricky Moore, no longer with the team. 

SHASTA freshman WR Joe Irelan has a shot at new records. In 4G he was 33 for 832 and 11 TDs.

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