WE MAY BE CLOSER TO A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
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).
GAFFNEY SETS NATIONAL RECEIVING MARK
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."
OTHER RECORDS OF NOTE:
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
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
GAME – Dayton, 1986 -- 7
CAREER – Zenner, 86-87 -- 55
(Completions) – Paul Chiochetto, VERMILION, 1996 -- 281 in 460 attempts
GAME – Matt Booher, INVER HILLS, 1987 -- 44
CAREER – Jarrod Degeorgia, SANTA BARBARA, 93-94 -- 487
PASSING TOUCHDOWNS (Season) – Will Hall, NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI, 2000 -- 48
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
LONGEST FIELD GOAL of the year was kicked by Ryan Donahue of L.A. VALLEY at
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
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
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
SHASTA freshman WR Joe Irelan has a shot at new records. In 4G he was 33 for 832 and 11 TDs.