BOWL GAMES ON THE AGENDA
Taking a look at the remaining bowl and playoff games still on tap during the 2007 season.
NOVEMBER 24, one bowl and two playoffs on the California calendar. CAPITAL SHRINE BOWL: at Sacramento City College 1 p.m. Cabrillo (6-4) vs. Mendocino (8-2). Cabrillo, under new coach Bill Garrison, played some big boys early and took their lumps, but closed with four straight wins. Tom Gang's Eagles lost their opener to Santa Rosa and one other and closed with five straight victories. Looks like an even matchup, but these two teams met in September with MC winning 37-26. With conference MVP Jake Laudenslayer at the QB controls we will take MENDOCINO 34-28.
Canyons (9-2) at Bakersfield (11-0) 4 p.m. in second round of playoffs. Again, it is a repeat matchup which would have been good to avoid until necessary, but what the heck. Renegades won first time on Nov. 10 by a 45-41 count having to come from behind to get it done. A sizzling passing attack featuring Jacob Bower to Brandon Banks and Attrail Snipes and some solid rushing (Pat Patterson and Bruce Frieson) together with a defense led by LB Daron Mackey and DT Daniel Calvin kept BC at or near the top of the rankings all season. Canyons had no less than three freshmen named unanimous choices on the All-Conference team. RB Fred Winborn, WR Hayo Carpenter, and DL Jason Pierre-Paul. Two QBs fell to injury but Fr. Brad McClellan picked up the pieces. COC will be wicked next year, but we will stick with BAKERSFIELD 38-31.
Moorpark (9-2) at Mt. San Antonio (8-2) 6 p.m. 2nd round of playoffs. Fresh from an OT upset win over El Camino, Moorpark will let it all hang out vs. the terrific aerial game of the Mounties. MP lost to Saddleback and Glendale while MSAC took it on the chin vs. Palomar and El Camino. Bob Jastrab's MSAC crew may be one of the best in the state right now behind the passing of Kevin Craft and a powerful defensive line. The Raiders passing game is no slouch. Bryan Randolph had a slick freshman season at QB and WR Conrad Meadows is one of the best in the land. Can MP pull another upset. Sure. Will they. The crystal ball says no. MT SAC 42-28.
HAWAIIAN PUNCH BOWL, which is also the Northern California championship game to be played at City College of San Francisco 1 p.m. between Sierra (9-1) and San Francisco (9-1). Sierra got their coach, Jeff Tisdel, back after a one-year hiatus and the Wolverines went bonkers again. Don't know how Sac City got 'em 26-22 in the second game, but then there's the one that CCSF lost to Fresno 19-16. Go figure. Sierra has a dynamite duo in RB Lamon Muldrow, 305-1,688-16, all tops in the state, and WR Carl Moore, 68-978 and being coveted by the likes of USC, LSU, and other biggies. Playing in the championship game is part of George Rush's normal schedule at CCSF. He has his usual passing combo, Fr. Jeremiah Masoli to a plethora of speedy, talented receivers. Sierra would be an upset even though the records are similar. SAN FRANCISCO 28-17.
ZION'S BANK TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN BOWL, for the NJCAA championship, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City. Butler, Ks. (11-0) vs. Snow, Ut. (11-0). What a dandy matchup this is. Both teams are yearly powers, are sporting similar 14-game winning streaks, the longest in the nation, can score and defend. Snow has tallied 409 points and that does not include a 69-0 win over a touring Australian team, while giving up just 143. For Butler it is 377-105, which includes 4 shutouts. This one might be a battle of the RBs, with Snow's Soni Sotele, 6-1, 215, (197-1,211-15) hoping to best Beau Johnson, 5-11, 210, (11G-237-1,546-15). On the other hand Steve Coburn's Badgers allow just 42 yards per game rushing behind LB Josh Sharp. Butler is equally as stingy giving up just 74 ypg. led by DE Marcus White. Take the home team. SNOW 17-15.
C.H.A.M.P.S. HEART OF TEXAS BOWL, Copperas Cove, Tx. Mississippi Gulf Coast (11-0) vs. Kilgore, Tx. (8-3). Despite the difference in records, don't underestimate the Texans. They lost by one to Butler in the opener in Kansas and then two of the last three, although avenging the Cisco loss in the first round of the playoffs. Gulf flirted with first place in our rankings each week and their only really close game was the 20-17 win over Jones (facing them for the 2nd time for the Mississippi championship. Rushing is the name of the game for Steve Campbell's Bulldogs. They avg. 271 ypg on the ground and gave up just 70. PK Sean Brauchle hit on 19 of 25 field goal attempts. Kilgore has 1,200 yard rusher in Cornelius Shackelford and a fine passer, Logan Morris (108-192-1,420-17-5). We like GULF COAST to continue unbeaten, 23-21.
VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL, Phoenix, Az. Fort Scott (8-3 with an asterik) vs. Mesa (8-2). Mesa may quietly be whispering "wait until next year" since they have a deadly passing combo in QB Dax Crum and WR Terrance Moore. The Greyhounds have a top pair of their own in QB Greg Cross and RB Rodney Lovett, so there should be plenty of fireworks. FS lost twice to Butler and once to Independence (later forfeited). Mesa couldn't handle Snow or Eastern Arizona. On a hunch we will take the experienced QB and go with FORT SCOTT 24-21.
The winners of the two Southern California playoff games will tangle on Dec. 1 on the home field of the highest seed.
PILGRIMS PRIDE BOWL, Pleasant, Tex. Georgia Military (9-1) vs Navarro (8-3) The Texans lost to Fort Scott by one and to Kilgore the first time by two. Cisco accounted for the other, but the Bulldogs whipped through their last four, dispatching '06 national champs Blinn twice and Kilgore 54-28. For the conference title. In other words they are hot. LB Donald Booker was offensive MVP of the SWJSFC. GMC, also Bulldogs, no doubt had a weaker schedule, but we have learned never to take Bert Williams lads lightly. OT Lionel Mapp, 6-7, 350, is a man among boys. Stats don't show much, but check the D1 rosters all over the south and there are GMC lads. We feel that NAVARRO has built up a huge head of steam and few miles to travel, so make it 41 to 31.
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE A.A. CHAMPIONSHIP at Chukchansi Park, Fresno, 1 p.m.
REVIEWING LAST WEEKEND'S CONTESTS.
Bakersfield 45, Desert 35. 9,178 on hand for what used to be the Potato Bowl. BC scored 2 3rd period TDs, but COD came back with 3 in te 4th to trail 42-35. Bruce Frieson scored on runs of 70 and 3 yds. Jacob Bower was 12 of 17 for 251 and Brandon Banks caught 9 for 154. Brent Rausch paced COD with 25 of 39 for 257 and Edgar Theliar caught 10 for 154-2.
Foothill 48, Fresno 41. Both teams scored in all four quarters in this wild and wooly contest. Foothill's Perez to Bradford 50-yard TD pass spelled the difference.
Canyons 34, Saddleback 24. Turnovers cost Saddleback, playing without three of the starters, including QB, FB and RB. Cheyne Verhagen ran for 121 on 18 carries and Maurice Clark caught two TD passes. Brad McClellan making first start at QB for COC was 11 of 20 for 167 yds and 2 TDs to Hayo Carpenter (6-99). DL Jason Pierre-Paul had 7 solo stops, 3 TFLs, 3 sacks and a 20-yard interception for a TD for COC.
San Mateo 28, Diablo Valley 14. Bulldogs won their 3rd straight namesake bowl game. SM pulled away in 4th period with a pair of TDs and rushed for 280 yds., 93 by Daniel Porter. Five players rushed for 30 yds or more.
Mt. San Antonio 49, Antelope Valley 15. MSAC had 49 points by halftime. QB Kevin Craft hit on 22 of 37 for 280 and 5 TDs. Aiona Key caught 2 (7-61) as did Eric Walker (5-70). The Mounties played 40 players. AVC had 7 tackles by Troy Butler and the offense moved the ball for 289 yds. but just a couple of late TD passes.
Laney 42, Modesto 21. Laney's Terjean Saffold carried 19 times for 132 yards and caught 2 for 17 to gain MVP honors. Chris Blanson had 2 picks, 7 tackles and 2 knock downs and Cameron Brown went 13 for 123-3 rushing.
Moorpark 42, El Camino 41. Marauders jumped out to 14-0 lead that eventually went to a 34-34 tie in the 4th. Bryan Randolph was 15 of 27 for 248 yds and hit ace WR Conrad Meadows for 72 and 83-yarders. Each time Meadows caught the ball in short patterns and outraced the secondary. Xavier Walker rushed for 102 yards. MP coach James Bittner went for the 2-point conversion and the first attempt failed. However a penalty put them a yard closer and FB Marcus Hunt leaped over the pile for the winning deuce. Boo Jackson was off target for the Warriors going just 8 for 26 for 164 yards. This one point loss together with the Bakersfield 33-31 triumph way back in Sept. kept El Camino 3 points away from a perfect season.
Reedley 29, Santa Rosa 27. Michael White's lads avenged their one-point loss in the same bowl last year to the same team. SRJC QB Greg Alexander went 35 of 56 for 389 yds and 3 TDs and added 65 rushing with the 4th TD. He had 40 completions in a game twice, 612 yards once and 7 TDs in a game twice.
Fullerton 34, Citrus 24. CB Lee Aguirre, who had 6 tackles and a key interception in the red zone, earned defensive MVP honors. Andrew Harard netted 95 yards on 13 carries. WR Marquis Avery threw a TD pass to Rob Archuleta on a fake field goal giving the Hornets a 31-6 lead. Citrus tallied three late scores.
Butte 61, San Joaquin Delta 33. BC running back Alex Green was the MVP on offense after gaining 194 yards on 29 carries and scoring 3 times. WR Taylor Clements caught 8 for 201 yards and 3 scores and threw a pass for another tally to be named Bowl MVP. Butte had 597 total yards, Delta 438.
Ventura 39, Palomar 37. VC QB Leo Mondol, a redshirt freshman, was 14 of 22 for 244 yards and 5 TDs and Ricky Garcia caught 4 for 92 and 3 scores. Michael Lee ran for 72 on 21 efforts. Backup QB Joey Erickson did a nice job for Palomar going 20 of 32 for 241 yds and a TD. Leiyon Myers ran 23 times for 96 yds and 3 scores. LB Mike Bethea was in on 12 tackles, 9 of them solo.
A FEW NAPKIN NOTES
Santa Ana out-dueled Pasadena last Sat. night by a 65-64 margin. This is one of the highest combined scoring games in JC history.
- Shasta 73, Merced 71, 1999
- Santa Monica 71, El Camino 67, 1999 Bay Bowl
- Arizona Western 69, Eastern Arizona 66, 1999
- San Joaquin Delta 69, Los Medanos 66, 1996
- Riverside 130, Imperial Valley 0, 1924
- U.N.L.V. JV 74, College of Desert, 1979
- Air Force JV 74, Phoenix 55, 1995
- Santa Ana 65, Pasadena 64, 2007
Santa Ana set nine new school records in this game. QB Mark Iddins went 31 for 46 for 407 yards and 4 TDs. Matt Cardenas had 8 catches for 140 and a school record all 4 TDs. R.J. Koch had 11 catches for 187 yards and two scores. SAC had 509 passing yards and 568 total.
Pasadena's David Pittman, who has crushed all of the Lancer passing records, went 34 for 50 and 474 yards and SEVEN TDs. WR David Reed had 16 catches for 262 yards, both school records, and scored three times.
The game winning field goal was a 32-yarder coming with 14 seconds remaining and giving the Dons their first lead of the contest.
NOTE TO JC COACHES. The deadline for faxing or emailing back your All-American ballot has passed -- send 'em if you got 'em though. If it gets here by Friday we will still be working on the team, but remember, the early bird often gets the worm.
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Mike Reisbig has been named to replace Jerry Jaso at Long Beach. Jerry took the place of Mike's dad Larry when he retired from coaching. Also, Jeff Leiker has announced his retirement from coaching at Coffeyville, but will stay as A.D.
Readers of this website don't seem to be very happy with the new conference alignments in Southern California scheduled for next year. We showed you one about a month ago and it has undergone some changes.
NORTHERN: Hancock, Bakersfield, Canyons, Moorpark, Ventura, Glendale, Pasadena
CENTRAL: Desert, Riverside, Chaffey, Mt. San Antonio, Cerritos, Citrus, El Camino
SOUTHERN: Grossmont, Palomar, Saddleback, Orange Coast, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Long Beach
MOUNTAIN: Victor Valley, Mt. San Jacinto, San Bernardino, San Diego Mesa, Southwestern, Golden West, Compton, LA Harbor
PACIFIC: LA Pierce, LA Valley, LA Southwest, Santa Monica, East LA, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara, West LA
COMMENT: There is no way to make it perfect. There will always be a team or teams getting a little better of it. The good news, it will be up for change every two years. Why not give it a chance and see how it works. Also with this system, at least one team from the two American Divisions will make it to the playoffs. SO, more happy campers.