Weekly Meanderings (10-24-02)

Can you believe that some conferences are already getting ready for their playoffs? That's right. Kansas and Minnesota pairings are all set--and it's still October! This week's news and notes includes the list of bowl games, an alumni report, and a few interesting notes from the sidelines. For instance, did you know William Rainey Harper hasn't played its last two games due to a faculty strike? (Eliasik is faculty). Here's more...

LITTLE THIS-N-THAT

BOWL SCHEDULES

NOVEMBER 17

GRAPHIC EDGE/SIGLER PRINTING BOWL (Doubleheader)
Location: U. NO. IOWA DOME, Cedar Falls

NOVEMBER 30

CAPITAL SHRINE BOWL
Location: SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE

DECEMBER 7

DALTON DEFENDERS BOWL
Location: COFFEYVILLE, KS.

MISSISSIPPI JCAA HALL OF FAME BOWL
Location: ROBERTS STADIUM, Hattiesburg, Ms

RED RIVER BOWL
Location: PENNINGTON FIELD, Bedford, TX

VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL
Location: PHOENIX, AZ.

SEA ISLAND CO. GOLDEN ISLES BOWL CLASSIC
Location: GLYNN CO. STADIUM, Brunswick, Ga.

DIXIE ROTARY BOWL
Location: DIXIE STATE COLLEGE, St. George, UT

BEACH BOWL
Location: SANTA MONICA CITY COLLEGE

CERRITOS STRAWBERRY BOWL
Location: CERRITOS COLLEGE

EAST COUNTY BOWL
Location: LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE

EXCHANGE BANK/CLO BOWL
Location: SANTA ROSA JR. COLLEGE

PACIFIC GRAFFITI BOWL
Location: MODESTO JR. COLLEGE

SAN FRANCISCO HAWAIIAN PUNCH BOWL
Location: CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO

SHRINE POTATO BOWL
Location: BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE

SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE SOUTH COUNTY BOWL
Location: SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE

SILICON VALLEY BOWL
Location: FOOTHILL COLLEGE

VERIZON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOWL
Location: CHAFFEY COLLEGE

TRI COUNTIES BANK HOLIDAY BOWL
Location: BUTTE COLLEGE

WESTERN STATE BOWL
Location: TBA

DECEMBER 8

HEART OF TEXAS BOWL
Location: BULLDOG STADIUM, Copperas Cove, TX

DECEMBER 14

COA CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: MEMORIAL STADIUM, Bakersfield, College

SIDELINE STUFF –

Now if there was just a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP at the end of that rainbow, JC football purists would be in hog heaven.  We always enjoy bowl game competition as long as the respective teams have decent records.  With 22 bowl games on tap we suspect there will be some 6-4 teams competing. But what the heck, why not?  The only problem is it might be tough to sell tickets.  In California, with some of the big boys hosting bowl games, it goofs up some possible super matchups.

MORE THIS-N-THAT –

HOLMES is only allowing 40.9 yards per game rushing and 81.3 via the air lanes.  Total defense is an awesome 122.1.  NORTHEAST MISS is right behind in both areas with 47.7 and 81.9 stats, good for 129.5.  Both teams are 6-1 and both were embarrassed by the losses.  How COAHOMA could blank HOLMES by the score of 8-0 back in September is beyond anyone's imagination.  NE lost to SW MISS 20-2 and that's a team that HOLMES beat 7-3.  So go figure.

GAVILAN's all-purpose back, Ajene Palmer, was a busy fellow in the SEQUOIAS game.  The 6-2, 200-pounder rushed 9 times for 45 yards, completed 2 passes for 71 and returned 3 kickoffs for 49 yards.  He has also been playing some WR.

Little wonder that SIERRA is cruising along with a 4-1 record.  Led by a pair of freshmen, QB J.P. Greco (77-112-1,007-10-5) and RB Rudy Jones (5G: 109-642-66 pts), the Wolverines are averaging 426 yards per game.

SAN MATEO has one of the larger RBs in Sione Tavake, who tips the scales at 270 pounds on a 6-1 frame.  The big guy is pretty darned good.

GEORGIA MILITARY is said to have their best overall team speed in years, but may not be quite as well balanced as last season.  Defense is the strength.

PIMA was leading GLENDALE 10-0 when ace QB/Punter Blake Kinart went down with an ankle injury.  "We might have missed Blake more because of his kicking," said coach Jeff Scurran.  Kinart is leading the nation's JCs with an average over 44 yards per kick and had already dropped two inside of the five.  Final score, GLENDALE 34-17.  GLENDALE, it should be noted, recorded 11 sacks.

HARPER had to forfeit games with Grand Rapids and Rock Valley because of a faculty strike.  Coach John Eliasik, the current active winningest coach among all junior colleges with 218 wins, is a member of the faculty, hence no games.

KANSAS Jucos start their playoffs this Sunday.  It's highly unlikely that any of the bottom four will beat the top four thus making the schedule a partial round-robin. HUTCHINSON is at DODGE CITY; HIGHLAND at GARDEN CITY; FORT SCOTT at COFFEYVILLE; and INDEPENDENCE at BUTLER COUNTY.  All games Sunday start at 1:30.

No. 8-ranked BUTLER CO plays very solid defense, led by LB Marcus Lawrence, who had 9 solo tackles last weekend, recovered a fumble and broke up 2 passes.  The "D" caused 5 fumbles and recovered 4.  GARDEN CITY would be the sleeper.

ON STREAKS –

SAN FRANCISCO has the longest winning string working at an all-time record 41.  The Rams are followed by GEORGIA MILITARY at 19 and JOLIET 18.  COLLEGE OF THE DESERT sports the longest losing skein at 13 ahead of SAN JOSE, GOLDEN WEST and CENTRAL LAKES at 9 and MONTEREY 8.

DID YOU KNOW?

THAT – ex-GARDEN CITY QB Corey Jenkins is one of the subjects on a South Carolina All-Star Report? He is on the "Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List." One of his receivers is former KEMPER All-American James Adkisson, who is considered to be an excellent NFL prospect.

ALUMNI NOTES –

WR Aaron Hosack, formerly of MT. SAN ANTONIO, is having a fine year at Minnesota.  RB Charles Lewis, CERRITOS, bolted for 221 yards for Fort Hays, Kansas vs. Panhandle St., Oklahoma.  Another Falcon, Jason Lehman, is starting at guard for South Florida.  RB James Samuel, PASADENA, scored the winning TD in OT for Utah State in 45-44 win over New Mexico.  Houston QB Nick Eddy, AMERICAN RIVER, threw for 3 TDs as Houston beat Army.  Oklahoma probably took the starch out of his Heisman hopes, but former SACRAMENTO great Seneca Wallace is having a great season for Iowa State.  It's fun to hear of JC lads getting consideration for the prestigious trophy.   MT. SAN ANTONIO's Ryan Killeen appears to have won the kicking chores at USC ahead of EL CAMINO's David Davis.  Former GROSSMONT DB Josh Golden is doing fine with Arizona State, as are DE Matt Mason, GLENDALE (Ariz.), and punter Tim Parker, SOUTHWESTERN.  Oklahoma State appreciates N.E. OKLAHOMA DB Kobina Amoo and HINDS WR John Lewis.  Former ROCHESTER PK Adam Benike is having a ball booting same for Iowa State.  Missouri gets plenty of work out of DB Antwaun Bynum, HUTCHINSON, TE Ben Fredrickson, ORANGE COAST, and DE Keith Wright, SACRAMENTO. Eric Rekieta, NAVARRO, is starting at QB for Louisiana-Lafayette's Ragin'Cajuns.

 


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