Weekly Meanderings (11-5-02)

SAN FRANCISCO had won an all-time record 42 straight contests. The last loss on the CCSF ledger was on the 2nd Saturday of Dec. 1998. A fiery Foothill defense put its foot down last weekend and the streak ended. Meanwhile, in Kansas, Butler Co. and Coffeyville will be squaring off for the league title. And how about Chaffey and Grossmont dueling through three OTs last weekend in the Foothill Conference! Get my thoughts on those topics and more...



SAN FRANCISCO had won an all-time record 42 straight contests.  The last loss on the CCSF ledger was on the 2nd Saturday of Dec. 1998 when Palomar downed the Rams 30-21 in the state championship game.  George Rush's lads went on to go 12-0 the next three years, each team capturing the J.C. Grid-Wire National Championship.  On Sept. 28 of this year, CCSF buried San Jose 63-3 for their 39th straight win, breaking the previous mark of 38 held by Boise JC.

Last Saturday night the Rams visited Los Altos to play Marshall Sperbeck's Foothill Owls, a team that had a 4-2 record with one-sided losses to Fresno and Butte on the record.  But the Owls were ready to play and with QB Chris Bolding throwing TD passes to Jason Girley and Lee McLaughlin and Jason Simon running for a TD, outscored the Rams 20-13.  Tim Brown accounted for both CCSF touchdowns and gained 155 yards on 27 carries.  The Owls defense matched CCSF behind CB Tyrone James and NG Scott Jobe and LB Joe Maningo who recovered and caused a fumble, had 15 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 hurries. All the KUDOS in the world go to Rush and his teams for putting up the number 42 for future JCs to shoot at.


The Grizzlies have won nine straight since their opening loss 14-13 to TRINITY VALLEY.  Troy Morrell's lads have an incredible defense.  In their 54-0 shutout of a pretty good Dodge City club, Butler allowed a total offense of 18 yards, 382 below their average.   RB Gerard Jackson was held to a mere 22 yards, 118 below his average..  QB Walter Washington had 73 yards passing, but minus 56 on the ground. Meanwhile, the BC ground game led to a 442 total offense.  Freshman RB Joseph Harris ran for 159 yards on 19 carries and scored 3 times and Freshman RB Reshard Dudley was 17 for 114 and scored twice.  The Grizz "D" is headed by LB Marcus Lawrence and RS-freshman SS Jamie Thompson.  BC totaled 9 sacks.

COFFEYVILLE slugs it out pretty much on the ground behind 6-4, 245-pound running back,  Brandon Jacobs.  In the Red Raven win over a solid Garden City team 41-20, Jacobs carried 29 times for 146 yards and Lee Baker came up with 23-90.  In 10 games Jacobs has totaled 1,588 yards on 223 carries to lead the nation.  He has scored 17 TDs.  His "up front" blocking comes from tackles Steve Franklin, 6-3, 315 and Paul Soliai, 6-5, 315.

The championship game will be played at Butler County.  Weather has been lousy the past few weeks and the field is not likely to be "wonderful."  BC won the first match at Coffeyville 17-14, but we will take the upset here and reverse the numbers.  Prediction: COFFEYVILLE 17, BUTLER CO. 14.

CHAFFEY 43, GROSSMONT 35 IN TRIPLE OVERTIME. – Incredible game between two unbeaten powers.  Chaffey at one time trailed by 14, but kept coming back to tie in after 60 minutes.  Much credit must go to Panther QB Nick Fotia, who transferred from San Bernardino Valley this year.  The 6-0, 190-pound Fotia hit on 25 of 43 passes for 289 yards and 3 TDs and rushed 12 times for 70 yards and a pair of scores.  Two of his runs and one pass plus a 2-point PAT came in OT when he was 5 of 6 passing.  Receivers Lawrence Lovelace, 5-10, 170, and Greg Prator, 6-2, 185, played extremely well, going 7 for 94 and a TD and 7 for 80 with another score.  GROSSMONT LB was a key factor in holding Chaffey's John Bogarin under 100 yards.  The 6-2, 230 ILB had 14 tackles. Freshman DB Jordan Alford, 5-11, 170, had 7 stops, recovered a fumble, and broke up 3 passes.  Freshman LB Paul Nix, 6-0, 215, had 7 tackles for Chaffey.  The score was 7-7 at halftime and 21-21 after 60 minutes.


Three of the top DI prospects at WR in California are Jason Gaffney, LANEY, out for the season with a knee injury; FRESNO's Willie Johnson; and Akbar Jones of SAN MATEO.  Jones had a huge night vs. San Jose totaling 233 yards and 4 TDs.  The scores came on 2 punt returns, one rushing and one receiving. 

The "skill" guys at JOLIET get most of the buzz, but CB Derrick Phillips, 6-0, 200, has been a rock.  Against Grand Rapids he intercepted 2 passes and returned them 40 and 68 yards and made 8 tackles. 

ROCHESTER was actually outgained by Hibbing 293 to 268, but won 28-7. 

NASSAU has never had a losing season in their 34 years of playing football.

The Hall Of Fame Bowl, scheduled for Hattiesburg, Ms. on Dec. 7, has been canceled, leaving just 8 NJCAA games.


DIXIE at GLENDALE will decide the WSFL title.  GLENDALE already has a corner on the VALLEY OF THE SUN BOWL, and DIXIE will surely play in the DIXIE ROTARY BOWL. 

Another good one will be ERIE at GRAND RAPIDS.  It's a chance to see just how good ERIE really might be.  Their only loss is by one point in the season opener. 

PALOMAR at SADDLEBACK has all sorts of bowl implications.  Both have one loss.

Obviously COFFEYVILLE at BUTLER COUNTY is a biggie.  COFFEYVILLE will probably host their own bowl on Dec. 1. 

Will BUTLER COUNTY go against GEORGIA MILITARY again for the mythical NJCAA title?


WEST VALLEY QB Jason Campbell went 18 for 28 and 256 yards and a pair of scores and WR Michael Crooks caught 7 for 120 yards, and both TDs, in 34-6 win over Diablo Valley.  WVCC  travels to SAN MATEO Saturday for a key 1pm tiff. 

LANEY RB Rodney Roy galloped 149 yards on 16 carries in 48-7 win over Los Medanos. 

SACRAMENTO, usually relying on their passing attack, saw RB Antuan Carter, 5-9, 206, go 189 yards and score twice on 20 carries in win over Chabot.

MONTEREY is still looking for its first win, but RB Brian Holmes, 5-11, 215,  tried his best vs.  Los Medanos going 161 yards in 39 efforts for 3 TDs.

DEANZA WR Jaye Reinman, 6-0, 190, had 7 catches for 158 yards and 228 all-purpose in loss to San Jose. 

HARTNELL QB Rudy Garcia totaled 310 yards and 2 scores on 16 of 24. 

LONG BEACH freshman DE Matt Kimbrough, 6-1, 230, had 10 solo stops, pair of assists, and forced a fumble against Riverside.

SOLANO frosh WR Scott Garthwaite, 6-2, 185, had 4 catches for 161 and a TD in win over MENDOCINO, who had Montez Bridgefourth catch 8 for 137 and return 2 kicks 90 yards.

Cody Pratt, GRAND RAPIDS, through for 291 yards and 5 TDs in 62-7 win over Rock Valley


CB Chris Cash, PALOMAR, is starting for the Detroit Lions and WR Kevin Swayne is seeing lots of action for the NY Jets.  QB Robert Hodge (EL CAMINO) and RB Chris Brown (FORT SCOTT), have the Colorado Buffalos on track for a bowl game. Brown is being mentioned prominently for Heisman honors.   LB Lance Mitchell, SAN FRANCISCO, is getting rumbles as defensive player of the year for No. 1 Oklahoma. Watch for LB Alex Lewis, MORRISVILLE,  to earn BIG TEN honors for WisconsinWashington State WR Jerome Riley, COMPTON, had a big game with 8 catches for 131 yards and 2 TDs vs. Arizona St.  Just had a reminder from Greg Croshaw at DIXIE that Antone Palepoi is a DE for Seahawks and Barry Simms a starting OL for the Raiders.

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