Weekly Meanderings (11-14-02)

Last weekend, Butler County won the Jayhawk Conference title in convincing fashion over runner-up Coffeyville. This week in Mississippi, Jones County and Holmes will square off for that conference's title belt. And how about our #1 team Fresno? They rolled over Modesto behind strong performances from RB Earl Charles and QB Mark Hetherington -- just to name two. This week we look at those topics as well as national rushing leaders and lots more...

LITTLE THIS-N-THAT

FIRST BOWL GAMES ON TAP SUNDAY, NOV. 17  -

GRAPHIC EDGE/SIGLER PRINTING BOWL
Location: UNI Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Kickoff: 12:00 p.m.

NORTHLAND Mn (9-2) vs. NORTH DAKOTA ST. COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (5-5)

Northland coach Guy Finstrom, in just his 2nd year, had a fine season, losing just to state champion Rochester twice.  Quitman Kyles averages nearly 100 yards per game for NDS. But the 5 losses makes them suspect.  NORTHLAND 21, NDSCS 13 would be our projection.

GRAPHIC EDGE/SIGLER PRINTING BOWL (GAME TWO)

Kickoff: 3:00 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS (8-2) vs. IOWA CENTRAL (8-2)

Look for these two to slug it out on the ground.  IC gets huge production out of Cory Mack, averaging about 150 yards per game, while GR's Cody Mack amassed 888 yards and 84 points to lead the N4C in both departments.  Pretty much a toss-up but we make it IOWA CENTRAL 20, GRAND RAPIDS 17.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES  -

MISSISSIPPI

HOLMES (8-2) at JONES (8-2)

Should be a low-scoring tussle since they are 2-3 in total defense.  Chauncey Davis, committed to Florida State, had 12 sacks for Jones and DB Bobby Keys is one of the leading tacklers in Mississippi.  Nick Terracina is a double-edged sword as a kicker (52 points) and punter 39.4. DE Joe Sykes, 6-3, 290, leads the Holmes defense.  Edge to JONES 13, HOLMES 10

ODDS AND ENDS –

In recent years Texas (SWJCFC) teams have specialized in powerful running games.  Last Saturday five QBs totaled 107 completions in 172 attempts for 1,512 yards and 13 TDs.  (See the QB section of Individual Performances. 

FRESNO easily piled up 55 points against a good Modesto eleven.  Backup QB Wayne Desmond, 6-2, 210, supplied 3 TDs, all in different ways. He threw a 14-yard TD pass, caught a pass for a 14-yard TD and ran 38 yards for another. As usual, Earl Charles 6-0, 205, romped for over 100 yards, collecting 109 in 17 trips for 3 TDs. (SEASON: 201-1,364-120 pts.). Starting QB Mark Hetherington, 6-2, 225, went 12 of 17 for 239 (SEASON: 108 of 192-1,862-22-5).  Willie Johnson, 6-5, 205, caught 5 passes for 124 yards and a 14-yard TD, (SEASON: 51-927-12).  WR Daniel Idiart, 6-0, 175, chipped in with 3 catches for 89 yards and a 37-yard TD and FS Rod Woods, 5-10, 180, had a 66-yard punt return.

WHAT'S WITH THIS?

SANTA MONICA had gone 5 straight games with a total of 12 points, getting blanked 3 times.  The Corsairs got 16 in their victory over LA Southwest.

HOW BAD WAS THE WEATHER IN CALIFORNIA?

It was so bad that Tom Saxe, PALOMAR, Super SID, abandoned the sidelines for the host SADDLEBACK press box.  Unheard of for Saxe, who does all of his stat work while pacing up and down the sidelines.

ODDITY DEPT. –

SEQUOIAS held WEST HILLS without a first down for the final 23 minutes of the game and outgained them 333 to 216, yet lost 31-21.

ARIZONA WESTERN rattled off more than 400 yards rushing against PIMA, led by Hurtis Chinn's 148 in 15 carries. 

PASADENA'S 48-21 WIN OVER El Camino was the Lancers first since 1989.

CITRUS' 24-23 victory over Bakersfield was the Owls 2nd in a row over the Gades, both by one point in OT.

LOOKING AT SOME STATS LEADERS

RUSHING

Alvin Marshall, COMPTON,  5G- 104 carries – 881 yards - 176.2 average

Draak Davis, SOLANO, 7G  - 140 – 1,214 - 173.4    

Earl Charles, FRESNO,  8G  -  201 - 1,365  - 170.6

Andre Hall, GA. MILITARY,  7G  -  178  - 1,178  -  168.3

Brandon Jacobs, COFFEYV,   9G  - 194 - 1,444  - 160.4

Willie Henry, MESA,   6G - 107  -  943 - 157.2

John Bogarin, CHAFFEY,  8G - 194 -1,243 -155.4

Cory Mack, IOWA CENT,  7G -  201 - 1,085  -  155.0

Quinton Ganther, CITRUS,  8G - 186 - 1,165  - 145.6

Gerard Jackson, DODGE,   9G -  238  - 1,301  - 144.5

MORE ODDS AND ENDS

Delta' James Sadler 6-0, 198, had 2 INTs and returned one for a 98-yard TD vs. Shasta.

JONES WR Alonzo Nix is averaging 114.8 yards per game on receptions.    

A survey of 100 JCs indicated that 53 of the Jucos have players from Florida High Schools and they are spread all over the country.  Used to be that folks looked at out of state recruits with a jaundiced eye, but the fact is there are no JCs playing football in Florida and many of those high school lads are not ready to step into 4-year activity.

BUTLER COUNTY completely dominated Coffeyville in the Kansas finals, 29-7.  Brandon Jacobs was held to 48 yards on 20 carries by the Grizzly defense headed by LBs Marcus Lawrence and Lee Foliaki (both selected to the All-Conf. first team).  Coffeyville was restricted to 10 net yards rushing.  Next question is, will BC be invited to play GEORGIA MILITARY in the Sea Island Bowl in Brunswick, Ga.?  GMC beat the BCs last year in that tilt, 31-19, and would probably welcome a rematch.  Could decide the NJCAA title again this season.

DID YOU KNOW?

That PIMA, in just its 2nd year of play, still does not have its own field or locker rooms?  Coach Jeff Scurran teaches a full classroom load and has just 5 part-time assistants.  After an extensive fund raising campaign, Pima is ready to have its own practice field (they have been practicing and playing at nearby Santa Rita HS) and are constructing their own stadium.  The Storm turned a 4-6 first-season record around to 7-3 this year and may have done better had not starting QB Blake Kinart gone down with an injury several weeks ago.

SOME MVPs TO DATE

Drew Coleman, TRINITY VALLEY, 5-9, 175, an ace receiver and return man.

Michael Pruitt, NE OKLAHOMA, DL, 6-1, 277 on the defensive side.

Walter Washington, DODGE CITY, 6-2, 242, QB, the Kansas Juco MVP on offense.

Darrell Shropshire, COFFEYVILLE, 6-4, 270, DL, MVP on defense.

Kelvin Hayden, JOLIET, 6-0, 190, WR, Offensive Player of the Year in the N4C.


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