Weekly Meanderings (11-21-02)

DID YOU KNOW THAT... In 1972 REEDLEY came into their contest vs. FRESNO holding down the 6th position in the national rankings and FRESNO was 9th. The Rams pulled out a hard-fought contest, 22-19, behind the player of future L.A. Ram All-Pro, Rod Perry. The overall series favors FCC (21-4). This Saturday in Fresno the Rams will try to continue their domination. My meanderings this week include a summary of the Solano-Marin duel last weekend and more.

LITTLE THIS-N-THAT

SOLANO 72 – MARIN 69

Second largest total score in JC history.  Record was set in 1998 when SHASTA  defeated MARIN 73-71.  Those MARIN teams like to put points on the board.  Last year on the same weekend, MARIN lost to SIERRA 70 to 40.  In lst weekend's game SOLANO showed that powerful rushing can offset potent passing.  Freshman Draak Davis rambled 360 yards and scored 7 times.  (At press we are not sure if the 7 scores came on the ground.  If so, it ties him for the record with Putzer Dayton of COFFEYVILLE, set way back in 1986.)  He now has 1,660 yards and 21 TDs with 132 points with a game left.

MARIN Fr. QB Gary Davenport, easily shattered the passing yards mark totaling 781 yards and 9 TDs.  He went 44 for 64. The 44 completions ties him with Matt Booher of INVER HILLS, who had 44 in 1987.  The 9 TDs ties him with Will Hall of NORTHWEST MISS. set in 2000, but the 781 is all his.  Interestingly, the all-college record belongs to Zamir Amin of DIII Menlo at 731 set in 2000.

Lastly there is WR Nick Royer of MARIN.  He caught 16 passes for 265 yards and 2 TDs and now holds the all-time high mark for career catches with 176 (old record Dennis Short, MENDOCINO) 165 in 96-97.   The first catch he makes this week at Contra Costa will tie him with Greg Quesada, LOS MEDANOS, 1993, at 95. 

MARIN doesn't win a whole bunch of games but the Mariners sure put on an aerial display for their customers.  In the past 2 games Davenport has passed for 1,189 yards and completed 80 of 116 attempts.

BOWL PICTURE –

The annual Bowl preview will be next week, but we will toss around some possibilities.

December 1

DALTON DEFENDERS in Coffeyville, KS. 

COFFEYVILLE (8-3) vs. ROCHESTER (11-0).  First time this game will be played.  Red Ravens will utilize their brand new turf field.  RCC could make a game of it for a half or 3 quarters, but if CCC has their solid ground game working – watch out.

RED RIVER, Bedford, TX – Winner of the NE OKLAHOMA-TRINITY VALLEY game (both 9-1) will play ERIE, NY.  How Erie snuck in there with their 7-2 record ahead of MORRISVILLE (9-2), a 17-16 winner over Erie in the opener.  SW Conf. winner will be a big favorite. 

SEA ISLAND – GEORGIA MILITARY (10-0) vs. JOLIET (10.0). Again, GMC will be big favorites after the way they handled Butler County last year.  Joliet could well be a sleeper, however.

VALLEY OF THE SUN – GARDEN CITY (7-3) vs. GLENDALE AZ (8-2).  Rematch of the 2000 game won by Glendale, 13-7, for the NJCAA mythical title.

DIXIE ROTARY – DIXIE (9-2) vs. BUTLER COUNTY (10-1) – Should be one of the better matchups on JC Bowl weekend.

HEART OF TEXAS – It'll be the loser of TRINITY VALLEY/NEO vs. Jones County, runners-up in Mississippi.

It's not anywhere as easy in California, but we will just make some guesses:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – CHAFFEY vs. CANYONS or PASADENA (both have reasonably tough opponents for their last games.

POTATO BOWL – CANYONS/PCC vs. MOORPARK

STRAWBERRY – CERRITOS vs. SADDLEBACK

WESTERN STATE - COMPTON  vs. LONG BEACH

SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE – GROSSMONT vs. PALOMAR.  It's a natural draw and each team should be once-beaten. 

BEACH -  L.A. HARBOR vs. VICTOR VALLEY

Up North...

CAPITAL – SIERRA vs. WEST HILLS

EAST – LOS MEDANOS vs. SAN MATEO

EXCHANGE – SANTA ROSA vs. LANEY

PACIFIC GRAFFITTI – MODESTO vs. MARIN

HAWAIIAN – SAN FRANCISCO vs. FRESNO

SILICON – FOOTHILL vs. SAN JOAQUIN DELTA

TRI COUNTIES –  BUTTE vs. REEDLEY

REMEMBER, THESE ARE STRICTLY GUESSWORK MATCHUPS. The official pairing will be released this Sunday on the COA site and on JCFootball.com.

2002 HEISMAN CANDIDATE FROM THE J.C. RANKS

Chris Brown, FORT SCOTT/COLORADO, RB

Brad Banks, HINDS/IOWA, QB

Seneca Wallace, SACRAMENTO/IOWA STATE, QB

Lance Mitchell, SAN FRANCISCO/OKLAHOMA, LB

Jerome McDougle, HINDS/MIAMI, DE

ODDS AND ENDS

Chris Bruhn, BUTTE RB of 2000/01, will be getting his AA at mid-term and is said to be reshaping his sights with FRESNO STATE maybe getting the nod.  Wash. State was big in the picture, but with the success of Jermaine Green BUTLER COUNTY, and Jonathan Smith, PASADENA, around for another year, we are betting on FSU. 

HOLMES won the Mississippi title with a solid defense that did not allow a score in either playoff game.  The Bulldogs blanked PEARL RIVER 3-0 and JONES 7-0, the latter coming on a 69-yard run by Terrance Fleming.  JC dominated the stats but could not get the ball in the end zone.  How about 20 first downs to 4 and 391 total yards to 161. 

LA PIERCE apparently had 13 unsportsmanlike penalties in loss to CANYONS.  Too many kids are watching the pros and all of their posturing and forgetting it's a sport to be enjoyed, not to for post-game bloodshed.  Nuff said.

GROSSMONT had a 45-7 halftime lead over Victor Valley, helped somewhat by an injury to ace QB Dylan Lockwood, in the 2nd period.  Grossmont lost the services of solid LB John Castillo for the season.

FRESNO RB Earl Charles was held sub-100 going 20 for 70 and none of the usual Rams showed up with big stats. They scored just 44 points, although they trailed at one point 14-7.

AN AVERAGE CANYONS score is 54 to 20.

BUTLER COUNTY had hoped for a shot at the NJCAA title by playing GEORGIA MILITARY in a rematch of 2001 where they lost 31-19.  Grizzlies had best pay attention to their rival DIXIE REBELS, winners of 9 straight.


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