JC Grid-Wire Bowl Preview and Predictions

JC Grid-Wire takes its annual look at the national JC bowl picture and makes its predictions. This year, the NCJAA will decide its champion in the Sea Island Golden Isles Bowl where Joliet meets Georgia Military. In all, there are 14 bowls in California and seven in the NJCAA -- with two games already played.

CAPITAL SHRINE BOWL (Sacramento City College)
November 30, 1:00pm

SIERRA (9-1) vs. LANEY (7-3)

LANEY played a tad tougher schedule and both teams lost to Modesto.  Laney has a couple of top freshmen in QB Derek Murray (Season: 9g-125-219-1515-13-11) and RB Rodney Roy, (Season: 9g-149-725-7).  Sierra counters with the 3rd leading passer in the state in J.P. Greco (Season: 9g-108-156-1391-16-5) and freshman RB Rudy Jones (Season: 9g-193-1126-20).  We will go with Stan Peters and his LANEY Eagles – LANEY 34, SIERRA 28

DALTON DEFENDERS BOWL (Coffeyville C.C.)
December 1, 1:30pm

COFFEYVILLE (8-3) vs. ROCHESTER (11-0)

COFFEYVILLE gives up 123 yards per game rushing and that's usually how ROCHESTER does it's scoring too. Conference MVP DL Darrell Shropshire, 6-2, 280, is a leader on defense and will be headed for South Carolina next year. Bookend DEs, Tony McClain, 6-3, 265, and Wali Muhammad 6-2, 235, are a tough pair.  RB Brandon Jacobs, 6-4, 245, scored 108 points and gained 1,588.  ROCHESTER averages. 447 yards per game and jogged thru Minnesota competition.  QB Branden Huewe and RBs Kentrell Nealy (Season: 9g-113-926) and Quentin Bowen (Season: 9g-116-767) spark an offense that scored 467 points in 11 games. Jeff Leiker's Red Ravens should have a big advantage.  COFFEYVILLE 48, ROCHESTER 14

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP (Reedley C.C.)
December 7, 1:00pm

FRESNO (9-1) vs. REEDLEY (10-0)

Mike White's Reedley Tigers knocked off Fresno 28-21 last week and took over 1st place in the national rankings.  Frosh QB Robert Johnson has nifty 10g stats of 159 of 250 for 2,122, 19 TDs and 9 INTs.  WR Byrant Stewart (Season: 64-1,099-13) is on the receiving end.  Defense is led by a couple of nasty DL in Donyell Booker, 6-2, 300, and DE Doug Langenfeld, 6-3, 247. Plus, CB Lionel Green, 6-1, 185, is great in coverage.  We've written a lot about FRESNO's QB Mark Hetherington, RB Earl Charles, WR Willie Johnson, and FS Rodney Woods. These guys lead a team that won't take Saturday's loss lightly.  Tough to beat a good foe twice in a row so we'll go with the Rams, but very close.  FRESNO 27, REEDLEY 24

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP (Chaffey College)
December 7, 1:00pm

CANYONS (9-1) vs. CHAFFEY (10-0)

Panther QB Nick Fotia does a fine workmanlike job (9g-121-207-2,003-18-6), but the go-go guy is RB Johnny Bogarin,  who rushed for 1,607 yards on 237 carries, with 18 TDs and 108 points.  CHAFFEY averages 463 per game, 42.7 points and gave up only 16.4. Carl Beach's lads gave Grossmont their only loss.  CANYONS tallies an amazing 50 points per game, but gives up 26.9.  QB Kyle Bauer, 6-1, 190, is the big gun going 178 of 307 for 3,109 yards, 36 TDs, and only 3 picks.  RB J.J. Arrington averaged 5.7 yards per carry (Season: 135-769), but has found the endzone 19 times. WR Tyrell Smith caught 44 passes for 1,099 yards and 12 TDs.  TE Brian Miller is a good one. It looks like solid rushing vs. solid passing.  Chaffey is at home.  Canyons has better pass/run balance.  This sucker should be real close.  CANYONS 37, CHAFFEY 35

SEA ISLAND GOLDEN ISLES (Glynn Stadium, Brunswick, Ga.)
December 7, 1:00pm

JOLIET (10-0) vs. GEORGIA MILITARY (10-0)

This is for the NJCAA Championship since these two teams are ranked 1-2 in their rankings.  GMC has some trouble gaining respect simply because they only played four JC teams.  However, the Bulldogs traveled to Dixie in the opener and came away with a solid 35-19 victory and beat two Texas teams and Nassau.  RB Andre Hall is the real deal, P/K Clay Crisp is outstanding, and the same can be said of CB Brian Staley.  Joliet head man Bob MacDougall slid into the 200-win club (204) with his JOLIET Wolves.  QB Jim Peyton, DE Josh Crestman, LB Datema Lay are solid performers. Illinois-bound WR Kelvin Hayden, the MVP on offense for the conference, is a superstar.  JOLIET has won 20 in a row.  GMC has a 23-game streak working.  The two longest win streaks in the country among JCs.  Playing at home is a real advantage.   GEORGIA MILITARY 31, JOLIET 10

SHRINE POTATO BOWL (Bakersfield College)
December 7, 1:00pm

MOORPARK (9-1) vs. PASADENA (8-2)

A 3-point loss to Long Beach in the season finale probably cost PASADENA a shot at the SoCal title.  Will the Lancers be too disappointed to give their best in Bakersfield?  Tom Maher's lads have lots of talent, but were pretty sporadic after QB John Rattay went down.  LB James Griffin is a star.  WR Hannibal Thomas will go D1.  FB Allen Kennett is really tough.  LBCC and Riverside ripped the DBs to shreds.  Which team will show up?  MOORPARK could be in the title game if the season was one play shorter.  Palomar beat them in the opener on a long pass on the last play.  QB Tony Williams is having a great season (Season: 10g- 96-181-1,662-23-10).  Frosh RB Greg Morris (Season: 154-1,078-12), WR Berry Tolli, FS Mike Argo, and OT Phil Clark have had All-Conference seasons.  MOORPARK  35,  PASADENA  31

TRI COUNTIES BANK HOLIDAY BOWL (Butte College)
December 7, 12:00pm

BUTTE (9-1) vs. SAN JOAQUIN DELTA (9-1)

Craig Rigsbee figured his BUTTE Roadrunners should have been playing Reedley in the NorCal title game.  True, Butte lost to Fresno earlier in a shootout, but he figures FCC didn't win their conference.  After that 35-10 blasting of CCSF, it could be argued that BC is the best in the North.  DELTA won't be an easy mark.  Gary Barlow's Mustangs are a scoring machine and like BC, their only loss came against Fresno.  BC has a hot young QB in Aaron Rodgers who can pass and run.  RB William Shoulders rushed for over 1,400 yards.  Butte LBs Casey Corbaley and Cam Yeow are excellent.  DELTA goes with a solid passing attack headed by QB Daniel Taylor, who had 24 TDs and just 5 INTs after 9 games.  Lots of scoring anticipated.  BUTTE 42, DELTA 39

DIXIE ROTARY BOWL (Dixie State College)
December 7, 1:00pm

BUTLER COUNTY (10-1) vs. DIXIE STATE (9-2)

In 1986, DIXIE beat BC 36-33. And in '99 it was BC winning 49-35.  This year's match up should be another tough struggle, with strong defenses in the spotlight. BC doesn't have anyone with big offensive stats although Joe Harris had some 800 yards rushing.  On defense, LBs Marcus Lawrence and Lee Foliaki, DB Jamie Thompson, and DT J.J. Grant get the job done big-time. They're all going D1.  Butler County head man Troy Morrell has the team concept going and it's working.  Greg Croshaw's DIXIE Rebels lost the first two games and then won 9 in a row.  They recorded three shutouts this season, too.  DB Jason Lee is big and physical.  QB Casey Rehrer gets the job done while RB Josh Burkman had over 1,000 yards.  We have a hunch that it will be BUTLER COUNTY 17, Dixie 14.

WESTERN STATE BOWL (Long Beach City Veterans Stadium)
December 7, 1:00pm

LONG BEACH (7-3) vs. COMPTON (7-2)

Should be a great individual matchup between RBs Craig Richardson of LBCC and Compton's Alvin Marshall.  The game features decent QBs, too, in Vikings sophomore Brandon Fasavalu and Compton frosh Brandon Brooks.  Neighborhood pride is at stake.  COMPTON 28, LONG BEACH 27.

SAN FRANCISCO HAWAIIAN PUNCH BOWL (City College of San Francisco)
December 7, 1:00pm

SAN MATEO (8-2) vs. SAN FRANCISCO (8-2) 

Larry Owens would love to see his SAN MATEO Bulldogs pull off an upset.  George Rush doesn't want his CCSF Rams to fall any further after losing to Butte and Foothill.  If Rams QB Jason Swanson is on his game, Rush will probably get the win.  He has some terrific supporting players including frosh RB Tim Brown and especially CB Chijioke Onyenegecha. CSM has had a fine season with losses only to Foothill and West Valley.  QB Hassan Noble has great wheels and is 8th in the state's QB ratings.  Akbar Jones is a fine WR and PR.  SAN FRANCISCO 24,  SAN MATEO  14.

RED RIVER BOWL, (Bedford, Tx. )
December 7, 1:00pm

NE OKLAHOMA A&M (10-1) vs. ERIE (7-2)

ERIE lost their opener to Morrisville by one and the finale by two.  This game looks like a horrid mismatch.  NEO is truly solid team with a 272-174 point differential before the playoffs.  DT Mike Pruitt was conference's defensive MVP. NE OKLAHOMA  47,  ERIE  13

CERRITOS STRAWBERRY BOWL (Cerritos College)
December 7, 7:00pm

CERRITOS (8-2) vs. SADDLEBACK (8-2)

Falcons are 8th best rushing team in state behind Jermaine Whiten and his 1,000-plus yards and Josh Herrera doing the damage.  Defense is real solid allowing just 270 yards per game.  LB Justin Burks is one of the best in the land.  OT Anthony Guerrero, 6-3, 305, is highly recruited. Freshman SADDLEBACK QB Brock Farrel  passed for 2,200 yards and had a 19-4 ratio. RB Darren Shorter is getting hot.  LB Jimmy Ellingson and DE Blake Curci lead "D".  Cerritos just doesn't lose in their bowl, though.  CERRITOS 24, SADDLEBACK 17

SILICON VALLEY BOWL (Foothill College)
December 7, 1:00pm

FOOTHILL (7-2) vs. WEST HILLS (6-4)

No one shows up in the top stats from FOOTHILL, but the team as a whole is 11th in the state on defense.  High-strung LB Joe Maningo and DT Sione Tuipulotu lead the "D".  WEST HILLS is a similar team but Dwayne Wright at RB is exceptional.  Because of home field advantage we will go with FOOTHILL 30, WEST HILLS 21

VALLEY OF THE SUN (Glendale College)
December 7, 2:00pm

GARDEN CITY  (7-3) vs. GLENDALE (8-2)

This is a rematch of the 2000 NJCAA title game, which was a bruising 13-7 defensive struggle won by GLENDALE.  We look for a bit of the same this year.  DE J.C. Braker and FS Chris McKenzie (Ariz. State commit) of GLENDALE will be D1 stars one day.  GARDEN has a dandy duo at CBs in Corey Reddick and Ced Williams plus LB Marcus West.  If GARDEN's potent running game gets going watch out.  However, again with the home field advantage, we'll take GLENDALE 20, GARDEN CITY 17.

SOUTH COUNTY BOWL (Southwestern College)
December 7, 5:00pm

PALOMAR (9-1) vs. GROSSMONT (9-1)

In days gone by it would have been easy to tab Mission Conference PALOMAR over Foothill Conference GROSSMONT, even if it is a neighborhood brawl.  The Foothill has improved greatly in recent years and we see this one as a toss-up.  PC does not have the flash of Craft days, but defense is strong behind FS Willie Togoai, LB Sean Sovacool, and LB Andrew Dorsey.  Alex Thompson and Chris Williams are both right around 1,000-yard rushers.  GCC has a slick QB in Tanner Engstrand (Season: 10g-162-271-2,492-22-10).  LB Cordell Williams is a good one and there is a bevy of WRs.  GROSSMONT 28, PALOMAR 21.

CLO BOWL (Santa Rosa JC)
December 7, 1:00pm

SANTA ROSA (7-3) vs. FEATHER RIVER (6-4)

This is the first year of play for the River and what a great job coach Rob Cushman has done.  SANTA ROSA rides the rifle arm of Tony Keefer, who broke the all-time school total offense mark with a career 5,310.  WR Joe Lawson is a good one. So is fireplug LB Logo Tevaseu, all 5-9, 210 of him. SRJC played a tougher schedule, though comparative scores are close on some.  SANTA ROSA 40, FEATHER RIVER 20.

US BANK BEACH BOWL (Santa Monica C.C.)
December 7, 1:00pm

L.A. HARBOR (7-3) vs. MT. SAN JACINTO (6-4)

Long Beach found out last year that it doesn't pay to take MSJC lightly.  LAH will be favored in this one behind QB David Aupiu, who had 18 TDs in 8 games.  We'll have to go with the trend and observe our own warning. HARBOR 24, MT. SAN JACINTO 21.

EAST COUNTY BOWL (Los Medanos College)
December 7, 1:00pm

LOS MEDANOS (6-4) vs. HARTNELL (5-5)

RB Willie Bongo-Boloweti averaged close to 150 yards per game behind huge 6-5, 320-pound lineman Sam Vegas. Those two help make the HARTNELL offense go.  LMC defense is sturdy, especially against the rush allowing just over 100 yards per game. Keep an eye on LB Tag McCurdy. This one's a grab bag.  LOS MEDANOS 21, HARTNELL 20.

PACIFIC GRAFFITI BOWL (Modesto Jr. College)
December 7, 1:00pm

MODESTO (5-5) vs. SHASTA (5-5)

This is the only bowl game that doesn't have a winning team playing in it.  Nick Brown's passing and John Benton's rushing should get the job done for MODESTO 38, SHASTA 7.

HEART OF TEXAS BOWL (Copperas Cove, Tx.)
December 8

TRINITY VALLEY (9-2) vs. JONES COUNTY (8-3)

TVCC had a fine year, but just couldn't beat N.E. Oklahoma in two tries.  JONES had trouble getting on the scoreboard late in the campaign losing to Holmes 7-0 in the title game.  TVCC has a dazzling passing attack behind freshman Justin Allgood throwing to conference's offensive MVP, Drew Coleman.  DE Paul Thomas is also special.  JONES stars WR Alonzo Nix and DE Chauncey Davis (Florida State commit) 6-2, 260, will surely be heard from in future years. TRINITY VALLEY 27, JONES COUNTY 17.

A FEW NOTES  –

PALOMAR has not lost to a San Diego Co. foe since 1988.  EAST L.A. QB Thomas McDougall threw for 473 yards in 30-27 loss to Ventura going 30 of 41.

CHAFFEY RB John Bogarin rushed for 254 yards vs. Mt. San Jacinto.

Kyle Bauer was 22 of 40 for 311 and 4 TDs and Tyrell Smith caught 7 for 191 and 3 for CANYONS. It was needed since COMPTON ace Alvin Marshall totaled 361 yards and 3 scores going 11 carries for 117, 9 catches for 123, 65 yards on returns, and he tossed a 56-yard TD pass.  Compton QB Brandon Brooks was 26 of 53 for 376 with 4 TDs.

OUR THANKS TO THE COACHES AND SIDs, who continually update us with information.


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