BOWL WRAP-UP (12-11-02)

It's time to look back at our bowl predictions and see how we did. This is something the Grid-Wire has been doing since 1987. Of course, there's one game left and it determines the California champion: Reedley vs. College of the Canyons. Also, we take a look at the beginning of the inevitable coaching changes. Several programs have already made announcements.

THIS WAS NOT A VINTAGE YEAR PIGSKIN-PICKING-WISE.  We came up with 13 wins against 9 defeats good for 59%.  That brings our totals since we started prognosticating the bowl games back in 1987 to 219 wins, 113 losses and 6 ties.  That's an overall 68% winning record. Still not bad.

Here's how the games went. My pre-game prediction is to the right in parenthesis:


REEDLEY 39, FRESNO 28 (Prediction: 24 – 27)


CANYONS 52, CHAFFEY 27 (Prediction: 35 – 37)


JOLIET 24, GEORGIA MILITARY 14 (Prediction: 10 – 31)


DIXIE 31, BUTLER COUNTY 18 (Prediction: 14 – 17)


SAN FRANCISCO 44, SAN MATEO 6 (Prediction: 24 – 14)


LONG BEACH 52, COMPTON 24 (Prediction: 27 – 28)


MOORPARK 55, PASADENA 28 (Prediction: 35 – 31)


N.E. OKLAHOMA 27, ERIE 21 OT (Prediction: 47 – 13)


TRINITY VALLEY 33, JONES 22 (Prediction: 27 – 17)


PALOMAR 20, GROSSMONT 19 (Prediction: 21 – 28)


SADDLEBACK 35, CERRITOS 28 OT (Prediction: 17 – 24)


NORTH DAKOTA ST. 42, NORTHLAND 27 (Prediction: 13 – 21)

GRAND RAPIDS 12, IOWA CENTRAL 6 OT (Prediction: 17 – 20)


COFFEYVILLE 55, ROCHESTER 7 (Prediction: 48 – 14)


SANTA ROSA 63, FEATHER RIVER 13 (Prediction: 40 – 20)


L.A. HARBOR 27, MT. SAN JACINTO 7 (Prediction: 24 – 21)


GLENDALE 46, GARDEN CITY 42 (Prediction: 20 – 17)


MODESTO 58, SHASTA 38 (Prediction: 38 – 7)


LOS MEDANOS 35, HARTNELL 20 (Prediction: 21 – 20)


FOOTHILL 38, WEST HILLS 28 (Prediction: 30 – 21)


BUTTE 37, SAN JOAQUIN DELTA 20 (Prediction: 42 – 39)


SIERRA 13, LANEY 7 (Prediction: 28 - 34)

JUST ONE J.C. GAME left on the docket for 2002.  That's the California State Championship contest scheduled for Bakersfield's Memorial Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. between College of the Canyons 10-1 and Reedley 11-0.  That should be a dandy matchup featuring Reedley's rugged defense (Booker, Langenfeld, Green, et al) vs. Canyons' awesome firepower, (Bauer, Arrington, Miller, and troops).  Mike White's Tigers cough up just 232 yards per game, while Chuck Lyons' Cougars rack up 476 yards.  First team All-American Kyle Bauer had just 3 regular season INTs (compared to 4 vs. Chaffey) while denting the scoring column for 36 TDs.  He was 178 for 307 for 57% and 3,109 yards.  Arrington only carried 135 times, but gained 769 yards and more importantly scored 19 TDs.  The Tigers aren't without firepower.  Fr. QB Robert Johnson was 157-250 for 2,122 yards and 19 scores and Bryant Stewart pulled down 13 of the TD tosses among his 64 catches.  San Francisco took the trophy home to the Northern California slopes the last 3 years, but Reedley will have to have their scoring togs on top keep it in the North.

COLLEGE OF CANYONS 42, REEDLEY 38  would be our guess.

Yep that's defying the old edict, which is to always take the team with the best defense.

NEXT WEEK – we will have the final J.C. GRID-WIRE TOP-THIRTY RANKINGS for 2002.

WE NOTE A NUMBER OF COACHING CHANGES ALREADY.  Larry Reisbig is stepping down at LONG BEACH, although he is 8th on the active coaching list.  David Rice has apparently been replaced at MESA.  Jim Southward is stepping up to an executive position within the Mississippi Juco conference leaving DELTA looking for a head man.  Bobby Hall is apparently leaving N.E. MISSISSIPPI after just two seasons.  And, there will be more.

BOWL NOTES:  Many of the victorious teams had come-from-behind victories.  JOLIET trailed GEORGIA MILITARY 14-0 before Robert Sullivan blocked a Bulldog punt that was recovered in the endzone by Billy Glover.  REEDLEY was down 28-6 at halftime, but closed with a 29-point 4th period behind the passing of Robert Johnson (21 of 30 for 276) and the catching of Stewart (9 for 165 yards).  PALOMAR fell behind 10-0, but got the winning tally on an 80-yd TD pass from Roman Ybarra to Adam Burke with 1:32 to play.  Burke went 4 for 115 yards.  SADDLEBACK trailed 14-7 and 21-14 before Fr. QB Brock Farrel hooked up with Jeff Diulio and then Michael O'Gorman in OT.  Fr. LB Ryan Powdrell, 6-1, 250, had 14 tackles, 3 for losses and was named MVP.

The last time GLENDALE and GARDEN CITY met was in the NJCAA title game of 2000 and it was a bruising defensive battle.

Not so Saturday.  GLENDALE withstood a 23 carry, 318 yard, 3 TD performance from Tyson Thompson to hold off GARDEN CITY, 46-42, in a contest that saw 1,073 total yards.

QB David Aupui threw for 333 yards and a TD and ran for 3 others to help HARBOR's victory.

Brandon Jacobs rushed for 265 yards for COFFEYVILLE against Rochester.

RB Quitman Kyles was 19 of 168 for 3 TDs for N.D. State CS and LB Andy Spells had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble for a TD.

MOORPARK was led by RB Chase Schmidtz, who ran for 176 yards on 20 trips.  Barry Tolli caught 5 for 186 and 2 TDs. PCC's Jerome Harrison gained 243 yards on 21 efforts.  MOORPARK had 351 yards in returns, scoring on rush, pass, punt, kickoff returns and a blocked punt.

Kyle Bauer was 19 of 31 for 307 and 2 TDs for CANYONS.  Both CANYONS' JJ Arrington and CHAFFEY'S John Bogarin gained 113 rushing.

DIXIE put away BUTLER COUNTY when Mike Overly picked up an onside attempt and ran in for a TD.

MODESTO rushed for 431 yards with Brian Toran getting 126 and John Benton 157.

BUTTE's William Shoulders gained 162 yards and scored 3 TDs and Bobby Bernal caught 5 passes for 142 yards with a cast on his right arm.

Joe Lawson caught 7 for 134 for SANTA ROSA and LB Gerald Witherall won MVP DEF honors.

Fr. Tim Brown gained 213 yards and scored 4 times for SAN FRANCISCO on 22 carries.

ERIE missed 3 field goals in OT loss to NEO, won when DuPree Jones caught a 10-yd pass.

Chaundres Carthen's 99-yd KOR put winning points on board for SIERRA.  DE Marques Salmond and DL A.J. Bertoli won MVP honors.

There were only a reported 1,500 fans at the Potato Bowl.  Hope they were saving up for Saturday's game.

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