Alexander lands scholarship at Idaho
Griffins scholarship list grows
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EL CAJON (6-17-11/Revised 6-18-11)
Grossmont College, which competes in Californias
National Division Southern Conference
the most widely respected community
college football group in the nation
has 24 players in line for four-year colleges
(20 on scholarships) despite a mediocre
6-5 finish a year ago.
Bottom line here is if you play against
the best competition, you will be rewarded
with a blue-chip scholarship regardless
of the teams overall record.
We know what is important to these
kids making it to the next level,
said Grossmont College head coach MIKE
JORDAN. Sure, we want to win games
and that is always a goal. But bringing
the big time coaches to see our kids is
just as important.
Among those advancing from last seasons
crew include nose guard HENRY SIMON (Iowa
State), defensive end CRAIG COFER (Hawai'i),
quarterback RYAN WOODS (San Jose State),
wide receiver TOMMY ALEXANDER (Idaho),
corner and Valhalla grad IVAN MAY (SUNY-Stony
Brook). Linebacker PAT KELLY of Christian
High to Neb.-Kearney, while Santana tight
end JAKE PODPORA (Chowan Univ., Memphis,
Tenn.) and El Capitan O-lineman DERYCK
"Bear" BEVERIDGE (Central Oklahoma)
have also found new homes.
Wide receiver ALEX McLELAND is headed
for UC Davis, while JOSHUA UDEH is locked
in at Alabama A&M. Mount Miguel alum
linebacker KEVEN WOODS is bound for Mississippi
Valley State which was the stepping
stone for Jerry Rice to become the NFLs
most prolific receiver.
By Mario Renteria, Sports Editor
Imperial Valley Press
Special to East County Sports.com
CALEXICO (7-2-11) When Grossmont College's
TOMMY ALEXANDER played sports at Vincent Memorial
High a few years ago, he stole headlines.
Football and basketball were his domain, dominating
many opponents with his blazing speed, toughness,
athleticism and agility.
Since he graduated in 2008, hes been
quiet, working toward his ultimate goal of making
the NFL Draft.
His dream has come within reach this summer
after signing a Letter of Intent to play at
the University of Idaho, an NCAA Division I
FBS school, on a full-ride scholarship.
At UI, hell look to continue to steal
headlines with the Vandals.
I just hope that I get to be in a good
position to be successful like I was at Vincent
Memorial, Alexander said. And just
work hard and play two years and try to enter
After graduating from Vincent Memorial, and
after most of his scholarship offers were revoked
because of coaching changes from those respective
schools, he went to Eastern Arizona Junior College
in Thatcher, Ariz., for one season.
The EAC Gila Monsters started him off at quarterback,
where he scored four touchdowns his first game
as a Gila Monster. They later moved him to wide
He didnt shine as much at EAC since the
Gila Monsters ran the option.
A friend attending Grossmont told him the Griffins
needed wide receivers.
In one year at Grossmont, he put up 36 catches
for 650 yards and scored three touchdowns.
It went really well, Alexander
said of his year at Grossmont. They needed
wide receivers and they passed the ball more.
The Vandals then came knocking, offering him
a spot on the squad.
The coaches liked my highlights tape,
He was also contacted by the University of
Cincinnati, but he chose Idaho.
Idaho really wanted me to go there,
Alexander said. They were trying really
hard to get me there.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pound receiver will major
in business at Idaho. He will make the move
to Moscow in the states Latah County in
For now, hes living in San Diego where
hes working out with a professional trainer
and still visits his family in the Valley often.
My coaches at Vincent Memorial, Jeff
Deyo, Pete Contreras, they were the people that
pushed me hard and showed me how to be a hard
worker, Alexander said. And I want
to thank the Hermosillo family for all theyve
done for me.
He also praised his father.
I just want to thank him for sacrificing
everything just for me to have a good education
and pushing me to work hard, Alexander
GROSSMONT COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Pos Name (HS/Hometown) / College / Affiliation
DL Craig Cofer (Livermore) Hawai'i
DL Henry Simon (Eastlake) Iowa State
DB Joshua Udeh (Scripps Ranch) Alabama
A&M NCAA I
DB Ivan May (Valhalla) Stony Brook
LB Keven Woods (Mount Miguel) Mississippi
Valley St. NCAA I
QB Ryan Woods (Granite Bay, CA) San Jose
State NCAA I
WR Alex McLeland (Scripps Ranch) UC Davis
WR Tommy Alexander (Calexico) Idaho
LB Pat Kelly (Christian) Neb.-Kearney
DL Yun Taala Northeastern Oklahoma
State NCAA II
DL Adrian Perricone (Alameda) Central
Missouri NCAA II
DB Caleb Farrel (Christian) Harding
DB Tramaine Wilkes (Springdale, MD) Harding
WR Roland Brooks (Memphis, TN) Chowan
TE Jake Podpora (Santana) Chowan
OL Deryck Beveridge (El Capitan) Central
Oklahoma NCAA II
OL Joshua Spence (Chesapeake, VA) Missouri
Southern NCAA II
OL Michael Robles (West Hills) Western
New Mexico NCAA II
LB Shane Pinson (Santana) Benedictine
OL Ruben Cardenas (Eastlake) Southern
DL Lewis Fai'i California Lutheran
OL Alika Lewis (Mililani, HI) Chapman,
LB Derek Holsapple (St. Augustine) (turned
down Southern Missouri; walking on at SDSU)
RB Darrin Alix (Patrick Henry) TBA
Beveridge headed Eastbound
|Griffins host annual OL
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EL CAJON (3-16-11) Grossmont College
football is now accepting registration for its
fifth annual camp devoted exclusively to offensive
linemen, which is open to football players from
throughout San Diego and Imperial counties currently
in grades 9-12.
The techniques camp will be held on Sat., Apr.
30, at on-campus Mashin-Roth Memorial Field,
the home of the 2005 state and national champion
Griffins, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The camp is just $25, with team rates available
of five for $100, or $20 per player for groups
of six or more.
Activities include fundamentals in both the
running and passing game, conditioning, and
specialty notes for tackles, guards and centers.
For further information or to register, click
for the camp brochure, or contact Grossmont
College offensive line coach KEN WILMESHERR
at (619) 370-0765 or by Email.
|at San Diego Mesa
at El Camino
at Orange Coast
COLL. of the CANYONS
at Mt. San Antonio
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EDMOND, Okla. (4-21-11) Grossmont College left
tackle DERYCK BEVERIDGE, a second-team All-Southern
Conference selection who helped the Griffins to a
second consecutive Beach Bowl berth last season, has
accepted a scholarship to play for the University
of Central Oklahoma.
The Broncos just finished their final season as members
of the Lone Star Conference in 2010. This fall, the
school will play as an independent before joining
the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics
Association in 2012.
"The team is rebuilding, so they expect me to
walk right in there and start for them," said
Beveridge, who will major in business. "I'm excited
to be a part of the team. I love the coaching staff
and I fit right in with the guys, plus the surrounding
area reminded me of home."
Beveridge (6-8, 295) was also a standout performer
for El Capitan High School, gaining a 2007 first-team
All-East County berth while blocking for quarterback
TANNER RUST, the 2007 East County Offensive Player
of the Year.
Beveridge was also an All-Grossmont North League
performer as a junior in 2006, helping the Vaqueros
to an 11-1 record and a league championship behind
quarterback RYAN LINDLEY, who was also the East County
Offensive Player of the Year.
Rust is now a standout in baseball for New Mexico
State. Lindley led San Diego State to a Poinsettia
Bowl berth this past season.
Out of high school, Beveridge committed to UTEP,
where he spent two years (playing one season) before
returning to play for Grossmont following a coaching
change with the Miners.
With the Griffins, Beveridge was one of seven players
named to the blue chip All-National Division Southern
Conference team as selected in balloting by the circuits
six head football coaches.
East County quintet honored by NFF, including Griffins'
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MISSION VALLEY (3-19-11) Five East County football
players were honored for on-field and academic excellence
in the annual awards banquet conducted by the San
Diego and Imperial counties chapter of the National
Football Foundation & Hall of Fame, held Friday
(Mar. 18) at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.
The honorees include: Grossmont College linebacker
PAT KELLY, Steele Canyon High wide receiver JAKE WRAGG,
Christian High running back/linebacker TYRONE SAULS,
Helix High defensive lineman SAM MEREDITH, and Grossmont
High linebacker/defensive end COLTON ALEXIO.
Each year, 26 of the area's best and brightest high
school and college football players are honored at
a banquet attended by more than 400 people. The event
is one of the most prestigious athletic/academic functions
in the region.
More than $30,000 worth in scholarships were distributed.
The NFF chapter's co-founder and College Football
Hall of Fame Gold Medal winner, Walter J. Zable, earned
the honor of having the chapter named after him by
being one of the football foundation's greatest supporters.
It serves a community of more than 3 million residents,
making it one of the nation's largest.
All-state honors for Griffins' LB Kelly
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EL CAJON (1-4-11) Sophomore linebacker PAT KELLY
(Christian HS) Grossmont Colleges leading
tackler has been named to the All-State Region
IV first team defense in a vote of the California Community
College Football Coaches Association.
Kelly was also a unanimous pick on the Southern California
Football Association All-National Division Southern
Conference first team.
At the moment, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Kelly is sifting
through four-year college offers.
Grossmont, which finished 6-5 last season, was ranked
No. 12 in Southern California and No. 24 in the state
in the final CCCFCA/JC Athletic Bureau ratings.
Mt. SAC claims state championship,
WEEK 14 SCOREBOARD
Sat., Dec. 11
Mt. San Antonio 34,
CC San Francisco 7 STATS
WEEK 13 SCOREBOARD
Sat., Nov. 27
|So. California Final
Mt. San Antonio 51,
Cerritos 0 STATS
declared mythical national champ
Special to East County Sports
WALNUT (12-12-10) Mt. San Antonio College successfully
defended its California Community College Athletic Association
football championship Saturday, turning back 5-time
champ City College of San Francisco 34-7, in front of
a partisan crowd of 7,460 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
It was also a mythical national championship battle
of America's two remaining major unbeaten JC/CC teams,
ranked 1 (Mt. SAC) & 2 (CCSF) in the country. Mt.
SAC finished with the best record (13-0 of any of the
nations 140 teams and as champion of the largest
2-year college association (71 teams) in claiming the
mythical national crown ahead of the Rams (11-1). The
Mounties also increased their national-leading win streak
to 23 games.
All-America quarterback Nick Lamaison completed 23 of
33 passes for 223 yards to earn player of the game honors.
Mounties wide receiver Michael Edwards was the offensive
player of the game with 6 catches for 67 yards and a
TD. Defensive player of the game honors went to Mt.
SAC lineman Boja Filimoeatu (6-2, 250), with 8 tackles
(6 unassisted), including two sacks.
100-yard return can't save Grossmont
Santa Ana ends Griffins' record 5-game
WEEK TWELVE SCOREBOARD
Sat., Nov. 20
So. California Semifinals
(4) Bakersfield 26
(1) Mt. San Antonio 36
At Mission Viejo
(3) Cerritos 34
(2) Saddleback 14
Other Southland Bowl Games
At Santa Ana
Santa Ana 52
Western State Bowl
At Rancho Cucamonga
Golden Empire Bowl
College of the Canyons 49
(Tier Two Schools)
L.A. Harbor 14
At Woodland Hills
(Tier Three Schools)
San Bernardino Valley 36
L.A. Pierce 58
winning streak in bowl games, 52-43
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SANTA ANA (11-21-10) The most memorable play
of Grossmont College's football season turned into
a 14-point turnaround when defensive back CALEB FARREL
raced 100 yards with an interception on the final
play of the first half, giving the Griffins a 26-21
But when Santa Ana's Kris Brown registered his own
'Pick 6' with a dazzling runback moments into the
fourth quarter, the huge momentum swing allowed the
Dons to capture Saturday's (Nov. 20) Beach Bowl, 52-43,
before a rain-tempered gathering of just 700 fans
at Santa Ana Stadium's Eddie West Field.
The loss snapped Grossmonts 5-game bowl winning
streak, finishing the season with a 6-5 overall record.
Despite the Griffins' first bowl loss since 2002,
the school has played in more postseason contests
than any other San Diego County school over the past
Farrel, a Christian High product, knew he needed
to come up with a big play with his team, trailing
21-19, about to fall into a deeper hole.
"We were in Cover 2-man, so I was sitting on
the slant," noted Farrel, who has gained interest
from Cal Poly among other colleges. "I saw
the quarterback check the running back and when he
turned and committed to him, I was able to jump the
The triple-figure return resulted in a record-tying
school mark, matching the runback by MICHAEL WILLIAMS
against the Air Force Academy JV in Colorado Springs
Santa Ana responded by out-scoring Grossmont, 10-0,
in the third period, with a chance to score more.
However, a goal-line stand kept the Dons (9-2) out
of the end zone.
Griffins linebackers CAMERON SAVINI and PAT KELLY
made stops at the 1-yard line on second and third
downs, respectively, then Santa Ana fumbled on fourth
down, with YUN TAALA making the recovery.
However, four plays later, Brown came through with
one of Santa Ana's four interceptions on the night.
He grabbed the ball along the right flat, reversed
course to the opposite side of the field, juked a
pair of defenders near the 10, then dived and hit
the pylon while getting rocked by a pair of Grossmont
players for the dramatic score.
For his effort, coupled with a game-high 12 tackles
(8 solo) and four defended passes, Brown was tabbed
the defensive player of the game.
MVP honors for offense went to Griffins quarterback
RYAN WOODS after the sophomore completed 28 of 65
passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns (despite
more than half-a-dozen drops).
The overall game MVP went to Dons running back Akeelie
Mustafa, who accounted for four TDs. After rushing
for 115 yards in the first half, the freshman did
even better down the stretch, finishing with 293 yards
on the ground and three scores. Included was a 69-yard
romp for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, then fourth-quarter
bursts of 31 and 12 yards to put away the triumph.
"No. 23 (Mustafa) was very much deserving,"
noted Woods. "It's not great to end your (Grossmont)
career with a losing effort although we fought hard."
Mustafa also caught a TD pass from Andrew McDonald
(15-for-22, 207 yards, 2 TDs).
"Grossmont came out to play, but we knew they
were banged up," noted Mustafa. "So our
team just kept on pushing, while I just gave glory
Grossmont's shortage of starters on defense found
a never-ending parade of line-up juggling.
"We had receivers playing at safety, linebackers
at defensive end, and ends playing at tackle,"
said ADRIAN PERRICONE, an end who was found at five
different spots during the ballgame. "But we
were on the field too long, and when they got the
'Pick 6' there was a huge swing in momentum."
Perricone, on an assist from TRAMAINE WILKES, opened
the second half with a fourth-down stop when Santa
Ana went for it from the Grossmont-26. Perricone registered
nine tackles, including the team's lone sack, finishing
one stop behind Savini and Farrel, who led the Griffins
with 10 tackles each.
Woods tossed a pair of TD passes to JAKE PODPORA,
covering 43 and 9 yards, in the first half, He later
found DONTAE INGRAHM from 10 yards in the closing
Podpora collected four receptions (for 78 yards),
matching Ingrahm and DARRIN ALIX, while Woods' favorite
target was JUSTIN SALUM (5-44). Alix was also the
team's leading rusher with 47 yards, as Grossmont
posted 405 yards.
On special teams, Grossmont kicker SPENCER SWORD
was perfect on a trio of field goal attempts, converting
from 36, 32 and 39 yards.
Alix wins coveted Joe Roth Award
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LONG BEACH (11-19-10) Seven Grossmont
College Griffins were named to the blue chip
Division Southern Conference team as selected
in balloting by the circuits six head
Sophomore linebacker PAT KELLY (Christian)
Grossmonts leading tackler, ranked
No. 3 in the NDSC was a unanimous first-team
choice, which makes him eligible for an All-State
Representing Grossmont on the second-team defense
were: freshman end SHANE PENNIX (Valhalla) and
sophomore linebacker KEVEN WOODS (Mount Miguel).
Griffins named to the second-team offense were:
tackle DERYCK BEVERIDGE (El Capitan, 6-8, 300);
wide receiver ALEX McLELAND (Scripps Ranch);
running back DARRIN ALIX (Patrick Henry); and
quarterback RYAN WOODS (Granite Bay).
Fullerton College running back Kelvin York
was selected the NDSC Offensive Player of the
Year, while Mt. San Antonio tackle Bojay Filimoeatu
was tabbed the NDSC Defensive Player of the
Year. Mt. SACs Bob Jastrab was chosen
the conference coach of the year.
East County graduates playing in the second
tier earning All-Central Division East Conference
are Southwestern College players. First team
offense recognition went to Monte Vista freshman
lineman MARK POUVAVE (6-3, 320). Second team
offensive honors went to Jaguars lineman FRANKIE
KASCINTA (Steele Canyon).
Named to the third tier All-American Division
Mountain Conference second team was San Diego
Mesa corner CORY JACKSON (El Cajon Valley).
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SAN DIEGO (11-19-10) Grossmont College sophomore
running back DARRIN ALIX has been selected the winner
of the 34th annual Joe Roth Memorial Award.
A graduate of Patrick Henry High, the 5-foot-11,
205 Alix, who led the pass-happy Griffins (6-4) in
rushing (119-494, 7 TDs), was presented the football
programs most coveted honor at Thursdays
(Nov. 18) team awards banquet held at Marina Village.
This award is given to the San Diego County community
college football player that best exemplifies the
high academic standards, athletic excellence, humility,
leadership, character and class that the late Joe
Roth exhibited during his All-America career.
A graduate of Granite Hills, Roth, a gifted quarterback
guided the Griffins to their only undefeated season
and first state championship in 1974. He led Cal to
its only Pac-10 championship in 1975 and was considered
a potential NFL first-round draft pick before he died
of cancer at age 22 in February, 1977.
Alix owns a 3.6 grade-point-average with hopes of
becoming an engineer.
Other award winners at the teams banquet attended
by more than 250 were: Offensive MVP quarterback RYAN
WOODS (205-340, 2,757 yards, 25 TDs); Defensive Co-MVPs
linebacker PAT KELLY (Christian) and linebacker KEVEN
WOODS (Mount Miguel); defensive lineman YUN TAALA
winner of the inaugural Coaches Mauga Award; Defensive
Rookie of the Year end SHANE PENNIX (Valhalla); Specialist
of the Year MATT POULIN (St. Augustine); best Defensive
Back of the Year corner IVAN MAY (Valhalla); and Best
Receiver ALEX McLELAND (Scripps Ranch).
The Griffins will once again extend their season
with a bowl game as they take on Santa Ana (8-2) in
Saturdays (Nov. 20) Beach Bowl at Santa Ana
Grossmont will be looking for its sixth straight
bowl game victory.
Griffins gain bowl berth
Seeks 6th straight bowl victory
Listing of All Southland
Bowl Games HERE
in return trip to Beach Bowl
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LONG BEACH (11-14-10) Grossmont College was rewarded
for posting a winning record despite playing in what
is arguably the toughest conference in the nation, gaining
a second consecutive berth to the Beach Bowl.
The Griffins (6-4 overall) will meet East Conference
runner-up Santa Ana (8-2) at Santa Ana Stadium this
Saturday (Nov. 20), starting at 6 p.m. The Dons were
conference rivals to Grossmont before SCFA realignment
following the 2009 season.
Grossmont was one of only two undefeated teams in
the Southland at the midway point of the season, but
then struggled against the nation's best in going
1-4 in Southern Conference action.
However, with an array of teams hovering near the.500 mark, strength of schedule and being among the
highest ranked of all mid-level teams was good enough
to fill one of 14 spots among seven bowl games.
Last season, Grossmont traveled to Torrance to upend
host El Camino in the Beach Bowl. The 27-22 triumph
was the Griffins' fifth straight bowl victory, dating
back to 2003.
GRIFFINS BOWL SUCCESS
||df. El Camino, 27-22
||So. Calif. Bowl
||df. Victor Valley, 49-7
||So. County Bowl
||df. Glendale, 42-10
||df. Chaffey, 26-7
||So. Calif. Bowl
||df. Citrus, 38-28
In its conference, Santa Ana finished second to Riverside
(9-1), which will meet West Conference champion L.A.
Harbor (8-2) in the Central Conference Championship
Bowl for Division II schools.
The Division III bowl called the American Conference
Championship Bowl will feature Mountain Conference
winner San Bernardino Valley going to Pacific Conference
titlist L.A. Pierce. Both teams are 7-3 overall.
Other postseason games feature Moorpark at Chaffey
in the Western State Bowl, while College of the Canyons
meets Fullerton in the Golden Empire Bowl at Bakersfield.
The Southland semifinals finds top-ranked and unbeaten
Mt. San Antonio (10-0) hosting No. 4 Bakersfield (8-2),
while No. 2 Saddleback (8-2) entertains No. 3 Cerritos
Once 5-0, Griffins conclude
Grossmont's Roland Brooks
gets behind Palomar cornerback
Devin Willis for the touchdown.
Brooks finished with two TD grabs.
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ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
43, Grossmont 35
Mt. San Antonio 33, Pasadena 30
Saddleback 42, Fullerton
Bakersfield 41, Canyons 14
Cerritos 28, Allan Hancock 7
El Camino 56, Ventura 31
Rivereside 47, Southwestern 17
Santa Ana 41, Orange Coast 20
Golden West 37, Desert 7
Chaffey 35, Antelope Valley 10
Long Beach 32, Citrus 31
LA Harbor 46, Moorpark 14
San Diego Mesa 28, Compton 0
SBVC 40, East LA 21
Mt. San Jacinto 43, Victor Valley 23
LA Pierce 24, LA Valley 23
West LA 36, Santa Monica 14
Glendale 42, LA Southwest 27
END REGULAR SEASON
SCFA Playoff Scenarios HERE
regular season on sour note
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ESCONDIDO (11-14-10) It was a disappointing
conclusion to a season that began with so much promise.
At the midway point of the campaign, Grossmont College
was 5-0 including a forfeit win over El Camino
standing as one of only two unbeaten teams
in Southern California at the time.
Once Grossmont entered play in the National Division
Southern Conference they began to come up short. Albeit
the Griffins were in all five games, they came away
with only one win in their final five starts.
One of the more frustrating contests was Saturdays
(Nov. 13) regular season finale against rival Palomar
at Escondido High. The Griffins gave up a season high
to the Comets as they dropped a 43-35 decision.
Our defense was horrible... just embarrassing,
said Griffins coach MIKE JORDAN. We had guys
out of position quite a bit, and Palomar took advantage.
We just had too many breakdowns gave up too
many big plays.
Palomar (5-5, 2-3 NDSC) converted 7 of 15 third downs
and 5 of 6 fourth downs. On the flip side the Griffins
were 0 for 11 on third down plays and 4 of 5 on fourth
I dont know what was going on out there
but we gave up a lot of fourth down conversions,
Grossmont defensive end CRAIG COFER said. I
know we were pretty short-handed in the defensive
line. We had no rotation because we only had four
guys. Im not sure but I think I only came out
of the game for six plays.
Palomar executed 83 plays in the game.
In seven of their 10 games Grossmonts defense
surrendered 30 or more points. However, in three of
those games Grossmonts offense did a good job
of covering that up scoring 42, 45 and 69 points.
We missed too many assignments on defense,
said Griffins sophomore linebacker PAT KELLY, who
registered a game high 14 tackles. They didnt
out-hit us, they werent more physical than us.
What we needed to do is do a better job of thinking
on our feet. That didnt happen often enough
Palomar took the opening kickoff and drove 85 yards
on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. That was one of the
longest drives anyone has put together against Grossmont
and proved to be an omen for the day.
It took the Griffins just 1:46 to counterpunch. DANTE
INGRAHM returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the
Grossmont-48. Quarterback RYAN WOODS connected with
DEREK WHITE on the Griffins first play from scrimmage,
covering 26 yards. From there the Griffs kept the
ball on the ground for the next four plays as DARRIN
ALIX scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 5-yard
SPENCER SWORD kicked the first of his five PATs to
tie it at 7-all.
Palomar quarterback Nate Ong threw three touchdown
passes in the first quarter as the Comets took a 21-7
lead. The sophomore signal-caller finished with 314
yards and a career best 5 touchdowns despite being
sacked three times once each by DEREK HOLSAPPLE,
ADRIAN PERRICONE and PREVIN JOHNSON.
Woods, who clicked on 23 of 37 passes for 208 yards
and 3 touchdowns two of them to ROLAND BROOKS
rallied the Griffins to take a 28-27 lead with
10:13 left in the third quarter. The go-ahead score
was a 10-yard pass from Woods to Brooks. After that
Grossmonts offense went flat and its defense
Although a fourth-down interception by CALEB FARREL
stifled one Palomar drive, the Comets rebounded to
score 16 points on their next three possessions.
Grossmont made a desperation comeback bid, blowing
through a Palomar defense for 58 yards on 6 plays
and culminating on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Woods
to SHAUN EDWARDS with 1:50 remaining.
It appeared that Grossmont would get a chance to
force overtime. With Palomar attempting to run out
the clock, the first two Comets plays resulted
in losses of 5 yards and 10 yards. But the Griffins
who used two of their three timeouts and had
1:32 remaining on the clock seemed to be in
good position to force a possible overtime.
However, once again Grossmont was burned on third
down this time on a questionable pass interference
call. Instead of it being fourth-and-25 for the Comets
at their own 45, Palomar was awarded an automatic
first down due to the infraction against the Griffins.
Palomar eventually ran the clock down to 7 seconds
before relinquishing the ball to Grossmont at its
own 38-yard line for one last Hail Mary.
Woods heaved the ball deep downfield where the Comets
Devin Taverna intercepted it to put an end to a maddening
afternoon for the Griffins.
Thirty-five points should be enough to win
a game, Jordan lamented. But we just did
too many things wrong today for that to happen.
County kingpin, bowl bid on the line
when Grossmont visits Palomar
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ESCONDIDO (11-12-10) Grossmont College will
close the National Division Southern Conference season
against Palomar College Saturday (Nov. 13) at Escondido
High School at 1 p.m.
The visiting Griffins (6-3, 1-3 NDSC), ranked No.
9 in Southern California, need a victory over the
Comets (4-5, 1-3) to gain a legitimate shot at earning
a postseason bowl bid.
Injuries have eaten away at these teams like termites,
which has only added to their struggle while competing
in the states toughest conference.
Grossmont snapped out of the doldrums last week when
they power-punched Pasadena City College 69-34. The
Griffins, who built a 42-7 lead, generated 611 yards
while holding Pasadena to a minus-11 yards rushing
in that rout.
Palomar, meanwhile, was in a scoring free-for-all
of its own in last weeks 51-38 loss at Saddleback.
The Comets and nationally 18th-ranked Saddleback combined
for 91 points, 1,042 offensive yards and 58 first
downs. Comets quarterback Nate Ong made his best argument
for a big-time scholarship, completing 23 of 40 passes
for 338 yards and three touchdowns against the Gauchos.
Grossmont quarterback RYAN WOODS, who like Ong has
been hit by a series of injuries, completed 13 of
15 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns playing
less than half the game against Pasadena.
The biggest surprise for Grossmont in the romp over
the Lancers was its running game which ripped off
225 yards and three TDs in 36 carries. Rarely have
the Griffins been so consistent on the ground.
Both teams have a handful of Division I defensive
standouts, which sometimes get overlooked when the
offenses are clicking at full tilt.
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI Grossmont captured two of
the top National Division Southern Conference players
of the week awards for the Pasadena game. Sophomore
wide receiver ALEX McLELAND was named the NDSC Offensive
Player of the Week after hauling in 8 passes for 217
yards, including touchdowns of 48, 24 and 57 yards...
Defensive Player of the Week honors went to sophomore
DEREK HOLSAPPLE, who logged 9 tackles and returned
an onside kick 34 yards for a touchdown... Running
back DARRIN ALIX earned honorable mention recognition...
Palomar leads the all-time series over the Griffins
14-11, but Grossmont has won the last two 29-26
last year and 49-3 in 2008... The 69 points the Griffins
posted against Pasadena is 6th highest on the Grossmont
Grossmont mounts 35-0 lead,
Grossmont 69, Pasadena 34
Mt. San Antonio 27, Fullerton 23
Saddleback 53, Palomar 38
Cerritos 27, Bakersfield 21
Canyons 37, Ventura 24
El Camino 29, Allan Hancock 21
Santa Ana 33, Southwestern 10
Riverside 42, Desert 33
Golden West 33, Orange Coast 17
Citrus 20, Moorpark 15
LA Harbor 53, Antelope Valley 48
Chaffey 35, Long Beach 30
Mt. San Jacinto 14, SD Mesa 7
East LA 38, Compton 8
SBVC 38, Victor Valley 10
LA SW 63, LA Valley 56 (OT)
Santa Monica 28, Glendale 21
West LA 27, Santa Barbara 21
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EL CAJON (11-07-10) Grossmont College kept
its shot at a post-season bowl game alive Saturday
(Nov. 6) when the Griffins pounded visiting Pasadena
City College, 69-34, in a National Division Southern
Conference contest at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.
It was the first conference win for the Griffins,
who are now poised with an overall record of 6-3,
hoping for an 11th game after next weekends
regular season finale against Palomar (4-5, 1-3).
A win over the Comets would probably earn the Griffins
a bowl bid. A loss to Palomar could well leave Grossmont
on the outside looking in.
Grossmont outgained Pasadena 611-392, while piling
up 29 first downs. Most startling of those numbers
for the Griffins was their season-high 225 yards on
36 rushes, which helped build a massive 35-0 advantage.
The pass opened up the run for us definitely,
said Grossmont sophomore running back DARRIN ALIX,
who stormed for 129 yards on 14 rushes. That
and our O-line was knocking people off the ball.
Grossmont linebacker Joshua
Udeh (top, center) skies to tackle
Pasadena ball-carrier Tevin McCaskill in the
Griffins' 69-34 triumph.
(Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Those doing the work in the trenches included DERYCK
BEVERIDGE (6-foot-7, 300), ALIKA NONIES-LEWIS (6-1,
275), BLAKE BULLARD (6-3, 275), JOSH SPENCE (6-3,
290), ANTOINE ADAMS (6-3, 305), RUBEN CARDENAS (6-2,
300), and MICHAEL ROBLES (6-3, 280).
We didnt make any great changes,
Beveridge said. We just worked on basic techniques
and how to block the simple run plays that we have
instead of trying to do too much. Instead of trying
to get to the second-level defenders, we made sure
we took care of the first level defenders.
Hobbled by an ankle injury in a brief outing at Fullerton
last week, Grossmont quarterback RYAN WOODS came back
fit against Pasadena.
That makes all the difference, Grossmont
coach MIKE JORDAN said. He was healthy enough
to be real effective.
Indeed. The sophomore signal-caller connected on
13 of 15 passes for 278 yards, playing less than half
the game. Included in his bounty were scoring strikes
to ROLAND BROOKS (73 yards), ADRIAN FERGUSON (25 yards)
and a pair to ALEX McLELAND (48 and 24 yards).
McLeland also feasted on the serves of backup quarterback
NICK CAREY, who called an audible and lobbed a 57-yard
TD, making it 62-34 with 7:56 remaining. McLeland
led the Griffins ballhawks with 8 catches for
217 yards, while Carey completed 6 of 13 spirals for
108 yards and two TDs. His final scoring hookup went
to Ferguson covering 12 yards.
For Ferguson, the two scoring catches were his first
receptions of the season.
There were a lot of positives for us in this
game, Jordan said. I think were
getting a little better at that running game, finally,
and were going to need it these last two games
against Palomar and a bowl game if we get one.
Much of the improvement credit goes to Alix.
He runs hard, gets the extra yards, Jordan
said. Hes a very, very smart guy who understands
the whole offense.
It was Grossmonts first victory over Pasadena
in seven meetings. Furthermore, the Griffins
scoring output was the most allowed by a Lancers defense
in 86 years of football.
Although this was hardly a defensive masterpiece,
the Griffins did make some big plays. They sacked
Pasadena s starting quarterback Cesar Hernandez
on five of the first nine snaps.
For the game, the Griffins registered 9 sacks, including
3.5 by linebacker KEVEN WOODS.
Despite the pressure, Pasadena punctured the Grossmont
defense for 402 yards through the air. Most of that
came on the arm of No. 2 quarterback Nick Owens, who
clicked on 22 of 42 passes for 348 yards and five
TDs. Four of the scoring aerials went to Reuben Thomas,
who burned the Griffins for 7 receptions and 194 yards.
Outside of that combination, it was a long day for
Pasadena. None of the eight Lancers ballcarriers
had more than 12 rushing yards in the game. Thirteen
of their 28 rushes resulted in losses, which left
Pasadena with a net of minus-10 yards.
That equals the third-best defensive stand against
the run in Grossmont College history. The Griffins
pushed Mt. San Jacinto back for a minus-31 yards on
31 carries in 1984, bullied San Diego Mesa for minus-23
yards on 20 attempts in 2006 and smothered Southwestern
for a minus-10 yards on 23 sorties in 2007.
Linebacker DEREK HOLSAPPLE notched a game-best 9
tackles, made one sack and returned an onside kick
34 yards for a touchdown that extended Grossmonts
advantage to 42-7 with 4:55 left in the opening half.
For Griffins, Lancers, win or go home
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EL CAJON (11-05-10) Its no secret. Both
host Grossmont College and the visiting Pasadena City
College Lancers need a victory on Saturday (Nov. 6)
to avoid finishing in the cellar of the National Division
of the Southern Conference. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth
For the Griffins (5-3, 0-3), however, a sweep of
their final two games will make them an attractive
candidate for a post-season bowl game. Anything less,
well... wait til next year.
Its been a strange season for Pasadena City
College (4-4, 0-3). The Lancers began the campaign
with four consecutive wins, including impressive victories
over No. 15 Los Angeles Valley (34-17) and No. 17
Allan Hancock (22-14). Since then, however, much like
Grossmont, Pasadena has hit the skids suffering four
Such is life in the National Division of the Southern
Conference arguably the strongest six-pack
in the state.
Injuries have hurt the Griffins of late. Not having
quarterback RYAN WOODS once the state passing
leader at full strength in a 34-16 loss at
Fullerton last week made a glaring appearance in Grossmonts
offensive style. That followed earlier division setbacks
to No. 4 Saddleback (30-20) and top-ranked Mt. San
Many of the Griffins wounds have healed. So
much so that coach MIKE JORDAN is undecided whether
Woods or backup NICK CAREY will make the start at
That will be a game-time decision, Jordan
said. Physically, we are as healthy as you can
expect for this time of year.
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI The Griffins have NEVER beaten
Pasadena in six meetings... Defensive end HENRY SIMON,
and linebackers PAT KELLY and EDLEN HERNANDEZ received
Southern California Football Association player of
the week honorable mention.
Fullerton strikes out Grossmont
rooms robbed during
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FULLERTON (10-31-10) Two dozen members
of the Fullerton Police Dept. arrived at Fullerton
Union (High School) District stadium after Grossmont
and Fullerton colleges were involved in a mild
pushing situation during post-game handshakes
following a Southern Conference football game.
No fight developed as players from both sides
quickly restored order before police arrived.
However, police officials needed to stay when
both ballclubs discovered that their respective
locker rooms had been burglarized during the
second half of Saturday's (Oct. 30) contest.
Grossmont saw the room housing its players
from the offensive unit robbed of cell phones,
wallets, money and jewelry while the Griffins
defensive unit situated across a walkway
in another building was untouched. Reportedly,
all players and coaches from Fullerton were
The Fullerton CSI Unit was on the scene within
an hour of the game's conclusion looking for
clues. The FPD was told of a person of interest
in the robbery.
There was no indication of forced entry into
any of the locker room facilities.
Grossmont was delayed by more than 30 minutes
while making a report to officials. FPD asked
Grossmont coaches to have players submit account
numbers of lost items and other pertinent information
so they may be entered into an FBI database
to catch the suspects.
Fullerton 34, Grossmont 16
Palomar 17, Pasadena 10
Mt. San Antonio 33, Saddleback 31
Bakersfield 21, El Camino 14
Cerritos 31, Canyons 24
Ventura 48, Allan Hancock 19
Golden West 30, Southwestern 28
Desert 37, Orange Coast 21
Riverside 37, Santa Ana 35
Moorpark 24, Chaffey 21
Long Beach 23, Antelope Valley 14
LA Harbor 28, Citrus 14
SBVC 41, San Diego Mesa 7
East LA 26, Victor Valley 21
Mt. San Jacinto 44, Compton 32
Santa Barbara 27, Glendale 21
LA Valley 24, Santa Monica 11
LA Pierce 44, LA SW 41 (3-OT)
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FULLERTON (10-31-10) In baseball, you really
only get two strikes you're out on the third one.
Same thing in football. When you get down to your
third-string quarterback, chances are you'll need
to pack up your gear and get ready for the next game.
That's what happened to Grossmont College after RYAN
WOODS and DARRIN ALIX were forced to early exits,
then NICK CAREY didn't get the offense going until
the second half, as Southern Conference co-leader
Fullerton took a wire-to-wire 34-16 verdict over the
The Hornets (6-2, 3-0 SC) share the top spot with
nationally top-ranked Mt. San Antonio. Meanwhile,
the Griffins, who were 5-0 entering conference play,
dropped their third straight against perhaps the most
difficult scheduling stretch for any team in the country
(Saddleback, Mt. SAC and Fullerton).
Even with Woods on the field, the Hornets dominated
throughout. While Grossmont saw every first-half series,
except one, result in a 3-and-out, Fullerton rushed
for 121 yards before the intermission in mounting
a 21-0 advantage.
"We got down early, then it's hard to come back
against a team as good as Fullerton," said Grossmont
linebacker EDLEN HERNANDEZ, who ranked among the team's
leading tacklers with PAT KELLY. "We never backed
down, but it was too late."
Fullertons Kelvin York scored on gallops of
11 and 50 yards in the opening quarter. The second
score came on the very next snap after Grossmont again
went for it on fourth down from near midfield, yet
Geoff Norwood followed with a 40-yard punt return
in the second period, setting up his own 1-yard TD
dive to cap a short 20-yard drive.
A few minutes earlier, Woods left when he slipped
on the Fullerton Union (High School) District Stadium
turf, moisture-filled from rain which fell in Orange
County earlier in the morning, aggravating a reported
high ankle sprain.
For the half, Grossmont mustered just 61 yards and
a trio of first downs.
Carey directed the Griffins to 16 points in the second
Following a 27-yard field goal by CONNOR DERBY, Fullerton
fumbled the ball away on a punt return, with RAMANDAM
AHMAD recovering to give Grossmont a short field to
work with. TUCKER SPRUILL cashed in on a 4-yard run
to trim the deficit to 21-10.
However, the Hornets answered on a 22-yard TD pass
from back-up quarterback Darius Banks to Kenroy Davis,
then Brendan Haskins raced 70 yards on an interception
runback in the fourth quarter.
"With a young quarterback, he was eyeing his
receivers, so I jumped on a route," said Haskins.
"And when (the receiver) stayed in the flat instead
of coming for the ball, I took it and was gone."
The only other Grossmont score came in the game's
final minute, when Carey found MICHAEL MUHAMMAD wide
open in the corner of the end zone on a 3-yard toss.
"I saw everything we learned about Fullerton
in practice," noted Carey. "They ran a lot
of Cover 3 or blitzed a lot on second down. They did
nothing fancy, but they are very disciplined and worked
well together, so it was tough to move the ball on
Fullerton finished with 366 yards in total offense
(239 rushing), while the Griffins, sans their top
quarterback, collected just 219 yards.
Considering they were on the field for nearly 35
minutes, the Grossmont defense performed fairly well
despite poor field position throughout the contest.
YUN TAALA and HENRY SIMON registered sacks.
After meeting the conference's top three teams, Grossmont,
still eligible for bowl consideration, must sweep
its final two contests to receive a bowl bid when
the Griffins host Pasadena next Saturday (Nov. 6),
then complete the season the following week at Palomar
Palomar rallied for a 17-10 road triumph at Pasadena
Woods remains in line-up, faces Fullerton
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FULLERTON (10-29-10) Grossmont College head
coach MIKE JORDAN was concerned to say the least when
he saw sophomore quarterback RYAN WOODS being helped
to the sidelines in the final seconds of last weeks
34-20 loss to top-ranked Mt. San Antonio College.
Woods was eventually covered with ice packs and carted
off to the locker room. It didnt look good for
the states No. 2-ranked passer.
Turns out the injuries werent as serious as
first thought. Thus, Woods most likely will start
Saturdays (Oct. 30) National Division Southern
Conference game against the Fullerton College Hornets
(5-2 overall, 2-0 NDSC) at Fullerton Union District
Stadium. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
I think hell be good to go by Saturday,
Jordan said on Thursday (Oct. 28) night.
Woods is ranked second among state passers averaging
317.1 yards per game and stands in a third-place tie
with 18 touchdowns.
Division I colleges have taken notice. Among those
showing high interest are Iowa State, UTEP and Akron. Jordan added, There are four or five more
D-I schools that are looking at him, and Im
sure that number is going to grow as people start
looking for quarterbacks.
Probably the most astonishing thing about Woods is
the 6-foot-2, 190-pound passers contributions
as a freshman at Grossmont College was holding for
PATs and field goals.
I guess I was the No. 5 quarterback last year,
Jordan admits Woods still has plenty of work ahead
to become a complete quarterback this season, but
is impressed by how fast he has progressed.
Nobody knew about him as a freshman, so hes
sort of been flying under the radar this year,
Jordan said. He didnt begin working with
the quarterbacks much until last spring. Hes
pretty good right now and is only going to get better.
When and if Woods needs a break, running back DARRIN
ALIX Grossmonts leading rusher (87-277,
5 TDs) and NICK CAREY will be available to
Fullerton is 10 points shy of being undefeated. The
Hornets scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to knock
off Palomar 26-21 last week.
The Hornets offense centers around running
back Kelvin York (136-941, 9 TDs), quarterback Darius
Banks (106-191, 16 TDs) and twin receivers Willie
Downs (36-626, 9 TDs) and Lavon Downs (25-349, 5 TDs).
This an important game big-time for both teams,
Jordan said. For us one of the keys is turnovers
we cant give up seven times like we did
against Mt. SAC.
RATINGS GAME Fullerton is ranked No. 14 nationally
(by JCGridiron.com), No. 9 statewide and No. 4 in
Southern California by the JC Athletic Bureau. The
Griffins fell out of the national rankings, but stand
No. 16 in the state by JCAB and No. 9 in SoCal by
the CCCAAs Regional ratings.
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI Freshman kicker CONNOR DERBY
was selected the Southern California Special Teams/All-Purpose
Player of the week for the Mt. SAC game. He kicked
field goals of 40 and 44 yards while averaging 35.8
yards on 6 punts 2 inside the 20. Other Griffins
nominated for SCFA athlete of the week honors were
defensive lineman HENRY SIMON (4 tackles, 27-yard
interception return) and sophomore PAT KELLY (11 tackles,
fumble recovery)... Fullerton leads the all-time
series 14-4, including a 30-17 win last year. That
was Week 7 and Grossmonts first loss of a season
that ended up 8-3.
DID YOU KNOW? Grossmonts second football game
in its inaugural 1962 campaign was at Fullerton and
televised locally by Los Angeles' KCOP Channel 13.
For the record, the Hornets won that one 22-0.
No. 1 Mt. SAC holds off Grossmont
Mt. San Antonio 34, Grossmont 20
26, Palomar 21
37, Pasadena 7
Bakersfield 27, Ventura 27 (OT)
Canyons 30, Allan Hancock 27 (OT)
Cerritos 36, El Camino 20
Orange Coast 37, Southwestern 10
Santa Ana 47, Desert 44
Riverside 28, Golden West 20
Moorpark 34, Long Beach 0
LA Harbor 41, Chaffey 20
Antelope Valey 31, Citrus 14
Victor Valley 6, San Diego Mesa 0
SBVC 49, Compton 10
Mt. San Jacinto 45, East LA 38
LA Valley 30, Santa Barbara 24
West LA 26, Glendale 24
Santa Monica 40, LA Pierce 33
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EL CAJON (10-24-10) For Grossmont Colleges
nose guard HENRY SIMON, this was a game hell
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound freshman out of Eastlake
High did more than simply stuff a screen pass in Saturdays
(Oct. 23) joust with defending national champion Mt. San
Antonio College at Mashin-Roth Field. He chalked up
the first interception of his career and lumbered
27 yards toward the Mounties goal line, carrying
as many as three defenders en route. Simon was finally
taken down at the Mt. SAC 18-yard line with the
Mounties leading 24-20.
This was no doubt a pivotal point in the National
Division Southern Conference football game. The problem
after Simons clutch play was the Griffins
offense went into reverse, allowing the Mounties to
maintain their advantage and regain possession at
their own 20.
I really wanted to make a play, get us back
into the lead, Simon said. I didnt
really know where I was on the field. I just wanted
Grossmont (5-2, 0-2) did not score over the final
26:50 as the Mounties (7-0, 2-0) posted a 34-20 victory
their 17th straight win dating back to last
Although the Griffins were able to grab an early
13-0 advantage, the Mounties virtually shut them down
after the first series of the second half. Grossmont
produced a paltry 32 yards in its final 27 plays.
They finished with a season-low 298 yards overall
netting a mere 18 yards on 29 rushes.
It wasnt a case of them being more physical
than us, Simon said. They just used our
aggressiveness against us. They hurt us with a lot
of screen plays and draws.
Mt. SACs quarterback Nick Lamaison, a transfer
from the University of Tennessee, completed 19 of
33 passes for 264 yards and a pair of TDs.
Their QB is definitely a Division I guy who
can put the ball on the money hit the smallest
of places, Grossmont linebacker PAT KELLY said.
That makes their receivers much harder to cover.
So we tried to keep the pressure on him.
Safety CALEB FARREL was the only Grossmont defender
to notch a sack.
Kelly finished with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.
JOSHUA UDEH chipped in with 10 tackles and an interception,
while EDLEN HERNANDEZ pitched in with nine tackles
for Grossmont, which held the Mounties to 349 yards.
Basically they just outsmarted us, Simon
That wasnt the case early as the Griffins put
up points on their first three possessions. A 24-yard
third-down pass from quarterback RYAN WOODS to DARRIN
ALIX kept Grossmonts opening series alive. Alix
also cranked off 26 yards on the next play, but the
Griffins wound up settling for a 40-yard CONNOR DERBY
On the ensuing Grossmont series, Woods connected
for three passes in a row but once again the Griffins
wound up settling for a 44-yard Derby field goal and
a 6-0 advantage.
It took two pass plays from Woods to ROLAND BROOKS
for Grossmont to score its first touchdown. The touchdown
came on a 51-yard bomb when Brooks caught the aerial
in stride and outran two defenders to make it 13-0
with 7:31 left in the first period.
We should have scored more in the first quarter
alone, Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN said. You
cant miss scoring chances against teams like
Mt. SAC. Or Saddleback, a team the Griffins
led 10-0 before surrendering 27 consecutive points
en route to a 30-20 loss last week.
Trailing 24-13 at intermission, the Griffins made
an early bid for a comeback in the third quarter.
Woods fired a 37-yard completion to DONTAE INGRAHM
that set up a 24-yard scoring strike to SHAUN EDWARDS.
Derby collected his 8th kicking point with the second
of his three PATs.
The crowning blow to the disappointing afternoon
was losing Woods on the final play of the game. The
sophomore signal-caller suffered an ankle and a knee
injury. The severity was unknown.
For the game, Woods the No. 2-ranked passer
in the state was sacked five times for the
second week in a row. Despite being under siege, he
managed to complete 25 of 46 passes for 269 yards
and his 17th and 18th TDs.
Seven turnovers (four interceptions, three fumbles)
helped short-circuit the Griffins.
These guys were tough, deserving of their ranking,
Kelly said. We were pretty much in step with
them, but just didnt make enough big tackles.
Grossmont travels to Fullerton (5-2, 2-0) next weekend.
Every game in our league is like a playoff
game, Kelly concluded.
Top-ranked Mt. SAC visits Grossmont
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EL CAJON (10-22-10) After dropping its National
Division Southern Conference opener at Saddleback
last week in Mission Viejo, the Grossmont College
Griffins hope to get back on track when they host
defending national champion Mt. San Antonio College
Saturday (Oct. 23) at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field at
While the Griffins (5-1, 0-1) were losing to the
Gauchos 30-20, the Mounties were marching past Palomar
20-17. It was actually a narrow escape by Mt. SAC, which nearly saw a 20-3 second half advantage evaporate
in the final 21 minutes. That left Mt. SAC as the
only undefeated team in Southern California.
They have a very strong defensive front, a
lot of big guys, Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN
said. They do a lot of different things that
dont always have any rhyme or reason. But they
definitely try to confuse you with their various blitzes.
Grossmont quarterback RYAN WOODS was roughed up by
Saddleback, suffering a season high five sacks. He
completed 18 of 39 passes for 316 yards and a pair
of touchdowns, but did not seem to be at the top of
Woods, like a lot of our guys, was trying to
do too much, Jordan said. He was jumping
the pocket too early and that made him vulnerable.
He tried to beat (Saddlebacks defenders) deep
and rushed his passes too often.
None the less, Woods continues to rank among the
state leaders with 1,951 yards and 16 touchdowns,
completing 138 of 233 passes.
RATINGS GAME Mt. SAC is ranked No. 1
nationally (by JCFootball.com), statewide and in Southern
California. The Griffins are No. 24 nationally by
JCGridiron.com, No. 14 in the state by the JC Athletic
Bureau), and No. 5 in SoCal by the CCCAAs official
bowl game poll.
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI Dating back to last years
national championship season, Mt. SAC has won 16 games
in a row... Grossmont players recognized by the
Southern California Football Association for weekly
honors for the Saddleback game include wide receiver
ROLAND BROOKS, strong safety CALEB FARREL, linebacker
KEVEN WOODS and kicker/punter CONNOR DERBY... Mt.
SAC leads the all-time series 13-3, including a 13-10
win over the Griffins in the 2006 opener. In 2005
Grossmont opened the season with 21-17 win over the
Griffins suffer deja vu in The OC
Saddleback 30, Grossmont 20
San Antonio 20, Palomar
56, Pasadena 28
Bakersfield 29, Allan Hancock 7
Canyons 26, El Camino 9
Ventura 28, Cerritos 21
Desert 23, Southwestern 16
Riverside 45, Orange Coast 20
Santa Ana 24, Golden West 22
Chaffey 20, Citrus 13
L.A. Harbor 34, Long Beach 24
Moorpark 20, Antelope Valley 12
East LA 30, San Diego Mesa 7
SBVC 56, Mt. San Jacinto 31
Victor Valley 27, Compton 13
Santa Barbara 39, LA Pierce 35
LA Southwest 27, Santa Monica 15
West LA 24, LA Valley 21
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MISSION VIEJO (10-17-10) In a contest which
mirrored the 2009 regular season finale between these
same ballclubs, Grossmont College surged to an early
lead, then gave it all back to host Saddleback.
The only difference found the Griffins roaring back
to make things interesting in the fourth quarter,
yet still fell short in Saturday's (Oct. 16) 30-20
setback to the Gauchos as SCFA National Division Southern
Conference action opened throughout Southern California.
Saddleback (5-1) is tied for first place with nationally
No. 1 ranked Mt. San Antonio and Fullerton, while
the previously undefeated Griffins (5-1) are a game
back with Palomar and Pasadena in the newly-realigned
stable of six schools. Grossmont hosts the undefeated
Mounties (which nearly blew a 17-point lead in a 20-17
victory over Palomar) next Saturday (Oct. 23) at 1
Grossmont quarterback RYAN WOODS passed for 316 yards
and a pair of touchdowns. Included was a pair of mammoth
strikes to receiver ROLAND BROOKS, the first covering
70 yards for a 10-0 lead. Brooks was left completely
unattended when the Saddleback free safety elected
to help his corner instead of an over-matched linebacker
who had one-on-one coverage on the Griffins sophomore
from Memphis, Tenn.
The pair later connected on a 71-yard completion,
giving Brooks a career-high sum of 188 yards on six
"We were putting a lot of pressures on their
corners, so after a while, they tried to double-cover
me," said Brooks, who posted 117 of his receiving
yards in the first half. "But we still found
a way to get back into the game."
However, a risky, fourth-down decision by the Grossmont
coaching staff with the Griffins leading 10-7 in the
second quarter back-fired and turned the momentum
to Saddleback, which went on to post three consecutive
touchdowns to mount a 27-10 advantage.
Immediately following a score by Saddleback running
back Michael Campana from 1-yard out to trim the deficit
to three points, Grossmont was stopped on three plays,
but elected to go for it on a 4th-and-1 from the Griffins'
side of the 50. However, ball-carrier DARRIN ALIX,
the team's leading rusher, was stuffed in the backfield
by Gauchos defenders Gary Stevenson and Andrew Douglass.
"Coach is a gambler sometimes, but we don't
mind because he trusts us to make stops," noted
Griffins linebacker CRAIG COFER, who registered a
sack along with teammate PAT KELLY. "The defense
gets used to playing with our backs against the wall,
but we overcome adversity."
The scales then tipped toward Saddleback in terms
of field position, gaining the lead two possessions
later on a 17-yard Sean Reilly pass to Tavaurus Abram
with 1:11 remaining in the first half.
Unlike a year ago in a 44-27 setback, Grossmont did
The offense answered when Woods went over the top
of the Saddleback defense, finding JEDON MATTHEWS
on a 46-yard TD strike to move to within 27-20 with
The Grossmont defense followed suit to prevent the
Gauchos from running out the clock. Included were
run stuffs by HENRY SIMON and JOSHUA UDEH, then PAT
KELLY deflected a pass to force a punt.
Saddleback punter Brendan Rowland saw his 43-yard
boot downed at the Grossmont-12. With time running
out, Grossmont quarterback Woods under heavy
pressure threw back-to-back incomplete passes.
Woods third aerial of the series was intercepted by
Matt Reza, who returned the ball 26 yards to the GC-2
to set-up a game-clinching field goal by the Gauchos
in the final minute.
The ballclubs entering the contest ranked 1-2 in
the Southland in net punting. Meza finished with 4
of his 6 punts landing inside the 20 in an important
and overlooked aspect of the game.
In addition, Saddleback collected five sacks thanks
to strong work in the secondary, as Woods usually
receives plenty of time to throw, but many of his
receivers were covered on this night. This allowed
Douglass to register 2.5 sacks for a unit ranked second
in the Southland in getting to the quarterback.
For Grossmont, cornerback IVAN MAY was solid in pass
coverage, at one time successfully defending all three
passes on a Gauchos' 3-and-out in the first half,
twice knocking the ball away from the receiver.
"We were able to get good containment on their
receivers early on," said May. "But when
our ends stopped getting good pressure on them, we
had to play a little more back and that opened the
field for Saddleback in the second and third quarters
(when the Gauchos scored 27 points)."
CONNOR DERBY kicked field goals of 23 and 31 yards
for Grossmont. For Saddleback, Timmy Smith went 79
yards with a kickoff return, then saw a 95-yard TD
runback nullified by a penalty.
Meanwhile, it was a homecoming of sorts for Cofer,
who attended Southern Oregon last year along with
current Saddleback linebacker Scott Graves.
Unbeaten Griffins open difficult
conference slate at Saddleback
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MISSION VIEJO (10-15-10) Grossmont College
opens play in the toughest league in Southern California
Saturday night (Oct. 16) when they travel to Orange
County to tackle the Saddleback Gauchos in a National
Division Southern Conference game at 6 p.m.
The Griffins (5-0), thanks to a forfeit win from
El Camino, come in as only one of two undefeated teams
in Southern California. (The nations No. 1 ranked
team, Mt. San Antonio is also 5-0.) In the other corner
is Saddleback with a 4-1 mark, the Gauchos lone
setback coming at the hands of Bakersfield, 41-24.
Its a great feeling to be 5-0 at this
point, Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN said. But
it doesnt mean a whole lot if we dont
do well in our league, which I think is by far the
best league in the state.
Saddleback, which celebrates homecoming this weekend,
survived a 17-point, second-half scoring barrage and
the defense held firm deep in its own red-zone, turning
back Cerritos' final drive and preserving a 28-24
win over the Falcons.
The Gauchos then opened up a 21-7 halftime lead only
the see the Falcons take a 24-21 edge on a 36-yard
field goal with 10 minutes to play. Again, Saddleback
would answer right back by putting together an 11-play,
63-yard scoring drive as Donnell Dickerson carried
the ball in from about three inches away out of the
wildcat formation on fourth down. Dickerson (6-1,
220) is Saddlebacks leading rusher (72-412,
Dickerson finished with 18 carries for 117 yards,
while quarterback Sean Reilly was 20-for-32 for 181
yards, and Tavaurus Abram caught five passes for 59
yards and two TDs.
The defense was led by Scott Graves and Matt Reza
with 10 tackles apiece.
Defense is Grossmonts strength and that was
evident in the Griffins 36-18 romp over College of
the Canyons in Valencia two weeks ago. Linebacker
PATRICK KELLY logged a career-high 16 tackles for
the Griffins. End CRAIG COFER and linebacker DEREK
HOLSAPPLE have been the cornerstones for a Grossmont
defense that ranks among the state leaders.
Grossmonts sophomore quarterback RYAN WOODS
(120-195, 1635 yards) is the state second-leading
passer averaging 327 yards per game. He is No. 1 in
SoCal with 14 TD passes. His No. 1 target is ALEX
McLELAND (31-414, 4 TDs), who is tied for 10th among
state receivers for catches.
He has good body balance and quickness. He
can adjust to make a catch when the ball is at its
highest point, Jordan said of McLeland.
The Griffins and Gauchos have one common opponent
Orange Coast. The Griffins edged the Pirates
42-35, while the Gauchos rolled over the Bucs 37-6.
RATINGS GAME JCFootball.com ranks Saddleback
No. 9 and Grossmont No. 13 nationally, while the Gauchos
are No. 13 and the Griffins are No. 19 in the JCGridiron.com
Dirty 30. The Junior College Athletic Bureau
rates Saddleback No. 7 in the state and Grossmont
No. 10. In terms of the Southern California rankings,
JCAB/COA lists Saddleback No. 3 and Grossmont No.
SADDLEBACK LIVE STREAMING For those that cannot
attend the game, the Grossmont-Saddleback game can
be viewed live via streaming video on the Gaucho Sports
Network for a fee of $10. Coverage begins at 5:55
p.m. To sign up for the event, please visit the following
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI Saddleback leads the all-time
series 13-4-1, including victories over the last two
seasons 44-27 (2009) and 38-21 (2008)... Griffins
SCFA Players of the Week for the Canyons game include
freshman running back DAVIS FLUKER, sophomore fullback
DARRIN ALIX and sophomore linebacker Kelly.
El Camino forfeits make Grossmont
Sat., Oct. 9
All teams have byes
LA Pierce 42, Glendale 40
Santa Barbara 35, Santa Monica 38
West LA 34, LA Southwest 20
Southwestern 45, SBVC 42
Riverside 28, Citrus 14
one of two SoCal undefeated teams
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EL CAJON (10-5-10) Grossmont College won a
game on Monday (Oct. 4) without needing to take a
A statement released by Southern California Football
Association Commissioner Jim Sartoris on Monday (Oct.
The El Camino (College) Athletic Administration
has reported that an ineligible player has participated
in the first four football games of the 2010
season. Therefore, these games are forfeited
as per Article 18.104.22.168 of the CCCAA/COA Constitution.
Games played on Sept. 4 (vs. L.A. Southwest),
Sept. 11 (Grossmont), Sept. 18 (Golden West),
and Sept. 25 (L.A. Harbor) are declared forfeitures.
Overall season records will be adjusted for
El Camino (0-5) and their opponents. Individual
statistics for these games will not be modified.
Only the final team scores are updated.
According to NCAA
rules, the games are officially scored 1-0.
Thus, thanks to El Camino, Grossmont College now
joins Mt. San Antonio as the only undefeated teams
in Southern California. The Griffins (5-0) and Mounties
(5-0) have byes this week. They will meet head-on
Saturday, Oct. 23 at Grossmonts Mashin-Roth
SOUTHLAND RANKINGS thru Week 5:
1. Mt. San Antonio (13) (5-0, 260 pts), 2. Bakersfield
3. Saddleback (4-1, 235), 4. Cerritos (4-1, 210), 5.
Grossmont (4-1, 198),
6. El Camino (4-1, 191), 7. Santa Ana (4-1, 184), 8.
Palomar (3-2, 172),
9. Pasadena (4-1, 157), tie-10th Ventura (3-2, 117)
& Allan Hancock (3-2, 117).
Griffins' 'D-House' crushes Canyons
Grossmont linebacker Pat Kelly
registered 16 tackles vs. Canyons
(Photo by Hal Summers)
Sat., Oct. 2
Southern Conference teams
Grossmont 36, Canyons 18
Palomar 25, El Camino 21
Allan Hancock 35, Fullerton 28
Saddleback 28, Cerritos 24
Ventura 33, Pasadena 29
Mt. San Antonio 34, Bakersfield 20
Southwestern 43, Mt. San Jacinto 41 (3-OT)
Orange Coast 18, SD Mesa 7
Antelope Valley 31, East LA 17
Desert 16, Victor Valley 0
Golden West 31, LA Harbor 24
Moorpark 39, Compton 7
Riverside 32, Chaffey 26
San Bernardino Valley 57, Citrus 44
Santa Ana 43, Long Beach 7
LA Pierce 42, West LA 38
LA Valley 27, Glendale 21
Santa Barbara 26, LA Southwest 21
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SANTA CLARITA (10-3-10) Following impressive
displays by the offense all season, it was an evening
for the Grossmont College defense to shine.
Powered by a career-best 16 tackles by Christian
High alum PAT KELLY, the Griffins limited host College
of the Canyons to a mere 249 yards in total offense
in an easy 36-18 drubbing at Cougar Stadium. The game
was a pairing from the 2005 Southern California championship,
which Grossmont won
24-19 at Canyons en route to claiming state and national
"After we came out flat last week, the coaches
had us prepared for this one," noted Kelly, who
also forced one of an astounding 10 fumbles by Canyons.
"They tried to get the jump on us in the second
half, but we came out ready."
Grossmont exploded for 16 points over a 3:45 span
early in the second quarter to break open a 7-7 contest.
The go-ahead score came in the form of the second
touchdown pass from RYAN WOODS to receiver ALEX McLELAND.
Both scores covering 11 and 14 yards came on
fade patterns to the corner of the end zone.
Running back DAVIS FLUKER followed by busting up
the middle on a 50-yard score for a 21-7 lead. The
scoring stretch was capped by a safety when the Canyons
center sailed the snap over his punter's head and
through the back of the end zone.
Then the defense took over, forcing Canyons to switch
to a pair of back-up quarterbacks to generate some
sort of offense. All three Cougars signal-callers
failed while the team kept putting the ball on the
While Kelly plugged holes on the interior of the
line, the rest of the Grossmont defense placed an
umbrella on Canyons. Included were a pair of sacks
by defensive end SHANE PENNIX, one which forced a
"We hung together like a family out there,"
noted Pennix, a product of Valhalla High. "We
picked up the pieces and played our best ball of the
season in the second half."
Along with Pennix, Grossmont received sacks from
MATT NILMEYER, plus a shared takedown by Kelly and
CRAIG COFER. Among the forced fumbles were hits by
DEREK HOLSAPPLE and CAMERON SAVINI.
"The pressure we put on Canyons was tremendous,"
said Savini, a linebacker. "Everyone just flew
to the football and knocked people over."
Meanwhile, defensive back IVAN MAY posted an interception
for the fifth turnover by Canyons.
Fluker finished with 96 rushing yards, while DARRIN
ALIX added 81 yards and a pair of second-half TD runs
of 34 and 1 yards.
Woods completed 18-of-38 passes for 212 yards, including
140 in the first half to help lift Grossmont to a
Griffins need Magic to climb the Mountain
Meet Canyons in rematch of 2005 SoCal title
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VALENCIA (10-1-10) Sophomore quarterback RYAN
WOODS, the leading passer in the state, will guide
Grossmont College into its toughest tilt to date when
the Griffins tackle host College of the Canyons Saturday
(Oct. 2) at 7 p.m.
Woods is averaging 355.8 yards through the air, having
completed 102 of 157 passes. Hes delivered a
dozen scoring passes while suffering only five interceptions.
Fourteen Griffins have caught passes from Woods,
whose favorite target is wide receiver ALEX McLELAND,
ranked 5th in Southern California with 27 receptions
for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns.
While the passing game is averaging 362.8 yards per
game, Grossmonts ground game is generating only
63 yards per outing.
Theres no secret that since so many teams
run the spread offense that the defensive strategy
includes a multitude of blitzes, said Griffins
coach MIKE JORDAN. Canyons runs a 3-5 look and
a 40 look they definitely like to blitz.
Grossmont (3-1), ranked No. 8 in Southern California
and No. 13 in the state, has scored 87 points in its
last two outings victories over Southwestern
and Orange Coast.
Meanwhile, College of the Canyons (3-1) has run over
Antelope Valley 35-7, Citrus 38-24 and East Los Angeles
33-6. The Cougars lone setback came at the hands
of Mt. San Antonio the No. 1 ranked team in
the state 34-19 in week two.
In their latest outing the Cougars limited East L.A.
to 221 total yards. The only score for the Huskies
came on an interception return. Canyons forced four
turnovers and allowed just four net yards rushing
on the night.
Grossmont could have a difficult time running the
ball against the Cougars. That will put further burden
on the Griffins passing game which so far has
lived up to the challenge in the previous four games.
Practice was disrupted at Grossmont on Thursday (Sept.
30) due to thunderstorms and lightning in the area.
We were off the field for about 35 minutes
but still got in an hour and a half of work,
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI The Griffins lead the all-time
series 4-3, with Grossmont winning the most recent
meeting 25-3 in 2006... GC also edged the Cougars
24-19 to capture the SoCal Championship in 2005. The
Griffins continued on to take the state crown and
earned the mythical National Championship with a 41-38
nod over CC San Francisco a week later... Woods, linebacker
PATRICK KELLY (12 tackles, including 4 for loss and
one sack), and strong safety CALEB FARREL (10 tackles)
were SCFA honorable mention for the Orange Coast game...
Canyons is ranked No. 9 in Southern California and
No. 14 in the state.
Late Griffins rally clips Coast
Sat., Sept. 25
Southern Conference teams
Grossmont 42, Orange Coast 35
Santa Ana 49, Palomar 27
Fullerton 37, Golden West 12
Saddleback 49, Victory Valley 20
Pasadena 34, Desert 14
Mt. San Antonio 36, Riverside 10
Bakersfield 54, Citrus 6
Canyons 33, East LA 6
Cerritos 44, West LA 7
Chaffey 12, Ventura 10
Compton 13, Antelope Valley 7
El Camino 56, LA Harbor 37
Allan Hancock 44, Glendale 28
Long Beach 38, LA Pierce 35
LA Valley 28, San Diego Mesa 20
Moorpark 35, Santa Barbara 29
Mt. San Jacinto 35, LA So'west 21
SBVC 37, Santa Monica 17
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EL CAJON (9-25-10) Heading into the season
Grossmont College coach MIKE JORDAN knew victories
would not come easily.
Not even against a team like Orange Coast College,
which arrived at Mashin-Roth Field Saturday (Sept.
25) winless in three starts. The visiting Pirates
were anything but patsies. In fact, they had the Griffins
ranked No. 9 in Southern California and No.
16 in the state on the ropes 28-27 with 7:56
But Grossmont (3-1) refused to fold, scoring 15 points
in 4½ minutes to take what it felt was a commanding
lead. Not so. OCC (0-4) punched across a late touchdown
and forced the Griffins to convert a 4th-and-1 with
32 seconds left before they could claim a 45-38 victory.
They did a good job of keeping the ball out
of our hands, Jordan said of the Pirates.
And so they did. Orange Coast won the battle of possession
33:34 to 26:26 and launched 78 plays
compared to Grossmonts 59. Yet, the Griffins
gained a 440-379 edge in total yards.
We got the tough yards when we needed to,
said Jordan, noting that Grossmont had an average
gain per play of 7.5 yards compared to OCCs
Once the Pirates took their one point advantage,
it didnt take quarterback RYAN WOODS long to
right the Grossmont ship. Woods connected with former
Valhalla standout DEREK WHITE for a 17-yard pass play
taking the ball to the OCC 41.
Three plays later Woods lofted a pass between three
Pirates defenders to 5-foot-9, 185-pound DONTAE INGRAHM
for a 42-yard touchdown. Woods then caught the Pirates
by surprise as he ran the 3 yards to tack on a two-point
conversion, giving Grossmont a 35-28 edge.
With 3:01 remaining the Griffins had a first down
at their own 18-yard line and were probably content
to run out the clock. They might have been able to
do that had the officials not blown a pass from Woods
to ALEX McLELAND that would have put the ball at midfield.
Two of the officials signaled a catch,
but the back judge one of the farthest away
from the play came running in to overrule and
call it no catch.
Said McLeland, the Griffins leading receiver, Yeah,
I caught the ball I saw the ref signal the
catch, then when I got up to give them the ball I
saw them waving it off. Unbelievable.
Thus the Griffins had to give the ball up on a punt,
having run only 58 seconds off the clock.
With three timeouts available and the ball at the
Pirates 37-yard line, quarterback Zach Emde dropped
back to pass. The first thing he saw was Griffin lineman
HENRY SIMON (6-foot-4, 290) headed his direction.
Emde fired a pass over the middle where it was intercepted
by DAMIEN SMITH at the OCC-45. Smith followed an escort
of three Grossmont blockers to the endzone for the
I just maintained my assignment, watched my
guy and made the play, said Smith, who was inserted
into the secondary as a nickelback. It wasnt
scary. Were used to winning the battles and
then the wars. Once I got the ball I started heading
for the goal line and never looked back.
CONNOR DERBY executed his sixth conversion kick,
giving the Griffins a 14-point lead with 1:48 remaining.
After Orange Coast parlayed a long kickoff return,
a 10-yard pass completion and a 2-yard touchdown run
to cut Grossmonts lead in half, the Pirates
started thinking overtime or maybe a last second win.
However Orange Coast would not get the ball back
as the Griffins relied on their inconsistent running
game to exhaust the clock. The Pirates added to their
own demise by jumping offside to turn a 4th-and-6
into a 4th-and-1 with 52 seconds left.
DARRIN ALIX took the handoff, and instead of just
crashing into the middle, bounced outside for a 6-yard
gain and a victory-clinching first down. Grossmont
ran out the clock from there.
We ran a play that we just threw in there this
week, said Alix, a product of Patrick Henry
High. The O-line got a good push and opened
up a big hole. (The OCC defenders) were trying to
rip the ball out of my hands, but I had a pretty good
grip on it.
One of the key blockers on Alixs pivotal last
second run was 6-foot-7, 300-pound freshman tackle
DERYCK BEVERIDGE (El Capitan).
This was part of the Magnum Package we put
in just this week, Beveridge said. It
was just about man-against-man... the guy across from
you... whose gonna want it more. And we wanted it
Alix hit the hole really hard. He just bounced
out and just kept his feet going and did everything
hes been taught to do.
I blocked down on a defensive tackle and then
my guard (RUBEN CARDENAS) took him over and I went
up on a linebacker.
Woods overcame four sacks to complete 21 of 35 passes
for 376 yards and three touchdowns. He ranks among
the state leaders, having connected on 102 of 157
passes for 1,423 yards and 12 TDs in four games.
Against Orange Coast Woods fired touchdown passes
to ROLAND BROOKS (19 yards), White (38 yards) and
We came out unfocused in the first half and
it took us until the second half to get going,
said Brooks. I think we just thought we could
take them with ease because they were 0-3, and they
proved us wrong.
We came out on top but weve gotta stop
playing games like this we have to start playing
at the beginning, not in the middle.
Added Beveridge, No question, Orange Coast
came out swinging because they had nothing to lose.
TRAIVONNE BROWN (Valhalla) led the Grossmont rushing
game with 46 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
McLeland and JUSTIN SALUM caught five passes apiece,
producing 79 and 36 yards, respectively. Ingrahm had
three grabs for 119 yards, and White hauled in three
passes for 60 yards.
On the defensive side, the Griffins had more tackles
than usual since they didnt have the ball as
much as they are accustomed to.
Linebacker PAT KELLY (Christian HS) led the Griffins
with 12 tackles. Safety CALEB FARREL (Christian HS)
added 10 stops, while KEVEN WOODS (Mount Miguel) notched
six tackles and two sacks. CRAIG COFER chipped in
with seven tackles, and JOSHUA UDEH accounted for
six tackles and an interception.
Griffins seek to drive down the Coast
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EL CAJON (9-24-10) These are the kind of games
that the head coach of the favored team approaches
with guarded optimism. Grossmont College skipper MIKE
JORDAN knows the feeling. He and his Grossmont Griffins
host winless Orange Coast of Costa Mesa on Saturday
(Sept. 25) at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field at 1 p.m.
The Griffins (2-1) ranked No. 9 in Southern
California and No. 16 in the state are only
four minutes away from a perfect record. Two costly
miscues over that span in week No. 2 helped give El
Camino a 21-14 win at Grossmont.
Thats in the past and Jordans focus is
Orange Coast has been battered by Saddleback (37-6),
Long Beach City (31-12) and Los Angeles Harbor (46-10).
The Griffins blew past San Diego Mesa 36-7, before
falling to El Camino. Grossmont rebounded to outslug
Southwestern 45-31 last week as sophomore quarterback
RYAN WOODS completed 31 of 41 passes for 452 yards
and 6 TDs.
His totals should have been even better because
he had a couple of drops, Jordan said. He
was spot on.
Jordan noted that the visiting Pirates are vulnerable
to the long ball.
Theyve had a tendency to get beat by
big plays, the coach said. Obviously,
we hope to exploit that.
Much like Southwestern, OCC has shown a preference
to load the defensive box. The Jaguars stacked as
many as nine defenders in that area and managed to
limit Grossmont to 39 yards.
OCC runs about eight guys in the box, with
a cover 2 and robber, Jordan said.
We play a spread offense and the thinking by
most teams is the best way to stop it is by blitzing.
Thats why we work so hard on pass pro.
GRIFFIN GRIFFITI Grossmont swept the major
National Division Southern Conference Offensive and
Defensive players of the Week for its romp over Southwestern
College. Woods was named the Offensive pick, while
6-foot-4, 290 lineman HENRY SIMON was awarded the
defensive honor... Orange Coast has beaten up on the
Griffins over the years, claiming a 14-5-1 edge in
the all-time series. Grossmont has won the last two
meetings, 43-12 last year and 21-13 in 2008.
Soft-spoken Woods wields big arm
Equals Roth passing mark with 6 TDs
Sat., Sept. 18
Southern Conference teams
Grossmont 45, Southwestern 31
Palomar 40, San Diego Mesa 3
L.A. Pierce 24, Fullerton 21 (OT)
Mt. San Antonio 36, Desert 10
Pasadena 34, L.A. Valley 17
Saddleback 17, Chaffey 13
Bakersfield 63, Antelope Valley 7
Canyons 38, Citrus 24
Cerritos 48, Loing Beach 28
East L.A. 33, Glendale 13
El Camino 34, Golden West 7
L.A. Harbor 46, Orange Coast 10
L.A. Southwest 21, Compton 14
Moorpark 22, Allan Hancock 21
Riverside 16, Victor Valley 7
Santa Ana 56, Santa Monica 17
Ventura 45, Santa Barbara 34
West L.A. 38, Mt. San Jacinto 27
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CHULA VISTA (9-19-10) Grossmont College quarterback
RYAN WOODS put together a record-breaking passing
night but refused to take the credit for his success.
Woods, who was the Griffins 5th string quarterback
a year ago, didnt throw his first Grossmont
pass until this year. And the aerials just keep on
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound marksman, Woods clicked on
31 of 41 passes for 452 yards and 6 touchdowns as
the Griffins socked host Southwestern College, 45-31,
Saturday night (Sept. 18) at Chet Devore Stadium.
Oh, did Woods have plenty to talk about.
Lets start with his TD pass count, which tied
the Grossmont record set by GREG GLEASON (1969) and
equaled by JOE ROTH (1974), TERRY MORRIS (1984) and
BLAKE SUTTON (2007).
His 31 completions are second-best in a game by a
Griffins quarterback. Sutton set the standard of 33
(in 46 attempts) against Palomar in 2007. Woods
passing yardage total is 3rd on the Grossmont books,
trailing only JORDAN ADAMS (531 in 2004) and Gleason
(459 in 1969).
Actually, I threw some bad balls and my receivers
made some great catches, Woods said.
Southwestern coach ED CARBERRY touted Grossmonts
receivers as acrobatic before the game, and was even
more convinced after he saw them in action on Saturday.
Those guys catch everything even if
theyre laying on the ground, Carberry
said. And the quarterback gets the ball where
it needs to be. In the case of those receivers that
would be anything they can reach. And you have to
credit their offensive line for providing max pro.
They have the quarterback time to throw.
Grossmont (2-1) built a 21-0 lead nine minutes into
the game. All three scores came through the air, including
36 and 38 yarders to JEDON MATTHEWS. ROLAND BROOKS
also reeled in an 8 yard scoring strike from Woods.
Before the half was over, Woods and Matthews hooked
up a third time, extending Grossmonts advantage
to 28-7 by intermission. Matthews finished with 5
receptions for 113 yards.
Grossmonts leading receiver was ALEX McLELAND,
who had 10 catches for 163 yards.
A-Mac made some great catches, Roland, all
sorts of guys, Woods said.
Eleven different Griffins contributed to the receiving
We always knew Woods was going to be a good
one, but hitting 75 percent (.756) of his passes like
he did tonight thats crazy good,
said Grossmont head coach MIKE JORDAN.
Grossmont enjoyed its biggest lead when TOMMY ALEXANDER
hauled in a 16-yard scoring pass from Woods, making
it 38-14 with 4:25 left in the third period.
The Jaguars scrambled back and trailed by 14 points
with 6 minutes left in the game. It was at that point
that Grossmonts defense came up with a key momentum
switch when JOSHUA UDEH intercepted a deflected Jaguars
pass at the Grossmont goal line and returned it 35
From there the Griffins went on a 65-yard, 7-play
scoring march, climaxed by a 13-yard TD toss from
Woods to PATRICK ARIZE.
CONNOR DERBY, who contributed 9 points in the game,
converted his 6th PAT kick to all but put the game
away with 3:29 left.
One thing Southwestern did do to frustrate the Griffins
was halt their running game. In fact Grossmont finished
with just 34 yards on 28 rushes.
Southwestern played the whole game with nine
guys in the box bent on stopping the run,
Jordan said. Youre not going to run the
ball with that many guys in the box. They tried to
stop us with cushion man coverage, and Woods was able
to still put the ball on the money.
Jordan said he was surprised that Southwestern didnt
change its defensive philosophy. They liked
to blitz, and we knew that, he said. We
welcomed their blitz because we worked so hard on
pass pro all week in practice.
That much was obvious, as Woods was sacked only one
Local rivalry revisited on Saturday
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CHULA VISTA (9-17-10) Even though neither team
is in the same conference or division, when Grossmont
College visits long-time rival Southwestern Saturday
(Sept. 18) at 6 p.m. from Chet DeVore Stadium, the
fray promises to offer a playoff-like atmosphere.
This is a big game to us because its
so big to them, Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN
said about the neighborhood rivalry. I dont
know if Id call it a must-win, but we need a
victory to build some momentum going into our league
season. Im sure they feel the same way.
Southwestern is coming off a 26-0 romp over San Diego
Mesa. Quarterback Victor Perez, making his first collegiate
start, passed for 169 yards and one touchdown while
clicking on 17 of 29 attempts. Sophomore Rob Jones
had 5 catches for 75 yards and the line aerial score.
Slotback Andrew Grimes reeled in 9 passes for 88 yards
as the Jaguars dominated the Olympians.
The star of the show for Southwestern (1-1), however,
was sophomore outside linebacker Ramsey Iapala. He
recorded a safety, an interception and several tackles
for losses as the Jaguars recorded their first shutout
Freshman linebacker Will Clark also returned an interception
30 yards for a touchdown.
The Jaguars average nearly 300 pounds across their
defensive front. Their offensive line is even bigger,
anchored by Monte Vista product MARK POUVAVE (6-4,
340), and Steele Canyons FRANKIE KASCINTA (6-1,
Southwestern has some really tough defensive
schemes, Jordan said. They have complicated
blitzes and, in the first game, showed a lot of man-to-man
coverage. Theres no question they play a gambling
defense. Hopefully you get them more than they get
Grossmonts defense has been rock solid as the
Griffins have split their first two contests, blowing
past Mesa 36-7 before falling to No. 5 ranked El Camino
Grossmont is very defensively oriented
just been stifling, said Southwestern coach
ED CARBERRY. You take away about four minutes
of the El Camino game and they would have given up
13 points in eight quarters.
The cornerstones for the Grossmont defense are end
CRAIG COFER (6-5, 250) and linebacker DEREK HOLSAPPLE
That No. 55 (Cofer) doesnt stay blocked,
Carberry said. When we were looking at the El
Camino film we saw him pick up a 300-pound lineman
and throw him at the quarterback.
Quarterback RYAN WOODS will direct Grossmonts
offense. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 357 yards
and a touchdown against El Camino.
ALEX McLELAND (12 catches, 124 yards, 2 TDs) is the
ace of a deep stable of receivers.
Theyre more explosive offensively than
weve been, Carberry said. They have
acrobatic receivers anything they can touch,
Carberry was also high on Woods (50-81, 595 yards,
3 TDs in two games).
He has a nice athletic throwing motion
kinda like a baseball pitcher. He can whip that ball
around, Carberry noted. He throws well
on the move. Were going to have our hands full
Sounds like it ought to be a good one.
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI Senior LANDIS PROVANCHA,
a Grossmont starter in 2008, is in his second season
as the starting left guard for the Marshall University
Thundering Herd... Another Grossmont product
junior ROKEVIOUS KEVIS WATKINS
is the starting right guard for the 23rd ranked South
Carolina Gamecocks... The Griffins have beaten Southwestern
24 times more than any of the 46 foes theyve
faced in their 49-year history. Although the Griffins
lead the all-time series 24-13, the Jaguars won 14-10
two years ago in Chula Vista... Southern Conference
honorable mention picks for the El Camino game included
quarterback Woods, linebacker Holsapple and return
specialist-kick returner DONTAE INGRAHM... In the
season-opening win over San Diego Mesa CONNOR DERBY
was selected the Southern Conference Special Teams
Player of the Week... Grossmont is ranked No. 9 in
Southern California and No. 17 in the state by the
JC Athletic Bureau of San Mateo.
Grossmont's Jake Podpora races
for extra yards
following this pass reception against El Camino.
(Photo by Hal Summers)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
The wrong side of onside
Southern Conference teams
El Camino 21, Grossmont 14
Fullerton 40, Ventura 27
Mt. San Antonio 34, Canyons 19
Bakersfield 41, Saddleback 24
Cerritos 34, Palomar 17
Pasadena 22, Allen Hancock 14
Southwestern 26, SD Mesa 0
Long Beach 31, Orange Coast 12
Riverside 64, San Bernardino Valley 28
Santa Ana 34, Victor Valley 3
West LA 30, Compton 14
Chaffey 23, Mt. San Jacinto 19
LA Harbor 21, LA Southwest 7
LA Pierce 38, Moorpark 36
Santa Barbara 30, Antelope Valley 14
Desert 21, LA Valley 19
Golden West 39, Glendale 22
Santa Monica 6, East LA 3
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EL CAJON (9-12-10) Grossmont College coach
MIKE JORDAN didnt want to blame the outcome
of Saturdays (Sept. 11) loss to visiting El Camino
on one play. But his thoughts kept coming back to
one particular onside kick that occurred with 1:43
left to go in the game.
Im not going to make a bunch of excuses
because we had our chances left a lot of points
out there on the field today, Jordan said after
El Camino escaped with a 21-14 victory. I think
were equally as good as that team.
Still, Jordan was puzzled by the onside kick that
did not go in the Griffins favor. Granted, if
the Griffins had gotten possession on the kick they
would have still had to drive 55 yards in the final
100 seconds, with two timeouts available.
Trailing 21-7 the Griffins drove 87 yards in nine
plays with quarterback RYAN WOODS firing a 9-yard
touchdown pass to ALEX McLELAND, cutting the deficit
to 7 points with 1:48 remaining.
The Griffins (1-1) then opted for an onside kick
attempt, which came as no surprise to El Camino (2-0).
The Warriors loaded their receiving team with receivers
and running backs to make sure they received the kick
without a turnover.
Grossmont appeared to have out-maneuvered the Warriors
when kicker CONNOR DERBY pooched a kickoff about 15
yards downfield, where teammate ROLAND BROOKS made
a leaping grab of the kickoff, landing inbounds in
front of the Grossmont bench.
The Griffins were certain they had successfully executed
the onside kick.
I heard the guy (head linesman) on our side
say Green ball, noted Grossmont
veteran secondary coach MARK DEESING.
Others players and coaches alike said
the linesman had signaled that it was Grossmonts
ball. However, officials further away from the play
came racing to the scene to discuss the call with
The referee told me that they (El Camino) had
to be allowed to catch the ball, Jordan said.
Or it has to hit the ground. But they didnt
call for a fair catch.
Bottom line is Brooks stunned El Camino when he came
on with a Superman-like arrival and catch. It was
highlight reel material for sure.
We should have got that ball, Jordan
fumed. We pooch kicked it into the open spot
so that we can go down and catch it on the fly
and we did that.
The onside kick rule says the ball must travel 10
yards without being touched by the defending team.
Derby s kick sailed 15 yards and was originally
spotted by the linesman as such.
Roland made such a great play just like
we practiced it, Jordan said. And they
took it away from him, and from us. Im not saying
we would have driven down and scored a winning touchdown,
but I sure think we deserved a chance.
Said Brooks, I had my eye on the ball the whole
way, and once I got it I wanted to make sure my feet
were inbounds. And I know they were.
There was no dispute in that regard. Brooks had no
contact with an El Camino player.
It was just a blown call by the officials.
You could tell they werent sure what
they were calling because they took a long time to
reverse the call, Jordan pointed out. But
theres nothing we can do about it. We have to
look ahead to the next game.
Grossmont took the early lead with a 32-yard, 10-play
drive set up by a PAT KELLY interception. DARREN ALIX
capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge on a 3rd-down
play. Derby, who missed two field goals on the day
as did the El Camino kicker converted
the first of his 2 PATs, giving the Griffins a 7-0
edge with 5:29 left in the 1st period.
El Camino tied the game with 1:42 left before the
end of the half when quarterback Omar Herrera turned
a 3rd-and-17 play into a 22-yard touchdown scramble.
Herrera and the Warriors burned the Griffins with
a pair of screen passes that went for lengthy touchdown
plays (62 yards, 47 yards) over a four minute stretch
in the 3rd quarter.
I cant remember when the last time was
we got burnt on screen passes like that, said
Grossmonts Woods completed 28 of 48 passes
for 357 yards. He suffered two interceptions and was
sacked three times.
Brooks (6 catches, 59 yards), TOMMY ALEXANDER (5-106)
and McLeland (4-48, TD) were the leaders among 10
Where Grossmont suffered the most was in the running
game where the Griffins netted only 29 yards on 22
DEREK HOLSAPPLE led the Grossmont defense with 7
tackles and a pair of sacks. Kelly also had 6 tackles
and a pair of pressures to go with his interception.
TRAMAINE WILKES also had an interception for Grossmont,
while KEVEN WOODS contributed one of Grossmonts
HENRY SIMON and SHANE PENNIX shared a sack and they
each had 5 tackles.
Against Warriors, Grossmont must 'come
out and play'
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EL CAJON (9-10-10) State power El Camino College
of Torrance will make a rare appearance at Grossmont
Colleges Mashin-Roth Memorial Field Saturday
(Sept. 11) when the Warriors and Griffins clash claws
in a major non-conference contest at 1 p.m.
El Camino is coming off a 56-7 rout of Los Angeles
Southwest in last weeks opener. Grossmont kicked
off the campaign with a 36-7 romp over San Diego Mesa
Known more for their precision passing game, the
Warriors came out running last week, compiling 636
yards 390 yards coming on 50 rushes. Five-foot-5
Marcus Darden has dazzling speed and circus moves.
He put all of his talents on display for the first
time last week, finishing with 118 yards on eight
carries playing only in the first half.
Hes an incredible back, said Grossmont
coach MIKE JORDAN.
Two other backs averaged more than 10 yards per carry
as El Camino pounded LA Southwest with its running
game. Much of the reason for that is due to the men
in the trenches.
They have a huge offensive line that allows
them to pound the ball right at you, Jordan
said, noting a group that includes Jay Morgan (6-6,
350), Eric Oliva (6-3, 335) and Andrew Kersten (6-6,
305). Physically, this is as good a team as
Grossmont, meanwhile opened the season with a pinpoint
passing game led by sophomore RYAN WOODS. The Griffins
totaled 391 yards, but more impressive, saw its defense
ration Mesa to 58 yards on 48 plays.
The Griffins came from behind to dump host El Camino
27-22 in the postseason US Bank Beach Bowl last year
in Torrance. Scoring on three straight possessions
in the fourth quarter, the Griffins were able to turn
a 12-3 deficit into a 27-15 advantage.
Meanwhile, the defense limited the potent Warriors,
who averaged a state-best 40.4 points per game during
the regular season, to their lowest point total of
El Caminos head coach John Featherstone
a former Griffins assistant coach and SDSU wide receiver
in his 25th season at the Warriors helm
has a long memory.
I remember when we beat them in the playoffs
in our national championship year (2005) they came
back and clobbered us (56-13) in the season opener
the following year, Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN
recalled. They have an awfully good team again,
but we cant let them get to us on our field.
Said El Caminos 6-4, 265-pound sophomore tight
end Joe Don Duncan, Were just as good
as we were last year, but people think we are a bunch
of nobodies. We like it like that.
Duncan was referring to the states No. 11 preseason
ranking affixed to El Camino. The Warriors have since
been ranked No. 14 nationally by JC Grid-Wire.
Jordan has a respectful take on the Warriors.
I think they are a whole lot better than that,
he said. Of course, some people dont think
too much of us either and we believe were a
pretty good team too.
GRIFFINS GRAFFITI Grossmont leads the all-time
series 3-2... The National Division Southern Conference
teams posted a 6-0 record on opening day last week...
Woods (22-of 33, 238 yards, 2 TDs), kicker CONNOR
DERBY (3 FGs, 40.7 yds on 3 punts and 65 yards on
7 kickoffs) and linebacker PATRICK KELLY (5 tackles
and a sack) received NDSC Player of the Week honors.
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SAN MARCOS (9-6-10) Grossmont College wide
receiver ALEX McLELAND was among the first honorees
for the 2010-11 season as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
male athletes of the week.
McLeland, a 6-3, 180-pound wide receiver from Scripps
Ranch High, caught 8 passes for 76 yards as the Griffins
downed San Diego Mesa, 36-7.
McLeland tallied a touchdown on a 10-yard reception
from quarterback Ryan Woods. The freshmen shared the
award with Palomar football safety Devin Taverna,
who helped the Comets stave a late rally by Southwestern,
Griffins blaze over Mesa
GC vs. Mesa
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EL CAJON (9-5-10) Temperatures on the synthetic
playing surface at Grossmont Colleges Mashin-Roth
Memorial Field soared above 100 degrees when the Griffins
and visiting San Diego Mesa College kicked off the
season Saturday (Sept. 4) at 1 p.m.
National South (6-0)
Grossmont 36, SD Mesa 7
Fullerton 41, Santa Ana 10
Mt. SAC 61, Victor Valley 14
Palomar 23, Southwestern 13
Saddleback 37, Orange Coast 6
Pasadena 41, Glendale 20
Long Beach 20, Golden West 14 (OT) (played Friday)
Santa Monica 21, Compton 10
Citrus 36, West L.A. 25
Allan Hancock 51, Santa Barbara 6
Canyons 35, Antelope Valley 7
Chaffey 28, San Bernardino Valley 7
Mt. San Jacinto 25, Desert 22 (OT)
L.A. Valley 28, East L.A. 21
El Camino 56, L.A. So'west 7
Ventura 44, Moorpark 21
Cerritos 29, L.A. Harbor 14
Bakersfield 52, L.A. Pierce 41
Despite the heat wave the Griffins, who were decked
out in their home Forest Green jerseys and pants,
breezed past the Olympians 36-7 before a sun-soaked
crowd of 800.
I dont care who you are or where you
are from, heat like this wears on you, said
Grossmont College sophomore receiver ALEX McLELAND,
a product of Scripps Ranch High School. Weve
been out here in this heat all week and its
something I know as a player that you never get used
The heat didnt seem to hamper McLeland on game
day, as he hauled in eight passes for 76 yards, including
a 10-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback
The Griffins, who gained a 391-58 advantage in total
yardage, kept the heat on the Olympians all afternoon.
Making his first Grossmont start, Woods completed
22 of 33 passes for 238 yards and two TDs.
They were playing a deep cover 4 and we just
picked them apart underneath, McLeland said.
Ryan was really sharp with his passes.
Grossmont, which has won 13 straight from Mesa, took
the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 9 plays
with DARRIN ALIX bolting the final 2 yards with 11:28
left in the 1st quarter. CONNOR DERBY kicked the PAT,
which was to be the first
of 12 points in his Grossmont debut. Derby also booted
field goals of 25, 20 and 37 yards.
The Griffins did all of their scoring before Mesa
capitalized on a Grossmont fumble in the final seconds
and returned it 76 yards for its lone TD.
We played sound defense, and basically it was
a great game for us all around, said sophomore
linebacker PATRICK KELLY. It was pretty tough
watching from the sidelines all last season after
having surgery and going through rehab. It sure is
great to be back out there.
Grossmont limited Mesas two quarterbacks to
a mere three pass completions and 18 yards in 15 attempts.
TRAMAINE WILKES logged an interception for the Griffins,
who also got sacks from Kelly, SHANE PENNIX and HENRY
When our defense is clicking like it was today
we can stop anybody, added Kelly.
Mesa couldnt budge on the ground either. The
Olympians averaged 1.2 yards per carry, netting 40
yards on 33 attempts.
You gotta like those numbers, Kelly said.
But this is only one game and weve gotta
keep it up.
Eight Griffins contributed to Grossmonts rushing
attack, which was hardly spectacular with a net of
125 yards on 38 attempts.
TUCKER SPRUILL, who played in the waning moments,
wound up Grossmonts leading rusher with 47 yards
on 4 carries. Workhorse Alix was limited to 40 yards
on 13 carries but did manage to find the end zone
Looking ahead to the rest of the schedule, the Griffins
must find a way to boost their running game if they
are going to be able to compete in their National
Were off to a pretty good start but I
think we left some points out there today, said
Grossmont head coach MIKE JORDAN. But we dominated
pretty well, like I expected. We have a lot of guys
with a lot of talent out here guys that can
get it done for sure.
Grossmont will get a better idea of just exactly
where it stands on Saturday (Sept. 11) when it hosts
El Camino a 56-7 winner over L.A. Southwest
in Saturdays opener.
Now its gonna get real tough real quick,
Griffins host Mesa in '10 opener
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EL CAJON (9-3-10) No question this figures
to be the toughest football schedule Grossmont College
has faced in the 49-year history of the Griffins
Scary? Not really.
Grossmont alum and long-time offensive coordinator
MIKE JORDAN, who begins his 4th season as Griffins
head coach, welcomes the challenge.
And why shouldnt he? The Griffins have faced
Californias elite over the last 10 years, posting
a 92-24 record (.793 pct).
Given that the roster is basically a revolving door,
expectations are difficult to predict. The Griffins
will get a hint just where they stand when they kick
off the season against visiting San Diego on Saturday
(Sept. 3) at Mashin-Roth Field at 1 p.m.
Jordan is more than proud that 28 players from last
years 8-3 team that knocked off El Camino 27-22
in the post-season Beach Bowl have advanced to four-year
Thats all in the past.
The primary focus is Mesa at the moment.
Known more for its passing game over the past decade,
Grossmont may focus more on the running game this
If the Griffins can control the ball via the running
game they should have the defense to shut down the
Olympians and opponents down the road.
NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES: Grossmonts East
County contingent includes corner IVAN MAY (Valhalla);
defensive back CALEB FARREL (Christian); linebacker
KEVEN WOODS (Mount Miguel); running back TRAIVONNE
BROWN (Valhalla); defensive line SHANE PENNIX (Valhalla);
running back MAURICE PAYNE (Monte Vista); running
back ANDRAY JACKSON (Helix); linebacker ELIOTT LONG
(Valhalla); running back PATRICK ARIZE (Helix); SHANE
PINSON (Santana); linebacker CALEB GARDNER (Foothills
Christian); linebacker PAT KELLY (Christian); defensive
lineman RAMANDAM AHMAD (El Cajon Valley); offensive
line MICHAEL ROBLES (West Hills); defensive line TUPU
LOGOAI (Helix); offensive lineman DERYCK BEVERIDGE
(El Capitan); tight end JAKE PODPORA (Santana); offensive
line YOUSIF KHOURY (Steele Canyon); wide receiver
DEREK WHITE (Valhalla); defensive line RICARDO RODRIGUEZ
(Valhalla) and defensive line ANTHONY CHAVEZ (Helix),
LOCAL FOES: Mesas roster includes East
County graduates NICK McDANIEL (West Hills), COREY
JACKSON (El Cajon Valley), LUCAS STAFFORD (El Cajon
Valley), LAMANCE LYNCH (linebacker) and ISAIA OSIOIMALO
GRIFFIN GRAFFITI: For what its worth,
the Griffins enter the season ranked No. 20 in the
nation by JCGridiron.com... The Olympians lead
the all-time series over the Griffins 21-16-1, including
47-13 last year. Six first half Grossmont turnovers
helped the Olympians take a 10-6 halftime lead. In
spite of making eight turnovers in the game, Grossmont
finished with 570 yards (304 rushing, 266 passing)
on 91 plays in what became a rout... The Griffins
have rolled to 12 consecutive wins over Mesa, which
last edged Grossmont 28-27 in the final 0:07 of a
game played in a downpour at Mesa's Merrill Douglas
Griffins' list hits 25
|Grossmont enters season at No. 20
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SANTA ANA (7-21-10) Grossmont College
is ranked 20th in the nation according to the
JC Gridiron preseason community college
Such ratings no matter who they are
compiled by carry little impact. Case
in point is Grossmont was rated No. 1 by The
Sports News a couple years back and fell
a half-dozen rungs shy of achieving the lofty
Arizona Western College out of Yuma is ranked
No. 1 by JC Gridiron in this years
preseason guessing. Blinn (Texas) is No. 2,
while El Camino, which lost to the Griffins
in the 2009 U.S. Bank Beach Bowl last fall,
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EL CAJON (7-21-10) Three additional Grossmont
College football players have signed scholarship letters,
bringing the number of signees to a school-record
Latest to ink a pact is cornerback ARTHUR HOBBS,
who signed with NCAA II University of Nebraska Kearney
of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
A 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore, Hobbs is the second
Griffin to join UNK this year. In January, corner
KENNY HILL transferred to UNK. Last fall, Hobbs made
20 tackles and had six pass breakups to help Grossmont
go 8-3 and win the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl.
As a senior at Mount Miguel High, Hobbs earned 1st-team
all-Grossmont South League honors.
Six-foot, 190-pound sophomore wide receiver NICK
HILL, a product of Patrick Henry High, has signed
with Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo.
The Eagles play in the NAIA Heart of America Conference.
Last season Hill caught 17 passes for the Griffins
for 199 yards for an average of 11.7 ypg.
In another late signing, sophomore quarterback MATT
JARVIS (6-2, 230), an El Capitan alum, has signed
with NCAA II St. Cloud State University of the Northern
Sun Conference. Jarvis is a case of perseverance as
he returned to the Grossmont College huddle after
graduating from El Capitan in 2005.
In seven games at Grossmont, Jarvis completed 50
of 102 passes for 909 yards and 11 TDs last season.
Griffins scholarship roll reaches
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EL CAJON (7-8-10) The list of four-year
scholarships off the 2009 Grossmont College football
team has swelled to 22 as sophomore offensive lineman
BILLY DAWSON and freshman running back JOSEPH DeMARTINO
have advanced to the next level.
Dawson, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound center out of Helix
High, has accepted a full ride to Division I-AA Lamar
University in Beaumont, Texas.
DeMartino, a 5-11, 205-pound graduate of Mt. Carmel,
will attend Utah State in Logan in the fall with four
years to play three. He led the Griffins (8-3) with
107 all-purpose yards last year as a freshman. DeMartino
averaged 91.8 yards rushing, scored 7 touchdowns and
caught 12 passes in nine games.
Clearly a multiple threat, DeMartino figures to be
a double threat for the Aggies. He joins former Griffins
teammate, receiver-kick return specialist XAVIER MARTIN,
who previously signed with Utah State.
Joey is definitely a catch and run guy,
Grossmont coach MIKE JORDAN said. I think he
could make an immediate impact for them.
Dawson has the size and experience to step into a
starters role at Lamar University.