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Griffins' Tim Patrick: headed to Utah
Treyous Jarrells:
Colorado State
Michael Scales:
Humboldt State
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Griffins visit Southwestern to open upgraded stadium

By Bill Dickens
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CHULA VISTA (9-5-14) — Grossmont College will kick off at Southwestern College to christen the Jaguars’ refurbished stadium on Saturday (Sept. 6) at 6 p.m. in a non-league Southern California Football Association game.

The Jaguars are coming off a season where they averaged 45 points per game. Grossmont, on the other hand, averaged 44.4 ppg in a different conference, which should make for a high-scoring affair.

Plenty of new faces appear in the alignments. Luis Perez returns at quarterback for Southwestern after having the season cut short two years ago with a broken leg.

The Griffins will look to Christian High graduate MICHAEL CARRILLO to take the snaps. BRANDON KELLER (Goodyear, Ariz.) and TOMMY PISTONE (Yuma, Ariz) will also share the quarterbacking chores.

Grossmont has pretty good size in the trenches, with fullbacks JEFFERY STEPHENS (5-10, 245) and DAVID SOLOMON (6-2, 250), and defensive linemen HUNTER WHARTON (6-3, 245), BEN MOA (6-4, 275), ULALEI TAUSAGA (6-0, 280, Mount Miguel), MICHAEL CHARLES (5-11, 255, West Hills), JAMAL OGEESE (6-0, 260, Steele Canyon), PHILLIP de LEON (6-4, 270) and CHRISTOPHER ERBY (6-3, 310).

On the offense side of the ball are offensive linemen CALEB KINNIKIN (6-3, 295), AARON HUTCHINS (6-2, 270), JORDAN FAGAN (6-5, 270), BRENT WILLIAMS (6-4, 255, West Hills), JOVANN LETULI (6-5, 315), EVAN PUMPHREY (6-3, 310), and CHRISTIAN FESSIA (6-6, 350).

GRIFFIN GRAFITTI — “Don’t Quit: The JOE ROTH Story” will be screened at the La Costa Film Festival at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 20. The film covers the life and career of GrossmontCollege’s JOE ROTH, football player extraordinaire in 1974, who was an All-American quarterback at Cal Berkley until cancer cut his life short in February 1977. Ticket cost is $20. For more information and available discounts, see http://lacostafilmfestival.ticketmob.com/show.cfm?id=39303&cart . . . Grossmont leads the all-time series over Southwestern 25-14-1.


Griffins headed to Colorado State, Utah
Griffins' 2014 Schedule Announced

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (5-17-14) — Three more Grossmont College football players have accepted scholarships for the 2014 season., including a pair headed to NCAA Division I programs.

Running back TREYOUS JARRELLS turned down several offers before finally selecting Colorado State for his future. He had a long list of schools showing interest in him, including Georgia State, Idaho State and Utah State.

A Lake Mary High (Florida) graduate, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Jarrells – Grossmont’s all-time leading rusher – generated 1,362 yards and 15 touchdowns for 90 points. Jarrells was selected first team All-State.

Six-foot-5, 195-pound sophomore TIM PATRICK had two choices coming out of Grossmont College – he could play football or basketball. He was all-conference in both. A wide receiver, Patrick has selected the University of Utah to continue his education and athletic career.

A University City High graduate, last year for the Griffins Patrick caught 61 passes for 964 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Five-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back MICHAEL SCALES, a graduate of West Hills High, has accepted a ride to Humboldt State University.

Scales was a mainstay in the Griffins’ secondary

Griffin Graffiti: Grossmont College will play its first two home games of the 2014 season against Pasadena on Sept. 13 and Riverside on Sept. 20, both at 3 p.m. The remainder of the Griffins home games will be played at 1 p.m. beginning Oct. 4 against Palomar.

Giles to host skills camp
for Receivers, D-backs

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EL CAJON (4-22-14) — Former Grossmont College wide receiver GREG GILES, who went on to be a standout at Louisville, will conduct a Wide Receiver-Defensive Back skills camp/clinic on Sat., May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth Memorial Stadium.

The camp will cover fundamentals, techniques and principles in the passing game.

Any receiver can attend, including outside (wide) receivers, slot receivers, running backs and tight ends. We will be working on stand-up stance techniques (no three-point stance techniques).

Any defensive back can attend, including corners, safeties or linebackers.

All players who attend the camp will learn skills on both sides of the ball during different segments of the camp.

If your receivers or defensive backs coaches on your staff are interested in attending, there is no extra charge. This is a camp/clinic.

Camp Activities will include:
- Foundational athletic balance and control activities
- Passing game fundamentals and techniques
- Man and zone coverage fundamentals and techniques

Camp Schedule/Location:
Date: Saturday, May 17
Check in: 8 a.m. / Start time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Mashin-Rother Memorial Field (Grossmont College Football Field)

Fees: Individual Rate: $25
Group Rate: 5 players $100
6 or more: $20 per player

Questions? Contact Griffins Assistant Coach GREG GILES by EMAIL or call (619) 405-8381.

Krum center of UAB's attention

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (02-03-14) — Grossmont College sophomore center RYAN KRUM, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound product of Valhalla High, has committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Ryan Krum
After his senior season Krum was selected to participate in the California Classic All-Star game. Krum qualified academically but went under the recruiting radar.

In August 2012, Krum enrolled at Grossmont College, starting in eight games at center and one game at offensive guard as a freshman.

In 2013, Krum started all 11 games at center, earning 2nd Team All-Southern Conference honors.

“Krum has outstanding physical traits and is working to improve his athletic ability,” said his Grossmont College line coach KEN WILMESHERR. “Krum has good base to anchor and ability to block zero techniques one-on-one. He is a mauler in the run game with ability to engulf defenders and create movement with his size. Krum has good intelligence to play center and make the line calls.”

Krum is the fourth Valhalla graduate to earn a scholarship through the halls of Grossmont College . He was the offensive lineman of the week 4 times with an overall production grade for the 2013 season of 90.2 percent.

A.J. Allen:
Kansas State
Kweishi Brown:
Arizona State
Brandon Steed:
Bethel (KS)

Kweishi heads for Arizona State 

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (01-31-14) — Grossmont College sophomore cornerback KWEISHI BROWN has signed with Arizona State University after two standout seasons for the Griffins.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Brown intercepted four passes and earned all-state honors last season.

A graduate of Valhalla High, Brown had plenty of Division I choices, turning down USC, Arkansas and Washington before signing with the Sun Devils.

Known for his ability as a cover corner, Brown had 51 tackles for the Griffins as a sophomore.

More scholarships
Back-up quarterback BRANDON STEED and wide receiver MARCUS HAGLER (2012 team) have signed on with the NAIA Bethel College Threshers in North Newton, Kansas.

REILLY MURPHY, former Griffin quarterback, is the offensive coordinator at Bethel College . Murphy led Grossmont to a national championship in 2005.

Meanwhile, sophomore running back TREYOUS JARRELLS, who rushed for 1,343 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Griffins, was offered a scholarship to Idaho State but is also considering Georgia State. He has yet to make a decision.

State All-Star Allen signs with K-St.

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (01-30-14) — When A.J. ALLEN was an offensive lineman at Valhalla High as a senior, in spite of his outstanding size (6-foot-7, 315 pounds), his coaches weren’t sure how far he could extend his career.

Allen came into his own when he enrolled at Grossmont College and started at right tackle under the tutelage of Griffins veteran line coach KEN WILMESHERR.

It proved to be a wise move for Allen, who was heavily recruited by Arizona State, Purdue, Kansas and Kansas State, among other Division I schools.

Allen, who participated in the Cal-State All-Star game, has cast his fate with Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The 2014 ESPN Junior College Watch listed Brown as 13th at his position.

“Allen has a long-armed athletic build,” said Coach Wilmesherr. “He has a unique combination of size and overall athleticism suited to play on the edge. He is a natural athlete who plays light on his feet with nice agility.

“Allen is quick off the snap with the ability to climb to the second level and block out in space as a run-blocker. He possesses strong upper body and girth to handle bull-rushers with good quickness dropping back in pass protection. His athleticism and length allows him to recover if beaten initially.”

During his sophomore season at Grossmont, Allen was selected the Offensive Player of the Week seven times.

“A.J.’s 2014 overall production grade was 91.4 percent,” Wilmesherr said.

Grossmont.receiver Nick Kurtz will play
for Brigham Young University in 2014
(Photo by Don DeMars Photography)
Griffins trio honored to All-State team

By Bill Dickens
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SAN MATEO (12-21-13) — Three members of the Grossmont College Griffins have been named to the All-State California Community College Football Team.

Earning first team offense honors for the Griffins are quarterback WILLIAM ABT and running back TREYOUS JARRELS. The two combined for a handful of Griffins records during this past season.

Earning first team defense honors is corner KWEISHI BROWN, who is being heavily recruited by USC and Washington. He had 4 interceptions, averaged 6 tackles per game and was a primary standout for the Griffins’ defense.

Abt is a freshman who will return next season to Grossmont.

Jarrells is still exploring his options.

Kurtz gains BYU scholarship
Selects Cougars over USC

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (12-20-13) — Grossmont College wide receiver NICK KURTZ found himself waffling between football scholarship offers from BYU and USC.

It came right down to the last minute, but the Cougars got the commitment for the Valhalla High graduate.

Despite a couple of nagging injuries Kurtz caught 35 passes for 577 yards and 6 touchdowns during his sophomore year with the Griffins.

“I didn’t have any money, and I didn’t have a car so I had to get a job,” said the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Kurtz, who eventually grey-shirted through the 2011 season. “I thought about playing basketball but realized that I’d miss playing football so I didn’t go that direction.”

It was only a matter of weeks after Kurtz eventually purchased a high mileage used car that his prized vehicle was stolen, so it was back to square one.

A year ago he took 18 units and the heavy academic load did nothing but spur on his desire to play football. He posted a 3.63 grade point average in the classroom and his on-field numbers followed accordingly.

An all-state performer for the Griffins, Kurtz caught 50 passes for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games in 2012.

“When I visited BYU I could see it becoming my home,” Kurtz said. “ Oregon came in late and I gave it a lot of thought, but BYU is just a better fit. They run a spread offense and I loved what I saw.”

USC tried to woo Kurtz away from the Cougars but could not do it.

More than just the football aspects at BYU attracted Kurtz.

At BYU the Cougars have a strict honor code. Not many athletes can follow it.

Kurtz said, “That won’t be a problem for me. This is a really unique, beautiful place with all the green trees and the Wasatch Mountains .”

The Grossmont College receiver noted the positive and secure atmosphere at BYU was another swing vote.

“I don’t think I’ve ever lived anywhere that you don’t have to lock your car or your house,” he said. “But nobody does that there – it’s that safe. It’s like the best of an old home town where everybody respects everybody else.”

Griffins head coach MIKE JORDAN applauded Kurtz’ decision.

“Nick’s best physical attributes are his ability to catch the ball at his highest point over the DB's, overall speed for his size, and he is an excellent blocker,” said Jordan . “Mentally he is a sponge for scheme and technique, hard worker, excellent character.”

Four-year schools flocking
to recruit Grossmont players

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EL CAJON (12-9-13) — Although Grossmont College finished only 5-6 in Southern California’s most competitive football league, four-year colleges are flooding to the Fletcher Hills campus in search of talent.

Among the most attractive to the big-time recruiters are wide receiver NICK KURTZ, who is deciding between USC and BYU, and corner KWEISHI BROWN, who is pondering whether to choose USC or Washington.

Other Griffins attracting attention includes offensive lineman A.J. ALLEN, who has Kansas , Kansas State, Purdue and Arizona State in his sights.

Another nugget that has caught the recruiters’ eyes is 6-foot-5 wide receiver TIM PATRICK may end up at Oregon .

Grossmont record-setting running back TREYOUS JARRELLS has numerous Division 1AA and Division 2 schools who have offered, but he will probably hold on to see what else is out there for him.

A couple other Griffins are drawing interest – center RYAN KRUM (6-foot-4, 340 pounds) and linebacker SEAN SULLIVAN (6-4, 280).

According to Griffins coach MIKE JORDAN, the list will swell but he hesitant to mention names before it’s concrete to pan out.

After breaking several Roth records,
Abt named 2013 Roth Award winner

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EL CAJON (12-9-13) — Freshman quarterback WILLIAM ABT received the prestigious Joe Roth Award, which is among the highest honors that a Griffins football player can receive.

Abt set three major Grossmont College records. He completed 312 out of 523 passes for 4112 yards and 38 touchdowns as he was named to the All-National Division Southern Conference first team.

The Roth 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.

Other award winners for the season were Offensive MVP wide receiver TIM PATRICK and Defensive MVP corner KWEISHI BROWN.

A new award among the Grossmont College post-season honors is the JIM COLBERT Award. Colbert, who died earlier this season, was a former Griffins highly regarded running back coach.

In his honor, record-breaking running back TREYOUS JARRELLS, was the first recipient of the award.

Another special award for the Griffins was the Mauga Award, which went to 6-foot, 240-pound freshman JUNIOR TUFUGA.

Other winners were Specialist of the Year D’ANGELO BOWIE, Best Defensive Freshmen PEN MOA and ILYA PETROSYAN, and Best Offensive Freshmen LIAM EDWARDS and DARIUS GEATER.

Ex-Griffins QB named finalist for major award

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FLORENCE, Ala. (12-03-13) — Former Grossmont College quarterback, CHRIS BONNER, was selected as a candidate for the Harlon Hill Award, which honors the top NCAA Division II football player in the country.

The Colorado State-Pueblo junior in his first season with the ThunderWolves, has set touchdown pass records for the Pack in 2013, leading CSU-Pueblo to a 10-0 record and a one-time ranking of third in the nation in the AFCA Division II Coaches' Poll rankings.

There were 28 candidates from throughout the nation vying for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy, honoring the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year, nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 168 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bonner passed for 3,413 yards and 33 TDs while completing 225 of 374 attempts. He was undefeated in 10 starts for the ThunderWolves, who finished the season at 11-1.

At Grossmont (20-11-12), Bonner clicked on 191 of 382 passes for 2,470 yards and 19 TDs as a sophomore. In his freshman season, Bonner was a backup who completed 25 passes in 72 attempts for 381 yards and two TDs.

Additional Honors
Grossmont High graduate DOMINIQUE BRADLEY, a standout safety at Mayville State (N.D.) represented the NAIA in an all-star game among Div. 2 seniors last month.

MONTELL ALLEN (La Mesa, La Jolla Country Day), a second team All-Pioneer League second team pick out of USD, is playing in the FCS Bowl on Dec. 21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Griffins earn nine all-conference selections

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (11-28-13) — Nine Grossmont College players have been selected to the All-National Division Southern Conference football team in balloting by the conference’s seven head coaches.

Leading the Griffin postseason honor patrol were first team picks freshman quarterback WILLIAM ABT, running back TREYOUS JARRELLS, wide receiver TIM PATRICK and cornerback KWEISHI BROWN.

Abt completed a Grossmont record 312 passes out of 523 attempts. His 4112 yards and 38 TDs were also season records for the Griffins, who finished the season 5-6.

Jarrells, who was a unanimous selection, which makes him eligible for All-State honors, rushed for a Grossmont College season record 1362 yards, despite missing two games. He broke the mark held by FRANK WOOLRICH of 1328 set in 1973. Jarrells scored 15 touchdowns this season.

Versatile 6-foot-5 Patrick, who also is a standout on the basketball court, led the Griffins with 61 pass receptions for 964 yards and 8 TDs.

The lone first team defense selection for the Griffins was Brown, who led the team with 4 interceptions.

Grossmont’s second team selections included, on the offensive side, sophomore center RYAN KRUM (6-5, 340), BYU-bound sophomore NICKOLAS KURTZ (6-6, 205), who caught 40 passes for 648 yards, 8 TDs in nine games, and versatile wide receiver and return specialist D’ANGELO BOWIE.

Defensive selections on the second team include freshman end PEN MOA (6-3, 270) and sophomore inside linebacker CHRIS COLLINS (6-1, 225).

Cerritos 64, Grossmont 33
Griffins sent packing at Western State Bowl

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NORWALK (11-24-13) — The Grossmont College Griffins earned a spot into the Western State Bowl game against host Cerritos College with a 48-14 win in their regular season finale against Palomar. When their bus arrived at Falcon Stadium Saturday (Nov. 23) night, they might as well have never got off the bus....at least not until the second quarter.

Quarterback William Abt captured
team MVP honors for Grossmont.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Coming into the game the Griffins' prolific offense had been heralded as one of the best in the west and the talk of the town. Pumping out 589 yards and 45.5 points per game is nothing to scoff at.

The numbers for Grossmont's offense almost matched the Falcons at the end of the day, 504-470, but the Falcons turned six turnovers into 35 points and rather easily ran away with a 64-33 Western State Bowl victory.

Cerritos (7-4) blitzkrieged the Griffins (5-6) as soon as the coin flip hit the ground.

On their first play from scrimmage a simple hitch route turned into a 94-yard touchdown after the defender slipped.

But wait, things got much worse from there as things quickly escalated.

Next possession...90 yard punt return for a score after a three-and-out. Ensuing drive...fumble on the second play giving the Falcons only six yards to make it 21-0 less than three minutes into the game.

“As a team we definitely came out soft,” said quarterback WILLIAM ABT. “That first play was really unlucky to start off on and once they got a shot in they just never let up.”

Abt found NICKOLAS KURTZ for a 28-yard touchdown in response, but Cerritos quarterback and game MVP Cody Clements hit Xavier Shepherd for two scoring strikes, add to that an interception returned to the house and it was 43-7 three minutes into the second quarter.

Grossmont.receiver Tim Patrick (top) breaks a tackle for additional
yardage, Meanwhile, Griffins running back Treyous Jarrells gets
cut downinside the 5-yard line against the Cerritos Falcons.
(Photos by Rhoads Brian)

Grossmont had already given more than 70 points twice this season, but after a pair of touchdown throws to Kurtz (11 yds) and BRANDON STEED (5 yds), combined with a pair of field goals (28, 37) from TREVOR McGIRR, the general consensus was the Griffins were actually gonna come all the way back to win after scoring 20 unanswered points.

The lead at that point was cut to 43-27 and as the Griffins went to kickoff, a huge display of fireworks could be seen just past the stadium in the distance from Knotts Berry Farm.

Seeing that lit the fuse for the Falcons' offense once again as they thwarted any potential comeback with 3 straight touchdown drives, putting the game out of reach and sending the Griffins to the back of the bus.

At the end of the day Abt had thrown for 445 yards on 39-of-71 passes and touchdown throws number 36, 37, 38 and 39 of his record-setting season.

“It really was disappointing how this one ended, but at the end of the day I'm grateful we even made a bowl game,” Abt said. “It's due to all the talent we have on this team, especially the sophomores. We're really going to miss them next year.”

Griffins accept Western State Bowl bid
Face former SCC rival Cerritos

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NORWALK (11-22-13) — Grossmont College will make its 26th appearance in postseason play on Saturday (Nov. 23) when the Griffins take on Cerritos College in Falcons Stadium in the Western State Bowl game. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

The Griffins (5-5) earned their ticket with a 48-14 victory over Palomar, which snapped a 4-game losing streak in last week’s regular season finale.

Cerritos (6-4) fell to Moorpark 28-19 in their last game of the regular season.

The last time these teams met was in 1992 with the Falcons prevailing 28-7. Both schools were members of the South Coast Conference.

Griffin Graffiti: This will mark Grossmont’s third bowl game in five years... In 2010 the Griffs lost to Santa Ana 52-43 in the U.S. Bank Beach Bowl, and defeated El Camino 27-22 in the 2009 U.S. Bank Beach Bowl... The Griffs’ 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore defensive back BRANDON WATSON was named the National Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week... Watson had 9 tackles, one interception and a pass break-up against Palomar.

A wide-open touchdown reception for
Grossmont freshman Darius Geater.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Griffins pound Palomar,
is bowl in their future?

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ESCONDIDO (11-17-13) — It was an up-and-down season for the Grossmont Griffins and coming into Saturday night's (Nov. 16) regular season finale against National Southern Division Conference rival Palomar College it had been the latter.

If the Griffins had any hopes of making a postseason appearance they had to end their 4-game losing streak and come away with their fifth win of the season to make them bowl eligible.

The Grossmont defense entered the game allowing 35.9 points per contest, but on a chilly night at Escondido High School, they chose the right time to get red hot bashing the Comets, 48-14.

“We really came together as a unit and played our best defensive game of the year,” star defensive back KWEISHI BROWN said emphatically. “Our defensive line played a great game and got a lot of pressure on their quarterback, which is exactly what we need in the secondary.”

The Griffins’ (5-5, 3-3) defense allowed only 115 first half yards and they posted a 41-7 lead with six minutes remaining in the contest until they finally allowed Palomar (2-8, 1-5) to post their first offensive points.

“We did a great job of improving on that side of the ball,” said head coach MIKE JORDAN. “PENAIA MOA did a fantastic job of coming off the ball, MATT MENDIOLA played a great game at safety and Kweishi was his usual phenomenal self with that big hit and breaking up a touchdown pass.”

The big hit was heard all throughout Chick Embry Field and probably most of Escondido. Midway through the second quarter Brown absolutely flattened a receiver making a catch on a screen and several Griffin players afterward admitted it was the biggest hit of the season. You could even hear a collective gasp from every single person in attendance when it happened.

“I was dropping back because I was in cover four,” Brown recalled. “I just read it so quick and jumped it as fast as I could to smash him.”

After ANDRE WILLIAMS got Grossmont on the board with a 25-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter the game remained that way until the 11 minute mark of the second stanza. Defensive lineman KERRY GRIGSBY sacked the Comets' quarterback, dislodging the ball in the process.

“I drove my man back and then ripped inside like we always practice,” Grigsby explained. “The quarterback tried to step up and I just nailed him. I didn't see who jumped on it, but I knew it was one of our guys.”

That guy would be JESSE CODERE, who quickly pounced on the rock and set the Griffins up with a short field just outside the red zone.

Lost in all Grossmont's defensive shenanigans was the Griffins' high-powered offense.

Standout freshman QB WILLIAM ABT threw for 333 yards while tossing touchdown numbers 33 and 34 of the season to STEVON JONES and D'ANGELO BOWIE – both from 8 yards out.

“Despite our record I think we're one of the best offensive teams to ever come through here,” boasted Abt. “TIM PATRICK and NICKOLAS KURTZ are two of the best receivers I've ever seen, to be honest, and TREYOUS JARRELLS is a stud running back.”

BYU-bound Kurtz missed his fourth straight game, but Patrick caught 6 balls for 104 yards, while Jones finished with 51 yards on 4 receptions and one score.

Kicker TREVOR McGIRR was also McGood all night, hitting all 6 PAT attempts and nailing two field goals from 44 and 38 yards out.

“It will definitely be disappointing if we don't make a bowl game,” Abt added. “I know there's definitely a few games we would love to have back, but know it is what it is.”

All hope is not lost for Grossmont's bowl chances however. Now sitting at 5-5 with not a whole lot of 6-4 teams around they have a legitimate shot of being named tomorrow on “Selection Sunday” and having one more game on their 2013 schedule.

Kweishi Brown stated it the best when all the dust settled from the falling Comets.

“If this was our last game of the year, we definitely went out with a BIG BANG."

Griffins playing for slim bowl chance

By Bill Dickens
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ESCONDIDO (11-15-13) — Grossmont College hopes to snap a 4-game losing streak in Saturday’s (Nov. 16) National Division Southern Conference finale against Palomar College at Escondido High School at 6 p.m.

There is a slim chance that the Griffins can gain a bowl berth, but not likely.

Griffins quarterback WILLIAM ABT has totaled 32 touchdowns and 365.1 yards per game.

Palomar has played quarterback shuffle between Ryan Lamb and Travis Stevens. Tight end Ryan Ena (6-foot-6, 272 pounds) is one of the top bullseyes in the league.

Griffins running back TREYOUS JARRELLS has posted 124.4 yards per game and 15 touchdowns to lead the National Southern Conference, and receiver TIM PATRICK averages 90.8 yards per game with 16 touchdowns.

Griffin Graffiti: Palomar leads the all-time series 17-11 including last year’s 33-28 win... Grossmont defensive back KWEISHI BROWN was awarded SCFA Defensive Player of the Week for his 11 solo tackles and 3 pass break-ups against Saddleback... SCFA Honorable Mention went to receivers TIM PATRICK and D’ANGELO BOWIE... Fifteen Griffins have caught passes this season.

Grossmont College back Treyous Jarrells.
(Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)

Saddleback 53
Grossmont 42
Left: The runback
by Ryan Williams
(Photo by 
  Rhoads Brian)

Grossmont feels highs, lows, of passing attack
Abt's 462 yards through the air offset by six interceptions

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (11-10-13) — In the longest game of the Grossmont College football season, the Griffins concluded their National Southern Conference home campaign by dropping a 3½ hour marathon to visiting Saddleback, 53-42, at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.

Griffins defensive back Brandon Watson (28)
follows the lead block from Kweishi Brown
following Watson's interception.
(Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
Grossmont cranked out 104 plays for 580 yards, led by the passing of WILLIAM ABT, who completed a school-record 41 passes for 5 touchdowns in 75 attempts for the Griffins (4-5, 2-3 conf). He shattered the record of 33 completions set by BLAKE SUTTON in 2007 against Palomar.

Abt finished with 462 yards but suffered 6 interceptions.

Saddleback, which didn’t punt until the third quarter, countered with 555 yards on 84 plays. Quarterback Tim Belman nailed 38 completions on 61 attempts for 485 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Belman established a national career record for completions in his bout with the hapless Griffins’ secondary.

Grossmont's Kweishi Brown with the tackle.
(Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
The lead between these teams exchanged hands six times.

Grossmont took a 21-20 halftime lead when Abt fired a 12-yard scoring strike to CARLTON BAILEY.

The game was still well in reach for the Griffins late in the 3rd quarter as they closed the one-time Saddleback 11-point lead to 32-29.

RYAN WILLIAMS scored on a 3-yard run and SAMUEL QUINONES caught a 2-point conversion pass from BRANDON STEED.

Steed, who holds on placements, got a low snap and was under immediate pressure. So he picked up the ball and began running in reverse. He kept rolling back further and further, dodging tacklers and finally from the Grossmont 45 fired the conversion pass to Quinones.

Suddenly the Griffins were only a field goal away from catching the Gauchos.

The game eventually went south on Grossmont when Saddleback corner Trent Perriman intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown, giving the Gauchos a 39-29 edge.

Probably the most unexplainable play came in the free-wheeling 4th quarter.

After Belman fired a 13-yard scoring strike to Chris French, the Griffins blocked the third Saddleback PAT of the game. But the as the ball rolled free, the Gauchos picked it up and – after a huddle of the alleged officials – were awarded a 2-point conversion, which extended their lead to 53-36.

Look that one up in the record books.

For the Griffins, TIM PATRICK – who also plays basketball – caught 9 passes for 144 yards to lead the Griffins. STEVON JONES caught 7 balls for 62 yards and a score, while DANE BURKI pulled in 5 passes for 60 yards, and D’ANGELEO BOWIE snared 3 aerials for 39 yards and a score.

Once again, running back TREYOUS JARRELLS paced the Grossmont ground game with 95 yards on 19 carries. His back-up, RYAN WILLIAMS (West Hills HS) rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown on 8 carries and would have had a second score but dropped a pass in the endzone.

On the flip side, Saddleback intercepted two passes in the endzone, stifling Griffins’ scoring bids.

The Gauchos need a victory over Golden West next week to stretch their state-best bowl game appearance record to 13 straight seasons.

Grossmont’s chances for a bowl game are a longshot at best. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Griffins could earn a bowl game if they conclude the regular season against Palomar with a victory on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m. at Escondido High School.

Griffins control own desiinty for bowl berth

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (11-9-13) — The magic number for Grossmont College is “2.”

The Griffins (4-4, 2-2 conference) need to close the regular season with back-to-back victories over Saddleback (4-4, 2-2) and Palomar (2-6, 1-3) to have any chance of receiving a bowl game bid.

It may be a little bit tougher for Grossmont, considering the Griffins have lost their last three games. That leaves them as a longshot since their defense has been porous of late.

Grossmont defenders hit rock bottom last week against Fullerton, surrendering a school record 79 points.

This will be the Griffins final home game as they kick off at 1 p.m. against the Gauchos, who have been in bowl games for a state record 12 straight years.

The Gauchos are coming off a 45-17 thrashing of Palomar, which isn’t a whole lot better showing than the Griffins made at Fullerton.

TREYOUS JARRELLS has been a gem carrying the ball for the Griffins. He leads the conference with 128.1 yards per game rushing for a season total of 1248. He also leads the league in rushing touchdowns with 15.

Jarrells is the second leading rusher in Grossmont College history, trailing only FRANK WOOLRICH (1328 in 1973).

Saddleback’s trigger man Tim Belman leads the conference with 29 TDs and averages 403.8 yards per game passing.

Due to injuries, Griffins quarterback WILLIAM ABT slipped to second place, but is still in striking distance with 24 TDs and 325.9 yards passing average per game.

In Abt’s favor is he has two giant receivers in his corner. BYU-bound 6-foot-6 NICKOLAS KURTZ has caught 35 passes for 577 yards and 6 touchdowns, and 6-foot-5 TIM PATRICK has reeled in 34 passes for 673 yards and 7 TDs.

This should be a high-scoring affair as the Griffins come in averaging 45.6 points per game while the Gauchos are producing 39.1 ppg.

Griffin Graffiti: Griffins’ freshman quarterback Abt was named the National Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Fullerton last week. Abt was 31 of 57 for 533 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in the Griffins' loss to the Hornets... Saddleback leads the all-time series 15-5-1, including a 66-42 victory last year at Mission Viejo ’s “Snakepit.”

GC receiver Stevon Jones
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Fullerton remains unbeaten, halts Grossmont

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YORBA LINDA (11-3-13) — The Grossmont Griffins walked into Yorba Linda High School's Nathan Shappell Stadium knowing they were on the fringe of being invited to a bowl game and a win against undefeated Fullerton would speak volumes for their post-season resume.

What they weren't expecting though was stepping into the “Hornet's Nest” and getting severely stung, looking like a skit straight out of “Chappelle's Show.” Fullerton lit up the scoreboard time-and-time again, eventually setting a school record for points in a lofty 79-44 National Southern Conference victory.

“This one is too frustrating to put into words,” Griffins' quarterback WILLIAM ABT said after the game. “I just can't stand to lose, I hate it and tonight it just didn't feel right.”

Grossmont (4-4, 2-2) was blitzed right out of the gates after their first punt was returned for a touchdown. The play was negated by a penalty, but Fullerton (8-0, 3-0) still easily scored three plays later. That was just the beginning of the meltdown for the Griffins' third phase of the game.

After falling behind 10-0, their third drive also ended in another punt return for a score, but it was also was called back. Once again however, the Hornets' offense was buzzing with short fields to work with and speed at every position and it was 17-0 less than 10 minutes into the contest.

Looking shell-shocked, Abt led Grossmont back with a drive that began with a 70-yard pass to TIM PATRICK to setup a TREYOUS JARRELS 3-yard score and ULALEI TAUSAGA cut the lead to 20-14 as the Griffins looked to be back in business.

All they needed was a defensive stop and ride their new-found offensive momentum in hopes of gaining a lead, but there was that one small problem...they had to kick off. Fullerton 's return men, Lavorrie Johnson and Eli Pleasant, are both rumored to have sub-par 4.4 speed and they looked every bit of it.

Johnson took the ensuing kickoff midway through the end zone and blazed for a 100-yard touchdown, this time with no laundry on the field. At that point it looked like there was no way the Griffins were going to be able to catch the No. 2 team in the entire nation as they played catch-up from that point on.

“Our special teams was an abortion,” stated head coach MIKE JORDAN. “We didn't play too well defensively either, but our special teams lost it for us.”

GC running back Tony Johnson
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Fullerton received the ball to start the second half and went on to tie a school-record for most points in a quarter posting 35, and building a 72-44 lead heading into the final stanza, and the Griffins never came closer than three touchdowns.

Abt would end up throwing for 533 yards on 31-of-57 attempts and 3 TD's. His favorite target Patrick dazzled all night, making acrobatic catches left-and-right, oohing and ahhing the crowd to a tune of 8 receptions for 189 yards a one score. D’ANGELO BOWIE caught a 38-yard touchdown pass and Jarrells had 5 receptions for 49 yds and a TD to go along with 136 yards rushing and two more scores.

“The hardest part is I have no say in how many points they put up,” added a dejected Abt. “You really can't blame our defense because special teams put them in a lot of tough situations. Even when we kicked away from their guys they still ended up starting every drive on our 30-yard line. Give it to Fullerton though, hands down they played a great game. Their offense is stellar and that Pleasant kid is a hoss.”

All hope is still not lost for Grossmont at this point. One more stubbed toe in the loss column and their post-season aspirations are over, but two wins to close the season against Saddleback and Palomar would make a bowl game berth still in the realm of possibility.

Is Grossmont bowl worthy?
Tackle first-place Fullerton

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (1-1-13) — Any chance Grossmont College has for a bowl game will be determined on Saturday night (Nov. 2) when the Griffins tackle undefeated Fullerton College at Yorba Linda High School’s Nathan Chappell Stadium at 6 p.m.

Fullerton, 7-0, 3-0 in the National Southern Conference, holds a 15-5 historical edge over the Griffins.

While the 8th-ranked Griffins had a bye last week, No. 2 Fullerton was pounding Palomar 45-20.

Despite an early injury in the 43-34 loss to Golden West two weeks ago, Griffins starting quarterback WILLIAM ABT, who still retains the top spot in the conference for touchdowns with 24, expects to be at full strength against Fullerton.

Abt has thrown to 15 targets, including BYU-bound 6-foot-6 NICKOLAS KURTZ, who has 34 catches for 546 yards and 6 touchdowns. Receiver – and basketball player – 6-foot-5 TIM PATRICK has reeled in 26 passes for 484 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Griffins running back TREYOUS JARRELLS holds the top position in the conference statistics with 1114 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Arkansas-bound KWEISHI BROWN, who has 4 interceptions for 98 yards, anchors the Grossmont defense.

Linebacker NICK KOENIG, who has 5 sacks, leads the Griffins front charge, along with JUNIOR TUFUGA who has logged over 7 tackles per game.

Griffin Graffiti: The Griffins game at Fullerton College will be broadcast on Hornets Internet Radio HERE... Palomar will play at Saddleback in a game that will be televised by the Saddleback Gauchos HERE.

Looking back: Grossmont’s second football game in its inaugural 1962 season was at Fullerton and was televised locally by Los Angeles ’ KCOP Channel 13. For the record, the Hornets won that one 22-0.

Grossmont College back Treyous Jarrells.
(Photo by Nathan Price, youatplay.com)

Grossmont defender Deshaun Scott (27) closes in for the tackle.
(Photo by Nathan Price, youatplay.com)

Golden West knocks Grossmont
out of Southern Conference lead

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (10-20-13) — When Grossmont College and conference passing leader WILLIAM ABT was sidelined with a dislocated shoulder midway through the first quarter of Saturday (Oct. 19) afternoon’s National Division Southern Conference contest against visiting Golden West College, the Griffins had to feel vulnerable.

Abt completed 4 of 6 passes for 63 yards in his brief stint, but it was meaningless at that point, so coach MIKE JORDAN turned to reserve quarterback BRANDON STEED to pick up the reins.

From there the game turned into a shootout as Steed completed 15 of 28 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 92 yards on 13 carries.

Grossmont’s offense kept firing, but came up short in a 43-34 loss thanks to Golden West kicker Peter Marquez, who launched 45- and 46-yard field goals in the final quarter.

A 17-yard pass from Steed to STEVON JONES with 3:04 remaining pulled the Griffins to within 40-34. The Griffins’ defense could not, however, short circuit the Rustlers (6-1, 2-1) to ice the game. Instead, Marquez kicked his 3rd field goal of the game with 41 seconds left to put the decision out of reach.

Not to be overlooked for the Griffins was the rushing of sophomore running back TREYOUS JARRELLS, who rushed for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries.

JEVON HASTEN caught 5 balls for 47 yards, while ANTHONY JACKSON pulled in 4 passes for 44 yards.

Probably the biggest setback for the Griffins came early in the third quarter when KWEISHI BROWN returned an interception 100 yards but the touchdown was nullified by a penalty.

Injuries hampered the Griffins throughout as wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ was injured on the first pass completion of the game.

Thus, Grossmont must cherish the idea of having a midseason bye next week.

Griffins expect shootout with Golden West

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EL CAJON (10-18-13) — Grossmont College leads the National Division Southern Conference with a 2-0 (4-2 overall) record, despite last week’s 34-31 non-conference loss to Mt. San Antonio College as the Griffins prepare to host Golden West College of Huntington Beach (1-1, 5-1 overall) Saturday (Oct. 19) at 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.

The Griffins look to quarterback WILLIAM ABT, who has completed 168 of 262 passes for 2218 yards and 24 touchdowns.

He throws to two of the tallest receivers in 6-foot-5 NICKOLAS KURTZ (33-238, 6 TDs) and 6-foot-5 TIM PATRICK (25-476, 6 TDs).

TREYOUS JARRELLS leads the Grossmont ground game with 943 yards of 110 carries for 10 touchdowns.

The Rustlers’ quarterback, Chris d’Entremont, also takes to the air with 97-159 for 1189 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has been sacked 20 times this year.

For the Griffins to be successful they must put pressure on d’Entremont.

A lot of that responsibility will go to Griffs linebacker CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, who has 44 tackles (30 solo), 6 tackles for loss and 3½ sacks. Linebacker NICK KOENIG is also a key figure in the Griffins attack with 26 tackles and 3½ sacks, as is JUNIOR TAFUGA (38 tackles) and BRANDON WATSON (33 tackles).

Among the conference leaders is KWEISHI BROWN, who anchors the secondary with 4 interceptions and 26 tackles.

Rustlers linebacker Anthony McNichols has logged 48 tackles, while defensive lineman DelRoy Steele has 14 tackles and 5 sacks to his credit.

Griffin Graffiti: Grossmont came from behind to beat the Rustlers 26-23 last season for the Griffins’ first victory over Golden West in six decisions.

Griffins quarterback William Abt.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Time runs out on Grossmont,
falling to No. 3 Mt. SAC

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (10-13-13) — Grossmont College came up about three minutes short of breaking into the Southern California elite when the Griffins dropped a 34-31 decision to No. 3 ranked Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday (Oct. 12) at Mashin-Roth Field.

Some might argue that the Griffins are already running with the elite, as they began the week ranked No. 9 in Southern California, and following the 3-point loss to Mt. SAC coach MIKE JORDAN and his crew might have a good argument about where the Griffins stand.

The Mounties rode out of East County with a 5-1 record after dealing the Griffins their second loss in six decisions.

So goes it in the National Division as these teams are in separate conferences – Mt. SAC in the Central and Grossmont in the Southern.

Grossmont was bitten by a sluggish start as the visiting Mounties took a 17-0 first quarter lead. At that point it appeared that Mt. SAC was in the position of creating a runaway victory.

That didn’t happen though, as the Griffins fought back to trail only 17-14 with 1:33 left in the first half.

But the Griffins couldn’t get to the locker room fast enough as the Mounties added back-to-back touchdowns in the final 1:33, the last one coming with two seconds left to make it 31-14.

“Plain and simple, we started out too slow,” versatile STEVON JONES – wide receiver and return specialist – said. “Once we got it together and our offense started to click we took it down to the wire, but we ran out of gas. We needed one more possession.”

Grossmont College defensive coordinator MARK DEESING agreed.

“You take away about two minutes in the second quarter and it’s a whole different ball game,” he said.

Freshman quarterback WILLIAM ABT led the Griffins comeback, completing 28 of 54 passes for 387 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Abt spread his passes among nine Griffin receivers, including basketball’s TIM PATRICK, who pulled in 7 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. ASHANTE BOYD had 6 grabs for 48 yards and a score, while NICKOLAS KURTZ collected 4 for 89 passes.

“Yeah the wind was a factor and I left a couple of balls up,” said Abt, who came into the game averaging 388.2 yards passing and a conference leading 21 touchdowns.

“It’s just a matter of adjusting your technique,” he said.

And so he did. But it took the Griffins until the second half to put the reins on the runaway horse as Grossmont outscored Mt. SAC 17-3.

The Griffins had a faint shot at pulling out an upset victory after TREVOR McGIRR kicked a 22-yard field goal and Boyd caught a 4-yard TD pass from Abt with 3:17 remaining.

However, Grossmont would not touch the ball again.

“These are the kind of games that really hurt – when you know you should have won,” Jones said.

Grossmont recorded 8 sacks of two Mt. SAC quarterbacks, including 2 each by PENAIA MOA and JESSE CODERE.

BRANDON WATSON logged 10 tackles and KWEISHI BROWN had 8.

Griffin Graffiti: Three Griffins have been placed on the ESPN JC Watch List... they include offensive tackles A.J. ALLEN, corner KWEISHI BROWN and wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ... Kurtz has signed a letter of intent to BYU, while Brown and Allen have committed with the University of Arkansas... Colorado State-Pueblo assistant coach Jeff Larson said ThunderWolves’ quarterback, 6-foot-7, 225 pound CHRIS BONNER – a former Grossmont College standout – has “a big arm.” Bonner has completed 82 of 155 passes for 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns.

You Make The Call!
Grossmont College receiver D’Angelo Bowie extends to reach the football...
but did he make the catch? CLICK PHOTO to see the result of the play.
(Photos by Rhoads Brian)

Southland Rankings
1, Riverside (8) 5-0
2. Fullerton 4-0
3. Mt. San Antonio 4-1
4. Ventura 4-1
5. Citrus 3-1
6. Golden West 4-1
7. Canyons 4-1
8. Grossmont 4-1
9. El Camino 4-1
10. Saddleback 2-2
Powerful Mt. SAC to challenge Griffins

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EL CAJON (10-11-13) — Grossmont College will face Mt. San Antonio College in a non-conference game that will match two of the top teams in Southern California on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth Memorial Stadium.

This is a game that will definitely have state playoff connotations. But first things first.

The high-scoring Griffins (4-1, 2-0) lead the National Southern Conference and are ranked eighth in the Southland, while the Mounties (4-1, 2-0) rank third in the same coaches poll.

A sweet, one-handed catch by Grossmont College
wide receiver Stevon Jones, good for 37 yards.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
The Griffins will count on quarterback WILLIAM ABT, who is probably the best passer in the state in that he leads the conference with 388.2 yards passing and a conference leading 21 touchdowns.

Abt has a horde of receivers, including NICKOLAS KURTZ, TIM PATRICK and D’ANGELO BOWIE. Not to be overlooked is receiver STEVON JONES and CARLTON BAILEY among others.

Running back TREYOUS JARRELLS ranks among the conference leaders, averaging 145 yards per game.

The Griffins will need all of their weapons to sideline the Mounties. Mt. SAC is a perennial state power that has beaten the Griffins 15 of 18 times.

The Griffins come in averaging 51.6 points per game, which is top in Southern California. The Mounties are averaging 37.8.

Should be a shootout.

Griffin Graffiti: Grossmont sophomore wide receiver TIM PATRICK (6-5, 195) was named Southern California Football Association Offensive Player of the Week... Patrick caught 7 passes for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns in a record-breaking 77-19 victory over Orange Coast... linebacker CHRISTOPHER COLLINS received defensive Honorable Mention by the SCFA for his 14 tackles (11 solo).

Vance Farrell (right) and
Darius Geater celebrate
touchdown No. 11
to trounce Orange Coast.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Grossmont rolls Coast with 7s

Griffins collect record 910 yards in total offense

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COSTA MESA (10-6-13) — Will the real Grossmont Griffins please stand up?

SCFA South
 Grossmont 77 
 Orange Coast 19 

On Saturday (Oct. 5) afternoon, it was a 14-13 Griffins' lead early in the second quarter at LeBard Stadium.

Then the referees continuously kept raising both hands up in the air as 7's were wild as Grossmont hit the jackpot in their National Division Southern Conference road opener after Griffins quarterback WILLIAM ABT tossed for six touchdowns against Orange Coast College in a 77-19 piracy of the Pirates.

Grossmont Team Statistics
Passing: 35-48, 644 yards
Rushing: 35 att., 266 yards
Total: 83 plays, 910 yards

The Griffins went on to make the Pirates walk the plank as they scored the next 63 consecutive points over nine straight possessions.

“To be honest I was a little bored sitting over here on the sidelines,” admitted punter CAMERON SILZER. “No one can complain though when the offense played as well as they did.”

This crushing block by Attwood Duncan
allows Treyous Jarrells to turn the corner
and beat the OCC cornerback to the
pylon for his second touchdown. Jarrells
carried 17 times for 165 rushing yards.
(Photos by Rhoads Brian)

His beef was that he never set foot on the field because the Griffins offensive juggernaut produced a school-record 910 yards in total offense and wasn't forced to punt all day long. In fact, the scoring outburst was the second-most in school history and shattered the record that OCC had allowed by 11 points, set against Mt. San Antonio in 1997.

Any future opponents might want to put some pressure on Abt, Grossmont's six-foot-three freshman quarterback, because if you give him time, you're toast.

“He spreads the ball around so well,” stated his favorite target wide out TIM PATRICK. “He just has a knack for finding the open man. We had a really good week of practice and he's starting to learn that he can trust all of us to catch the balls thrown our way.”

Patrick ended the day with a game-high 7 receptions for 201 yards and 2 TD's, but Abt stole the show as he had a record-setting day.

Completing 33-of-43 pass attempts was spectacular to watch, but throwing to 11 different receivers was equally impressive; Abt set a career-high with 580 yards through the air.

“I've got a great group of receivers,” praised Abt after boosting his league-leading TD passes to 21 on the young season. “All I have to do is get them the ball and then watch them rack up the YAC yards. My center – RYAN KRUM – deserves a lot of credit too. He does a great job at the line calling out plays and blitzes to make everything organized for me.”

Prized running back TREYOUS JARRELLS had his usual great game on the ground that helped open up the passing game, rushing 17 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. STEVON JONES almost stole the show though, producing three touchdowns on only 5 touches (2 rush, 1 rec).

NCAA, NAIA Record Book
Total Offense, Single Game
Grossmont College accumulated a school
recdrd 910 yards in total offense Saturday
at Orange Coasr. Neither the CCCAA or
NJCAA keep national records for the stat
category, so here are the marks set for
all divisions ambng four-year schools.
The Griffins' 910 yards would tie for
third place in college football history.



Div. III 

Weber St.
Hanover (Ind.)
Westminster (MO)
Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)



Arkansas-bound KWEISHI BROWN and NICK KOENIG each had an interception for the defense, while linebacker CHRISTOPHER COLLINS had a team-high 11 tackles and one of Grossmont's six sacks on the day.

“I was really proud of our guys today,” boasted head coach MIKE JORDAN. “We finally put together a complete game and that's exactly what we needed to do before our big game against Mt. San Antonio next week.”

Griffin Graffiti: The 77 points is the second-most in school history, topped only by an 83 against Mt. San Jacinto in 2005, when Grossmont captured both state and national championships.

Grossmont's Ryan Williams (22) will go around this OCC defender.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Griffins face new playoff challenger in The OC

By Bill Dickens
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COSTA MESA (10-4-13) — If the Griffins plan to participate in the postseason, they must win at Orange Coast College on Saturday (Oct. 5) from Lebard Stadium at 1 p.m.

That is certainly an achievable goal, but nothing comes easy in the National Division Southern Conference.

The Griffins are averaging 42.5 points per game to go along with 515.8 yards per outing. Those are high-powered numbers against an Orange Coast College unit that is averaging 20 points and 336.2 yards per game.

Grossmont quarterback WILLIAM ABT has thrown for 15 touchdowns, which leads the conference by almost double.

Griffins running back TREYOUS JARRELLS leads the conference with 7 touchdowns on 66 rushes for 495 yards.

Grossmont is 2-1 at home (3-1 overall) but none of that means anything unless they beat Orange Coast (1-3).

The Pirates are coming off a 38-16 loss to Palomar last week. Orange Coast began the season losing to Moorpark 27-21 in a triple overtime game. The Pirates beat Pasadena 27-23, and lost to Long Beach 46-16.

Griffin Graffiti: Jarrells was selected the SCFA National Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week... Jarrells rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against Santa Ana... Defensive back KWEISHI BROWN made a game-saving interception in the endzone against Santa Ana to preserve Grossmont’s 39-35 victory over Santana. Brown also had 5 tackles... Grossmont leads the all-time series against Orange Coast 14-7-1.

Griffins receiver Stevon Jones out-leaps
a Santa Ana defender for the ball,
then races away for the touchdown
(Nathan Price photos, youatplay.com)
Links to Photos
Santa Ana scored a touchdown as time
expired, needing a 2-point conversion
to force overtime. However, the Griffins'
Kweishi Brown intercepted the pass and
returned the ball 98 yards for a 2-point
defensive score in a 39-35 triumph.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Grossmont barely hangs on
in cliff-hanger over Santa Ana

Brown saves the Griffins with
interception on PAT attempt

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (9-29-13) — Grossmont College fired into a 34-13 lead after three quarters in Saturday’s (Sept. 28) National Division Southern Conference 37-35 victory over visiting Santa Ana College at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.

TREYOUS JARRELLS scored 2 rushing touchdowns and quarterback WILLIAM ABT threw 3 touchdown passes to stake the Griffins to the lead.

But the key to the Griffins’ victory was provided by kicker TREVOR McGIRR, who hoisted a 27-yard field goal with 10:50 left in the game, giving the Griffins a 37-13 lead.

After that Grossmont was on the defensive stance as Santa Ana came charging back with 3 passing touchdowns.

The Dons (1-3, 0-1) had a chance to tie the game, but came up short with no time left on the scoreboard as they went for a 2-point conversion that was denied by KWEISHI BROWN, who intercepted a pass in the endzone to seal the victory for the Griffins (3-1, 1-0). Brown was originally given 98 yards for a 2-point score, but the call was reversed after game films showed he stopped prior to reaching the goalline.

“Their quarterback tried a 2-point fade pass that would have tied the game,” Brown said. “But I stepped up in front of the pass and came up with the ball and started running.”

Brown had jammed a finger late in the game and did not return to the lineup until the final three plays.

“I begged the coaches ‘You’ve gotta put me back in the game,’” Brown said.

Three plays later Brown came up with the victory-clinching catch.

Asked why he thought his team was able to blow a 24-point lead, Brown said, “We took our first string out and messed with our alignment. Once Santa Ana regained the momentum we brought everybody back into the game.”

All of those except Brown, who had a jammed finger.

Good thing for the Griffins he prevailed in his entreaties to return to the game.

The wind played havoc for the passing game for both teams. In fact, Grossmont quarterback Abt completed only 2 of his first 10 passes, but wound up completing 21 of 42 aerials for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Abt spread his passes among nine receivers as the Griffins held on for their first conference win.

Freshman linebacker JUNIOR TUFUGA recorded 9 tackles, while defensive back BRANDON PAYNE chalked up 4 tackles, an interception, 2 sacks and recovered a fumble to spark the defense. Linebacker NICK KOENIG notched 6 tackles and recorded 2 sacks for the Griffins. Not to be overlooked were Brown’s 2 interceptions to go along with 6 tackles.

Grossmont-Santa Ana Shootouts
Recent Games in a Barn-burner Series




*Santa Ana
Santa Ana
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*Beach Bowl

Sky Ball
Grossmont College sophomore Kweishi Brown (4) barely tips
a high pass in action Saturday against visiting Santa Ana.
(Photo by Nathan Price, youatplay.com)

Griffins receiver Tim Patrick with an outstanding,
fingertip reception against the Citrus Owls.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Griffins host Santa Ana
in conference opener

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EL CAJON (9-27-18) — Grossmont College will open the Southern Conference National Division on Saturday (Sept. 28) at Mashin-Roth Field when they entertain Santa Ana College at 3 p.m.

The Griffins (2-1) are coming off a 39-14 loss at Citrus College, while Santa Ana (1-2) lost to Moorpark 17-10.

Grossmont scored 128 points in their first two wins – victories over College of the Desert and San Diego Mesa. They hit a brick wall last week at Citrus against the state’s No. 1 defense.

Griffins quarterback WILLIAM ABT leads the state with 12 touchdown passes. His favorite target is 6-foot-5 NICKOLAS KURTZ, who has 20 catches for 313 yards and 4 touchdowns.

TREYOUS JARRELS heads the Griffins ground game with 399 yards and a conference best 5 touchdowns on 52 carries.

Linebacker NICK KOENIG leads the Griffs with 3 tackles-for-loss and 2 sacks.

Griffin Graffiti: Santa Ana sophomore linebacker Billy Tanuvasa (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) was named the Southern California Football Association’s Defensive Player of the Week with 13 tackles – six of them solo. Included in his totals were 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack... Grossmont leads the all-time series over the Dons 10-4, including a 34-31 victory last year.

Grossmont receiver Nickolas Kurtz
with the reception vs. Citrus.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
State's top defense stops Grossmont

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GLENDORA (9-22-13) — The Grossmont Griffins walked into Citrus Stadium Saturday (Sept. 21) afternoon with all the swagger in the world and why wouldn't they? Through two games, their offense was ranked No. 1 in the state averaging 64.0 points and 650 yards per game so who in the world could stop them, if anyone? PHOTOS

Nobody on the Fighting Owls' defense gave a hoot about all that noise.

Entering the game (3-0), they were state's best defense having already notched 13 sacks. They not only supplemented six more to that total against the Griffins in the battle of the unbeatens, their dominate defense showcased itself time-and-time again in a 39-14 conquest.

“We had a hard time protecting our quarterback in the beginning of the game,” head coach MIKE JORDAN explained. “I think it really disrupted our timing as a team because we weren't used to having it yet, so that little extra second really counted.”

“But we finally faced a real team and that shows the guys the type of competition we're gonna be up against week in and week out. That will probably help us more than hurt us in the long run.”

Citrus kick returner Justin Martin took a kickoff from the one yard line and weaved his way through everyone on his way to a touchdown, but he muffed the ball without anybody touching him and it bounced right into the hands of Grossmont's DESHAUN LIDDELL-PATACSIL at midfield.

That turned put to be the lone time the ball bounced the Griffins' way all day long.

Quarterback WILLIAM ABT faced constant pressure and ended the day 22-for-46 for 250 yards, but also surrendered his first two interceptions of the young season. One of those stung a little more as it was returned 68 yards for what would end up being the game-winning touchdown.

JUNIOR TUFUGA and MICHAEL SCALES both came up with fumble recoveries of their own for the Griffins (2-1). The offense just couldn't sustain any kind of success, failing to produce any points in the last 40 minutes of play, which was their final 8 drives.

“It was just a bad game for us,” stated wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ. He was Abt's main target of the day and reeled in 9 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. “We really just beat ourselves up with a lot of miscues and there's not much more to it.”

Grossmont's schedule should suffice to improve the next two weeks before three huge challenges in-a-row await them. If they really think they deserve to roll with the best they need to put their swag aside and just take care of business.

Grossmont offensive lineman Ryan Krum
offers protection for QB William Abt.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Griffins-Owls: Battle of unbeatens

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

AZUSA (9-20-13) — This duel at Citrus College featuring a showdown between the unbeaten Fighting Owls and the Grossmont College Griffins will no doubt have impact on which team makes the post-season playoffs.

Kickoff is Saturday (Sept. 21) at 1 p.m. at Citrus Stadium.

Citrus (2-0) enters the contest ranked No. 3 in Southern California, while Grossmont (2-0) is one notch back.

If the game comes down to offense the Griffins will be hard to handle, with quarterback WILLIAM ABT driving an offense averaging 650 yards in victories over Desert (65-14) and Mesa (63-7). However, Citrus possesses a potent defense, so the Griffins won’t be able to run wild over the Owls.

Quarterback Larry Cutbirth will guide the Citrus offense. He completed 17 of 25 passes in a victory over Mt. San Antonio, and 17 of 25 in a victory over Pasadena.

Grossmont College has a cadre of receivers, including NICKOLAS KURTZ (11 catches for 172 yards, 3 touchdowns), TREYOUS JARRELLS leads the Griffins ground game with 32 carries, 321 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Griffin Graffiti: In Week 1 against Desert Abt was named the Southern California Football Association’s Offensive Player of the Week with a Grossmont College record 7 touchdown passes in a victory over the Roadrunners... Arkansas-bound defensive player KWEISHI BROWN was also nominated with two interceptions against Desert... In Week 2 against San Diego Mesa College linebacker CHRISTOPHER COLLINS was named SCFA Defensive Player of the Week with 7 sacks against the Olympians... Grossmont leads the all-time series against Citrus 11-9, but the Owls won last year 36-22... Citrus is ranked No. 9 in the state and Grossmont is ranked No. 10.

No defenders are even close on one of three touchdown carries
by Grossmont College running back Treyous "Sosa" Jarrells.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

GC Dominance
This Century
Another Grossmount pounding of Mesa

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

KEARNY MESA (9-15-13) — Considering Grossmont College has scored 128 points and allowed only 21, it would be easy for the Griffins to become overconfident.

But the Griffins like to think they’ve got firm footing after beating San Diego Mesa College, 63-7, Saturday night (Sept. 14) at Merrill Douglas Stadium.

“We don’t look past anybody,” said Grossmont College running back TREYOUS “Sosa” JARRELLS, who scored three touchdowns in the Griffins conquest of the Olympians. In fact Jarrells lit the fuse of Grossmont’s latest bombardment when he scored on a 17-yard run just 29 seconds into the game.

A quick glance at Grossmont’s stats in its 2-0 start is almost scary. A 6-foot-3, 215 pound freshman quarterback, WILLIAM ABT has thrown 11 touchdown passes without a complete game, and the positive numbers just roll off the fingers on top of that. Although he didn’t play the final quarter Abt finished with 326 yards passing.

Grossmont receiver Tim Patrick hauls in the first
touchdown pass by William Abt to stomp Mesa.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Probably one of the reasons Grossmont College is so successful so far is because of the composure of Abt of Houston. He’s poised, he’s patient and he lives up to the reputation of the famous Texas general Sam Houston.

“The thing that’s really great about this team is Abt distributes the ball so well,” Jarrells said. “If we need to run the ball, he knows that. If we need to pass the ball, he does that.”

Jarrells finished with 169 yards rushing despite not playing the final quarter to allow his teammates to share in the festivities.

On the defensive side Grossmont is loaded. DESHAUN SCOTT returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown, giving the Griffins a 21-0 lead with 5:57 left in the 1st quarter.

Considering how explosive the Grossmont offense is, it’s easy to overlook the Griffins defense. But these people can tackle. CHRISTOPHER COLLINS collected 3 of Grossmont’s 7 sacks in the mauling of Mesa.

PENAIA MOA also had 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for the Griffins.

CAMERON GARCIA and NICK KOENIG each notched a sack, as did BRANDON PAYNE.

DANE BURKI pulled in 2 touchdown passes of 9 and 2 yards. TIM PATRICK reeled in a 14 yards touchdown strike and had a second one nullified by penalty.

If you arrive at a Grossmont College game late, you’re likely to find out that the outcome has already been decided. The Griffins led 28-0 after one quarter and 42-7 by halftime.

Coming around the bend the Griffins will dig into much tougher competition. Stay tuned.

Grossmont back D'Angelo Bowie.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)
Phi Mesa Face-a
Griffins seek another win over
Mesa's Olympians; both 1-0

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

KEARNY MESA (9-13-13) — The high-scoring Grossmont College Griffins will hit the road Saturday (Sept. 14) as they take on San Diego Mesa College at Merrill Douglas Stadium at 6 p.m.

The Griffins blew out College of the Desert 65-14 in game one, while Mesa slipped by Los Angeles Southwest 35-28 in last week’s opener.

Olympians quarterback Joe Kennedy completed 23 of 41 passes for 241 yards and 3 touchdowns in Mesa ’s victory over L.A. Southwest.

Playing in slightly more than the first half of the game, Griffins freshman quarterback WILLIAM ABT threw a school record 7 touchdowns while completing 21 of 52 passes for 359 yards.

TREYOUS JARRELLS led the Griffins rushing game with 12 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown.

NICKOLAS KURTZ had 5 catches for 87 yards and 3 touchdowns – all in the first half – for the Griffs.

TIM PATRICK pulled in 4 passes for 64 yards and 2 scores, while TONY JOHNSON had 3 catches for 86 yards.

Griffin Graffiti: The Griffins trail the all-time series against the Olympians 17-22-1, but have won 13 of the last 14 contests... Griffins quarterback Abt was selected the Offensive Player of the Week by the Southern California Football Association for his performance against Desert... Honorable mention went to Arkansas bound defensive back KWEISHI BROWN (2 INT, 4 tackles) and BYU bound wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ,

Grossmont's Tim Patrick (9)
opens the second quarter with
a TD catch for a 35-0 lead
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Griffin Graffiti:
Arkansas tabs Brown

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (9-8-13) —On getting recruited for Arkansas, KWEISHI BROWN said, “It kinda caught me by surprise. They came out and I didn’t even know they were there during spring ball.”

The Razorbacks took notes and a couple of weeks later offered Brown a scholarship.

“Coach (Chris) Ash said, ‘Do you want to play at Arkansas?’ And I said ‘Are you kidding?’ So I took my recruiting trip there and the place is crazy about Arkansas football. They don’t have any NFL teams there. I knew it was where I wanted to play. Everybody is football oriented there.

“Kansas State also offered me a scholarship, but it wasn’t what I wanted.”

Other schools expressing interested in Brown were Tennesse, Arizona State and New Mexico among others.

“I think I made the right choice,” said Brown, who prepped at Valhala High. “But right now my focus is on Grossmont College. I want to be part of winning a state championship.

“You have to be serious about football, but at the same time you have to have fun,” Brown said. “Right now we’re having fun.”

For the Griffins, it's as easy as A-B-T
Record seven TD passes – all in the first half – propel Grossmont in sand-blasting Desert

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (9-8-13) — University of Houston transfer quarterback WILLIAM ABT threw seven first-half touchdowns to set a Grossmont College record as the Griffins clobbered College of the Desert, 65-14, in Saturday’s (Sept. 7) season opener at Mashin-Roth Field.

He broke the Grossmont record of six TD strikes shared by four other Griffins – GREG GLEASON (1969), JOE ROTH (1974), TERRY MORRIS (1984) and BLAKE SUTTON (2007).

“I just love this offense,” said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Abt. “I like to think I can throw the ball pretty well, but we have tree-like receivers (tall).”

He was referring to preseason all-American and BYU-bound 6-6, 210 NICKOLAS KURTZ and 6-6, 195 basketball standout TIM PATRICK.

In the Desert sand-blasting, the duo combined to catch 9 passes for 151 yards and 5 touchdowns. Kurtz caught 3 touchdown passes and Patrick picked off two.

Not to be overlooked was D’ANGELO BOWIE, who knifed through the Desert secondary for the first two Grossmont scores of 15 and 26 yard passing bullseyes from Abt.

Abt did the majority of his damage in the first half where he delivered all of his scoring strikes as Grossmont took a 47-0 lead. In a little more than two quarters Abt completed 21 of 32 passes for 359 yards and all of his aerial bullseyes.

No question it could have gotten even more lopsided, but coach MIKE JORDAN put the brakes to the offense somewhat as he emptied his bench.

Valhalla’s BRANDON STEED, a converted defensive back, took the reins and completed 6 of 10 passes for 102 yards. Steed was a victim of penalties that wiped out two touchdowns and one other long pass or his stats would have been inflated as well.

Grossmont rolled up 595 total yards. TREYOUS JARRELLS led the ground attack with 85 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. RYAN WILLIAMS added 27 yards on only 3 carries and would have had more if not for Grossmont’s 18 penalties in the contest.

Abt, who bounced around from high school to Kilgore Junior College, and grey-shirted at Houston, said he learned how to throw the football at FBU’s Top Gun elite youth camp.

“There are so many things I could teach you, things like muscle memory,” he said. He credited former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Kruciek for helping his career.

Grossmont’s defense put the clamps on the Roadrunners, pushing them back to a net minus-8 yards rushing on 38 carries.

BRANDON WATSON (Steele Canyon) led the Griffins with 7 tackles – 2 for losses – and one sack. SONNY SAMOATA (Mount Miguel) had 5 tackles – 2 for losses – and one fumble recovery and a sack.

Arkansas-bound corner KWEISHI BROWN (Valhalla) recorded 4 tackles and 2 interceptions.

The Grossmont defense tossed a shutout through three
quarters thanks to plays like this by Junior Tufuga (55).
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Grossmont quarterback William Abt (7)
(passed for a record-tying seven touchdown.
(Photo by Rhoads Brian)

Griffins host Desert in Saturday's opener

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (9-6-13) — Grossmont College will open the football season at Mashin-Roth Field on Saturday (Sept. 7) when the Griffins host College of the Desert at 3 p.m.

The Griffins should feature a full fledged passing attack led by University of Houston transfer, quarterback WILLIAM ABT. Not only is the 6-foot-3, 215 pounds redshirt freshman a pinpoint passer, he is loaded with sure-handed receivers.

At the top of the list is 6-6, 210 redshirt freshman NICKOLAS KURTZ out of Valhalla High, who caught 50 passes last year for the Norsemen.

The parade of receivers doesn’t stop there as Griffins basketball player, 6-5, 195 pound sophomore TIM PATRICK also has soft hands.

No question Grossmont’s strength is receivers and that includes JEVON HASTEN, a redshirt sophomore from Valhalla with lightning speed.

Probably one of the unsung heroes among the Griffins receiving corps is ANTHONY JACKSON, an El Cajon Valley graduate who is probably not known by opposing defensive coordinators.

Grossmont’s offensive line is loaded, according to coach MIKE JORDAN. And that’s a good thing.

Sophomore A.J. ALLEN (6-6, 320, Valhalla), RYAN KRUM (6-4, 340, Valhalla), SEAN SULLIVAN (6-4, 280), JOSEPH ZIZZO (6-3, 270, Grossmont), LIAM EDWARDS (6-4, 285) anchor a heavy Griffins offensive line.

On the defensive side Grossmont isn’t as deep but definitely as potent as JESSE CODERE (6-3, 265, El Cajon Valley), ARIEON BROWN (5-10, 270), ELIJAH NAILON (6-2, 250, Helix) are among the main blocks of the Grossmont defensive front, along with NIGEL MOORE (6-4, 275) and TYRONE JONES (6-1, 250).

Arkansas-bound corner KWEISHI BROWN is a mainstay of the secondary.

The linebacking corps is led by NICK KOENIG (6-3, 240) along with DWIGHT SCORZA (6-2, 235). Mount Miguel graduate SONNY SOMOATA (6-0, 240) should also step into a starting role as linebacker.

Griffin Graffiti: The Griffins lead the all-time series between these two teams 15-7-3... the Griffins won last year’s meeting 34-3... the game was a nail-biter until Grossmont scored 24 points in the 4th quarter.

Grossmont linebacker Ian Seau,
the 2012 Southern Conference
Defensive Player of the Year,
gained All-America honors.
(File photo by Don DeMars Photography)
Misdirection play
Seau goes from SDSU to Nevada

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

RENO, Nev. (1-24-13) — Never believe a sure thing is what it appears to be.

Those who recognize Grossmont College redshirt freshman IAN SEAU as a blue chip linebacker-DE were sure that the La Costa Canyon High-Kansas State transfer would advance to a higher level.

Seau, a JC All-State and All-American as a member of the Griffins this past season, has surrendered a free ride to SDSU in favor of a scholarship to the University of Nevada.

Seau collected 19 sacks to lead the state, and was Grossmont's leading tackler.

SDSU bound Seau
collects All-America honor
Brown, Kurtz, tabbed All-State

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (1-8-13) – Three Grossmont College football players have been anointed with further postseason honors from the 2012 season.

Linebacker IAN SEAU, who is ticketed on a scholarship to San Diego State, was named All-America and All-State by the California Community College Football Coaches Association. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Seau was earlier named the National Division Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Corner KWEISHI BROWN, a product of Valhalla High, was selected All-State for the rugged Region IV. The 6-foot-1,180-pound freshman ranked among the state leaders with seven interceptions.

Freshman wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ, a 6-5, 190-pound graduate of Valhalla, made 50 catches for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn his All-State honors.

Another East County athlete earning All-State recognition was Mount Miguel’s KHALID ABDULLAH of Southwestern College, also a freshman.

Region V Coach of the Year was Southwestern’s ED CARBERRY, who led the Jaguars to a 10-1 season and the championship of the American Division Mountain Conference.

All-America candidate Seau to land at SDSU

By Nick Pellegrino
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (12-11-12) — Grossmont College linebacker IAN SEAU, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season, has made a verbal commitment to play for San Diego State in 2013.

Although SDSU officials are not allowed to comment until after a player signs, it is strongly believed that Seau, the nephew of former NFL linebacker JUNIOR SEAU, is well on track and will gain his Associates Degree by June, when he can officially place his signature on a National Letter of Intent. Seau carries a 3.80 grade-point average.

An All-San Diego CIF standout out of La Costa Canyon High, Seau first signed with nationally-ranked Kansas State, but returned home after red-shirting as a freshman.

With the Griffins, Seau led all California community colleges with 19 quarterback sacks and was the ballclub's leading tackler, helping keep Grossmont in state bowl contention until the final moments of the regular season. Seau is a current nominee for both all-state and All-America teams.

Seau will join an Aztecs squad which returns 10 starters on defense. The lone loss is cornerback Leon McFadden, who was recently named team MVP and winner of the John Simcox Memorial Trophy at the annual team banquet held Sunday (Dec. 9).

McFadden, a three-year starter, led SDSU in interceptions (3), pass breakups (10) and was fourth in total tackles (59).

SDSU (9-3), which joined The Big East Conference in football only in 2012, have won seven consecutive games heading into their Poinsettia Bowl appearance against Brigham Young on Dec. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Bonner, Seau, honored by Southern Conference coaches

By Nick Pellegrino
© East County Sports.com

EL CAJON (11-30-12) — Highlighted by sophomore quarterback CHRIS BONNER and linebacker IAN SEAU, eight members of the Grossmont College football team were honored following selection to the all-National Division Southern Conference football team at the recent Griffins team banquet.

Bonner, a Clairemont High product who finished second in the conference with 247.0 passing yards per contest, received the prestigious JOE ROTH AWARD. Bonner was also a second-team pick by coaches on the all-conference team.

Meanwhile, Seau was honored with the MAUGA DEFENSIVE AWARD. Seau, a transfer from Kansas State via La Costa Canyon High, led the state with 19 quarterback sacks and thus was tabbed the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

The only other Griffins freshman honored on first-team offense was 6-foot-5 wide receiver NICKOLAS KURTZ (Valhalla), who reeled in 50 passes for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. A second-team berth went to running back ALEX CORNIST (Olympian).

On defense, frosh cornerback KWEISHI BROWN (Valhalla) landed a first-team berth, while inside linebacker DONNIE WALSH (St. Augustine) gained a second-team honor.

Special teams was dominated by Grossmont. Sophomore ANDRES CARRILLO (Bel Air) was tabbed placekicker of the year for a first-team selection, while a second-team berth went to punter RHYS FELTON (Australia).

Nevertheless, MICHAEL SCALES (West Hills) was tabbed the team's special teams player of the year in discussions by Grossmont head coach MIKE JORDAN and his staff.

Offensive tackle ISAIAS LARA of Tahquitz High in Hemet was named Griffins team captain.

The Griffins finished with a 5-5 record this season, yet were in bowl contention until the final day of the season.

2013 / 2012

Date Opponent
Score/ Time

Sept. 7
Sept. 14 
Sept. 21
Sept. 28 
Oct. 5
Oct. 12
Oct. 19
Oct. 26
Nov. 2
Nov. 9
Nov. 16
Nov. 23

at San Diego Mesa
at Citrus
*Santa Ana
*at Orange Coast
Mt. San Antonio
*Golden West
*at Fullerton
*at Palomar (Escondido HS)
Western State Bowl
at Cerritos
*Southern Conference game
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2013 STANDINGS / Regular Season Final
SCFA Southern Conf.
x-Fullerton Hornets
Golden West Rustlers
Saddleback Gauchos
Grossmont Griffins
Santa Ana Dons
Orange Coast Pirates
Palomar Comets

Week 14 / Sat., Nov. 14
State Championship
At Oroville
Butte 28, Fullerton 13

Week 13 / Sat., Nov. 30
So.California Championship
Fullerton 23, Riverside 14

Week 12 / Sat., Nov. 23
So.California Semifinals
National Bowl:
Fullerton 56, Canyons 17
Golden State Bowl:
Mt. San Antonio 42, Ventura 14
Other Bowls
Division 1
Western State Bowl:
Cerritos 64, Grossmont 33
Southern Conference Bowl: Riverside 27, Golden West 17
Beach Bowl: Citrus 25, Saddleback 14

Division 2
American Bowl:
L.A. Pierce 21, Chaffey 13
Patriotic Bowl:
Southwestern 34, SBVC 23

Week 11 / Sat., Nov. 16
Grossmont 48
, Palomar 14
Fullerton 56, Santa Ana 35
Golden West 30, Saddleback 6
Chaffey 39, Southwestern 20
East Los Angeles 31, San Diego Mesa 17

Week 10 / Sat., Nov. 9
Saddleback 53, Grossmont 42
Santa Ana 28, Palomar 7
Fullerton 63, Orange Coast 21
Southwestern 31, Victor Valley 30
Chaffey 41, San Diego Mesa 6

Week 9 / Sat., Nov. 2
Fullerton 79, Grossmont 44
Golden West 52, Orange Coast 7
Saddleback 45, Palomar 17
Soiuthwestern 42, Mt. San Jacinto 6
San Bernardino Valley 46, San Diego Mesa 13
Santa Ana, bye

Week 8 / Sat., Oct. 26
Fullerton 45, Palomar 20
Golden West 29, Santa Ana 16
Orange Coast 55, Saddleback 48
Southwestern 42, Compton 0
Victor Valley 48, San Diego Mesa 7
Grossmont, bye

Week 7 / Sat., Oct. 19
Golden West 43, Grossmont 34

Santa Ana 38, Orange Coast 16
Fullerton 46, Saddleback 44
Southwestern 35, San Diego Mesa 0

Week 6 / Sat., Oct. 12
No. 3 Mt. San Antonio 34, No. 8 Grossmont 31
No. 2 Fullerton 38, No. 1 Riverside 36
No. 6 Golden West 45, Pasadena 10
No. 10 Saddleback 52, No. 4 Ventura 28
Cerritos 23, Palomar 10
Orange Coast 40, Desert 30
Long Beach 55, Santa Ana 33

Week 5 / Sat., Oct. 5
Grossmont 77, at Orange Coast 19

Saddleback 21, at Santa Ana 15
Golden West 42, Palomar 10
Mt. San Jacinto 26, San Diego Mesa 7
Southwestern 35, East L.A. 10
Fullerton, bye

Week 4 / Sat., Sept. 28
Grossmont 39, Santa Ana 35

Fullerton 23, Golden West 17
Palomar 38, Orange Coast 16
Southwestern 41, San Bernardino Valley 20
San Diego Mesa 55, Compton 15
Saddleback, bye

Week 3 / Sat., Sept. 21
Citrus 39, Grossmont 14

Southwestern 31, Palomar 28
Moorpark 17, Santa Ana 10
Golden West 23, Allan Hancock 21
Riverside 38, Saddleback 31
Fullerton 45, Bakersfield 23
Long Beach 46, Orange Coast 16
Glendale 41, San Diego Mesa 6

Week 2 / Sat., Sept. 14
Grossmont 63,
San Diego Mesa 7
Riverside 41, Palomar 0
Fullerton 38, Cerritos 14
Canyons 31, Saddleback 28
Golden West 48, L.A. Harbor 17
Orange Coast 27, Pasadena 23
Santa Ana 42, Desert 7
L.A. Valley 28, Southwestern 23

Week 1 / Sat., Sept. 7
Grossmont 65,
Desert 14
Saddleback 44, Mt. San Antonio 20
Palomar 31, El Camino 14
Fullerton 41, Long Beach 21
Golden West 28, Canyons 21 (OT)
Moorpark 27, Orange Coast 21 (3-OT)
Bakersfield 24, Santa Ana 9
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Hutsona accepts national award
© East County Sports.com
EL CAJON (2-2-06) – Derrell Hutsona is pictured after accepting his J.C. Grid-Wire National
Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award at a special on-campus celebration Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1). Also presented to the Grossmont College football team were: its third straight Foothill Conference title trophy, a second straight Southern California Bowl plaque, the trophy for its second Southern California Playoffs Title in three years, plus the public display of the COA State Champioship Trophy. Of course, the J.C. Grid-Wire National Title Trophy (pictured below) was re-presented and placed on public display, while the all-conference, all-state and all-America winners were honored, along with players who received scholarships from four-year college and universities. In addition, head coach Dave Jordan (below,right) accepted his state and national Coach of the Year awards.
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The father-son coaching combination of Mike
(son, left) and Dave Jordan pose with the
J.C. Grid-Wire National Championship Trophy, awarded to the school at ceremonies on the Fletcher Hills campus Wednesday (Feb. 1).
(Photos by Greg Eichelberger)

2012: 5-5 overall, 3-3 conference
Date Opponent
Score/ Time

Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22 
Sept. 29
Oct. 7
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10

at Desert
San Diego Mesa
*at Santa Ana
*Orange Coast
at Mt. San Antonio
*vs. Golden West (at OCC)
*at Saddleback
*Southern Conference game

2011: 4-6 overall, 2-3 conference
Date Opponent
Score/ Time
Sept. 3
Sept. 10  
Sept. 17
Sept. 24
Oct. 1
Oct. 8
Oct. 15
Oct. 22
Oct. 29
Nov. 5
Nov. 12
at San Diego Mesa
at El Camino
at Orange Coast
at Mt. San Antonio
at Pasadena

2010: 6-5 overall, 1-4 conference
Date Opponent
Sept. 4
Sept. 11
Sept. 17
Sept. 25
Oct. 2
Oct. 9
Oct. 16
Oct. 23
Oct. 30
Nov. 6
Nov. 13
Nov. 20
at Southwestern
at College of the Canyons
*at Saddleback
*at Fullerton (Fullerton HS)
*at Palomar (Escondido HS)
Beach Bowl at Santa Ana
*Southern Conference game; FW - Forfeit win.

2009: 8-3 overall, 3-3 conference
Date   Opponent
Sept. 5   at San Diego Mesa
@Cathedral Catholic HS
Sept. 12     College of the Desert
Sept. 19   Southwestern
Sept. 26   at Chaffey
Oct. 3 *at Palomar
@Escondido HS
Oct. 10 *Long Beach
Oct. 17 *at Fullerton
@Fullerton Union Stadium
Oct. 24 *Orange Coast
Oct. 31   BYE
Nov. 7 *Santa Ana
Nov. 14 *at Saddleback
Nov. 21 US Bank Beach Bowl
at El Camino

*SCFA National Division
/Southern Conf. contest


SCFA Southern Conf.
Fullerton Hornets
Saddleback Gauchos
Santa Ana Dons
Grossmont Griffins
Palomar Comets
Golden West Rustlers
Orange Coast Pirates

SCFA Southern Conf.
Mt. San Antonio Mounties
Palomar Comets
Saddleback Gauchos
Grossmont Griffins
Pasadena Lancers
Fullerton Hornets

SCFA Southern Conf.
Mt. San Antonio Mounties
Saddleback Gauchos
Fullerton Hornets
Palomar Comets
Grossmont Griffins
Pasadena Lancers
*Points For and Against do not reflect forfeits.

SCFA Southern Conf.
"The Super 7" 2009
Fullerton Hornets
Palomar Comets
Saddleback Gauchos
Grossmont Griffins
Long Beach Vikings
Orange Coast Pirates
Santa Ana Dons

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