2014 GRIFFINS FOOTBALL
Grossmont College Spring Offensive Line Clinic
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EL CAJON (4-10-15) — Grossmont College Football is presenting a Spring Offensive Line Clinic on Saturday (Apr. 25) intended for student-athletes in grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2015.
The Offensive Line Techniques Camp will be held at the college, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon 92020. Check in time is 8 a.m. at the Grossmont College Football Field. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The focus of the camp is to provide young offensive linemen the opportunity to further develop their fundamentals, skills and techniques for offensive line play. High school and youth coaches are more than welcome to attend the techniques camp.
Camp activities will include conditioning drills, running game fundamentals and techniques, passing game fundamentals and techniques.
The fees for Individuals is $25; Group Rate of 5 Linemen is $100; 6 or more $20 per Linemen. Registration will be done the day of the camp during the check in time.
Required equipment will be shorts or sweats and football shoes.
Insurance – Each camper must be covered by a parent’s or guardian’s medical insurance. Campers may not participate in any activities without this information on file with the Grossmont College coaching staff. Liability release and medical forms will be available online (see below) and upon registration the day of the camp.
For more information and to obtain the camp brochure, registration form and the medical consent and liability forms they can be downloaded from the Grossmont College athletic website: www.grossmont.edu/athletics or contact Camp Director and Griffins Offensive Line coach KEN WILMESHERR at (619) 370-0765 or email him at email@example.com.
In Coach Wilmesherr’s eight years at Grossmont College he has developed two JC All-Americans, had two Academic All-Americans, and 13 All Conference linemen. In the last eight years, 28 of his linemen have received scholarships to 4-year universities: 12 D-I, 2 FCS, 10 D-II, and 4 NAIA. Wilmesherr has written a book, soon to be published on offensive line play titled, “Living in the Trenches: Offensive Line Techniques and Fundamentals.”
Another Griffin signs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (1-23-15) — Former Grossmont College offensive guard AARON HUTCHINS has signed with the Howard University Bisons of Washington, D.C.
The 6-foot-2, 270 pound lineman from Landstown High in Virginia Beach, VA is a mid-year recruit and is already taking classes at Howard.
Three Griffin offensive football players have signed major college scholarships – all three are mid-year recruits.
The other two Grossmont College linemen are offensive tackle JORDAN FAGAN (University of Illinois – Champaign) and offensive lineman DOM ROLDAN (Georgia State University).
More college recruiting news:
Steele Canyon alum (2010) MATT BRUDER broke the football all-time scoring record at Humboldt State University. He holds the school record at 85-87 in career extra points in 2011, and set a Humboldt State record for extra points in a season with a perfect 44 in 44 attempts.
Grossmont College lands a major spot at Illini
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill (1-19-15) — The University of Illinois – Champaign landed its third offensive lineman from the junior college ranks on Wednesday (Dec. 10) with a pledge from tackle JORDAN FAGAN of Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA.
Veteran offensive line coach KEN WILMESHERR, master recruiter of the Grossmont College football staff, has turned out another gem. The 6-foot-6, 280 pound Fagan said academics played a large role in his college choice, and he plans to major in engineering.
|OT Jordan Fagan signs with the Univeristy of Illinois after only playing one season in El Cajon.|
"My biggest thing is that Illinois is the No. 6 engineering school in the country," Fagan said. "It's the best education that I had an opportunity to get."
A full qualifier coming out of Olympian High School in the San Diego area, Fagan will be a mid-year transfer and have four years to play three at Illinois.
Fagan is the sixth offensive lineman to commit to Illinois in the 2015 class, and the third OL from the JUCO ranks. He talked about what the Illini staff saw in him.
"They love my athleticism," Fagan said. "I'm a real athletic guy. I played basketball in high school. They like the technique that I bring to the table. Also my physicality and toughness."
Early playing time is available for Fagan with the Illini graduating tackle Simon Cvijanovich.
"They told me I can come in in January and compete for that starting spot at left tackle," Fagan said. "They said they really need a left tackle right now."
At 280 pounds, Fagan said he would like to bulk up some before the 2015 season kicks off, but he doesn't want to sacrifice any of his foot speed.
"I'm going to get in the weight room and get a lot stronger," he said. "The biggest thing is getting bigger without losing my quickness. If I can get to 295 and be strong and still have my quickness, that's probably as big as I will get."
Offensive line coach Tom Brattan and head coach Tim Beckman were the main coaches recruiting Fagan to Illinois. Fagan was on campus in December in Champaign for his official visit.
"I loved the facilities, and the football team has a family atmosphere," Fagan said. "When I was there on Saturday, I did a tour of the engineering school."
Griffs' OL Dom Roldan commits to GSU
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ATLANTA (1-3-15) — Georgia State added its 15th commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle recently as the second Grossmont College offensive tackle, DOM ROLDAN, made his pledge to Georgia State University.
Massive 6-foot-5, 350-pound Roldan visited GSU in December and committed to assistant coach Luke Huard shortly after. He has the ability to play guard or tackle but says the coaching staff is recruiting him at right tackle.
Dom Roldan's bio picture on Georgia State University's website.
Former Griffins quarterback Bonner producing wins at CSU-Pueblo
Griffins can see bowl picture after start-to-finish win over Santa Ana
By Bill Dickens
SANTA ANA (11-9-14) Grossmont College scored in all four quarters en route to a 30-23 victory over
host Santa Ana College Saturday (Nov. 8) in Orange County at Eddie West Field.
Quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO completed 10 of 23 passes for 723 yards as the Griffins improved their record
to 4-5 overall, 2-3 in conference.
THOMAS McDONALD led Grossmonts offensive ground charge with 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries.
Grossmont got sure-handed receiving from CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE, who caught 3 passes for 131 yards.
Defensively RYDEN KERR had 8 tackles against the Dons, while JEMEIL JACKSON had 7 tackles and a pass
breakup. BEN MOA had 2 sacks and DESHAWN TONE, ITAGIA POUMELE, DAVID SOLOMON each had a sack. AIRRIC
PARKER registered an interception.
Griffin Graffiti: Ben Moa has accepted a scholarship to Boise State University . . . The Griffins won their
first game in school history 14-6 over San Bernardino Valley, but then tripped over Fullerton 22-0 . . . The key
to the Grossmont-Fullerton game in 1962 was it was the only televised home game in Grossmont College
history . . . The Griffins have also played Saddleback College twice and San Francisco City College in the
post-season, also twice . . . In 19734 and 1975 the Griffins split against San Francisco, winning the
State Championship in 1975 . . . The Griffs are still eyeballing a .500 finish, which may land them a bowl
game this season.
Pueblo, Colo. (10-29-14) Former Grossmont College
quarterback CHRIS BONNER has led Colorado State University-Pueblo
to a 17-2 record in two seasons.
At Grossmont College Bonner thrived as a sophomore,
throwing for 2,470 yards and 19 TDs in 10 games. The
6-foot-7, 235-pound signal caller developed into a
big league player but didnt attract a lot of
major college attention.
"I didn't learn a lot about the quarterback
position in high school," Bonner said. "Once
I got to JC, I got some coaching, played with better
guys, raised my game."
Still, college recruiters weren't beating down his
So when Colorado State-Pueblo flew him out, told
him there was an opportunity to start, "I jumped
at it," Bonner said.
Last season, Bonner threw for 3,413 yards and 33
TDs as the ThunderWolves went 11-1.
The team is 6-1 this season and Bonner is a candidate
for the Harlon Hill Award, the Division II version
of the Heisman Trophy.
"Pueblo is great," Bonner said. "The
community is awesome. The facilities and coaching
CSU's offensive coordinator Daren Wilkinson said
of Bonner, "He has a chance to play at the next
level, but the NFL tries to find ways not to draft
Division II guys.
"We've struggled with injuries at receiver.
But we're healthy now, so our last five games will
be a huge test for Chris."
The SportsXchange has Bonner ranked No. 1 at the
Division II level.
"As a Division II player I'm an underdog, but
the NFL is definitely the goal," Bonner said.
"I've got to perform down the stretch to help
the team. If I perform, maybe I'll get drafted, but
at least get to camp with an NFL team.
"Really, it's all pretty exciting."
Griffins' comeback falls short
By Bill Dickens
FULLERTON (10-26-14) Visiting Grossmont College
had Fullerton on the ropes, trailing 33-22 late in
the 2nd half in Saturdays (Oct. 27) Southern
Conference League game.
But the Griffins could not maintain their momentum
and eventually succumbed to the Hornets 40-22.
THOMAS McDONALD scored on a 19-yard rushing touchdown
in the 2nd quarter. Down 26-6 the Griffins managed
to keep themselves in the game, scoring two consecutive
touchdowns on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback MICHAEL
CARRILLO and a 5-yard dive by PARIS MILLER.
In the 4th quarter BRANDON DUARTE kicked a 31-yard
field goal to add 3 points to the Griffs score.
It was a physical game in which three kickoff returns
went for touchdowns by Fullerton, but one was nullified
The Griffins have a bye Saturday (Nov. 1) but will
return to action when they travel to Santa Ana on
Saturday (Nov. 8) for a 1 p.m. league game.
The next and last home game for
the Griffs will be on Saturday (Nov. 15) when Grossmont
hosts OrangeCoast at 1 p.m. at Mashin-Roth Stadium.
Griffins turn over winning leaf
to snap losing streak
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-19-14) Grossmont College pulled
off its second major victory when the Griffins defeated
the Saddleback Gauchos 41-27 on Saturday (Oct. 18)
at Mashin-Roth Field.
After tripping up No. 1 ranked Riverside City College,
the Griffins were dealt three straight losses but
facing the Gauchos, the Griffins rebounded in hopes
of gaining a late ticket to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, such luck has not fallen their way.
Grossmont needed at least of 6 victories and no losses
to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Griffins now
rank 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the National Southern Conference.
Freshman quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO threw a 45-yard
scoring strike to THOMAS McDONALD, who followed that
up with runs of 23 and 5 yards for the trifecta. McDonald
finished with 114 total yards rushing.
Carrillo would also hook up with JEFFERY STEPHENS
on a 30-yard pass and with PAUL GOODEN for a 50-yard
Carrillo completed 21 of 35 passes for 382 yards
and 3 touchdowns.
Wide receiver CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE hauled in a 20-yard
halfback pass from CHRISTIAN BROOKS.
Defensively the Griffins registered 4 interceptions
2 by BRANDON PAYNE and one each by AIRRIC PARKER,
who also had 5 tackles, and DERRIC MENEELY.
Freshman fullback DAVID SOLOMON recorded 2 sacks,
and RYDEN KERR came up with 2 fumble recoveries and
a sack. JEFFREY BRANCH led all tacklers with 9, while
former Valhalla star DeSHAWN TONE forced a fumble
and had a 1 1/2 sacks.
Griffins avoid shutout, but have
little for Mounties
By Bill Dickens
WALNUT (10-9-14) Visiting Grossmont College
could not find the endzone until the 3rd quarter of
Saturdays (Oct. 11) non-conference game at Mt.
San Antonio College, falling to the Mounties 52-7.
That lone score was a 4-yard run by THOMAS McDONALD.
McDonald had a total of 11 rushes for 24 yards and
The Griffins (2-4) fell behind 38-0 before scoring
their first and only touchdown.
MICHAEL CARRILLO completed 5 of 11 passes for 60
yards, plus 4 rushes for 25 yards.
PARIS MILLER caught 6 passes for 44 yards, while
CHRISTOPHER LACHANCE pulled in 3 passes for 67 yards.
get another big target to shoot for in No. 2 Mounties
By Bill Dickens
WALNUT (10-9-14) Grossmont College registered
a major victory over No. 1 ranked Riverside City College
in the third week of the season. They face No. 2 rated
Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday (Oct. 11) on the
Mounties field at 6 p.m.
MICHAEL CARRILLO is the Griffins No. 1 shotgun, having
hit 78-172, 1172 yds, and 6 TDs.
Griffins running back THOMAS McDONALD carries the
mail for the offense with 57 totes for 354 yards and
a touchdown. He has also caught 11 passes for 201
yards and a TD. RYAN WILLIAMS has 38 carries for 152
yards and 2 touchdowns.
Receiver CHRISTIAN BROOKS has hauled in 18 passes
for 236 yards and a touchdown, while PARIS MILLER
has caught 8 passes for 81 yards and a TD.
Mt. San Antonio is 4-1 overall.
Griffin Graffiti: Grossmont College opened
their first season in 1962 with a 14-6 victory against
San Bernardino Valley College in Game 1 . . . In Grossmonts
second game of that season, the Griffins fell to the
Mounties 22-0 . . . The Griffins trail the all-time
series with MSAC 3-16.
Adonis Todd, of Henderson, Nev., goes up for a
reception against Palomar on Saturday, Oct. 4,
at Mashin-Roth Field.
Griffins fall flat against Comets'
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-6-14) After knocking off No. 1
ranked Riverside City College two weeks ago, it looked
like it was going to be a banner season for Grossmont
But after the fourth round game, the Griffins stalled,
losing to visiting Palomar College 41-24 on Saturday
(Oct. 4) at Mashin-Roth Field.
Quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO completed 20 of 34 passes
for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for a third.
Running back THOMAS McDONALD rushed for 108 yards
and a touchdown for the Griffins, who fell to 2-3,
Fourteen Griffin receivers shared in the passing
attack that included touchdown receptions to CHRISTIAN
BROOKS, MICHAEL ZAKHAR and McDonald.
Grossmonts biggest problem was they threw 3
interceptions and lost 2 fumbles.
Grossmont trailed 20-0 at halftime, but rallied for
24 second-half points.
Things dont figure to get much better for the
Griffins, who will travel to Mt. San Antonio College
next Saturday (Oct. 11) for a 1 p.m. encounter.
Grossmont had one serious injury when defensive lineman
CHRISTOPHER ERBY was knocked unconscious. After a
25 minute delay Erby was removed by ambulance and
taken to Grossmont Sharp Hospital. Later reports indicate
that Erby was going to be released within the next
day or two.
Grossmont suffers from letdown
in lopsided loss at Golden West
By Bill Dickens
COSTA MESA (9-28-14) The topsy-turvy Grossmont
College Griffins are unpredictable, to say the least.
A week ago after knocking off Riverside City College
the No. 1 ranked team in the state at the time
the Griffins were unable to mount a drive in
the National Southern Conference against Golden West
College on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Orange Coast Colleges
In fact, the Griffins fell on their collective faces
as they succumbed to the Rustlers 41-6. Golden West
runs its record to 3-1, 1-0, while Grossmont tumbled
to 2-2, 0-1.
Statistically speaking the game would appear to be
closer than it was, as the Rustlers lassoed up 399
yards compared to Grossmonts 327. The difference,
however, was Grossmont could not find the endzone.
Rustlers quarterback Christopher dEntremont
passed for 4 touchdowns and ran for a fifth to ignite
the Golden West offense. Golden West took a 35-0 lead
before Grossmont could punch one across the goal line.
Ironically, freshman fullback DAVID SOLOMON from
West High in Salt Lake City scored from the 1-yard
line for his only carry of the contest.
Grossmont quarterbacks MICHAEL CARRILLO and TOMMY
PISTONE completed 22 of 45 passes for a combined 204
yards. The two quarterbacks spread their passes among
11 receivers, led by JAVON HASTEN (4-46).
THOMAS McDONALD spearheaded the Grossmont running
game with 55 yards on 10 carries.
Griffins Shock State's No. 1 Team
Grossmont turns five first-half
turnovers into 31 points against Riverside
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (9-21-14) Grossmont College freshman
defensive lineman DeSHAWN TONE was basically
bouncing off the wall in the Griffins locker
room after the Griffins registered a stunning 38-28
upset victory over No. 1 state-ranked Riverside City
College on Saturday (Sept. 20) at Mashin-Roth Field.
No doubt this victory was Grossmonts biggest
since capturing the state championship in 2005.
I guess weve had bigger victories, but
this one has to rank at the top of the list,
said Grossmont head coach MIKE JORDAN.
The words rebuilding and young
are routinely dealt by coaches fielding a basically
freshman team. This Grossmont unit is the same.
The Griffins proved their youth in a 35-6 loss to
Southwestern in the opener, however, the Griffins
have rebounded swiftly, topping Pasadena 17-14 the
following week and overpowering Riverside in the latest
The Griffins jumped on top of the Riverside Tigers
31-14 in the first half, using a balanced attack to
take that advantage as freshman quarterback MICHAEL
CARRILLO, a Christian High graduate, completed 16
of 33 passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Hard-nosed running back THOMAS McDONALD out of West
Palm Beach, Fla. barged for 87 yards rushing on 11
carries and caught 4 passes for 82 yards for 169 total
I would say this is the biggest game Ive
ever played in, McDonald said. When you
beat the No. 1 team in California, that says a lot.
We were fired up and we knew we could do it. I think
the bottom line between the two teams was speed
we were more quick than they were.
Jordan credited his offensive line for knocking Riverside
back on its heels.
When you play a team the caliber of Riverside
its pretty intense when you can push them back
like we did, he said.
Griffin Graffiti: Scouts have been flocking
to the Grossmont College campus, including Iowa State
. . . Arizona State appeared a week earlier.
state's top-ranked team Riverside on Saturday
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (9-19-14) One of the most famous duels
between No. 1 ranked Riverside City College and Grossmont
College took place in 1974. Talk about a cast of characters.
JOE ROTH guided the Griffins offense to a 9-9
tie at Aztec Bowl in front of a crowd of 5,000, and
Riverside countered with 3 field goals by Frank Corral,
who wound up playing for the Los Angeles Rams in the
These two legendary teams will face off on Saturday
(Sept. 19) at Mashin-Roth Stadium at 3 p.m.
Riverside (2-0) rolls into town No. 1 ranked in the
state and undefeated.
The Griffins (1-1) are a youthful team with only three
returning starters. Quarterback MICHAEL CARRILLO,
a 5-foot-11 freshman, directs the Griffins attack.
Carrillo has completed 33 of 73 passes for 385 yards
and a touchdown.
Running backs THOMAS McDONALD (27-85) and RYAN WILLIAMS
(10-78, 1 TD) are the mainstays of the Grossmont ground
Quarterback Kelly Hilinski is the triggerman for the
Tigers, having completed 24-of-42 yards for 414 yards
and 4 touchdowns. Denzel Foster spearheads the ground
game with 186 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown.
The Tigers won their first two games, rolling over
Bakersfield College 51-3, and then destroyed Saddleback
37-34 in overtime.
Griffin Graffiti: A special screening of The
Joe Roth Story: Dont Quit will be shown
in La Costa on Saturday (Sept. 20) by invitation only.
. . Roth, who played quarterback at Granite Hills
High and Grossmont College, was a first team JC All-American
in 1974. He went on to Cal Berkley where he earned
many honors before his career was cut short by cancer.
At the time Roth was considered a potential first
team NFL pick. . . Grossmont leads the all-time series
with the Riverside City College Tigers 7-6-1 but picked
up two extra victories due to forfeits. . . Grossmont
is ranked No. 20 in Southern California.
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
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,
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).