Colorado State-Pueblo’s seven-year climb to the national championship podium is complete.
And the ThunderWolves didn't wait until the final gun to begin the celebration of their NCAA Division II title with a 13-0 victory over Minnesota State on Saturday.
With about 35 seconds remaining, when it became apparent the ThunderWolves would not be required to take another snap, the players and coaches on their sideline spilled onto the field, arms raised in triumph.
Later, head coach John Wristen fought back tears explaining the program’s remarkable journey from restoration to national title.
"I wanted to be part of something special to Pueblo, Colorado," Wristen said. "We just put our head down and went to work."
Chris Bonner (12) of the Colorado State Pueblo Thunderwolves passes against the Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks during an NCAA-DII college football championship game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Brian Davidson) (Brian Davidson, The Kansas City Star via AP)
Wristen, a quarterback when the school was known as the University of Southern Colorado in the early 1980s, has been the architect. Football and other sports were shut down in 1984 as a cost-cutting measure. Upon football's return to competition in 2008, the ThunderWolves have been a national power and have a 48-4 record over the last four years.
The program had been knocking on the door of national success in that time, and Saturday, CSU-Pueblo finished the job.
"To be able to come through in the end like this, it’s beautiful," said Widefield product Paul Browning, a senior wide receiver who scored the only touchdown.
CSU-Pueblo (14-1) rode its stout defense, holding Minnesota State (14-1) to 265 total yards before a crowd of 6,762. The Mavericks were shut out for the first time since 2004, a span of 128 games.
"They played outstanding," Wristen said of his players.
The ThunderWolves were motivated too. Wristen made sure his team knew that Minnesota State entered the game ranked first nationally in scoring defense. The ThunderWolves also can play great defense. That was the message on display throughout the game at Sporting Park.
After CSU-Pueblo missed a field goal late in the first quarter, Minnesota State responded with its best drive of the game, reaching the ThunderWolves’ 8-yard line. The Mavericks were at the 11 when they lined up for a 27-yard field goal. CSU-Pueblo’s Josh Bredl broke through for the block.
"That was a huge momentum change," Wristen said. "We kind of got going there."
After the blocked kick, running back Cameron McDondle started getting yards in chunks. His 34-yard gain set up the game’s first score, a 27-yard field goal by Greg O’Donnell. McDondle finished with 113 yards rushing and surpassed 2,000 yards for the season.
When they got the ball back, the ThunderWolves reached the Mavs’ 18 and quarterback Bonner lofted a perfect strike to Browning down the sideline for the game’s only touchdown.
"I just saw a good matchup out there with Paul and anytime I’ve seen that this year, I know if I give him a chance to go out and get it he will," Bonner said.
O’Donnell’s 24-yard field goal early in the third quarter made it 13-0. The ThunderWolves pitched the first shutout in a Division II championship game since 1997.
"Our defense was outstanding, and our offense made the plays they needed to make to win the game," Wristen said. "We're here and we finished it."
Eventually a record-breaking varsity quarterback at
El Capitan under head coach RON BURNER, Lindley was
heavily recruited and cast his lot with San Diego State
where he was convinced he was a better quarterback by
West Hills alum LON SHERIFF, who also called signals
for the Aztecs.
Lindley was drafted in 2012 as a sixth round pick as
a quarterback by the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
Hes come a long way and is now on the edge of
earning a back-up quarterback berth with the San Diego
Havird, a graduate of Valhalla High, was an All-State
selection as a senior after registering 163 tackles
and 11 interceptions. He was selected the 2012 EastCountySports.com
Defensive Player of the Year.
Texas Tech 37
No.16 ASU 23
TTU QB Davis Webb
tossed four TD passes
all in the furst half
to equal the Holiday
Bowl record, leading
the Red Raiders past
No 14 Arizona State.
Pictured are running
backs Eric Ward
(18), Jacarthy Mack
(11), and a great TD
reception by senior
Bradley Margquez (4).
Also, the U.S. Navy
team arrives with
the Old Glory in
pregame ceremonies. (Photos by
Foster finished a brilliant season with the Jaguars
and has accepted a football scholarship to North Carolina
A&T of the Mid Eastern Conference. The Aggies finished
7-4 a year ago.
As a sophomore for the Jaguars, Foster completed 210
of 332 passes threw for 2,213 yards and 18 touchdowns.
His impressive performance doesnt stop there,
as his legs are just as dangerous. Foster rushed 103
times for 348 yards, and 10 TDs,
When asked if he was a (San Francisco 49ers) Colin
Kaepernick type quarterback?
No, I like to think of myself more as a (Seattle
Seahawks) Russell Wilson type, Foster stated.
Foster was actually speaking on telephone from the
campus of North Carolina A&T, a definitely different
type of climate, as he spoke of rainy and cold, as opposed
to the sunshine and drought like conditions of San Diego
Aggies coach Rolando Rivera shared responsibility along
with Southwestern coach ED CARBERRY, for leading Foster
through the correct channels to attain the scholarship
opportunity at North Carolina A&T.
I simply love it here, especially the commitment
to win, Foster said.
Coach Carberry is everything I could have asked
for in a coach, and taught me a lot about football.
He has been a true mentor, Foster said praising
his Southwestern coach.
Foster also held a great work ethic in the classroom
as well with a solid 3.7 GPA, which carried on through
his 2 years at Southwestern.
I have to win the job here, but I know that I
am capable, and I can bring a lot to the table,
stated Foster of his new surroundings at North Carolina
2013 San Diego County Credit Union
Utah State 21
No.24 NIU 14
(left) rushed for
123 yards and
while NIU QB
was held in
check by the
Aggies defense. (Photos by
Frank Price and
DeMartino, Utah State surprises
No. 24 Northern Illinois, 24-17,
at 9th annual Poinsettia Bowl
The senior rushed 23 times for 143 yards Thursday (Dec.
26), including a bowl record 58-yard romp, powering the
Aggies to a 21-14 upset of No.24 Northern Illinois in
the 9th annual Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
DeMartino's long gainer helped Utah State mount a 6-0
lead, but Northern Illinois rallied for a 7-6 halftime
lead behind Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch. However,
DeMartino registered the second of two second-half touchdowns
on a 1-yard run, to fuel the rally.
"There's no better way to close out my senior
year," said DeMartino, who led Grossmont College
to a 2009 Beach Bowl victory over El Camino, 27-22.
"And to do so in front of all my teammates, friends
and family is really special."
Just like the Beach Bowl, DeMartino was tabbed the
Offensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl.
Meanwhile, the Utah State defense, which nearly upset
USC earlier this season in a narrow 17-14 loss at the
Coliseum, prevented Lynch from becoming the first player
in NCAA history to both rush and pass for 2,000 yards
in a season. Lynch needed 119 on the ground to achieve
the feat, but the Aggies bottled him to just 39 yards,
leaving him at 1,920 for the season.
USU safety Brian Suite intercepted a pass and recovered
a Lynch fumble. Lynch's pick on the first play of the
second half set up a go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass
from Darrel Garretson to Brandon Swindall and a13-7
The Aggies (9-5) put it away when DeMartino scored
on a 1-yard TD run with 4:14 to go for a 21-7 lead.
It capped a 16-play, 80-yard drive that consumed more
than seven minutes off the clock. NIU, which opened
the season with 12 consecutive victories, finished 12-2.
Words cant describe that feeling at the
end, but as long as the team was winning and our seniors
were going out like this its the best feeling
in the world, an emotional DeMartino told The
For the season DeMartino rushed for 1,221 yards and
honor for Peru State's Campbell
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) announced Friday (Dec. 20) that 259 football
student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA
Scholar-Athletes. Eight of the 259 are from the
Peru State Bobcats.
In order to be nominated by an institution's
head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete
must maintain a minimum grade point average of
3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior
academic status. Students must appear on the school's
eligibility certificate for the sport and have
attended two full years as a non-transfer or one
full year as a transfer.
The awards are given annually by the NAIA to
outstanding student-athletes in the various sports
in which the program is active and their team
is eligible for NAIA postseason competition.
Former Griffins standout DeMartino
leads Utah State to Poinsettia Bowl
The game will be televised live by ESPN at 6:30 p.m.
Despite being dogged by injuries at Grossmont College,
DeMartino rushed by 827 yards and 6 touchdowns in 143
carries to lead the team. He was named second team all-conference
for the 8-3 Griffins.
DeMartino, a product of Mt. Carmel High, played primarily
special teams at Utah State but appeared in all 11 games
for the Aggies. He rushed for 157 yards and one touchdown
on 29 carries.
After back-to-back redshirt seasons, DeMartino is the
featured running back for the Aggies (8-5) as a senior.
Hes the third-straight 1,000 yard rusher for Utah
State this season, carrying the ball 198 times for 1,078
yards and 12 touchdowns.
No. 23 ranked Northern Illinois (12-1) lost its final
game of the regular season to Bowling Green.
Larceval becomes the second player from San José
State to win the Courage Award after Neil Parry (2003),
now a graduate assistant defensive coach on the Spartans
Larceval will be honored on the field of the Discover
Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 and will also receive his trophy
at the bowl's Coaches Luncheon on Jan. 2.
The 6-2, 284-pound defensive tackle from Spring Valley
was named second team All-Western Athletic Conference
in 2012, but he never made it to the team's bowl practices.
On Dec. 14, 2012, he was admitted to the hospital and
diagnosed with viral meningoencephalitis, a virus that
infects and causes swelling in the brain. After slipping
into unconsciousness, he didn't awake until Jan. 5,
2013 and completely missed San José State's 29-20
Military Bowl victory over Bowling Green on Dec. 27,
"I think back a lot on it," Larceval said.
"I went a month without knowing any part of my
life. I essentially lost a month. I reflect on it, knowing
I missed the Military Bowl, Christmas, my dad's birthday
and New Year's. It hurts."
Larceval lost 40 pounds and needed outpatient speech,
physical, occupational and recreational therapy to recover.
Although the San José State medical staff said
he would miss the 2013 season, Anthony defied the prognosis
and was back with the team at the start of preseason
camp in August.
"My mother definitely didn't want me to come back
and play," Larceval said. "My dad was pushing
me to move on. All the time I was thinking of my three
younger brothers and that was motivation to come back
and do everything and my teammates wearing my name and
number in the Military Bowl. Seeing their reactions
when I came back on field was tremendous."
During the Spartans' 6-6 2013 season, Larceval made
nine tackles (six unassisted) and had one quarterback
hurry. He is a child development major who wants to
become a teacher and/or a coach.
Parry, who suffered a compound fracture during a 2000
game that led to a partial amputation of his right leg,
became the first player to come back and play college
football with a prosthetic leg in 2003.
"After all he had gone through, he is one of the
first coaches, persons around San José State
to come to me and put his arm around me and let me know
he was there for me in every way," Larceval said.
"When he told me to never give up, that was big
encouragement. It was the only thing I could control."
"To see where Anthony was and to see what he went
through, nobody thought he was going to be able to come
back and play football again. When he got out of the
hospital, comes into the (football) office, to see the
shape he was in, to be able to get back on to the field
is one thing, but to be productive is another,"
Parry said. "Anthony is a great young man and put
a lot of work into coming back this year. He did a heck
of a job just to get back to a normal life and to get
back to being a Division I football player is another.
It's very fitting for Anthony to receive this award."
A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the
winner each year. The requirements for nomination include
displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming
an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster
or living through hardship.
"Anthony's story was quite unusual and moving,"
said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. "We
had numerous good stories of players and others who
personified what this award is all about. His was certainly
Gonzalez, the league's career leader in receptions
by a tight end (1,300), has missed just three
starts since becoming a starter with Kansas City
in 1998, but a nagging toe injury could sideline
Toilolo has played in all 11 games for the Falcons
this season. He has 10 catches, two good for touchdowns.
The game will be the Bills' sixth regular season
outing in Noirth America's fourth-largest city.
Harris' Buffaloes advance to NCAA D-2 quarterfinals
West Texas A&M, the No. 6 seed, has advanced to
the third round of the NCAA Division II national playoffs
by defeating the No. 3 seed Indianapolis University
27-14 and then knocking off No. 2 seed Ohio Dominican
University 34-27 on Saturday (Nov. 30).
In the Buffaloes latest victory Harris rushed for 65
yards on 11 carries and caught one pass for 7 yards.
If the Buffaloes are successful on Saturday (Dec. 7)
at Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich.,
West Texas A&M will advance to the semifinals on
Dec 14th against a team to be determined.
A victory at that level would put the Buffaloes into
the Division 2 National Championship game on Dec 21
at Florence , Ala. at Tom Braly Municipal Stadium.
USD's Mason Mills (l-r), Princeton's
Quinn Epperly, and Bryan Bennett
of Southeastern Louisiana were added to the Watch
Liist for the 2013
Walter Payton Award as the top player in FCS college
football. (The Sports Network courtesy photo)
Mills made the list among with Bryan Bennett of Southeastern
Louisiana and Princeton's Quinn Epperly. All three have
guided their respective schools into first place.
Mills, a 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt senior, hopes to
lead the Toreros to the Pioneer Football League's first
automatic bid to the FCS playoffs - something that would
happen with a Toreros win on Saturday. USD's careerpassing
leader, Mills ranks seventh nationally with 317.6 passing
yards per game, having thrown for 3,176 yards and 32
touchdowns and only five interceptions with 66.6 percent
accuracy (227-of-341). A four-year starter, Mills has
passed for 10,817 yards and 92 touchdowns in his career.
Bennett, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt junior, has
led 14th-ranked Southeastern Louisiana to first place
in a strong Southland Conference race. A heralded transfer
from the University of Oregon, Bennett has lived up
to the hype, ranking second in the Southland with 283.2
total yards per game. Much of his success comes with
his feet as Bennett has run for 763 yards and a Southland-best
13 touchdowns. But he also has a 151.7 passing efficiency
rating, completing 138-of-222 attempts (62.2 percent)
for 2,069 yards and 13 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Epperly, a 6-1, 220-pound junior, also knows about
dominating opponents with either his arm or feet. In
Princeton's 7-1 season atop the Ivy League standings,
Epperly has rushed for 475 yards and 16 touchdowns and
thrown for 1,668 yards and 20 touchdowns with only two
interceptions. He ranks first nationally in points responsible
for per game (27.5), second nationally in completion
percentage (74.1, on 157-of-212 passing), third nationally
in scoring per game (12.0) and sixth nationally in passing
The trio complete the list of 20 finalists, with the
winner to be announced on Dec. 16 by The Sports Network,
which also presents the Buck Buchanan (outstanding defensive
player), Jerry Rice (freshman of the year) and Eddie
Robinson awards (coach of the year) in the FCS,
USD senior quarterback MASON MILLS (Christian
and Coronado high schools) passed for 278 yards
and 5 touchdowns on the evening. Needing 181 yards
to become USD's all-time leading passer, he set
the new record with his first completion of the
second half, a 3-yard completion to Joe Ferguson
that moved him pass Josh Johnson's previous record
of 9,699. Mills ended the evening with 9,797 yards,
and also moved into the second spot for touchdown
passes with 79.
The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to
be announced on November 8. Following the semi-finalists
announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision
(FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives
and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the
top three finalists, who will be identified on November
25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured
on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thurs.,
Dec.12 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN.
Most recently, Alesi was tabbed Mountain West Conference
special teams player of the week for his effort against
The Spartans' Anthony Larceval
(43). (San Jose State courtesy photo)
East County Notebook: Larceval returns to SJSU following
As a junior in 2012, the 6-foot-2, 284-pound Helix
High graduate, Larceval was named second team All-Western
Athletic Conference, but he never made it to the team's
bowl practices. On Dec. 14, 2012, he was admitted to
the hospital and diagnosed with viral meningoencephalitis,
a virus that infects and causes swelling in the brain.
After slipping into unconsciousness, he didn't awake
until Jan. 5, 2013 and completely missed San Jose State
's 29-20 Military Bowl victory over Bowling Green on
Dec. 27, 2012. Larceval lost 40 pounds and needed outpatient
speech, physical, occupational and recreational therapy
to recover. Although the San Jose State medical staff
said he would miss the 2013 season, Anthony defied the
prognosis and was back with the team at the start of
preseason camp in August.
Through the first six games of the 2013 season, Larceval
started the first three games and was a reserve in two
others. He has made nine tackles, six unassisted and
has one quarterback hurry. He is a child development
major who wants to become a teacher and/or a coach.
For the eighth straight year, the Football Writers
Association of America and the Discover Orange Bowl
will announce weekly nominees during the season. A blue-ribbon
panel of FWAA members will determine the winner from
all of the nominees.
The requirements for the Courage Award nomination include
displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming
an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster
or living through hardship.
Sultan in the desert
T.D. GROSS, a 6-foot-6, 278-pound redshirt freshman,
has crashed his way into the starting lineup at the
University of Arizona. As a high school at Santana he
won all the honors, including playing tight end as a
junior and catching 25 passes for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns.
T.D. played prep football for his father, DAVE GROSS
at Santana, earning four letters in the process. His
father is a graduate of the University of Pacific in
the 1970s where he was an offensive lineman.
K.O. is a knockout at Grossmont
A former outstanding Griffins wide receiver, LEVI K.O.
KEALALUHI returns for his second year as a receivers
coach at Grossmont College, Kealaluhi played football
on scholarship at BYU, where he scored a game-winning,
28-yard touchdown in the 1997 Cotton Bowl against Kansas
USD quarterback Mason Mills
fires under solid protection.
(Photo by Tori Mills)
Mills paces USD into Pioneer lead Game-winning drive leads to
field goal at the gun, 35-33
Toreros kicker David Last missed a 33-yard field goal,
but was roughed, giving USD an extra play. This time,
he connected from 28 yards to the delight of a near-sellout,
homecoming crowd of 3,513.
The victory snapped a tie between the ballclubs, leaving
USD and Butler as the Pioneer League's lone unbeatens
at 3-0 in conference play. Butler, which whipped Campbell,
35-14, Saturday (Oct. 11), comes to Toreros Stadium
on Oct. 26, with the victor earning the conference's
first automatic berth to the NCAA-AA playoffs.
Mills completed 20-of-39 passes for 349 yards, featuring
a pair of 100-yard receivers in Brandon White (5-100)
and Reggie Bell (4-104, 1 TD).
USD (4-2 overall) trailed 14-5, including a sack in
the end zone by USD defensive end Blake Oliaro for a
"We were out of sync the first half," said
Mills. "At halftime, we made a few adjustments
and I told my offensive coordinator, we are going to
win." "The second half we got our passing
game going, our defense really stepped up and David
put the ball through the uprights."
Mills answered by connecting with TDs to Sam Hoekstra
for 9 yards and Cole Naone for 3 yards before fullback
Montell Allen closed out the quarter with a 1-yard burst,
Mils then found Bell on a 62-yard hookup for a 32-20
The Red Foxes answered with a pair of fourth-quarter
scores to grab a 1-point lead. However, Mills directed
the final drive from the USD-25 with 5:19 remaining.
Included were a pair of third-down conversion passes
to Bell and Joe Ferguson (the top rusher with 53 yards).
Next week, the Toreros travel to Ohio to meet the Dayton
Former Griffins All-American impacts Nevada in D-1
When a full quintet of 300-pounders now starting for
the Razorbacks, former Helix High/Grossmont College
offensive lineman PATRICK ARINZE, who stands just 5-foot-10,
has been converted to fullback. Yet his blocking skills
Arinze, the No. 2 back for Arkansas, played about one-third
of Saturday's (Aug. 31) season opener, as the Razorbacks
rolled up more than 500 yards in total offense to top
Louisiana (formerly La.-Lafayette), 34-14. Included
were 293 yards on the ground against the Ragin' Cajuns,
including a game-high 151 rushing yards by Jonathan
Williams, featuring a75-tard TD romp.
Former Helix High/Grossmont
standout Patrick Arinza gains No. 2
fullback berth for University of Arkansas.
Patrick Arinze: An unknown in Arkansas
gains fullback slot for Razorbacks
By Robert Turbeville
Special to East County Sports.com
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (6-16-13) At first glance,
he looks like a bigger Dennis Johnson, wearing the same
No. 33 jersey, playing tailback, running through arm
tackles and grinding for extra yards.
At other times, he looks like Kiero Small 2.0, a big
bruising fullback whos clearing holes with punishing
The one constant: Very few people in Arkansas seem
to know much about him.
The mystery man is former Helix High and Grossmont
College alum Arinze, a 5-10, 254-pound junior who walked
on at the UA at midterm without any hoopla. He quickly
made a name for himself with his play on the field,
though, finishing the spring as the Hogs No. 2
Despite his immediate success as a backup fullback
and situational tailback, Arinze, to a large degree,
is still an enigma.
The UAs spring football guide lists his position,
height, weight, class, hometown, high school and community
college. Thats all.
Theres very little information about him in the
public domain, either. Internet searches reveal a few
statistics here and there from a combined 10 games in
2010 and 2011, but you have to dig. There are some community
college video highlights from 2011, and there's a mention
or two from his high school days.
Thanks to his performance during Arkansas recent
practices he led the Razorbacks in rushing in
the spring game and in another scrimmage there
are mentions of him in relation to the Hogs. But again,
not much background info, and hes given no interviews
that can be found.
So who is Patrick Arinze?
Weve been asking ourselves that question this
spring, so we did some digging. After talking to Arinzes
former high school coach as well as the trainer who
helped him prepare for SEC football, we have a better
A WEIGHT ROOM MONSTER
Believe it or not, Arinze is a former high school offensive
lineman a kid who played very little football
until he arrived at San Diego-area powerhouse Helix
as a junior and became a battering ram,
as Helix head coach TROY STARR put it.
Starr describes Arinze 5-10 and 215 pounds at
the time as a unique kid, real quiet kid,
but also a weight room monster who set the
schools squat record at 685 pounds.
Isnt that ridiculous? Its like a
small Volkswagen, Starr said.
But Arinze was raw, and he was playing at a school
known for big-time football, one that produced the likes
of REGGIE BUSH and ALEX SMITH.
Being new to the game, Arinze didnt have that
swag at all and all that other stuff, Starr said.
But had he started early and had he done all that
other stuff, he would have been a huge player.
You know, when he was with us when he was in
high school, he only played one year of varsity, and
he was a kid that got into football late, Starr
said. It was kind of one of those things where
he didnt have his it was kind of like he
was in between. And then right at the end of his senior
year, he got real good. Hes a guy I wish we would
have had one more year just a classic late bloomer
Arinze started at offensive guard for Helix as a senior
during the 2009 season and played a little on the defensive
line. He helped the Highlanders reach the CIF San Diego
Section championship game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Hes the biggest reason why we made a late-season
run, Starr said. He was just a beast.
Had we played a pure fullback and had we had
the linemen that year That was when we had a
lot of sophomores, we didnt have big linemen.
Thats why he was in there. But in an ideal situation
he would have been a fullback in a system where the
fullback was utilized.
Starr, the former director of football operations at
Florida, said he told Arinze he needed to go to a nearby
community college, Grossmont College in El Cajon, and
play fullback. Starr felt like that was Arinzes
natural position at the next level because hes
just so strong and he can run.
So he went to Grossmont and got hurt his first
year, and his second year he just kept working at it
FROM THE GRIDIRON TO REHAB
At Grossmont, Arinze played in six games in 2010 and
four games in 2011, according to official statistics.
He ran for a combined 21 yards and two touchdowns on
nine carries, being used primarily as a blocker.
Tom Cox, the sports performance director at Velocity
Sports Performance in San Diego, said Arinze tore an
anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while at Grossmont
and came to him last summer to train.
Basically came in wanting to lose a little bit
a weight, kind of lean up, gain some muscle and get
faster, so thats exactly what we did, Cox
The guy is naturally gifted. Hes naturally
strong. When he first came in, he just came off of rehabbing.
In no way shape or form he was ready to get back to
that same weight he was squatting in high school. Basically
took a approach where we did more injury prevention
with him. Really loosened up his hips a lot made sure
that all of muscles were working properly and activating
They started working together five days a week. Cox
quickly discovered that Arinze is one of the hardest
working and nicest kids youll ever meet.
While they were working together, Arinze was communicating
with Arkansas former coaching staff. The Razorbacks
ended up inviting Arinze to walk on. They were
excited to have him, Cox said, and Arinze was
very excited about the opportunity.
But of course, John L. Smith was out as head coach
at the end of last season, and Bret Bielema took that
job in December.
When the staff change happened, he was kind of
nervous, thinking his walk-on spot would not be reserved,
Cox said. We sent film to the DB coach (at the
time, Bobby Allen), and they said, No, wed
love to have you walk on. Its actually kind
of an inspiration.
He took a big leap of faith, I think, flying
halfway across the country just on a whim that he might
get a chance to play.
HELPING THE HOGS
Arinze arrived at Arkansas at about 270 pounds
or 16 pounds heavier than his current listed weight.
Cox said Arinze told him Arkansas strength and
conditioning staff have done wonders.
In the Red-White game, Arinze certainly didnt
look too slow for the role the Razorbacks have in mind
playing a little fullback and spot play at tailback.
Arinze led all rushers with 66 yards on nine carries.
There were a few plays where he looked a little bit
like Johnson, the Hogs former starting tailback.
And again, at others, he looked like Small, Arkansas
When he first got to campus, thats what
a lot of the guys were saying. Like, Man, yall
are built just alike, Small said. Hes
a strong guy. Squats the house. Big legs. He can run
through arm tackles and things of that sort.
Bielema called Arinze a nice surprise this
spring and said he was very powerful, comparing
him to a little Tonka truck.
Just really built strong, tough and physical,
Bielema said, adding that theres a nice
combination with him and Kiero also the two of
them in the backfield, possibly together.
When Bielema released the Razorbacks post-spring
depth chart, Arinze was listed as the second-team fullback
His high school coach, who learned Arinze was at Arkansas
in late spring when he talked to another former Helix
player, said its surprising to some extent,
but not completely surprising." Fullbacks are a
dying breed, he noted.
Theyre hard to find, Starr said.
And he fits the bill. Hes got the right
height, and hes so strong and fast for a big guy.
When you see him, tell him I said hello. Im
proud of him.
Bonner gains starting QB berth in Colorado
By Joe E. Cervi, The Pueblo Chieftain
PUEBLO, Colo. (4-25-13) Grossmont College alum
CHRIS BONNER was congratulated by Colorado State-Pueblo
head coach John Wristen after being named outstanding
quarterback during the ThunderWolves spring practice sessions
Saturday (Apr. 20) during halftime of the team's spring
game at the ThunderBowl.
Bonner had such a good spring at quarterback for CSUP
that he won the Mick McCall Award honoring the position.
But he missed the awards ceremony, which was hosted
by Mike Friedman, who once coached the then University
of Southern Colorado Indians before the school moved
from NAIA to NCAA Division II football.
"I was on my way to the field house when coach
called," Bonner said. "I had it in my mind
that we needed to be there at 1. I messed up."
At least Bonner wasn't late getting on the field for
the spring game Saturday at the Neta & Eddie DeRose
ThunderBowl. He engineered several scoring drives and
threw two touchdown passes to lead the Blue team to
a 28-14 win over the Red.
In 10 games as the Griffins starter last season, Bonner
completed 191 passes of 382 attempts for 2,470 yards
and 19 touchdowns. It was quite a transition for the
6-foot-7 Bonner who did little more than hand the ball
off at Clairemont High School.
Southwestern College football
Ed Carberry, who formerly coached
at Grosmsont College and Monte Vista High, was
one of two Southland coaches named the State Coach
of the Year for
Region 5 at the State Community College Hall of
held Mar. 16. The other was Jeff Chudy of Bakersfield
College. (Courtesy, CCCSFCA)
Toreros quarterback Mason Mills,
the team MVP for the 2012 season (File photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
Mills, who now resides in Coronado, was given the award
by the USD coaching staff after leading the Toreros
to a share of the Pioneer League championship.
For the season, Mills completed 252-of-360 passes for
3,106 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 70.0% completion
percentage was the top mark among all FCS players this
He also ranked 5th in passing efficiency (154.26) and
21st in total offense (270.91 yards per game). A two-time
PFL player of the week recipient, Mills played a key
role in the team finishing out the year with six straight
victories and their second straight share of the PFL
Senior defensive tackle Dustin Geyer (Oak Park) was
named the team's Defensive MVP while senior center Matt
Peleti (Laguna Niguel) received the Offensive MVP award.
Geyer anchored the defensive line unit that helped
the Toreros rank 15th in the FCS in both scoring defense
(19.27 ppg) and rushing defense (120.0 yards per game).
Peleti moved to center and anchored the team's offensive
line unit where he directed the Torero offense with
both run blocking and pass protection packages. The
USD offense ranked 21st overall in total offense (433.64
yards per game).
The Toreros, who finished with a 8-3 overall mark and
tied for first place in the Pioneer Football League
with Butler and Drake at 7-1, will be recognized at
Sunday's San Diego Chargers football game against the
Carolina Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium.
After receiving a first-team berth on the all-Rocky
Mountain Athletic Conference team, Taylor joined teammate
Kevin Lindholm on the Daktronics All-Super Region 4
Football First Team, which was announced Thursday (Dec.
The teams are voted on by members of the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both Taylor
and Lindholm will advance to the national ballot.
Taylor finished the season as the RMAC leader in interceptions
with eight and he was the Eagles third-leading
tackler with 74. He also forced two fumbles and was
named to the all-conference first team on defense and
the all-conference third team at punt returner.
For the season, Taylor averaged 12.2 yards on 22 punt
returns and he tied a school record by scoring on an
86-yard punt return. He also returned an interception
for a touchdown and compiled 376 all-purpose yards.
Lindholm, a senior linebacker from Eads, Colo., and
a three-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First
Team selection, led the Eagles with 122 tackles this
season. He added 20.5 tackles for a loss and he also
had 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.
He was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year
and finished his career with 299 tackles, the ninth
most in school history. His 37.5 tackles for loss in
his career ranks him fifth at CSC.
RMAC led all conferences in Super Region 4 with 17
Chadron State (9-3 overall, 8-1 RMAC) finished second
behind CSU-Pueblo, advancing to the NCAA Division II
playoffs. However, West Texas A&M downed the Eagles,
38-30, in the first round, then defeated Pueblo, 34-13,
in the national quarterfinals.
San Diego State punter Joel
Alesi, a product of Christian High.
San Diego State sophomore defensive
Meredith regstered his first
career fumble recovery and a pair of solo tackles
Saturday (Nov. 10), helping the
Aztecs (8-3) to a 28-9 decision over Air Force
program's 500th all-time win
in their final Mountain West Conference home game;
they join the Big East in 2013. (Photo by Philip Brents, Chula Vista Star News)
Campbell totaled 530 yards in kickoff returns on 24
attempts, averaging 22.1 yards per attempt. Against
Avila, Campbell 's 66-yard kickoff return, his longest
of the year, set up the game-tying field goal. In addition,
Campbell had one punt return for 27 yards.
He was also among eight Bobcats named to the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA
The junior blocked a punt in the first quarter, which
led to a Bobcat touchdown. In the second quarter, Campbell
recovered a fumble on a Central Methodist fake punt
and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. He also had
a punt return for 27 yards and had another 27 yards
on a pair kickoff returns.
Campbell has had 21 kickoff returns during the season
for 444 yards, averaging 21.1 yards per return. He has
had 23 total tackles ten of which were solo.
In addition, Campbell has had two tackles for a total
loss of four yards and leads the team with two interceptions
with 96 yards in returns.
Garret Campbell (13) scrambles
for 48 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery
after Central Methodist dropped the ball on a
fake punt. Peru State won 40-23,
in the final game at the Oak Bowl before major
stadium rennovations commence.
On Saturday (Oct. 6), Campbell, now a college junior,
posted his best defensive outing since signing with
the Bobcats by blocking a pair of punts and registering
an interception, leading to a
47-21 conquest of Trinity Bible College at Oak Bowl.
On his interception, Campbell noted, I read the
quarterback and made the pick in the end zone. When
I looked out and realized I would not get too far, I
just took a knee.
Campbell finished the ballgame with four total tackles
three solo, including one for a loss of three
yards nearly had two more interceptions for Peru
State (3-3). The defensive back also was credited for
breaking up two additional passes by the Lions (2-4).
The first blocked punt came on Trinity's first possession,
setting up a Peru State touchdown to open the scoring.
His interception was good for a touchback to halt a
deep Lions drive.
For his very busy day, Campbell was named the team's
player of the game.
Helix alum Toilolo helps Stanford to Big Game victory
Toilolo, a junior, has tallied 15 catches for 288 yards
and 3 touchdowns, starting in all seven of Stanfords
football games this season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (9-29-12)
North Carolina's Bryn Renner (2) scrambles
to avoid Idaho
senior Homer Maugua (55), the former Helix
High and Grossmont College standout.
The linebacker registered a team-high 9 tackles.
The Tar Heels won, 66-0, at Kenan Stadium. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
San Jose State's Jimmy Pruitt
(top) takes down SDSU's Gavin Escobar, limiting
the play to just a 1-yard gain, as the visiting
Spartans stun the Aztecs, 38-34 (Photo by Philip Brents)
Helix High alum Anthony Larceval
(far right) is
a three-year starter for San Jose State. (Photo by Philip Brents)
Sixty years later, San Jose State wins in San Diego
Fales connected with wide receiver Chandler Jones on
a 14-yard reception, giving SJSU (3-1) its first victory
in San Diego in 10 tries since 1952.
Over the final 12 minutes, Fales completed 13-of-16
passes for 187 yards and three scores. His game totals
saw 260 yards and a season-best four TDs -- to four
different receivers -- on 21-of-31 passing.
Though San Diego State (2-2) outgained San Jose State,
484 to 367, the Spartans won the game with drives of
80, 77 and 65 yards on just 17 total plays.
The Aztecs ran up 271 rushing yards in the first half
while San Jose State fumbled the ball away three times,
but the teams came away even at 17-17 at the intermission
following big plays by the Spartans. Included was a
97-yard kickoff return by Tyler Ervin, then running
back Adam Muema, who rushed for 202 yards on 25 carries,
sprinted for an 83-yard touchdown run.
The Aztecs had one last gasp, but Spartans defensive
end Travis Johnson recorded the team's fifth sack of
the game on fourth down on SDSU's final offensive play.
Also registering a sack for San Jose State was Helix
High product ANTHONY LARCEVAL, a third-year starter
at defensive end.
East County quintet, San Jose State, arrives to meet
The Spartans (2-1) look to receivers SEAN LINTON (Helix)
and HANSSELL WILSON (Valhalla) to lead the Spartans
Other local standouts for San Jose include offensive
lineman JAKE PETERSON (6-4, 316, West Hills) and junior
defensive tackle ANTHONY LARCEVAL (6-2, 284, Helix).
Also making his mark as corner back is JIMMY PRUITT,
a 6-0, 175 Helix grad.
Three-year starter Larceval is one of the key anchors
to the Spartans defense.
Local East County members of the San Diego State squad
include defensive lineman MALCOLM JACKSON (6-3, 255,
Mount Miguel), defensive tackle SAM MEREDITH (6-3, 255,
Helix), defensive lineman ROBERT CRAIGHEAD (6-4, 275,
El Capitan). All are freshmen.
Sophomore JOEL ALESI from Christian is one of the Aztecs
The game will be broadcast on KUSI Channel 51 television.
Mills, who completed 27-of-37 passes, connected
with Reggis Bell on a 28-yard TD strike, completing
a rally from a 27-20 fourth-quarter deficit. His
third TD pass went for 12 yards to Brandon White
to knot the contest with 5:29 remaining, then
Mills directed a 9-play, 84-yard game-winning
More than 4,000 fans filled the stadium, with
a large chunk supporting the visiting Mustangs,
which features 18 players from San Diego County,
including sophomore defensive tackle NINO LaRUSSA
(West Hills; transfer from Iowa Wesleyan), freshman
running back DAKOTA FURR (El Capitan), and freshman
kicker JOSH McINTIRE (West Hills).
Western New Mexico (1-1) is coached by former
West Hills and Grossmont College standout ADAM
Invasion of the locals
Saturday: Western NM at USD
Clark, an all-conference player at West Hills
High and an all-state player for Grossmont College,
is in his third season with WNMU, located in Silver
City, N.M. And because of his Southern California
roots, he uses the region as his main recruiting
Included are Wolf Pack alums NINO LaRUSSA and
JOSH McINTIRE, DAKOTA FURR from El Capitan, plus
players from Morse, Mira Mesa, Ramona, Oceanside
Meanwhile, USD (0-1) are led by quarterback MASON
MILLS, who prepped at Christian and Coronado high
schools. Mills, a red-shirt junior, is backed
up by freshman BRANDON LEWIS, who guided Helix
High to the CIF Division II state bowl series
championship last season.
Other East County products on the Toreros include
frosh running back DARRION HANCOCK (Helix), plus
frosh offensive linemen ANDRES MEZA and CARL MARTIN
of El Capitan.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Jackson played at Midland Lutheran
College in Fremont, Neb., for a year then returned to
San Diego, planning to play for Grossmont College in the
In the meantime, however, Jackson was approached by NW
Oklahoma St. and changed directions.
At El Cajon Valley in 2009, Jackson played wide receiver
although his senior season was cut short due to injury.
In the five games he played for the Braves, he caught
33 passes for 591 yards (17.9 average) and six touchdowns.
Molzen on D-2 watch list
Former El Capitan High and Grossmont College standout
MOLZEN, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound senior wide receiver
at William Jewell College, is among the NCAA Division
II football players to watch for the 2012 season. He is
rated the No. 2 Great Lakes Valley Conference player to
watch by the BSN College Network (Beyond Sports Network),
which also made the Division II preseason picks.
Molzen is the main threat for the Cardinals after registering
49 receptions, 565 yards, and 5 touchdowns last season.
In 2009 as a freshman at Grossmont, Molzen had 11 pass
receptions for 272 yards and 5 touchdowns for an 18.1
At El Capitan, Molzen made 44 catches for 807 yards
and 10 touchdowns for an 18.3 average as a senior. Molzen
was also selected to the first team All-Grossmont North
League as a senior.
The A.P. Little All-America team dates back to the
early 1930's and includes players from NCAA Division
II and III schools, as well as NAIA institutions.
Hobbs, a resident of Lemon Grove, recently named to
the Daktronics/Sports Information Directors All-America
team, is just the ninth Loper selected to the A.P. squad.
Of the nine chosen, seven have come since UNK joined
Division II in 1990.
In 2011, Hobbs picked off six passes for a Division
II-leading 295 yards. A two-year Loper, he also had
54 tackles (36 solo), 18 pass break-ups and two fumble
Against Northeastern State in September, Hobbs set
a D-2 record for most interception return yards in a
game (214) when he picked off three passes with two
of those coming back for scores.
In that game, Hobbs covered Trey McVey, who earned
first-team A.P. All-American honors. McVey ended that
game with just four catches for 53 yards.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder Thomas started the past
two seasons for the Rams of the Mountain West
Conference. He completed 63 percent of his passes
and threw for more than 4,200 yards. His TD-INT
ratio was 18-21 and he was sacked a stunning 71
Thomas also considered Vanderbilt and UCLA among
other schools to relocate. He was slated to visit
the campus this weekend where he will meet with
the Wolfpack coaching staff.
Thomas will be eligible for the starting job in
the 2013 season at the Atlantic Coast Conference
institution. He figures to battle for the vacated
starting QB job since Mike Glennon, who came into
his own in 2011, will be a senior next year. Thomas
started as a true freshman in 2010, and does have
his redshirt year still available, which he will
use in 2012.
Did you know? Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
graduated from North Carolina State eight years
Mike Shanahan and the Redskins' staff will coach
the South in the game that features the country's
best senior collegiate football players. This is
the second consecutive year that a player from SDSU
has participated in the Senior Bowl, as current
Chargers receiver Vincent Brown competed in last
Lindley is the fourth quarterback in Aztec school
history to play in the contest and the first since
Dan McGwire in 1990.
Lindley threw for 3,153 yards and 23 touchdowns
this season, capping off his year with 413 yards
passing and three touchdowns in the New Orleans
Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal-caller finished
the year ranked second in the Mountain West in passing
yards per game (242.5) and third in completions
per game (18.23) and total offense (238.62 ypg.).
The Senior Bowl is the nations most unique
football game and footballs premier pre-draft
event, annually featuring the countrys best
senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft
prospects on teams representing the North and
South which are coached by the entire coaching
staffs from two National Football League teams.
Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over
800 general managers, head coaches, assistant
coaches, scouts and other front office personnel
from the 32 National Football League teams, making
Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host
to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.
Senior tackle TOMMIE DRAHEIM, a product of El
Capitan High, was selected to the first team offense,
while senior corner LARRY PARKER, who played his
freshman season at Grossmont College, was chosen
to the first team defense.
Draheim is the first Aztec offensive lineman
to be picked to the first-team all-league since
Brendan Darby in 2003. Draheim, who has started
29 consecutive games, helped SDSU rank 10th in
the country in fewest sacks allowed (0.83 per
Parker picked up his first all-league award setting
career highs in every category. He had 56 tackles
(2.5 TFL), seven interceptions, seven pass breakups,
three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His
seven picks are tied with two others for the second
most in the nation, the most by a San Diego State
player since 1969 and tied for the third most
in a season in program history.
Mills claims All-Pioneer League
berths Quarterback led USD to conference championship;
Toreros' Oliaro named Defensive Player of the Year
Mills, who played locally at both Christian and
Coronado high schools, earned a second team berth.
He was also tabbed the Toreros' Offensive Player
of the Year after leading the team to a 9-2 mark
(5-0 at home).
"We had a great season, accomplishing many
of our pre-season goals, the most important of
course was capturing the PFL championship,"
said Mills. "And even though we ended up
with the same record as Drake University (co-champs),
we beat them during the season, which gives us
USD's balanced attack saw Mills rank among PFL
leaders in passing (2,370 yards, 22 TDs,.617 pct),
while teammate Kenny James was the conference's
leading rusher with 1,149 yards.
"We have a lot of players returning on both
sides of the ball and are already preparing for
next season," he added. "We open with
three league champs, Cal Poly, Azusa Pacific and
Harvard. Our whole team is looking forward to
the challenge of a repeat title and a chance for
a playoff berth next season."
In addition, Mills earned a second-team berth
on the PFL
All-Academic team. The biology major owns
a 3.10 grade-point average.
USD defensive lineman Blake Oliaro was the leagues
Defensive Player of the Year and Toreros head
coach Ron Caragher was tabbed PFL Coach of the
Year. The leagues freshmen awards went to
San Diego wide receiver Brandon White (offense)
and Drake linebacker Travis Merritt (defense).
Aubrey paced Redlands in punt returns at a solid 10.4
yards per runback, while placing third in receiving
with 21 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. Kyle Romero
also recorded a pair of TD catches, while brother Brett
was a special team and pass defense specialist who registered
a sack this season.
The 32-team tournament finds the Bulldogs traveling
to Belton, Texas, to meet No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The undefeated Crusaders (10-0) are en route to taking
the American Southwest Conference title. Redlands, which
placed second in the Southern California Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference, seek its first-ever postseason
win in the school's fifth trip to the playoffs (the
first since 2007).
The squads square off for the first time in history
at Tiger Field, starting at 10 a.m. PT. Earlier in the
season, Redlands downed another 4th-ranked ballclub
in North Central (Ill.) University.
The winner of the Redlands-UMHB game faces the victor
of the McMurry vs. Trinity (Texas) showdown.
East County showdown of quarterbacks in the MWC El Cap's Lindley (SDSU) vs. Valhalla's Thomas (Colorado
Only five quarterbacks from East County have eclipsed
the 2,000 yard mark passing at least twice in their
careers in the 21st century and two of them will meet
head-to-head when El Capitan High alum RYAN LINDLEY
(SDSU) will face off against Valhalla product PETE THOMAS
(Colorado State) as the Aztecs travel a mile high for
a Mountain West showdown. The game can be seen live
at 3 p.m. PDT on The Mountain (channel 320 on Cox) and
also on Channel 4 San Diego.
Lindley holds the only victory between the two former
All-East County standouts on the college level after
winning last years contest 24-19 at Qualcomm Stadium.
To be honest, Thomas didnt have half the talent
Lindley was surrounded with to call it a fair bout.
Lindley had a solid running attack with Mountain West
freshman of the year Ronnie Hillman while two NFL-caliber
wide outs Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson
caught everything thrown their way.
Throwing for 5,551 yards his junior and senior year
combined, Thomas more than made his mark as a Norseman
in the 2008-09 seasons. Lindley also flashed the East
County skies by tossing for 5,741 his last two years
as a Vaquero.
The two have not disappointed on the next level either
as they have combined to throw for 15,583 yards to this
point or in other words the length of 156 football fields
CSU coach Steve Fairchild is impressed by Lindley.
Ryan did kind of what they all do. He had a redshirt
year but they threw him in there, I believe my first
year as a head football coach. He was playing as a redshirt
freshman bouncing around. He had his ups and downs for
a couple years and then you could really see the light
come on the last two years and I really think he has
One anonymous NFL scout proclaimed after studying their
college tapes, They have the arm strength, mindset
and ability to both play on Sundays and have potential
bright careers as professionals.
A former Patrick Henry High southpaw quarterback, Fairchild
recognizes talent when he sees it.
(Lindley) has got good size, a good arm. He stands
in the pocket. He can make every throw; you saw that
more last year when they stretched the field. He can
put the ball from a hash mark all the way out to a deep
cut; he can throw the deep ball. Hes in that (NFL)
style of offense, too. Hes playing underneath
center, hes doing some of the play-action thing
hell need to do. Id be surprised if he doesnt
get a real good look.
Attacking the scheme of Aztecs defensive maestro
Rocky Long is no small task.
Its just unusual because its multiple;
its very pressure-oriented, Fairchild said.
They play both man and zone but they challenge
you man-to-man. From a structure standpoint its
unlike what youre used to going against the majority
of the year. Its like defensively trying to stop
Air Force; its so unique its hard to simulate
and obviously you have some things from a protection
standpoint that youve got to get worked out in
a short week.
SDSU has its concerns defending Thomas.
"I see a guy who has improved a lot, plays with
more confidence, Long said. He has a better
handle on their offense this year and is not playing
like a rookie anymore. He is playing like a veteran.
Granite Hills High product Aaron
Harris established Southwestern College records
for career rushing. (Photo by Russell Scoffin)
The Jaguars 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt sophomore
running back now has 1,763 career rushing yards with
two games remaining in the regular season. He breaks
a 37-year-old Southwestern career mark set by Donnell
Kinard, who rushed for 1,685 during the 1973-4 seasons.
Harris also holds rushing records for single season
(1,128 yards in 2009), touchdowns (14 in 2009) and career
rushing TDs (21 and counting).
Senior corner ARTHUR HOBBS, who played at Mount Miguel
and Grossmont College, is the top defensive back in
the secondary for the Lopers, who sport a 7-1 record
and No. 2 ranking in Region III of the NCAA Division
Hobbs, who led the Lopers in solo tackles with 42
a year ago on his way to earning second team All-Rocky
Mountain Athletic Conference second team honors, is
on course to nailing down a first team berth this year.
After eight games, Hobbs has a team-best 29 solo stops
with six interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore KENNY HILL, a Grossmont College standout,
starts adjacent to Hobbs in the Nebraska-Kearney secondary.
Hill ranked sixth in tackles as a redshirt freshman
for the Lopers a year ago. He has 25 tackles and nine
pass break-ups this season.
Other East County contributors to the Nebraska-Kearney
cause include sophomore kicker MICHAEL GRUBER (Christian
High) and junior inside linebacker PAT KELLY, a graduate
of Christian High and Grossmont College.
After scoring a team-high 74 points as a redshirt
freshman, Gruber has clicked on 12 of 13 PATs this season.
A year ago, Gruber converted 7 of 12 field goals and
47 of 50 PATs.
Kelly has notched 10 tackles in seven games in his
first season with the Lopers.
College Football Notebook (Week 5):
Former Sultan Aubrey is something special
Aubrey is among 126 other candidates from all levels of
collegiate football, including 29 from NCAA Division III.
He is the sole representative of the Southern California
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the West
Candidates for these awards must be in their final
year of eligibility, boast a minimum GPA of 3.2, possess
outstanding football ability as a significant contributor,
and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
With a cumulative GPA of 3.563, Aubrey continues his
work toward a degree in Financial Economics while pursuing
minors in Accounting and Business Administration. Among
his scholarly achievements, this six-time Dean's List
member landed on the 2010 College Sports Information
Directors of America Academic All-District First Team
and collected his third of likely four UR Scholar-Athlete
Joining Aubrey at Redlands is
Santana teammate Kyle
shown scoring a touchdown on Sept. 17 at Whitworth
in Spokane, Wash. VIDEO
As a football player, Aubrey played an integral role in
the Bulldogs' historical 8-1 run during the 2010 campaign.
He made 20 catches for 183 yards, including a long of
41 yards and one touchdown. He also led the team with
12 kick returns for a total of 300 yards. Among these,
he uncorked an impressive 83-yard return into the end
zone during the team's 21-17 victory over Chapman University.
Earlier this season, Aubrey made strong contributions
to the Redlands ' upset win over then-third-ranked North
Central College (IL), as well as the solid road victory
of familiar foe Whitworth University (WA).
Beyond football, Aubrey consistently gives back to
the community while revealing his compassionate leadership
skills. During the 2010 May Term break, he organized
and participated in Bulldog football's Strong Hands,
Soft Hearts campaign for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good
Times®. He specifically coordinated housing, meals,
and work crews for 75 teammates whose work continues
to benefit 1,700 children with cancer and their families
Aubrey also served as an active participant in the
Benevolent Bulldog program, which takes $100 seed money
and grows it into as much as possible for a worthy cause.
He joined forces with three teammates to raise a combined
$5,900 for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Breast Cancer
Research Fund during the past two summers.
I am often amazed by Tyler 's talent, high energy
and profound commitment to shine at everything he does.
Be it academics, service to the community, or football,
Tyler Aubrey always brings his best effort and comes
through with excellence, stated head coach Mike
Redlands penned Aubrey as its nominee earlier this
September and looks forward to the official announcement
of the NFF Scholar-Athletes on Oct. 26. All honorees
will attend the 54th Annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec.
6 in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria where one
member of the group will be announced live as the winner
of the coveted Campbell Trophy.
Peru State's Garret Campbell
another kickoff runback for a touchdown. (Photo by Darrell Wellman)
Helix alum in step with Thundering Herd
Former Helix High running back TRAVON VAN is gaining
steady footing as the Marshall University season progresses.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Van rushed for a team-best
54 yards on 15 carries as the Thundering Herd edged
host Louisville 17-13. It was Marshall s first
win over a BCS opponent since 2003.
Van ranks as the No. 2 rusher for Marshall (2-3) with
161 yards on 61 carries. He has also caught eight passes
for 52 yards and has started all five games in the Thundering
Campbell tabbed Bobcat of the month
Peru State College (PSC) Athletic Director Steve Schneider
has announced that Foothills Christian alum GARRET CAMPBELL
has been selected as one of the two Bobcat Athletes
of the Month for September.
Campbell, a sophomore defensive back and kick returner,
was picked for his record-setting performance on Sept.
10, as well as his overall performance for the month.
(see previous stories).
Top: South Dakota Mines RB Jamie
Bottom: Idaho linebacker Homer Mauga (19). (Courtesy photos, supplied by schools)
College Football Notebook (Week 4):
Hardrocker sets rushing record
While Saturdays (Sept. 24) loss to the Valley
City State (N.D.) Vikings 29-17 was frustrating, it
was also a record-breaking afternoon for Dale and quarterback
Nick Russell (Catholic Catholic).
Dale, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior running back, rushed
for 68 yards on 15 carries, raising his career rushing
count to a South Dakota School of Mines record 2,997
yards. He also owns the Hardrockers career record
for all-purpose yardage with 4,747.
Other SDSM marks in Dales grasp include the season
scoring record of 88 points (set as a freshman in 2008)
and the career scoring record of 192 points. The industrial
engineering major has five games remaining in his collegiate
Russell fired a SDSM 46th scoring pass of his four-year
career in the Hardrockers loss to Valley City State.
He holds several other passing school milestones as
he nears the end of his playing career.
Former Griffin Mauga now a menace in Moscow
University of Idaho linebacker HOMER
MAUGA has had some moments of brilliance for the
Vandals last year as a junior and so far this season
The 6-foot, 233-pound product of Helix High and Grossmont
College ranked third among Idahos defensive leaders
last season with 54 tackles (32 solo), two sacks and
three pass breakups for the Vandals (6-7 in 2010).
Nagging injuries have impeded Maugas progress
this season, although he did record one of his finest
outings with 10 tackles in Idahos 37-7 loss to
As a sophomore transfer from Grossmont College in 2009,
Mauga recorded 74 tackles (42 solo) and three sacks
for the Vandals, who finished 8-4 that year.
West Hills duo enjoy life in Crookston
Multi-talented West Hills graduate ERIC FIEGE leads
the NCAA Div. II Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles in
pass receiving (9-138), punt returns (5-68), and kickoff
returns (11-239). The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior stands
second in all-purpose running with 452 yards for the
1-3 Golden Eagles.
Not to be overlooked is four-year Minnesota-Crookston
veteran offensive lineman DOMINIC LaRUSSA (West Hills),
who has started the last 14 games in the trenches for
the Golden Eagles.
One of three freshman quarterbacks on the Matadors
roster, Lockman delivered scoring strikes of 16 and
22 yards during a 22-point second quarter in Saturdays
(Sept. 17) Western States Football League 55-8 rout
of Phoenix College. Lockman clicked on 4 of 7 passes
for 46 yards.
As a senior at Granite Hills last season, Lockman passed
for 2,028 yards and 13 TDs while completing 144 of 262
Arizona Western (3-0), ranked No. 3 nationally by the
NJCAA, has outscored its first three foes, 141-15.
Gang-tackling Griffins coming up big in Show-Me
JOPLIN, Mo. A quartet of Grossmont College products
is making an impact at Missouri Southern State University.
Linebacker ALEX WONG ranks among the leading tacklers
with 12 stops and also has a forced fumble and a pair
of pass breakups. Mount Miguel graduate JUAN BOLANOS
(6-6, 340) and JOSH SPENCE (6-3, 310) help bolster the
Lions offensive line, while El Capitan grad CODY FURR
(6-5, 248) is a mainstay in the defensive trenches.
Toilolo is Stanford stalwart
PALO ALTO Redshirt sophomore tight end LEVINE
TOILOLO has started all three games for the undefeated
Cardinal (3-0) this season. The 6-foot-8, 263-pound
Helix High graduate has caught four passes for 102 yards
an average of 25.5 per grab and one touchdown
Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck fired a 34-yard
scoring pass to Toilolo in Stanfords 37-10 Pac-12
Conference romp at Arizona on Saturday (Sept. 17).
College Football Notebook: Mallory gains USAFA appointment
A 3-year starter at Valhalla High School, Mallory suffered
a season ending knee injury his junior year when the
Norsemen captured the Grossmont South League and played
in the San Diego CIF Division III title at Qualcomm
Mallory underwent surgery and was able to complete
his senior season at Valhalla in 2009.
Focused on serving his country and continuing his education,
Mallory attended Northwestern Prep School (Colo.) where
he was awarded a coveted USAF Falcon Foundation scholarship.
In the fall of 2010, he received a nomination to the
USAFA for the second time, and his long awaited Appointment
In August after completing Basic Cadet Training at
the USAFA, Mallory earned a berth on the Falcons
Ex-Griffin gains his Dawg tags in Georgia
Former Grossmont College standout BRANDON BOGOTAY hasnt
scored a single point as a kicker in his three seasons
at the University of Georgia. But the 6-foot-3, 207-pound
senior has handled the kickoffs for the Bulldogs.
Van finding stride for Thundering Herd
In his second start at Marshall University, former Helix
High running back TRAVON VAN posted 53 all-purpose yards
Saturday (Sept. 10) as the Thundering Herd edged Southern
Campbell dials long distance
Sophomore GARRET CAMPBELL (Foothills Christian) returned
four kickoffs totaling a school-record 168 yards
as Peru State College (Neb.) defeated Culver-Stockton
College (Mo.), 58-27, on Saturday (Sept. 10). One runback
went for 84 yards, but Campbell came up one yard shy
of reaching the end zone. His yardage total snapped
a Bobcats record which stood since 1979.
Top: Western New Mexico's Dylan
Bottom: USD quarterback Mason Mills. (Photos by Frank Price, youatplay.com) ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Invasion of San Diegans return home to meet USD Western New Mexico boosted by several county standouts
Among the Grossmont Conference players to participate
for the Mustangs are senior long-snapper DYLAN FITZGERALD
(Steele Canyon), freshman linebacker JONATHAN BUTLER
(Santana) and freshman running back DAKOTA FURR (El
Fitzgerald, a Grossmont Hills League champion in the
pole vault with the Cougars, helped Grossmont College
to an 8-3 record and a Beach Bowl victory in 2009. Meanwhile,
Butler, who broke LEON BENDERs record for Santana
career sacks last year, gained a first team berth on
the All-East County team as a senior. Furr was the East
County Sports Co-Offensive Player of the Year last
Western New Mexico, led by second-year head coach ADAM
CLARK who played locally at West Hills and Grossmont
College opened its season with a 35-28 triumph
over Sul Ross State (Texas), scoring in the final 35
seconds to claim its home opener in Silver City, N.M.
Meanwhile, sophomore quarterback MASON MILLS passed
for 402 yards and four touchdowns in leading USD (1-0)
to a 42-40 victory over Azusa Pacific. Mills, who was
named Pioneer Football League offensive player of the
week for his effort, played his high school ball at
Christian and Coronado high schools.
Other USD players with an East County connection include
La Mesa sophomore linebacker MONTELL ALLEN (La Jolla
Country Day), and redshirt freshman punter LANDON RIVERS
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs
Running backs TRAVON
VAN (Helix) is now a starter at Marshall University,
TAYLOR (Mount Miguel) made the Arizona travel
squad as a walk-on from the Wildcats track
Van received national television coverage in
Saturdays (Sept. 3) Coal Bowl against the
Mountaineers of West Virginia in Morgantown. The
game was finally called in the fourth quarter
after nearly seven hours of on-again, off-again
play due to severe weather, with West Virginia
leading the Thundering Herd, 34-13.
Lightning was seen close by the stadium in the
afternoon and the field and stands at Milan Puskar
Stadium were cleared with just about five minutes
left in the third quarter. West Virginia led 27-13
at the time. The game was halted again early in
the fourth quarter and did not resume.
Obviously neither team could generate much rhythm
and Van listed as a redshirt freshman
finished with a net of 1 yard rushing. However,
making it to the Division I-FBS university is
a plus for Van, who was the 2009 Offensive MVP
at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. in what
he thought was a course to the University of Florida.
Taylor (5-foot-10, 186-pounds), meanwhile, was
a rushing leader for the Matadors, but got lost
in the shuffle at Southwestern College before
focusing his attention on track when he transferred
to the Pac-12 school.
Just the fact that he convinced the football
coaches to let him walk on says something about
the kid, Mount Miguel coach TOM KARLO said.
Arizona meets Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.
on Thursday (Sept. 8) in a game to be televised
nationally by ESPN at 5 p.m.
Colorado State quarterback
Thomas exhibits pinpoint passing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Colorado State sophomore
THOMAS, who became the Rams first returning
starting quarterback since 2007, enjoyed the second-most
accurate day ever by a CSU passer. The Valhalla
High product clicked on 22 of 26 passes for a
lofty 84.6 completion percentage in a 14-10 Mountain
West Conference win at New Mexico on Saturday
That is not surprising considering Thomas entered
the season as the most career accurate passer
in CSU history.
Former Foothiller Bradley picked DAC player
of the week
CROOKSTON, Minn. Mayville State (N.D.)
defensive back DOMINIQUE
BRADLEY has been named the Dakota Athletic
Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The 6-foot-2,
185-pound sophomore out of Grossmont High returned
an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's
(Sept. 3) 31-29 setback at Minnesota-Crookston
on Saturday (Sept. 3). Bradley also had 6 solo
tackles, 2 assisted tackles and 0.5 sacks for
Quick Strike by Campbell at Peru State
PERU, Neb. In its first ever Heart of America
Athletic Conference (HAAC) football game, Peru
State (Neb.) was buried by Baker University, 55-12,
Saturday (Sept. 3). One of the few highlights
was provided by Santee resident and Foothills
Christian graduate GARRET
CAMPBELL, a sophomore for the Bobcats, who
returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
Highlanders highlight Saturday's
Stanford-San Jose State clash
A year ago, the Cardinal soared to new heights,
closing an historic 12-1 season as a Top 5 team
and returning home as the Discover Orange Bowl
Toilolo saw his season come crashing down to
a premature conclusion on the second offensive
play of the season in Stanfords Sept. 4
game against Sacramento State in 2010. The 6-foot-8,
263-pound Toilolo suffered a tear of the anterior
cruciate ligament in his right knee on the second
play of the Cardinals 52-17 win over Sacramento
Then Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh reported
that Toilolo was struck by a defender's helmet
after a 27-yard gain in his first collegiate game.
"It sickens me for the youngster,"
Harbaugh he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
He prepared himself so well in the last
12 months he was here."
That mishap followed an injury a year earlier
when he had a screw inserted in his foot as a
precaution from a broken bone suffered during
the basketball season his senior season.
"The most devastating part, he was waiting
for this for the last year and a half," said
his father, RAY TOILOLO.
That could well have happened to Isaacson had he not
had a football scholarship to New Mexico State University
dangling in his face. More than that, though, was Isaacson
refused to give up.
Its been a long road, but I realized right
away that Id rather be on the field than holding
a clipboard on the sideline, Isaacson said. I
went through reconstructive ACL surgery one month after
I went down. It was our homecoming game against El Cap
and I begged the doctor to let me be there.
And so he was.
I wanted to be with my team even though I couldnt
play, Isaacson said. They found me a wheel
chair and I was there to lead our team in a pregame
prayer. We went on to win the game 13-7. That was the
highlight of the season for me.
After transferring from Helix following his freshman
season, Isaacson elected to remain on the junior varsity
so he could play quarterback rather than line up as
a varsity receiver.
As a junior, Isaacson earned the starting quarterback
post and completed 76 of 119 passes for 1,069 yards
and a dozen touchdowns. He proved himself as a bona
fide scrambler, although the coaches insisted he remain
in the passing pocket.
Rated a blue chip signal-caller heading into his senior
season, Isaacson was injured on a scramble in the 2010
season opener at Santana.
I was running down the sideline, and I got hit
which left me a little bit off balance, he said.
I was trying to make a cut when I got hit in the
knee. My foot turned and I went down.
After being helped from the field, Isaacson was laying
on the trainers table when West Hills took possession
of the ball. He tried to return to the field, but was
I got off the table and tried to run, but I could
barely walk, he said. I knew I was done.
Since then Isaacsons days have been all about
rehab. He credits Wolf Pack assistant coach HONDO HERRERA
and quarterback coach DICK VAN RAAPHORST in helping
rebuild his career.
I know Im about 80 percent right now,
Isaacson said. Coach Van Raaphorst has done a
great job of working with my mechanics. He has helped
me with my footwork, throwing a tight spiral and how
to break down a defense.
More than that is Isaacson praised the New Mexico State
coaches for not giving up on him.
When they were recruiting me I was able to see
their spring game, Isaacson said. I felt
a great vibe when I was there. But more than that Im
really happy that (head NMSTU coach DeWayne) Walker
and (receivers coach-recruiter (Todd) Littlejohn have
stuck by me.
Isaacson will gray shirt this season, but plans to
be on the sideline for the Aggies 2011 season
opener against Ohio University on Sept. 3 at home in
southeastern New Mexico.
I am definitely driven to play, Isaacson
said. I know they have a senior quarterback (Palomar
JC transfer Matt Christian) and Hawaii sophomore
Andrew Manly battling for the starting berth this season.
Isaacson plans to make his move in 2012.
I work out every day with (West Hills alums) JARRETT
DALE (Azusa Pacific) and defensive end STEVE ARMSTRONG
(Iowa Wesleyan), Isaacson said.
Im going to New Mexico State to play quarterback.
If I they want me to utilize my talents at other positions,
so be it. I just want to play as soon as possible.
Top: Aztecs quarterback Ryan Lindley, who threw
for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bottom: SDSU lineman
Draheim (60), an El Cap alum, helped open
this hole for Aztecs running back Walter Kazee,
who breaks loose into the Navy secondary. (Photos by Frank Price, youatplay.com) ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
SDSUs Lindley, Hillman
on Maxwell Award Watch List
Lindley and sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman are
the first San Diego State student-athletes tabbed to
the watch list since former running back Lynell Hamilton
Lindley returns for his fourth year as SDSUs
starting signal caller and has already amassed 9,537
career passing yards and 67 touchdowns in 36 contests.
A resident of Alpine, Lindley had his best season a
year ago, throwing for 3,830 yards and 28 TDs to lead
the Mountain West in passing (294.6 ypg.) and total
offense (292.2 ypg.). Lindley was a second-team all-conference
selection as a junior and enters 2011 within striking
distance of the schools all-time career passing
record currently held by Todd Santos (11,425).
San Diego State is one of 15 schools to have two or
more players on this years Maxwell Award Watch
List. Overall, 47 schools are represented, including
fellow Mountain West members Boise State and TCU.
The 66 players nominated this season were picked by
the Maxwell Football Clubs selection committee
and evaluated on past performance and future potential.
Additions and deletions to the watch list may be made
throughout the season and the awards winner will
be voted on by members of the Maxwell Football Club,
NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and
selected national media.
The Maxwell Award has been given out annually since
1937, and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W.
Tiny Maxwell. This years group of
semifinalists will be announced on Oct. 31, while the
finalist will be unveiled on Nov. 21. The winner of
the award will be recognized on Dec. 8, as a part of
the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show and
the formal presentation takes place at the Maxwell Football
Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 2.
Roth winner Darby named best
at Southwestern Oklahoma State
Darby made an instant impact on the Bulldogs football
team this season, leading the Bulldogs with 91 tackles
despite missing the last two games with an ankle injury.
He was Southwestern's lone representative on the Lone
Star Conferences first-team North Division squad.
Darby is majoring in education where he carries a 3.97
grade point average.
In his final season at Grossmont College, Darby received
the 33rd annual Joe Roth Memorial Award, which goes
to the Griffins 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.
Midland Lutheran running back KHALID WATERS, a product
of Grossmont High, has been named to the All-Nebraska
NAIA Football First Team Offense.
Included was an All-America citation for former West
Hills High quarterback PHILIP STABACK. After leading
the nation in passing for Lindenwood University (Mo.),
Staback, who now resides in Oceanside, gained a second
team berth along with Lions teammate Dan Jones as an
It was Staback's second All-America award in as many
seasons with Lindenwood.
In addition, former Steele Canyon running back JAMIE
DALE earned honorable mention on the All-America list
after a standout season at South Dakota Mines.
Dale, a junior from Alpine, rushed for 1,057 yards
for the Hardrockers (7-3), a total which included a
season-high effort of 198 yards against Valley City
Meanwhile, Midland University running back KHALID WATERS
(Grossmont HS) was tabbed to the All-Nebraska NAIA football
team, as selected annually by the Omaha World Herald.
Waters was one of 10 Warriors chosen by the publication.
Waters, a junior, was also an All-Great Plains Conference
honoree after rushing for a team-high 817 yards and
11 touchdowns for the Warriors. He was also one of the
top punt returners in the conference, with runbacks
of almost 10 yards per attempt.
The awards were announced by the NAIA and the Victory
Villanova will play in the FCS semifinals of the Division
I-AA Football Championship series against No. 5 seed
and host Eastern Washington (11-2) in a game that will
take place Friday (Dec. 17) at 5 p.m. at Roos Field.
The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
Villanova is the defending NCAA Football Championship
Subdivision champion. A year ago the Wildcats defeated
top-seeded and undefeated Montana, 23-21, for its first
national title at Finley Stadium.
This season marks the ninth appearance in the FCS playoffs
and the third straight for Villanova, which is currently
riding a three-game overall winning streak and a six-game
postseason winning streak. The string of three straight
years in the playoffs is a first for the program, which
captured its first national title last season.
Friday night's game against Eastern Washington will
be the third straight game for the Wildcats against
a program they had never faced prior to this season.
Lindenwood QB Philip Staback
named 2010 NAIA All-America (Lindenwood Univ. courtesy photo)
Staback becomes the first Lindenwood University
quarterback to receive such a citation after being
named the Heart of America Athletic Conference
player of the year on offense by becoming the
second player in NAIA history to complete more
than 70 percent of his passes.
Staback re-wrote the Lions record book by throwing
for 3,329 yards and 34 touchdowns, and had just
eight interceptions. He led the NAIA in pass efficiency
(225.0) and passing yards per game (332.9), and
was third in total offense per game (344.2).
Among the single-game records broken were total
offense and most touchdown passes. Single-season
records set included total offense, total offense
per game, passing yards per game, and completion
For his career, the senior threw for 6,710 yards
in just two seasons. He set a Lindenwood career
record with 70 touchdown passes. Staback completed
over 70 percent of his passes and averaged 279.6
passing yards a game. He also rushed for 328 yards
and eight touchdowns.
Staback directed a Lindenwood offense that led
the NAIA this past season with 52.5 points, 358.7
passing yards, and 551.5 total offense yards per
game. Fueled by Staback, the Lions (9-2) advanced
to the NAIA Football Championship Series for the
fourth straight season.
Staback, the national NAIA leader in passing efficiency
(225.0) and yardage (332.9) this past season, will
immediately join the Barons for training camp. The
season opens in February 2011.
Philip is coming from a program that's high
tempo which will help him greatly with the transition
into indoor football, stated Blizzard assistant
head coach Jarrod Rogol. Also, he is the kind
of player that isnt satisfied with good and
is always driven to be great."
Staback was originally going to sign with the
AIFA Reno Aces, but welcomed a better opportunity
"Green Bay is a better fit for me,"
said Staback." It is a better program that
will help me succeed, and it is a successful program
that has experience in the playoffs which I hope
to lead to the championship this year."
"There will be heavy competition. too, which
will help me expose my true talent at the arena
Over the last two seasons at Lindenwood, Staback
has proven to be one of the top quarterbacks in
the NAIA and the Heart of America Conference.
After setting Lindenwoods single-season
passing touchdown record (36) in 2009, Staback
posted exceptional numbers this fall. In one game
he completed 19-of-21 passes, another game saw
him toss six touchdown passes, leading the Lions
to a 9-1 regular season record and a berth in
the NAIA playoffs.
Playing for William Jewel College, an NAIA program,
which posted just a single victory in 2009, Molzen
and a cast of fresh recruits arrived at the western
Missouri campus just outside of Kansas City and
posted with three additional triumphs in a 4-7
Included were a pair of road victories before
closing the season by limiting Lindenwood University,
which averaged more than 50 points per game behind
former West Hills High quarterback PHILIP STABACK,
to just 29 points -- the second-fewest registered
by the Lions all season.
Molzen, a sophomore, finished as the Cardinals'
second-leading receiver, finishing with 20 receptions
for 235 yards and a touchdown, as William Jewel
finished in the middle of the Heart of America
Conference in a tie for 6th place among 11 schools.
Molzen was joined by high school teammate MARK
PEREZ, who gained more time on the offensive line
as the season progressed. Also at William Jewel
is Lemon Grove resident FEALT COOPER, who played
his high school ball at Kearny, then became the
Cards' leading rusher with 605 yards to gain an
All-HAAC honorable mention berth.
Earning first team honors are Mayville State defensive
back DOMINIQUE BRADLEY (Grossmont HS) and South
Dakota Mines running back JAMIE DALE (Steele Canyon).
Bradley, a freshman, was one of only two non-seniors
(the other was a
sophomore) to make the first team, as voted by
DAC coaches. He was a conference player of the
week in three categories offense, defense
and special teams during the season.
Dale rushed for a DAC-best 1,057 yards along with
8 touchdowns, finishing as the only player in
the conference to rush for more than 100 yards
per contest at 132.1, helping SD Mines (7-3, 6-3
DAC) to a second-place finish.
SDSU's Ryan Lindley
CSU's Pete Thomas
Lindley vs. Thomas: East County QBs
clash in Saturday shootout at Qualcomm
Kickoff is 7 p.m. when the visiting Rams quarterback
and Valhalla High graduate PETE THOMAS takes aim
at the Aztecs, who are led by El Capitan High
grad and SDSU junior RYAN LINDLEY.
Thomas, a true freshman, has completed 187 of
276 passes for 2,007 yards and 9 touchdowns for
CSU (3-6, 2-3 MWC).
Lindley, a three-year starter for the Aztecs
(6-2, 3-1 MWC), has completed 142 of 265 passes
for 2,255 yards and 15 TDs this season.
Having won three consecutive games for the first
time in eight years, having matched its best eight-game
record in the last 33 seasons and posting its
best record in 14 years, SDSU opens a stretch
of three of its final four regular-season contests
The joust with Colorado State will also be televised
by The Mountain television network on Cox channel
320. The game can be heard on AM 600 KOGO.
The Spring Valley native has now won Player of
the Week honors on three separate occasions this
season. He was the defensive player of the week
after the Comets' win over Trinity Bible College
on Sept. 11 and was named the special teams player
of the week after the Comets' game against Jamestown
The quartet includes Santana High products TYLER AUBREY,
the ROMERO brothers BRETT and KYLE and
Valhalla freshman MATTHEW SWANGER.
Aubrey, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior wide receiver,
has reeled in 16 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown
for the second-place Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1). He also leads
the team in kickoff returns with 174 yards on nine runbacks,
and totals 359 all-purpose yards.
Kyle Romero, also a junior, has five receptions for
65 yards and a TD, while linebacker Brett Romero is
making his hits on the other side of the ball.
Although he is on the Bulldogs roster, it would appear
that Swanger is red-shirting this year.
It took Stabach and his cohorts just 38 seconds
to put the Lions on the scoreboard, as the San
Diego Mesa College product delivered a 38-yard
TD pass. The Lions scored on 13 of their 16 possessions
as Staback completed 15 of 19 passes for 277 yards
and three touchdowns
The school set marks for points and margin of
victory, and finished with 721 total yards, the
second-most ever by the Lions (6-1), in winning
their 23rd straight home game on homecoming.
For the season, Stabach has completed 151 of
223 passes for 2,329 yards and 24 touchdowns.
On Saturday (Sept. 25), Thomas led the Rams to a last-minute,
game-winning drive to defeat Idaho, earning conference
player of the week honors. Thomas orchestrated a 12-play,
66-yard drive over the final 2:38 of regulation, setting
up Ben DeLines 35-yard game-winning field goal
at the gun in a 36-34 triumph over the Vandals.
He also guided the Rams on six other scoring drives,
the most critical of which were quick touchdown marches
in the final 5 minutes of the first half, erasing a
13-0 deficit and giving the Rams an important advantage
entering the locker room. In a game that featured three
lead changes and a tie, he also directed a seven-play,
64-yard touchdown drive, hitting T.J. Borcky on an 11-yard
score, that nearly tied the contest at 34 with just
over 6 minutes left (prior to a missed PAT).
The third-youngest QB in CSU history, Thomas completed
29-of-36 pass attempts (80.6 percent) for 386 yards
and three touchdowns, against a defense that entered
ranked No. 7 in the country against the pass, allowing
just 120.33 yards per game.
His 386 passing yards were the most by a CSU QB since
Justin Holland had 419 in a 39-31 win over Wyoming in
Fort Collins, Oct. 22, 2005. Thomas, who earned his
first win as a collegiate QB, became the first Rams
player to string together consecutive 300-yard passing
games since Holland threw for 405 vs. Wyoming (Oct.
22, 2005) and 312 at New Mexico (Oct. 28, 2005), a 35-25
In completing 80.6 percent of his passes (29 of 36),
he notched the sixth-best single-game completion percentage
in school annals. However, his mark is the No. 1 percentage
among CSU passers with at least 36 attempts. After his
first-quarter interception, he threw the last 32 without
Thomas, who ranks 21st in the nation with 270.2 passing
yards per game, becomes the first CSU player to win
the MWCs weekly offensive award since RB Gartrell
Johnson on Oct. 6, 2008.
Staback completed 27-of-40 passes for 404 yards, the fourth-highest
total in Lindenwood history for a game. He threw a pair
of touchdown passes in the first quarter and rushed for
another touchdown in the third quarter to keep the No.
2 Lions undefeated following a 45-27 victory over No.
8-ranked Missouri Valley.
Missouri Valley came into the game allowing just 5.0
points and 80.5 yards of offense a game. Staback led
Lindenwood to over 500 yards of total offense and the
Lions scored seven out of 11 times that they touched
For the year, Staback has completed 63 of 79 passes
(79.7 percent) for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. He
ranks first in the NAIA in pass efficiency, passing
yards per game and total offense yards per game.
Staback completed 19-of-21 passes in the first half
of Lindenwoods 68-7 season-opening win over Evangel
for 385 yards and three touchdowns. Nine of his completions
were for 20 yards or more and he had the fifth-highest
passing day in Lindenwood history. The Lions scored
touchdowns on all seven drives that he was under center.
He clicked on 17 of 18 passes for 330 yards and 5 TDs
against Central Methodist 69-7 in the second game of
Matadors making their mark Ekweozor visits The White House
CHIDOZIE EKWEOZOR, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound sophomore,
has recovered from a torn ACL suffered during
Villanova's 2009 run to the Div. IA National Championship.
The big fella has regained his starting spot this
season, anchoring the right tackle spot in games
against Temple and Lehigh.
No doubt equally as exciting for Ekweozor was
being part of Villanovas visit to the White
House on Monday (Sept. 13).
More than 30 NCAA championship teams took over
the White House lawn. Fueled by cookies and lemonade,
the student-athletes excitement was hard
to contain. Some posed for photos, others took
time to get to know their fellow student-athletes.
Once President Barrack Obama took the stage,
the energy was quite focused. The President offered
inspirational words to the student-athletes, thanking
them for their contributions to their communities,
both on the field and off.
At the moment, though, the 6-foot, 180-pound
true freshman is handling the place-kicking duties
for the Antelopes of Nebraska-Kearney.
In his first two games for the Lopers, Gruber
has kicked field goals of 33 and 24 yards and
is 4-4 on PATs.
Chances are Gruber a catcher for four
seasons at Christian hasnt played
his last baseball game either.
Notepad Junior cornerback ARTHUR
HOBBS (5-11, 180), a product of Mount Miguel High
and Grossmont College, has racked up 23 tackles
in two games as a starter for the Antelopes of
DII Neb.-Kearney (1-1). In the Lopers season-opening
24-17 loss to Wayne State (Neb.), Hobbs logged
15 tackles with an interception and a pair of
pass break-ups. He was selected the Rocky Mountain
Conference Player of the Week for his efforts
against Wayne State. The Lopers, ranked No. 23
in the nation for DII, bounced back to defeat
No. 13 Neb.-Omaha 32-29 in week No. 2.
Playing as a true freshman at DII Western State
College in Gunnison, Colo., NATONE MORGAN (5-10,
170) had a 27-yard kickoff return against Montana
and 2 tackles against Fort Hays State (Kan).
Former Grossmont College offensive lineman KEVIS
WATKINS is the starting right guard for the 23rd-ranked
South Carolina.... Another Grffins O-line alum,
LANDIS PROVANCHA, is in his second season as starting
left guard at Marshall.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound freshman out of Grossmont
High racked up two interceptions and returned
a fumble for a 30-yard touchdown during MSU's
31-0 win over TBC. The win boosted Mayville's
record to 1-1 overall heading into the conference
opener this Saturday (Sept. 18) in Minot, N.D.
Bradley also had three solo tackles and four
assist tackles in the contest, including one tackle
for a loss.
Steele Canyon products
doing well at Humboldt State
Placekicker MATT BRUDER, a 5-foot-7, 152-pound
true freshman out of Steele Canyon High School
in Jamul, has emerged as the Jacks' starter at
that position. Bruder kicked a 40 yard field goal
against SLO, 2 PATs and 4 kickoffs for 221 yards
Against Dixie State, Bruder kicked off 8 times
for 439 yards (54.9 average). He was a perfect
7-for-7 on PATs.
The Jacks first scrimmage indicated the
defense is closer to being game-ready than the
"The defense ran to the ball well and forced
some turnovers," Smith said. "The offense
is lagging behind and is going to have to pick
up the pace."
Defensive players who flashed signs of readiness
include another Steele Canyon alum, JUSTIN HORNSBY,
who was knocked out of action by an injury last
year, but appears completely recovered in time
for his second chance at a senior year on the
Elsewhere Former Steele Canyon
running back ALEX PERLIN, East County's second-leading
rusher in 2009, will red-shirt at Central Missouri
The pair are ticketed to start in Saturdays
(Sept. 3) season opener at home with Sacramento
Following are excerpts from that interview
How are things shaping up with the tight
LEVINE TOILOLO has had a great camp and hes
our starting tight end.
Levine is listed at 6-foot-8 but looks 6-foot-9
Is that any kind of a problem in terms of
getting leverage for blocking?
Not if you can bend. Its about bending no
matter what height you are and he does a great
job of bending and hes had a great camp.
We were talking about leverage, its a matter
of, if you cant bend at 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8,
then you have a real problem getting underneath
pads. If you can bend then those long arms become
a great asset in leverage.
Did he have to do any kind of special exercises
to help with flexibility and getting his butt
Hes a very fluid athlete thats been
blessed by mom, dad, and God to have that kind
of physique and flexibility.
Is it a bit of a surprise that the two young
guys have outstripped the veteran players at that
Well, I wouldnt say that Fleener has been
outstripped. He and Ertz are right there. They
say a similar position where Levine Theyre
all tight ends but theyre used differently.
So Fleener hasnt been outstripped by any
Getting back to Levine, what has he done particularly
well to justify this promotion? Just the way hes practiced. Hes
been a real dynamic combination of a blocker and
a guy that can get down the field in the passing
game, which is truly what you look for in a tight
end that can do both of those things very well.
His mental discipline has been outstanding in
the meeting room, and its carried over onto
the field. Hes really been on the screws
in terms of what his assignments and alignments
are. Then physically, hes made a lot of
plays. Hes been consistently good.
Is his leaping ability commensurate with his
height? Could he be a major weapon down at the
goal line situation with a short pass?
Put it this way, he has a big catch radius. At
68 with long arms, that radius is wide.
When coach Harbaugh told Toilolo he was the
starter at tight end, did it come as a surprise
to the Helix giant?
This whole off-season, from spring ball on it
has been a tight competition among all the tight
ends. We have all gotten a lot or reps. And, yeah
if I am leading I know all the other tight ends
aren't far behind. I think they are all doing
great. I mean its just a title. I feel like
weve rotated so much, I appreciate that,
but I still feel like I have to keep working the
same way. I feel like all the tight ends are working
hard and were right there with each other,
so I feel like its just a title.
What have you improved on from spring?
I've been working on trying to get me leverage
low, and just my mental game as well. Really trying
to know all the concepts, knowing not just my
route but knowing if I am hot, if they are bringing
blitzes. Knowing all the different protections.
That has been one of the big things for me, the
mental game. Knowing your assignment completely
helps with you confidence during the play and
going full speed knowing you are doing the right
Did the redshirt year last year help you get
into the playbook more, almost a blessing in disguise.
Yeah, exactly. I wasn't ready physically or mentally.
So to get in there and get coached up by the veterans
and get instruction from by the coaches was great.
And having this whole off-season of getting into
the playbook helped as well.
What kind of things are you hoping to work
on this next week?
Blocking, even during the season, that is something
I can work on. Also working on building trust
with the quarterback and the coaches. Try to come
out here every day, every practice and do things
the right way. Get the job done so the coaches
have that trust in me perform whenever called
on. And so the quarterback can trust me in those
clutch moments to make plays.
Health aside, how different is it entering
your second year here at Stanford from your first?
I think just that comfort level is what has been
the biggest thing for me. Getting comfortable
with the team, trusting one another and getting
comfortable out there, just that connection that
you build in the huddle, and like I said, that
extra year of being in the offense and learning
the system has definitely been a big help."
The 6-foot-8, 263-pound Toilolo suffered a tear
of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right
knee on the second play of the Cardinals
52-17 win over Sacramento State.
Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh reported Tuesday
(Sept. 7) that Toilolo was struck by a defender's
helmet after a 27-yard gain in his first collegiate
"It sickens me for the youngster,"
Harbaugh he told the San Francisco Chronicle.
He prepared himself so well in the last
12 months he was here."
Toilolo earned the starting tight end job over
veterans Coby Fleener and Konrad Reuland. He redshirted
a year ago after having a screw inserted in his
foot as a precaution from a broken bone suffered
during the basketball season at Helix High School.
"The most devastating part, he was waiting
for this for the last year and a half," said
his father, RAY TOILOLO, a freshman football coach
at Helix, alma mater to the 49ers' ALEX SMITH,
New Orleans Saints' REGGIE BUSH and basketball
great BILL WALTON.
Much like the wounded tight end, Harbaugh maintains
a positive attitude.
"His attitude right now is, 'That's football,
I'll be back,'" Harbaugh said.
"Levine said, "I'll be back bigger,
stronger and better,' " reported RAY TOILOLO
of Lemon Grove, in a statement to the San Jose
Toilolo will have surgery to repair the damaged
It will be the second time in San Jose State's 93-year
football history opening against the preseason No. 1
(Nebraska, 2000) as they make the journey to the Deep
South and Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The last time SJSU defeated a nationally-ranked opponent
came in the 2000 season when the Spartans defeated No.
9 TCU featuring LaDainian Tomlinson, 27-24 in Spartan
Stadium. But to turn the trick on the road, the Spartans
need to turn the page back to 1980 and a 30-22 victory
over Baylor, which featured linebacker Mike Singletary,
safety Vann McElroy and running backs Walter Abercrombie
and Dennis Gentry and went on to win the Southwest Conference
Of San Jose State's 56 players listed on the August
25 depth chart, eight players (four offense and four
defense) are in line for their first major college start,
The 6-1, 265-pound red-shirt freshman will participate
in his first ballgame since falling in the 2008 CIF
Division II title game to Oceanside, 23-19, after sweeping
to the Grossmont South League title en route to being
tabbed the East County Defensive Player of the Year.
A 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker, Mauga
a Helix High graduate recorded a team-best
8 tackles in the Vandals first intra-squad
scrimmage last weekend.
Defense figures to be Idahos strength this
season as 10 lettermen return from last years
fourth-place finish in the Western Conference.
The Vandals posted an 8-5 record and edged Bowling
Green, 43-42, in the Humanitarian Bowl last season.
High-scoring games such as that may be the exception
rather than the rule this season. The Vandals
return only one offensive lineman and must find
a way to protect a huddle full of quality skill
Thus, the defense must carry the Vandals
hopes, especially in the early stages of the season,
which includes a road trip to Nebraska the second
week of the campaign.
Sticking together Vandals linebackers connect on field and at home
By Josh Wright Special to East County Sports.com
From The Spokane Spokesman-Review
MOSCOW, Idaho (8-29-10) Come Thursday night, Idaho
football fans will have a better sense of how the Vandals
starting linebacker crew has coalesced. Already, though,
this much is certain: They fit together splendidly at
their off-campus home.
JoJo Dickson and Robert Siavii are from Hawaii, HOMER
MAUGAs family used to live in Honolulu, and all
three have carried the laid-back islands vibe to
Football, movies, food theres little disagreement
among them on these and other topics.
The chemistry with all of us is good at home,
said Siavii, a junior from Wahiawa, Hawai'i. Its
basically like three brothers living together without
a mom and dad.
The familial ties run deeper than that, actually. Just
a month ago, Mauga, the newest projected starter on the
Idaho defense, discovered his parents were close friends
and very distant relatives with Siaviis
mother and grandparents in Hawaii in the 1980s.
(Its a) small world, Mauga said. I
basically stick with those guys, and theyre a great
This is the story of Mauga and his two roommates
each with similar backgrounds and frenetic playing styles,
and each a key element in the Vandals most promising
defense in years.
Maugas first true taste of football beyond the junior
college level comes Thursday (Sept. 2), in Idaho s
season opener versus North Dakota at the Kibbie Dome.
In a way, though, the Helix High and Grossmont College
graduate with a superb Samoan football pedigree is more
than prepared. Hes spent a large portion of his
life watching family members bunches of them
filter through college and the NFL.
Maugas cousin is Junior Seau, a linebacker who became
an NFL superstar. His fathers cousin is Dan Saleaumua,
a Pro Bowl defensive lineman who ended his career in Seattle
JOSH MAUGA, another cousin, is fighting for playing time
with the New York Jets.
But thats not all. In Maugas immediate family,
the ties to football are also extensive.
Among his five brothers, four have played collegiately.
His twin brother, HUTCH, is still at Grossmont College
in California, where Homer played the last two years.
One of his older brothers, MAGNUM, completed his career
recently at Utah State. Yet another brother, DALLAS, starred
at Sacramento State and later came close to grabbing an
NFL roster spot.
The NFL thats the goal for Samoan athletes,
said BENSON MAUGA, Homers father.
Benson, 50, retired from the Navy in 2001. He spent the
last 12 years of a 22-year Navy career near San Diego,
where his six boys thrived on the football field. While
in Honolulu in the 80s, Benson met Siaviis
grandfather, who did security and police work. Each had
similarly aged children, and so the Maugas and Siaviis
struck a bond.
Eventually, Shana Siavii, Roberts mother, became
so close that she would stay at the Maugas home
during weekend sleepovers.
We called them our kids, Benson said.
When Homer signed with Idaho, Shana phoned her son and
asked about the new recruits full name.
She was in shock that his last name was Mauga,
Robert said. Thats the last name of the family
that raised her when she was a kid.
Immediately comfortable in his new environment, Homer
has made a big enough splash with Vandal coaches to earn
a starting gig at strongside linebacker. While just 6-foot
and 215 pounds, the juniors speed and aggressive
approach have been a perfect fit for a defense that looked
sluggish at times last year.
You always need to play faster and get more speed
out on the field, and I think were close to being
able to do that, coach Robb Akey said.
Like Mauga, Siavii 6-2, 216 pounds is small
for his position. Hes so slender that people often
confuse him for someone other than a linebacker.
Once, at the Super China Buffet in Moscow, a woman saw
him wearing an Idaho football T-shirt and asked what position
he played. After Siavii told her, she replied, You
do not look like a linebacker.
I just laughed and said, Thank you, maam.
Thanks for the compliment,? he recalled.
The junior was a decorated player at Leilehua High, earning
defensive player of the year honors from the Honolulu
Advertiser and garnering interest from Hawaii and other
schools. Since joining Idaho in 2008, hes started
17 games. And through fall camp and the spring, hes
been one of the Vandals most consistent playmakers.
Dickson, a 235-pound senior, has predominantly played
on the outside during his productive career. But as part
of offseason tinkering, coaches moved him to middle linebacker
to better showcase his speed and coverage skills.
So far, it seems to be working.
Being outside gives teams a way to run away from
me, Dickson said. Me being in the middle,
I can make plays on both sides of the field.
Thomas is the man at Colorado State
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound freshman out of Valhalla High
has battled his way in to a starting role as the quarterback
at Colorado State University.
In spite of his youth, Thomas has begun to mature and
is turning into a leader on and off the field according
to CSU officials. Recently, after an off-the-mark pass,
Thomas, ran over to talk to a CSU receiver about where
he wants the ball in certain situations. Also in recent
days, Thomas has been high-fiving the offensive line
after every team period.
Practice has been kind to Thomas, who has hit numerous
receivers in stride and also connected on a few deep
Junior wide receiver Matt Yemm caught his second touchdown
of the day when he hauled in a strike at the back corner
of the end zone. The other offensive highlight came
when Marquise Law used his size and jumping ability
to catch a touchdown.
Even though not injured Thomas wore a red jersey for
a portion of practice of the Aug. 18 practice. The jersey,
which usually symbolizes a player recovering from a
malady, was a precautionary measure by coaches so that
Thomas would not get hit during the live period.
Thomas, at least for the moment, is the man in Ft.
The Rams head football coach, STEVE FAIRCHILD, will
bring his team to Qualcomm Stadium to face San Diego
State on Saturday (Nov. 6). It should be a gala homecoming
considering Fairchild is a graduate of Patrick Henry
and San Diego Mesa College, as well as a former SDSU
In addition it will be a firing match between former
East County high school rivals Thomas and El Capitas
and now Aztecs quarterback RYAN LINDLEY.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Van will be eligible to play
for the Thundering Herd this season if he clears academic
tests. If he fails that test, Marshall first-year head
coach John Doc Holiday said he will apply
for a hardship scholarship to the NCAA for Van
Van rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns on 86
carries. Serving much of his time as a slotback at Milford,
Van also caught 24 passes for 289 yards for the Falcons.
Milfords 13-game schedule included games against
the Army Prep squad, Yale JV and Lehigh University JV,
as well as a few junior college teams.
Over the past three years, Milford Academy located
in West Berlin, N.Y., has sent 98 percent of its students
on to colleges. Perhaps more notably, more than two-thirds
of these graduates received full four-year scholarship
offers. Van hopes to continue that tradition.
Milford Academy was opened in 1916 and has been a non-profit
institution since 1965. In that same year, the school
introduced a Division 1 level post-graduate football
program that enjoyed immense success over the years.
Travon missed by an eyelash of passing the test
to get in at Florida, said Helix coach TROY STARR,
a former coaching associate of Holiday. But hes
working hard, showing up for his classes every day at
Marshall. He is a much improved student as well as a
good football player.
Marshall is an upcoming power that opens the 2010 season
with games against Ohio State and West Virginia.
A three-year starter at Helix High and an all-conference
pick for two seasons at Grossmont College, Mauga
recently graduated from Utah State.
A middle linebacker in high school and a defensive
lineman in college, Mauga will make the transition
to the offensive side of the ball coaching the
Jaguars running backs in his first assignment.
He will also work as the director of Southwestern
Colleges Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Huddle on campus.
Former Griffins standout Clark
makes contact in New Mexico
Originally, Clark was hired to be the Mustangs
defensive coordinator in February of this year before
being elevated to the top post.
Clark has spent his football career as both a player
and a coach with winning programs. He has won eight
or more games nine out of the last 10 years at the college
level. He has also won seven conference championships
and had two runner-up conference finishes as a player
and as a coach during that span.
Clark came to WNMU after back-to-back second-place
finishes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at
the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.), where
he was the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning
Clark helped build the Orediggers to an RMAC powerhouse,
finishing just one game behind conference champion Neb.-Kearney
last season. While at Mines, Clark coached the RMAC
Defensive Player of the Year and three all-conference
defensive linemen selections in 2009. The team also
finished ranked in the top 25 in the nation in run defense
the past two seasons. Mines head coach Bob Stitt credited
Clarks strength program as a major reason for
I am extremely excited to have the opportunity
to be the head football coach at Western New Mexico
University, Clark said. I see so much potential
in this program, and I believe we will turn this program
into something the entire WNMU community and Silver
City will be proud of.
Prior to tending to the Mines, Clark spent the 2007
season as the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach
at St. Ambrose University, where he was selected as
the MSFA Assistant Coach of the Year. Clark's 2007 defense
was ranked in the top five nationally in four categories,
including scoring (fourth, 12.8 points per game), pass
defense (second, 134 yards per game), pass defense efficiency
(second, 80.6) and turnovers forced (fourth, 38). Clark
helped guide the Fighting Bees to a final national ranking
of No. 9 in the country.
Clark also spent three seasons (2004-06) as the defensive
secondary and strength and conditioning coach at Graceland
University (Lamoni, Iowa). In 2005, the Jackets finished
9-3, won the schools first conference championship
in 30 years, and advanced to their first-ever national
playoff. Clark also coached the Defensive Player of
the year in the Heart of America Conference in 2005.
A 2002 graduate of St. Ambrose University, Clark earned
his bachelor's degree in sociology. Clark, who went
on to earn his Master's in organizational leadership
from St. Ambrose, also served as a graduate assistant
for his alma mater from 2002-04.
Clark was a two-year letter winner on the St. Ambrose
football team during his undergraduate career. During
his time with the Fighting Bees, Clark raked in all-conference
and all-American honors. Prior to attending St. Ambrose,
Clark played football at Grossmont College (1997-98)
for two years, earning all-conference and all-state
While at West Hills (1994-96), Clark set a Wolf Pack
career record with 9 interceptions. He also owns the
Packs season mark of six thefts in 1996. Although
the exact number was not available Clark also paced
the Wolf Pack in tackles as a junior and a senior.
The same process holds true across the nation, including
Nebraska, where the Omaha World-Herald named
the state's All-NAIA college team.
Two former East County standouts were honored.
Named to the World-Herald's first team were running
back KHALID WATERS (Grossmont HS) and BRANDEN BROWN
(Steele Canyon), a defensive back. The La Mesa residents
are both sophomores for Midland Lutheran University.
Only three other sophomores were named to the 25-man
squad by the publication.
Brown registered a pair of interceptions while finishing
third in tackles and second in forced fumbles for MLU
(6-5). Waters rushed for 591 yards in 9 contests, losing
the team rushing title by a mere 4 yards despite playing
in two fewer contests.
Brown was also one of three Warriors named by coaches
to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference football
Other East County products on the MLU roster include
sophomore defensive back MICHAEL GRAHAM (Grossmont HS),
sophomore running back JEFF WATERS (Grossmont HS), freshman
wide receiver DERRICK BEEBE (Christian HS), and sophomore
linebacker A.J. VINES (Horizon).
If you're former West Hills High quarterback PHILIP STABACK,
perhaps all you can do is shrug your shoulders when the
opposing placekicker Braden Wieking of Sioux Falls won
On Saturday (Dec. 19), Staback threw for 144 yards and
a pair of touchdowns against the top-rated defense in
NAIA football. Then the defensive unit of his Lindenwood
(Mo.) University Lions limited top-ranked and undefeated
Sioux Falls (S.D.) to just a single trip into the end
However, special teams proved to be the difference after
Wieking booted three field goals and sophomore Adam Lopez
returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown,
as Sioux Falls (15-0) successfully defended its NAIA national
championship after nipping Lindenwood, 25-22, at Barron
Staback completed 16-of-26 passes for the Lions, while
running back Denodus O'Bryant rushed for 60 yards on just
six attempts, just enough to finish his season with exactly
1,000 rushing yards.
The contest featured five lead changes, but despite collecting
142 yards in the fourth quarter, Lindenwood never could
regain the advantage after Wieking booted a tie-breaking,
42-yard field goal with 9:50 remaining.
Sioux Falls, in winning its fourth national title in its
history, has now captured 29 consecutive ballgames.
After trailing at halftime for the first time all season,
Lopez' runback gave the Cougars a 15-14 lead.
Staback directed the Lions back in front in short order
on a 6-play, 63-yard march. O'Bryant found the end zone
on a 45-yard run at the 11:39 mark of the third quarter,
then Staback ran in the two-point conversion for a 22-15
However, Sioux Falls running back Ryan Lowmiller made
it a 22-22 deadlock after a 2-yard rushing score at the
9:45 mark of the third, then Wieking's third field goal
gave the Cougars their final margin of victory.
Earlier, Staback, who passed for over 3,300 yards and
34 touchdowns this season, hit Matt Bramow on a 19-yard
touchdown strike with 7:30 to go in the second. The
catch was Bramow's 11th touchdown catch of the year,
which tied the single-season Lindenwood record.
Villanova wide receiver Brandyn
Harvey (3, left) was
utilized mostly as a decoy, yet the Wildcats still
the FCS championship by topping No. 1 Montana. (Courtesy photo from Villanova University website)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Instead, Villanova (14-1) went with short passes and
the ground game to rally past top-seeded and undefeated
Montana, 23-21, for its first NCAA Football Championship
Subdivision title at Finley Stadium. MORE
Matt Szczur rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns
and had another 68 yards receiving, as the Wildcats
rallied from a 14-3 deficit by scoring 20 straight points,
then held on after a late Grizzlies TD and an onside
The title was especially welcomed by Nova head coach
Andy Talley, who had friends warn him about undergoing
heart tests a few days before traveling to the national
championship game. They didnt want the Villanova
coach to suffer complications before the big game.
Villanova head coach Andy Talley. (Courtesy photo from
Villanova University website)
After waiting 25 seasons for his first shot at a title,
Talley didnt heed their warnings.
If I died here winning the national championship,
that would be a pretty good death, Talley told
reporters following the contest. Does that tell
you how much it means to me?
Meanwhile, Montana (14-1), making its record 17th consecutive
postseason appearance, fell to 2-5 in the title game,
including a loss to Richmond last season.
Villanova quarterback Chris Whitney directed an 81-yard
drive, running for 22 yards on one play and connecting
with Szczur for 26 yards on another. Whitney hit Chris
Farmer with a 3-yard TD pass to give Villanova 16-14
lead with 5:26 left in the third quarter.
Whitney directed an attack of short passes, going 10
for 13 for 142 yards, even with Harvey, the Wildcats'
leading receiver getting shutout. Whitney also rushed
for 102 yards.
Also on the Villanova roster is redshirt freshman CHIDOZIE
EKWEOZOR, an offensive tackle out of Mount Miguel
High, who was named to the 2007 All-East County second
Montanas Andrew Selle threw a 53-yard touchdown
pass to Jabin Sambrano to pull the Grizzlies to 23-21
with 1:07 left, but the onside kick attempt went out
of bounds. Nova then regsitered a first down before
running out the clock.
Szczur racked up 270 all-purpose yards, including a
career-high 159 rushing, en route to being named the
championship game's Most Outstanding Player.
The title is the 18th national championship in Villanova
history, and the second in the last four weeks. Villanova
claimed the women's cross country national title in
Terre Haute, Ind. last month.
Villanova wide receiver Brandyn
Harvey (3) eludes
William & Mary's Robert Livingston on a 40-yard
in the FCS semifinals. Nova won, 14-13, to advance
to Friday's championship game vs. No. 1 Montana. (Photo by David Swanson, courtesy, Phila. Daily
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Harvey, the starting wide receiver for Villanova,
will play for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision
(formerly Division I-AA) crown against No. 1 Montana.
In the semifinals, Nova scored late to nip William &
Mary, 14-13, while the Grizzlies eliminated Appalachian
It's the first title game appearance for Villanova (13-1),
the second seeds. The Wildcats have won 8 straight contests
to set a school single-season record for victories.
Harvey was instrumental on the game-winning drive with
a key third-down reception. He was initially ruled out
of bounds, but the call was overturned based on an official
review in the booth, giving him a 16-yard completion
to the Tribe-6. Nova would score moments later.
Harvey paced the Wildcats with three catches for 65
yards, including a 40-yard reception in the first half.
The senior leads Nova with 53 grabs fror 694 yards and
Earlier in the season, Harvey made a one-handed grab
of Chris Whitneys fourth-down pass for a 29-yard
touchdown with 59 seconds left to stun defending FCS
national champion Richmond, 21-20, ending the Spiders
17-game win streak on Nov. 7.
NAIA National Semifinals: Game-winning
touchdown pass by
Philip Staback to lead Lindenwood University over
host Carroll College.
The winning touchdown came with 49 seconds remaining
when Staback capped an 88-yard drive with a 10-yard
scoring pass to senior receiver Matt Bramow. The Lions
offense finished with 568 total yards against the second-rated
defense in the NAIA, as Staback, a criminal justice
major, completed 25-of-35 passes.
Lindenwood Univeristy quarterback
Philip Staback (11) surprised Carroll College
with this run.
The West Hills High product threw for three touchdowns,
including the game-winner with
10 seconds remaining to lead the Lions to a 42-25
win in the NAIA national semifinals. (Lindenwood University courtesy photo)
The triumph snapped a 24-game home winning streak for
Carroll, the Frontier Conference champions.
Lindenwood (13-0) will face top-ranked and defending
champion Sioux Falls (S.D.) in the 54th Annual Russell
Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship in Rome,
Ga., on Dec. 19. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. PT, and broadcast
nationally on the CBS College Sports (Chl. 321 on Cox
Sioux Falls, a 3-time national titlists (1996, 2006
and 2008) won its 28th straight game and 42nd straight
home contest following a 48-6 triumph over St. Xavier
(Ill.) in the other semifinal. The Cougars will make
their sixth title game appearance; it's the first trip
for the Lions.
After capturing the Heart of America Conference crown
with a clinching 73-6 pasting over William Jewell (Mo.)
to close the regular season on Nov. 14, Lindenwood captured
home playoff victories over Langston (Okla.), 42-14,
and Ottawa (Kan.), 64-26.
For the season, the Lions have scored an amazing 722
points (55.5 per game) with Staback barely playing into
the second half of most ballgames. Still, the junior
threw for 3,229 yards on 67.9 percent accuracy (220-for-324)
with 34 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions.
Memorial for Hoover, former Monarchs standout
CHARLESTON, Ill. (12-6-09) A memorial service
to honor the life of Eastern Illinois assistant
football coach Jeff Hoover was held Saturday (Dec. 5)
afternoon in the Grand Ball Room of the Martin
Luther King Jr., Student Union on the EIU campus.
Hoover, 41, a 1986 graduate of Monte Vista High
School, where he was a standout football player
and wrestler, will also be honored with a a memorial
service on Dec. 13 at Portland State University,
where Hoover coached previously to joining the
Hoover lost his life in a tragic car accident
when returning from the Panthers first round FCS
playoff game in Carbondale, Ill. Hoover had just
completed his third season as a member of the
EIU coaching staff.
Currently, EIU strength coach Eric Cash and his
wife Sherri are currently in fair condition at
Carle Hospital in Champaign, Ill., after also
being injured in the accident. The Cashs
child and all three members of the Hoover family
have been released from the hospital. As further
updates on the Cash family are available they
will be posted.
In lieu of flowers, a Jeff Hoover Childrens
Education Memorial Fund has been established through
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.
Jeff Hoover Children's Education Fund
c/o First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
701 Sixth Street
Charleston, IL 61920
The EIU football team is also accepting gift
card donations to help both the Hoover and Cash
families. Donations can be sent to:
EIU Football Office
Attn: Hoover/Cash Family Donations
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Please do not send cash donations to the EIU
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The Eagles will meet the USC Trojans (8-4) at AT&T
Park on Sat., Dec. 26, with kickoff on ESPN set
for 5 p.m. PT. Executive director Gary Cavalli extended
the Emerald Bowl bid to each team today (Sun., Dec.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Davis was recognized
at BC's annual Scanlan Awards Banquet, the recipient
of the Jay McGillis Scholarship Award.
Davis overcame a potential career-threatening injury
in 2007 to become one of the top defenders for BC.
The free safety ranked fifth on the Eagles in tackles,
second in interceptions (1st in return yards), starting
in 11 of 12 ballgames this season.
In 2008, Davis ranked fourth on the ballclub in
tackles. His on-field and classroom excellence earned
him The Devlin Family Athletic Scholarship that
Boston College continued its amazing run of consecutive
bowl appearances, going to postseason play for the
11th straight year dating back to 1999. The Emerald
Bowl appearance marks USC's ninth consecutive bowl
game appearance dating back to 2001, which includes
four straight Rose Bowl contests [2005-08] plus
the 2004 National Championship game in the Orange
In preseason polls, Boston College was selected
to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But the Eagles were undeterred under Frank Spaziani,
in his first year as head coach but with 13 overall
in the BC program. Season highlights included home
wins over Wake Forest, Florida State and N.C. State,
and two road victories at Virginia and Maryland
late in the season.
Taylor, a junior strong safety, was chosen to the all-first
team defense. He made 33 tackles for the Bearcats while
starting all 10 games this season. Sixteen of his tackles
were solo stops. He also intercepted one pass, giving
him three interceptions the past two years.
During his three seasons with the Bearcats, Taylor
has played in all 32 games, while achieving 128 total
tackles. He has broken up 10 passes, forced four fumbles,
recovered five fumbles and intercepted three passes.
He scored on a 37-yard fumble recovery against Southern
Oregon University on Sept. 19. He also earned first
team All-NWC honors in 2008.
Willamette University was represented on the second
team offense by Guerra, a junior offensive guard, who
started each of the past two seasons.
Guerra helped the Bearcats run 458 times for 2,344
yards, an average of 5.1 yard per carry. Willamette
completed 56.7 per cent of its 203 passes and the Bearcats
quarterbacks were sacked only 13 times.
Guerra received honorable mention All-NWC in 2008.
The Bearcats finished the regular season ranked 20th
nationally in the NCAA Division III Coaches Poll released
by the American Football Coaches Association.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (11-20-09) Coaches from the
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference named former
El Capitan standout JEFF SCHILLER (OL, 6-6, 300,
So.) of Minnesota-Crookson to the All-NSIC team.
Schiller, the center for the Golden Eagles, made
nine starts this season, gaining an NSIC second-team
berth. He was a leader on the offensive line that
helped Golden Eagles running backs average 99.4
He was an All-East County pick as a Vaqueros
senior in 2007.
In 2009, as a senior at Cal Lutheran University, Toilolo
feels fortunate to even having played in Saturday (Nov.
21) NCAA Division III playoffs. Never mind that the
Kingsmen lost the game 38-17 to Linfield (Ore.) in McMinnville,
Ore. Toilolo completed 18 of 34 passes for 155 yards
in the defeat.
Earlier this season, feeling weak following several ballgames,
it was Kingsmen teammate Ebere Winston who convinced Toilolo
to head for the hospital after he had passed out.
Doctors report the decision came just in time.
Toilolo not only suffered a broken rib, the bone punctured
a lung and caused internal bleeding; he easily could've
died without seeking immediate treatment.
Probably one of the dumbest things Ive ever
done in my life, Toilolo told the Ventura County
Star, noting he simply believed he was dehydrated. "I
ended up getting yelled at by almost every nurse and doctor
in the hospital for not going to the hospital sooner.
And our trainers yelled at me, too.
Now, Toilolo has guided Cal Lutheran (8-1) to its first
postseason appearance in 27 years.
Toilolo's resume includes a 14-1 career mark as CLU's
starting quarterback (8-1 in SCIAC conference play). Included
was a mammoth 464-yard, 6 touchdown effort in his second
collegiate outing as a sophomore, then a 4 TD performance
against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the game he was injured.
Former Grossmont High standout
Khalid Waters rushed for 143 yards vs. Concordia
in Week 1. (MLC courtesy photo) MORE HERE
For the third time this season, MLC held a lead against
a Top 25 foe. But this latest time, a 21-6 halftime lead
disappeared in a 38-27 setback to 5th-rated Morningside
College. The loss dropped the Warriors to 5-3 overall
they are 0-3 against ranked teams, yet a perfect
5-0 against all others.
Grossmont High grad KHALID WATERS is the top ball-carrier
for Midland Lutheran. Through 8 contests, Waters, a
member of the 2007 All-East County team, owns 559 rushing
yards this season.
On defense, Steele Canyon High alum BRANDEN BROWN ranks
second on the Warriors in interceptions and third in
Midland also features former Grossmont High standouts
MICHAEL GRAHAM and JEFF WATERS.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound sophomore also leads
the Dakota Athletic Conference in all purpose
running with 1,042 yards (173.7 ypg) and scoring
with 42 points (7 TD). Dale was selected to the
2008 All-DAC team.
The Hardrockers (3-3, 2-3 DAC) pride themselves
as the only university in the nation where
starting salaries average more than total costs.
The 2007 Grossmont South League Offensive Player
of the Year, Dale was also selected to the 2007
All-East County Football Team.
The triumph raised the Tigers' record to 4-0, with
JEREMY YOUNG, a senior standout out of El Cajon Valley
High, at center stage.
Young put together another stellar night receiving
with 151 yards on 12 catches. Young also added three
rushes for 39 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run.
He totaled 240 yards of all-purpose yardage on the night.
In his last two games, Young, the NCAA Division II
Player of the Week, has reeled in 24 passes for 412
Young leads the 11-team GSC circuit with 32 receptions
for 417 and ranks third in all-purpose yards with 749
yards (187.2 ypg).
For the second consecutive week, Ouachita Baptist (4-0,
3-0) defeated a top-25 Gulf South Conference opponent
after a 24-14 victory over former top-25 member Valdosta
(Ga.) State in week three. The victory extends the current
winning streak to nine games to set a new school record
that stretches back to the final five games of 2008.
The Tigers victory over Delta State (Miss.) snapped
the 25-game Gulf States Conference winning streak that
the Statesmen compiled in the last 3.5 years of GSC
The University City crowd was raucous to say the least,
holding up placards bearing Snyders face and continually
hollering at him. Although he was angry, Snyder kept his
Now the Cardinal defensive leader, Snyder, a 6-foot-4,
240-pounder, has a fumble recovery and made 21 tackles
15 solo in the three games. Stanford (2-1)
claims victories over Washington State (39-13) and San
Jose State (42-17), losing only to Wake Forest (24-17).
A candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik
Award, Butkus Award, and a Lombardi Award Candidate,
Snyder will lead the Cardinal into Saturdays (Sept.
26) host encounter against Washington, which is coming
off a 16-13 upset of USC a week ago.
The leader of a talented group of linebackers, the
fifth-year senior has started 34 of 36 games over the
last three seasons. He will transition from "sam"
to "mike" linebacker this season. He is one
of the players who sets the tone for the Stanford defense
with his physical presence and leadership skills.
From 2006: Video of Jeremy Young
setting a Grossmont College record
with 100-yard kickoff return HERE.
A former El Cajon Valley High standout, Young earned his
first-ever honor, leading the OBU offense in a 24-14 home
upset of No. 16 Valdosta (Ga.) State. The senior caught
13 passes for 261 yards and a 20.1 per catch average along
with touchdowns catches of 60 and 56 yards. He didnt
stop there, also returning three punts for 32 yards and
three kickoffs for 46, upping his all-purpose yardage
Young set the school record for receiving yards in
a game which also placed him sixth on the all-time GSC
list. His receptions and yards were also the most by
any GSC player this season.
With the victory, Ouachita improves to 3-0 on the season
and 2-0 in Gulf South Conference play. The Tigers are
riding a current winning streak of eight games dating
back to last season. It is the longest win streak by
OBU since 1968.
The victory was OBUs first in 10 meetings against
Valdosta State since Ouachita joined the Gulf South
Conference in 2000. It also was the first victory over
a top-25 opponent since the 2003 season, when the Tigers
defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas.
Poinsettia Bowl extends contract with sponsor Local company to continue support of community enhancement
Courtesy, Poinsettia Bowl committee
SAN DIEGO (9-15-09) San Diego County Credit Union
has extended its title sponsorship of the San Diego
County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, 2009 Bowl President
Barbara Warden announced today. The extension is for
sponsorship through the 2010 contest, with options for
2011 and 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed. San
Diego County Credit Union served as title sponsor since
the games inception in 2005.
The entire San Diego community owes San Diego
County Credit Union a great deal of thanks for their
name-in-title partnership, said Warden. Their
investment makes it possible for the game to annually
attract thousands of fans to the region and produce
millions of dollars for the San Diego economy.
We are excited to extend our title sponsorship of the
Poinsettia Bowl, said Irene Oberbauer, President
& CEO of San Diego County Credit Union. We
are committed to the success of this great event and
proud to continue the partnership with this games
beneficiary, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.
In what was widely recognized as one of the premier
bowl match ups last season, the 2008 San Diego County
Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl saw the 11th-ranked TCU
Horned Frogs upset the 9th-ranked and previously undefeated
Boise State Broncos 17-16 in front of 34,628 fans at
San Diegos Qualcomm Stadium. The game garnered
a 3.74 television rating on ESPN, the highest ever for
a pre-Christmas bowl game on the all-sports network.
The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl was
established in 2005 and is produced by the non-profit
San Diego Bowl Game Association. The mission of the
Association is to generate tourism, exposure, economic
benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens
by producing the nations most exciting bowl games
and festivals of events. The San Diego Bowl Game Association
also produces the annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
In 2008 the two games combined to produce $52.3 million
for the regional economy.
The 2009 San Diego County Credit Union will be played
at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd at Qualcomm Stadium.
The game will pit the second selection from the Mountain
West Conference against a Pacific-10 or Western Athletic
For ticket and event information, call the San Diego
County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl ticket office at
(619) 285-5039 or visit www.PoinsettiaBowl.com.
El Capitan High graduate TOMMIE DRAHIEM (6-4,
285) is slated to start at left tackle, while
his highly-touted El Capitan teammate RYAN LINDLEY
handles the quarterbacking chores.
The Aztecs, who open the season at UCLA on Saturday
(Sept. 5) at 4:45 PDT in Pasadenas Rose
Bowl, also welcome two East County transfers to
JACOB TAUANUU, a product of Helix High and Grossmont
College, was a defensive stalwart at Alabama-Birmingham
last season as a sophomore. The 6-2, 240-pound
defensive end played in all 12 games for the Barons,
racking up 48 tackles, including two sacks.
Grossmont College transfer LARRY PARKER should
make an impact in the Aztecs secondary after leaving
St. Augustine to spend his freshman year with
the Griffins. Parker was recruited by Houston,
BYU and Michigan as well as the Aztecs.
A 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore wide receiver,
Fiege saw limited playing time for the Western
Athletic Conference Bulldogs as a freshman. The
versatile Fiege mustered 1,424 all-purpose yards,
collecting 10 touchdowns while earning 2007 All-East
County offense and defense.
Fiege is one of three East County products
which includes Helix quarterback TY CULVER and
Grossmont defensive back KEVIN WRIGHT ticketed
to play for the Toreros.
Another East County touch is USD quarterbacks
coach TANNER ENGSTRAND, who begins his fifth season
on the Toreros coaching staff. He is a former
Grossmont, Grossmont College and SDSU quarterback.
CHIDOZIE EKWEOZOR, a redshirt freshman out of
Mount Miguel High, has earned his first collegiate
start for Villanova. Hell be the Wildcats
starting right offensive tackle, with four returning
veterans making up the remainder of the Wildcats
offensive blocking wall.
I guess you could say Im kinda in
shock, said the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Ekweozor.
But Ive been waiting a year to get
Monte Vista High product BRANYDN HARVEY will
begin his senior season as a starting receiver.
A year ago, Harvey ranked second in receiving
for Villanova with 43 receptions for 552 yards
and three TDs.
The Wildcats are ranked No. 5 in the Collegiate
Commissioner's Association Coaches Poll released
this week and are one of eight teams from the
Colonial Athletic Association listed in the top
Villanova returns 15 starters and 31 letter winners
from last year's NCAA quarterfinal team that went
10-3 overall and 7-1 in CAA play. The Wildcats
have been picked along with defending national
champion Richmond to win the CAA in 2009.
ANOTHER MATADOR STUCK IN PAUSE MODE
DAVIS Former Mount Miguel southpaw quarterback
JEFF FREEMAN has made a smooth transition converting
to a full time free safety at UC Davis. His biggest
problem has been injuries.
Freeman appeared in seven games as a reserve
in 2007 as a reserve, recording five tackles.
A year ago Freeman played in four games
three starts but missed the rest of the
season after suffering a broken arm against Northeastern
University of Boston.
I guess youd say Im not very
lucky, Freeman said.
Freeman was ticketed to be the Aggies starting
safety this season, but was knocked out of the
box when he suffered a torn meniscus early in
camp. If all things go his way, Freeman will return
to the UC Davis starting lineup when the Aggies
travel to Boise State on Oct. 3.
Lindley Named to Manning Award Watch List for Nations
Top QB Quarterback is one of just 38 players on the list and
one of only six sophomores
Courtesy, SDSU Media Relations
SAN DIEGO (8-18-09) San Diego State sophomore
RYAN LINDLEY (El Capitan HS) has been named to the preseason
watch list for the Manning Award, presented to the nations
top collegiate quarterback. Lindley, who set school
and Mountain West Conference records last season for
passing yards by a freshman, is one of 38 quarterbacks
on the list and one of just six sophomores.
Lindley becomes the second Aztecs player to be named
to a national award watch list this season, joining
center Trask Iosefa (Rimington Trophy watch list). He
is one of three MWC quarterbacks on the Manning Award
Watch List along with TCU senior Andy Dalton and Brigham
Young senior Max Hall.
A native of Alpine, Lindley earned team offensive most
valuable player honors last season as a redshirt freshman.
He started 10 games, completing 242-of-427 passes for
a 56.7 completion percentage with 16 touchdowns and
2,653 yards. Lindley ended the season ranked 24th nationally
in passing average, including second among freshmen,
and 42nd in total offense (fourth among freshmen). He
also had the seventh-best passing efficiency among all
freshmen at 117.01. He also became just the second freshman
in school history to start a season-opening game for
the Aztecs, joining two-time All-American and the schools
all-time career passing leader, Todd Santos.
Against Idaho last year, Lindley threw for a career-high
433 yards to become the 14th quarterback in school history
to record a 400-yard passing game. Lindley, who also
had four 300-yard passing days on the season, finished
his freshman campaign on a high note, completing 35-of-50
passes for 387 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions
in San Diego State s 42-21 victory over UNLV.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar
Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments
of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. Ten finalists will
be determined by a selected panel of national media
covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.
That list will be released on Monday (Nov. 30). The
winner will be announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl
on Jan. 14.
The first four winners of the Manning Award reads like
a Who's Who list at the quarterback position. USC's
Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in
2005, followed by Texas ' Vince Young in 2006. Both
went on to be top-10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's
JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's
No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed
the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming
the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Sutton, formerly of West Hills
High, led an offensive line that helped SAU average
27.2 points and 380.7 yards of total offense per game
St. Ambrose won its third straight Mid-States Football
Association Midwest League title, and led the 2008 MWL
selections with five first-team players. Included was
wide receiver Michael Hayward, who was named the league's
Player of the Year.
NCAA Division III
champs end the
by handing WU
(11-1) its lone
setback of 2008.
Arlin Taylor led
WU: 11 tackles.
Former Steele Canyon High standouts
(left), Luis Guerra and Scott Perlin now compete
undefeated Willamette University (10-0) in Oregon.
The Bearcats host Occidental in their playoff
opener. (Photos courtesy of Willamette media relations)
And the Bearcats, undefeated in the regular season
at 10-0, have a boatload of East County talent on their
roster, which also helped them capture the Northwest
Conference crown and gain a No. 6 national ranking.
Willamette is one position behind defending national
Among the locals succeeding in southern Oregon include
a trio of Steele Canyon High products: sophomore guard
LUIS GUERRA, sophomore defensive back ARLIN TAYLOR,
and freshman running back SCOTT PERLIN,
Taylor, who plays at strong safety, was tabbed to the
All-NWC first team, along with five other Bearcats
Taylor ranked fourth on the team during the regular
season with 45 total tackles. He earned 21 unassisted
tackles and was credited with 24 assists. He forced
two fumbles and recovered three fumbles for the Bearcats.
He also intercepted one pass and returned it 18 yards
for a touchdown against Cal Lutheran in a 31-17 win
on Sept. 13.
Taylor has not missed a game in his two seasons with
Guerra made the All-NWC team as an honorable mention
selection. His efforts have helped WU average 398.5
total yards per game, with at least 400 yards in six
games, including each of the last five games. Guerra
and the rest of the line also have allowed the Bearcats
to complete 58.4 percent of their passes this fall.
Perlin played in just two games in his first season,
yet did register a special teams tackle against Lewis
Cougars help Willamette into D-3 national rankings
Fresh off a 31-23 upset of rival Southern Oregon, the
Bearcats are rated 25th in the nation according to D3Football.com,
while picking up several votes to rank among the honorable
mention in the regular NCAA listings.
Willamette features a trio of Steele Canyon High products
in sophomore strong safety ARLIN TAYLOR, sophomore offensive
guard LUIS GUERRA, and freshman fullback SCOTT PERLIN.
Taylor finished fourth on the team in tackles against
Southern Oregon, as Willamette scored 14 unanswered
points in the fourth quarter to rally past the Raiders.
Meanwhile, Guerra starts on the right side of the Bearcats'
O-line, while Perlin is on special teams.
Willamette makes its final Southern California appearance
this week, meeting University of La Verne at 1 p.m.
Saturday (Sept. 27)..
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior leads the Tigers
(3-3) in all-purpose running (155.5 ypg) and tops
his team in kickoff returns (24.1 avg on 18 chances).
To boot, hes Ouachitas No. 2 receiver
(32-327 yards, two TDs). Young was a key member
of the El Cajon Valley squad that reached the
Division II section finals against Oceanside in
2005. He also helped the Griffins reach the SoCal
semifinals as a freshman a year later.
Dale leads the eight-team Dakota Athletic Conference
in all-purpose running (178.4 ypg) and in scoring
(76 points, 12 TDs, 4 PATs). A 5-foot-9, 165-pound
freshman, Dale also heads the Hardrockers (4-1)
in rushing (76-548, 10 TDs).
Dale earned DAC Player of the Week honors on
Sept. 22 against Dakota State.
Lindley established MWC and SDSU records for most passing
yards (433) and touchdowns (four) by a freshman in a
45-17 triumph over Idaho. He is the first frosh to capture
the award since 2006. His passing rating of 198.87 is
the high among all qualifying frosh, ranking 18th overall.
The Aztecs (1-3) travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to meet
TCU in their conference opener on Saturday. Kickoff
is at 3 p.m. PT.
Lindley not blamed for embarrassing Aztecs loss Pair of school frosh passing records not enough
to avoid last-second 29-26 failure to Cal Poly
Lindley, an all-state performer for El Capitan in 2006,
established a pair of school records for passing yardage
and touchdowns by an SDSU quarterback in his freshman
debut. However, Cal Poly bounced back on a 20-yard field
goal by Andrew Gardner on the game's final play to secure
another shocker over the Aztecs, 29-27, Saturday (Aug.
30) at Qualcomm Stadium.
The victory was the Mustangs' second over San Diego
State in three seasons.
Following a slow start in the first quarter, Lindley
settled in and tossed for records of 352 yards and three
touchdowns. He completed 27-of-45 passes.
"I think I was just rushing a little bit in the
first quarter," Lindley explained. "Probably
at the end of the first quarter I felt like the whole
offense was clicking. The (offensive) line was picking
up stuff very well all game. I think that everybody
just got in a groove. Then we kind of kicked it up.
We just need to go that extra yard, that extra inch
to get what we need in the next game."
Just think how well the former Vaqueros standout could've
done with some assistance from his teammates. Lindley
was intercepted twice, both times on tipped passes off
the hands of his receivers. The Aztecs also dropped
no less than a half-dozen passes.
Lindley, in his first collegiate appearance, refused
to point fingers.
"Any one play could've turned this thing around
and it obviously did for them unfortunately," said
Lindley. "There were a couple of good plays where
we would build momentum and build momentum, then all
of the sudden we slipped up. It happens, but I feel
extremely confident that we can turn it around next
Cal Poly led throughout by taking advance of five San
Diego State turnovers. Meanwhile, the Aztecs defense
was burned for 480 total yards.
Lindley led the comeback with TD tosses to Brand Sullivan
(16 yards), Robert Wallace (30) and Vincent Brown (23),
then he directed a 77-yard scoring drive to finally
give the Aztecs the lead at 27-26 with 6:51 remaining
on a 5-yard TD rush by Sullivan. SDSU failed on a 2-point
conversion attempt to leave the door open for the Mustangs,
who capped a 9-play, 63-yard drive with Gardner's second
field goal of the contest at the gun.
The silver lining in there was Ryan Lindley,"
said head coach CHUCK LONG. "He really threw the
ball well after a rough start. He really came on and
showed a lot."
Up next for San Diego State (0-1) is a nationally televised
contest at Notre Dame on Sept. 6. The Aztecs return
home to meet Idaho on Sept. 27.
Grossmont HS alum Khalid Waters
records his first collegiate TD on this 11-yard
run to give Midland Lutheran an early 7-0 lead. (Midland Lutheran courtesy photo) DOUBLE-CLICK TO ENLARGE
Midland Lutheran honored Larry
the Cable Guy
with his own team jersey, then the Warriors beat
Doane, 27-26, on a 2-point PAT with 1:06 left. (Midland Lutheran College courtesy photo)
Aided by the efforts of running back KHALID WATERS
(Grossmont HS) and safety BRANDON BROWN (Steele Canyon),
the Warriors are ranked 23rd nationally after nipping
Doane College (Neb.), 27-26, last Saturday. MLC scored
a touchdown with 1:06 to play, then completed a
2-point conversion for the dramatic victory at Memorial
Stand-up comedian Larry the Cable Guy was in attendance
to make sure the Warriors "Get'r Done." Waters
did by finishing the contest with 109 all-purpose yards,
scoring the game's opening touchdown on an 11-yard rush.
Meanwhile, Brown was the Warriors' second-leading tackler,
which included a shared quarterback sack.
For their efforts, both freshmen are expected to gain
their first starts of the season this Saturday, when
Midland Lutheran, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary,
travels to Sioux City, Iowa, to meet Briar Cliff University.
El Caps Conti has crisp debut for Golden Eagles Receiver joins four East County products at Minn.-Crookston
The lone bright spot for the team was provided by ANTHONY
(A.J.) CONTI of El Capitan High, who reeled in six passes
for 52 yards and kicked two conversions.
In addition to Conti, El Capitan grad JEFF SCHILLER
started at center and West Hills product DOMINIC LaRUSSA
started at left guard for the Golden Eagles. GARRETT
JARVIS, a wide receiver/tight end out of El Capitan,
and former Vaqueros running back BEN WILKINS are also
on scholarship to MinnesotaCrookston but did not
play in the opener.
Clinton Snyder on Bronko Nagurski watch list Award Honors College Football's Top Defensive Player
Clinton Snyder (Stanford photos)
Special to East County Sports.com
STANFORD (7-7-08) Former Monte Vista High standout
and Stanford outside linebacker CLINTON
SNYDER has been included on the watch list for the
2008 Bronko Nagurski Award, which goes to the best defensive
player in college football. There are 88 candidates nationwide
nominated for the award, which is sponsored by the Charlotte
The Football Writers Association of America All-America
Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner
from the association's 11-man All-America defensive
team in November. The watch list was developed by the
FWAA All-America committee with the help of schools
Snyder, who earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference
honors last season, ranks as Stanford's active career
leader in tackles (179), sacks (10.0), fumbles forced
(7) and is tied for first in fumbles recovered (3) and
tackles for loss (18). He ranked among the Pac-10 leaders
in virtually every defensive category in 2007, including
fumbles forced, tackles for loss, fumble recoveries,
sacks and tackles.
As a senior at Monte Vista, Snyder was the East
County Sports.com Defensive Player of the Year in
2004. He was also a first-team tight end in the East
County Sports.com selections.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been presented since
1993 and is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski,
a former All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29
who went on to star for the Chicago Bears in the 1930s.
Clinton Snyder (Stanford Univ. photo)
Thursday's (Aug. 28) NCAA opener, former Monte
Vista standout CLINTON SNYDER, now a starting
linebacker for Stanford, helped lead the
Cardinal over visiting Oregon, 36-28,
placing Stanford as the early leader in the
"It's more than a landmark. It's a great step
for us that we need as a program to show people that
we're not the old Stanford," said Snyder, one of
three Cardinal defenders with 10 tackles. "I didn't
know how it would feel. We haven't done this in a long
Under the leadership of former University of San Diego
head coach JIM HARBAUGH, the rebuilding process seemed
headed for a long, bumpy road following embarrassing
Pac-10 Conference losses to UCLA (45-17), Oregon (55-31)
and Arizona State (41-3) all at home earlier
in the season.
Perhaps playing on the road is the ticket for the Cardinal,
which snapped USCs 35-game home winning streak.
Oh yeah, the last time the Trojans were toppled in the
Coliseum was at the hands of Stanford in 2001. That
was USC coach Pete Carrolls first year as the
Trojans' head man.
"It's incredible. We came into this game with
only a win against a WAC team (San Jose State), and
we weren't performing like we knew we could," added
the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Snyder, Stanfords top
returning tackler from a year ago. "This game,
we came out and ground it out, and performed the way
the Stanford Cardinal needs to perform in the future."
The youthful Cardinal committed mistake-after-mistake,
but switching to Tavita Pritchard at quarterback last
week against Arizona State seemed to be the catalyst,
as the offense took giants steps forward while Snyder
& Co. held the line on defense.
"All the little mistakes we were making in the
other games didn't happen," noted Snyder, a redshirt
sophomore. "We got some good breaks on defense
with all the turnovers. It's a game of turnovers. Whoever
wins the turnover battle usually wins the game."
Snyder, the 2004 East County Defensive Player of the
Year who set a Grossmont Conference record of 44 sacks,
went on to say:
"We got those turnovers on defense and helped
the offense out by giving the offense good field position,
and they made good adjustments. They moved the ball
down the field and scored some points for us, and we
came out on top."
Snyder, who made 61 tackles for losses during his Monte
Vista career, came through with several of those key
plays. He forced a fumble which led to a turnover, then
he registered one of three sacks on Trojans quarterback
J.D. Booty late in the 4th quarter which led to Stanford
getting the ball back for its game-winning drive.
The Cardinal offense rebounded with the game-winning
touchdown in the final 2:50. Included was a 4th-down
reception by Richard Sherman to the USC-9, then Pritchard
found Mark Bradford on the left-side of the endzone
with 49 seconds remaining for another 4th-down conversion.
"We said focus and finish, which is what we've
been saying all year, Snyder said. Focus
and finish is a big thing for us. That's what we stress,
finishing in the fourth quarter. We went out there and
got a good stop on defense."
USC, ranked No. 1 in one major poll and No. 2 in the
other, had one last chance, but Booty's bomb was intercepted
by Bo McNally.
"Just to see Bo catch that ball and slide down
there knowing that the game is over and we had won the
game is just great," said Snyder, who now has 117
tackles in five games this season. It's awesome;
it's a dream. This is a great win for the program."