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New constellations for star football players

By William Dudley

Ryan Woods (Photo: Andy Wilhelm)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Quarterback Ryan Woods and defensive tackle Henry Simon are among a group of players from the 2010 Grossmont football team who have received and accepted offers to continue their football playing at four-year institutions.

Ryan Woods will be going to San Jose State University as soon as he finishes classwork at Grossmont in June. Simon is headed to Iowa State in the summer.

Woods, the Grossmont offensive MVP and second-team  all-conference, had received multiple offers from Division 2 and Division 1-AA schools, but had his heart set on playing for a Division 1 football program.

At San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference, Woods would get a chance to play the likes of Stanford, UCLA, BYU, as well as conference opponents including Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii.

Another factor in his decision was that San Jose was an hour and a half way from his hometown of Sacramento, making it much easier for his family to come see him play.

Woods still has a red shirt year available, which might be used this year because SJSU has a returning senior quarterback.

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Grossmont football 2010 wrap-up (early edition)

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — It could be argued that the turning point in Grossmont’s 2010 football season happened way back in March.

That was when the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) organized its 37 teams into into three new divisions — National, Central, and American — each with two conferences. Grossmont found itself in the Southern Conference of the National Division — the most competitive of the three.

How competetive was it? National Division teams had a 17-2 record against Central Division teams, and an even more dominant record against the American Division, according to Grossmont coach Mike Jordan.

The result for Grossmont? A 5-0 start while playing nonconference foes, and a 1-4 record against conference rivals.

In the first half of the season Grossmont caught a wave a scoring from its high-powered offense starring quarterback Ryan Woods and what receivers’ coach Anuyell Goodwin called the best group of players he had coached in a long long time. Take away the El Camino game (which Grossmont won in a forfeit), and the Griffins averaged almost 49 points a game while beating San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern College, College of the Canyons, and Orange Coast College. Ryan tied a school record with six TD passes in the Southwestern Game. Grossmont finished the nonconference part of the season undefeated and ranked No. 5 among Southern California junior college teams in the California Community College Regional State Football Poll.

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Grossmont loses game, gains bowl berth

 By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The Grossmont Griffins have one more chance to conclude the 2010 football season with a win.

 Their last regular-season game was a hard-fought loss to the Palomar College Comets last Saturday at Escondido High School. Grossmont clawed back from a 27-14 deficit to take the lead 28-27 in the third quarter, only to fall behind again. A second comeback fell short, leaving the final score 35-43.

But Grossmont had the last laugh becaused they finished with a 6-4 record — enough to be bowl-eligible, while Palomar finished 5-5. And on Monday it was announced that Grossmont is going to the Beach Bowl. They will play Santa Ana College (8-2) at Santa Ana Stadium on November 20 at 6 p.m.

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Grossmont wallops Pasadena 69-34

 
 By William Dudley

Running back Darrin Alix breaks a tackle in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Pasadena City College. (Photo: Andy Wilhelm)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –The Griffins finished the home portion of the 2010 football season with a satisfying flourish, thumping the Pasadena Lancers 69-34 at a blessedly cool Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.

The victory ended a three-game losing streak, marked Grossmont’s first football win over Pasadena in seven tries, and kept hopes alive for a bowl game and playoff run.

It also featured many strong plays by second-year students playing their last game at Grossmont College.

As has been the case in many of this season’s wins, the Griffins ran up a big lead early. Quarterback Ryan Woods and receiver Roland Brookes connected on a 72-yard pass play to open the scoring early in the first quarter. A 2-yard run by Helix High product Patrick Arize and an 18-yard Woods pass to Adrian Ferguson, combined with a sack-happy Grossmont defense, created a 21-0 first quarter lead.

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Grossmont’s victory over Orange Coast contrasts with win against Southwestern

By William Dudley

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Grossmont improved its 2010 football record to 3-1 by outscoring Orange Coast College 42-35 Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25.

The result of the Sept. 25 home game was similar to the team’s 45-31 win over Southwestern the previous week. But Grossmont took very different paths to the two wins. 

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont scored three quick touchdowns in the first quarter. In last Saturday’s game, Grossmont’s first five offensive possessions had the following results: lost fumble, incomplete 4th down pass, punt, punt, punt. 

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont’s offense relied on QB Ryan Wood’s arm while gaining less than fifty yards running. In Saturday’s game it was Grossmont’s ground game that finally got the offense moving. After Darrin Alix got sixteen yards on two carries, Traivonne Brown scored on a 37-yard dash to erase the Pilots’ 3-0 initial lead.

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont never trailed. In Saturday’s game, they found themselves behind several times, including 27-28 in the fourth.

The Pilots ended the game with the advantage in time of possession and in first downs. However, the Griffins were able to make enough big plays on offense and defense when it counted to come out with a victory.

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Griffins light up Southwestern football stadium with 45-31 victory over Jaguars

By William Dudley

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SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE — In their first game on the road and under night lights, the Grossmont Griffins lit up the field with a high-scoring 45-31 victory over Southwestern College Saturday evening, Sept. 18, at Chet Devore Stadium.

Quarterback Ryan Woods tied a school record with six touchdown passes. The sophomore completed 31 of 41 passes for 452 yards.

Woods was quick to give credit to his teammates. “I actually threw some non-great balls” he said in a postgame interview with KCBS Sports, “but my receivers were making acrobatic catches left and right.”

Teammates were quick to reciprocate. “Hell of a game by our quarterback,” said right guard Joshua Spence to The GC Summit afterwards. “Made us look good.”  Continue reading

Grossmont loses 14-21 after penalty thwarts come-from-behind drive against El Camino

Referee Larry Diel, gesturing, explains to Coach Mike Jordan why he penalized the onside kick (Photo: William Dudley)

By William Dudley

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 11—The answer is Rule 6, Section 4, Article 1 (and 1A) of the junior college football rulebook

The question:  What football rule was cited in a controversial decision by a referee in Grossmont’s second home game that stopped a Grossmont comeback and preserved El Camino’s tough-fought 21-14 victory?

It had come down to this: with less than two minutes remaining, the Grossmont Griffins had just scored a touchdown to cut El Camino’s lead in half.  The teams lined up for the ensuing kickoff that just about everyone expected would be an onside kick.

Kicker Conner Derby approached the ball and punched a perfect “pooch” kick that tantalizingly floated towards the Grossmont sideline.  Wide receiver Roland Brooks ran under the ball, leaped in the air, cradled the pigskin, landed on the field, and tumbled out of bounds. The fans and players erupted in celebration for the perfectly executed special-teams play that gave the Griffins one last chance to maybe score another touchdown and…

Uh-oh, wait a minute. Referees were conferring on the field.  One by one they joined, until they all were I the huddle, surrounded by Grossmont players, El Camino players, Coach Mike Jordan.

While the refs are talking-and talking-let’s recap the game thus far.

Grossmont scored first, taking the lead on a one-yard run by running back Derrin Alix.  The touchdown drive was set up when linebacker Pat Kelly intercepted a pass by El Camino quarterback Dex Lucci.

Things were looking pretty good for the home team for most of the first half. The Grossmont offense was making plays and first downs, mostly through the passing game. The defense was containing El Camino, especially on third-down conversions.

However, the Griffins were unable to score again as the game proceeded. Some promising drives were cut short by turnovers. Some were slowed by penalties. Some faltered on plays in which quarterback Ryan Woods was sacked or pressured.  Two drives ended with missed field goal kicks by Derby (one miss had been partially blocked).

El Camino ball carrier (middle) is pulled down by his shirt in action against Grossmont (Photo: William Dudley)

Meanwhile, the El Camino offense began to click after Omar Herrera replaced Lucci as Camino’s quarterback.  They ultimately scored three touchdowns on three big plays. Continue reading