Grossmont College football is offering a great opportunity
for High school athletes to receive instruction from the
Grossmont football staff.
• Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008
• Time: 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
• Cost: $10.00
• Eligibility: This camp is open to young men who will be
sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school as of Fall 2008.
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Photo by Stephen Harvey
Top: (L to R) Ryan Glazer, Magnum Mauga, Charles
Millenbah, Mat Moss Bottom: Michael Jordan, Patrick Aure, Heidi
Holmquist, AD Jim Spillers
Looking like the ballclub which captured the Foothill Conference
crown over the previous four seasons, in addition to landing a
state and national title, the Griffins overcame an
injury-plagued slow start by closing the season out in grandeur
after pasting visiting Mt. San Jacinto College, 79-21, at Mashin-Roth
The landslide allowed Grossmont (5-5 overall) to finish in third
place at 5-3.
Quarterback BLAKE SUTTON, one of two dozen Griffins playing
their final game for the Green & Gold, threw for 357 yards and
six touchdowns before leaving early in the second half. He
completed 22-of-32 passes, including a pair of scoring passes to
tight end KYLE HIPP.
Sutton named PCC Athlete of the Week
Blake Sutton and Southwestern College football player Drew
Westling have been selected by the Pacific Coast Conference as
Men’s Athletes of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
Sutton, a 6-5, 215-pound sophomore quarterback from West
Hills High School, went 22-for-32 passing for 357 yards and six
touchdowns as the Griffins took out the frustrations from a 5-5
season by routing winless Mt. San Jacinto 79-21.
"Man, we just came out to play -- we rule 'Dago' now; we run San
Diego," said All-America candidate MAGNUM MAUGA. "The defense
stepped up and put it down and shut down the run and forced Mesa
to pass -- they couldn't do much about it."
Grossmont running back CHRIS DANIELS established a school record
by rushing for 213 yards on 16 carries. Included was a 1-yard
run for a touchdown, followed later by sprints of 74 and 51
yards to shred the Mesa defense. Daniels became the 5th Griffins
back to eclipse the 200-yard barrier in school history.
Despite an early lead, solid special teams and an occasionally
brilliant Grossmont defense, a determined young San Bernardino
squad rose up to reclaim their home turf against the perennially
powerful Griffins Saturday night to snatch victory from the jaws
of defeat and hand Grossmont their first Foothill Conference
defeat since 2002. Read More
Despite mounting an early 21-0 lead, the Griffins offense went
into the deep freeze over the final three periods, allowing the
Wolverines to rally for a stunning 27-25 upset for their first
victory over the G-House in a decade. The setback also snapped
Grossmont's record win streak in Foothill Conference play -- its
first loss since a triple-overtime defeat to Chaffey in 2002.
"Our defense did their job -- they gave everything they had,"
said Griffins coach MIKE JORDAN. "San Bernardino hung around
long enough to get us."
Two years ago, the Griffins were shutout in the second half, but
a late interception return for a touchdown provided the margin
in a 21-17 victory.
Grossmont Wins Conference Opener at Home
Giffins Roll in Second Half to Defeat Southwest College, 34-14
By Jim Lowder,
El Cajon, CA The Southwestern College Jaguars (0-3, 0-1
Foothill Conference) led Grossmont (1-2, 1-0 Foothill) at the
half, but Grossmont dominated the second half to take the game
34-14 before an appreciative home crowd. There were several
interesting moments and noteworthy accomplishments for both
teams along the way.
Southwestern came into the G-House ready to play, with sophomore
defensive back Derrick Perrault (5-8, 165) returning a Griffin
fumble 79 yards for a touchdown to open scoring in the second
quarter. Read More
Photo by Travis Downs
Course corrections engaged Grossmont ship back on track;
whip Jaguars in Foothill opener
Playing perhaps the toughest non-conference schedule in
California , Grossmont sputtered early on, going winless in two
starts -- their poorest debut in nearly two decades. However,
reaching the COA state playoffs is all about winning your
conference, something the Griffins do as well as nearly anyone
in the state.
On Saturday (Sept. 15), Grossmont's vaunted defense returned to
form. The front line limited visiting Southwestern to negative
yards in rushing, while the revamped secondary saw LUIS
VILLAVICENCIO return an interception 59 yards for a touchdown,
powering the Griffins past the Jaguars, 34-14, at Mashin-Roth
"We really turned it on in the second half, getting a lot of
pressure -- crazy pressure -- on the quarterback today," said
defensive tackle MATT BRENNER. "It was a lot more than before."
The Comets rolled to 707 yards in total offense for their eight
touchdowns, including three by running back Leiyon Myers. The
University of Washington signee out of Lynwood High accounted
for much of the damage with 227 yards -- the third-best total in
Palomar history -- and three scores, handing Grossmont just its
second-ever loss at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field since an
artificial surface was installed seven years ago.
"It was fun and we had a good game plan, despite Grossmont doing
a lot of stuff we weren't expecting," said Palomar quarterback
Hunter Wanket, who passed for 236 yards and rushed for another
80. "But we capitalized on all of the opportunities -- our
running backs had a field day."
El Camino Confirms #1 Ranking in a Convincing Romp Over
September 1, 2007
By Jim Lowder
Torrance, CA - Hats off to the #1 El Camino Warriors, who
demonstrated college football mastery over a game but
inexperienced Grossmont team on Saturday, in the opening game of
the 2007 season.
The Warriors could be likened to a massive, finely tuned,
supercharged 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce racing engine. They were
hitting on all cylinders, dominating nearly every phase of the
game in their convincing 56-13 rout over the #6 ranked Griffins.
“ELCO” ran and passed at will, amassing 604 offensive yards and
limiting the Griffin aerial and ground attacks to a total of 127
yards. By the end of the first half, the outcome was not in
Nor was the courage of the Griffins in doubt, however, as
they continued to play every series like the score was still
0-0. The G-House spirit was noted by head coach Michael Jordan.
“We’ll be OK,” said coach Jordan. “We’re a young team, and a
potentially good team. We have lots of work to do, and we need
to readjust some things, but that’s what coaches are for. It’s
not where you start, it’s where you finish.”
In a garbage heap of disappointment, there were yet a several
bright shining moments for the Griffins:
Player of the Week Brett nominee Haase (6-2, 175) did a
great job punting, averaging 39.8 yards, and he tacked on an
extra point in the second half. Jon Williams averaged 60
yards per kickoff. All but one of Pat Oberg's (6-3, 210)
many long snaps were on target, and Haase calmly collected
the high flyer to make a great punt under pressure.
Special team coverages and returns were excellent.
Griffin kick returns averaged nearly 19 yards, versus 10
yards for El Camino. Haase's booming punts were simply not
returnable. Coupled with the deeper penetration on kickoffs,
this translated to an average of 20 yards of starting field
position advantage for Grossmont on the transitions.
Despite El Camino’s overwhelming defensive experience, skill
and depth, the never-say-die Grossmont offense penetrated the
Warriors’ side of the field twice in the first quarter alone.
First, from his own 36, quarterback Blake Sutton (6-5, 215) hit
freshman Chris Smith (6-2, 190) with a 33 yard completion to the
El Camino 31.
On a subsequent series near the end of the quarter, Sutton
struck again, this time from his own 31 to hook up with freshman
Kyle Hipp (6-2, 225) on a 22 yard completion to the EC 47. There
was no pay dirt on either drive, however, as Jon Williams (5-10,
185) missed a 46 yard field goal attempt on the first
penetration and the second drive fizzled on fourth down from the
El Camino 30 yard line.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Griffs got a momentary
taste of glory when a fumble by El Camino quarterback Boo
Jackson was recovered by freshman linebacker Brian Walls (6-3,
220) at the EC 43. Sutton directed a quick advance into the end
zone, capping the drive with a 15 yard pass to freshman Eilijah
Brown (5-10, 165) for the touchdown.
At least twenty eight freshmen got their first college game
experience, and several made big plays in the second half.
Defensive back Luis Villavicencio (6-0, 175) intercepted an El
Camino pass, and linebacker Kayman Sutton (6-0, 205) forced a
fumble which was recovered by linebacker Brian Ray (6-0, 200)
and returned 8 yards for a touchdown. Greg Palmer (5-10, 180)
and Kayman Sutton led the Griffs in tackles and assists, with 9
Grossmont next faces San Diego county rival Palomar. The
Comets always field a potent offense, and bested San Bernardino
Valley 34-14 in their own season opener. The last time these two
county titans clashed was 2002, when Palomar scored on a 50 yard
pass in the final play of the game to come from behind for a
21-20 victory. This should be one heck of an exciting contest.
Kick off against Palomar is at 3 p.m. next Saturday,
September 8th at Grossmont.
El Cajon, CA (25 August, 2007) Compton came ready to show their
stuff to the #6 ranked Grossmont Griffins on Saturday. The
Tartars occasionally shut down the Grossmont passing game, and
showed flashes of offensive striking power against the #6 ranked
Griffins, intermittently moving the ball on the ground and in
“They have a good team with really good athletes,” Grossmont
head coach Mike Jordan noted after the scrimmage.
The two teams began the afternoon about even, but in the end
the Griffins’ depth, skill and strength took a toll on both
sides of the ball. Although showing flashes of brilliance, as in
linebacker Kayman Sutton dropping a Tartar running back eight
yards behind the line of scrimmage, the maturing Griffin defense
was not able to dominate the way it once might have done. The
Grossmont big men looked good, though, and provided beaucoup
opportunities for the linebackers to look good as well. I
suspect the entire defense will look a whole lot better when the
big men are turned loose in a real game.
On special teams, San Diego State bounce back Pat Oberg’s long
snaps were true and consistent. At the receiving end of some of
those snaps, Brett Hasse boomed a couple of 40 yard punts while
stepping in for Martin House. Both Hasse and Alcorn bounce back
Jonathan Williams nailed all their PATs, despite distracting
procedure penalties which set the line of scrimmage back five
yards on two occasions. Williams placed a couple of kickoffs
inside the ten yard line, one of them with sufficient hang time
to allow the coverage to shut down the Tartar kick return inside
the 30, but Grossmont coverage was not consistent on punts or
On the other side of the ball, the Compton special teams
needed life support, missing one of two PAT attempts and
allowing all three kick offs to be returned to mid field. The
Tartars sorely missed all-Conference kicker Andrew Aguila, off
to Central Michigan for 2007. Last year, Aguila averaged 58
yards on kick offs and led all California junior college kickers
with 15 field goals. It looks like, this year, Compton will have
to find another way to score. They have the weapons, but will
they be able to execute?
On offense, the Grossmont aerial attack faltered at first, but
Arizona bounce back Garen Demery ignited the Griffins early in
the first quarter by ripping a 60 yard touchdown run. A couple
of the very capable and otherwise fleet-footed Compton defensive
backs had an angle on Demery but he flat outran them to the goal
The G-House wide receivers soon picked up the pace and began
catching quarterback Blake Sutton’s passes, which opened up the
Griffin running game even further. The Griffs exhibited a
variety of successful attacks on the ground and in the air, as
Sutton deftly distributed the ball to a number of backs and
receivers, demonstrated his ability to accurately deliver the
deep ball, and cemented his starting position at quarterback.
“We have a lot of firepower,” said coach Jordan of his offensive
unit, adding that “we’ll definitely put a lot more points on the
board this year.”
The improved Grossmont offense has arrived just in time to
provide a little relief to the defense, which will get extra
duty this year (as will all defenses) due to the new 30-yard
kick off rule. It will be very interesting to see how this rule
plays out in junior college competition. My guess is that it
will help the Griffins significantly in 2007, but will turn into
a disaster for teams without sufficient kicking power or
defensive depth. Woe to the head coach who ignores special
Asked about this week’s opening contest against #1 ranked El
Camino, coach Jordan stated simply, “I think they are beatable.”
I can’t wait to see for myself.
Grossmont travels to El Camino Saturday the 1st of September for
a 6 p.m. kick off.
California Foothill Conference Preview: Grossmont
El Cajon, Ca. – The Grossmont College football team has played
in 17 post-season games in the past ten years, more than any
other in California. Last year, first year
head coach Mike Jordan and his new staff got a good start on
keeping up the tradition by winning the Foothill Conference and
going two games deep into the
Can the Griffins repeat their 2006 performance this year, after
losing six all conference
players from last year’s squad, including the loss of five
starters from the #1 scoring defense in the country? Without a
doubt, Coach Jordan says yes.
Arch rival Chaffey College and last year’s #2 scoring defense,
Victor Valley, might have
something to say about conference bragging rights. Last year,
Victor Valley held
Grossmont to only 213 total yards of offense during regular
season play, losing at home
7-16 against the Griffins, but going on the lose again to
Grossmont 7-49 in post season
play in the Southern California Bowl. “Chaffey always gives us a
good game,” says
Jordan, who also admits that “we have lots of work to do.” Both
teams will be gunning
for the men of G-House, ranked 6th in J.C. Grid-Wire pre-season
If the Griffins prevail over conference competitors as predicted
by coach Jordan, will the
Foothill championship be a stepping stone for the Southern Cal
and California State
championships later in the season? Besides the aforementioned
there are those pesky little pre-conference matchups with
powerhouse Palomar, J.C Grid-Wire’s #16 pick, and last year’s
California champs El
Camino, the projected #1 Junior College Football team for 2007.
Will this year’s Griffins be able to handle such a schedule? “I
like our chances going into
every game,” says coach Jordan. You could detect prudence in the
coach’s comments, but no lack of confidence in his players or
The casual observer might think that losses from last year’s
stellar defense would
handicap the 2007-model defense, but that didn’t seem to bother
the 2006 Griffin defense when they lost five all-conference
defenders from the 2005 National Championship team and then
proceeded to choke the opposition to an average of only 5.6
points per game in the regular season. Last year, Grossmont was
the stingiest scoring defense in the nation.
Jordan is not worried.
Great teams don’t rebuild, they just reload, and that is exactly
what coach Jordan claims
to have accomplished so far for 2007. “This is probably the best
freshman class I have
ever seen,” enthuses coach Jordan, adding that “we have lots of
returning sophomores in key leadership positions on both sides
of the ball.” ...not to mention a host of key
Jordan and his now-experienced coaching staff do indeed appear
to have plenty of
material to work with. Earlier in the summer, the defensive
backfield was considered a
potential vulnerability. As the season draws closer, the
questions seem to have been
answered by unexpected retentions and recruiting. DB Abraham
Muheize (5-11, 205)
provided a big boost by his decision to pass on a transfer to
Montana State and return
home to Grossmont for 2007.
Muheize will be joined in the defensive backfield by Adam
Herrod (5-11, 190) and San
Diego South all-Star DB, Luis Villavicenzio (5-11, 180). Herrod
was impressive at the
Scout.com combine as a wide receiver – who better to anticipate
the moves of his former compadres on the other side of the ball?
Villavicencio is a true “shutdown corner,” according to Mike
Hastings, Luis’ high school and all-Star coach. “He moves well
in space and has incredible body control off his feet,” says
Hastings. It helps to have 4.3
speed in the 40.
Fresh meat comes to the linebacker corps all the way from Fulton
where Kayman Sutton (6-1, 200) led his Creekside High playoff
team in tackles and
earned 4A all-State recognition two years in a row. Sutton is
joined by Placera’s Brian
Ray (6-1, 210).
The new linebackers will play behind one of the most experienced
and successful junior
college defensive lines in college football, led by returning
all-Foothill Conference DL
Matt Moss (6-4, 270), already committed to Texas A&M for 2008.
He is joined by DL
Valentino Tofaeono (6-2, 360) who wowed the scouts at the Citrus
combine with his
quickness - at 360 pounds?.? DL Ryan Glazer (6-3, 290) returns
to add to last year’s 60
tackles and 6 sacks. Glazer is committed to the University of
Kansas for next season. DE
Magnum Mauga (6-0, 265) returns to the lineup after taking a
medical redshirt in 2006
for a torn ACL. Mauga looks forward to terrorizing El Camino on
opening day, the way
he did two years ago in Grossmont’s semi-final victory over the
Warriors on their way to
the 2005 championship.
Grossmont has traditionally fielded excellent special teams, and
this year will be no
exception, especially with the new rule for kickoffs to start
from the 30 yard line. Special
teams coordinator Dave Jordan is blessed with a bevy of first
rate kickers, punters,
snappers and athletes to work with, and work with them he does.
Asked why the Griffins lavish attention on special teams in
practice, head coach Mike Jordan responds that “kicking is a
third of the game,” then goes on to praise his dad Dave, saying
“everything he does is done very well.”
Special teams talent includes the gifted veteran Brett Hasse,
who excels at all three
specialist kicking positions and would be an automatic starter
as place kicker, if not for a
challenge from Alcorn State bounce back Jonathan Williams (5-10,
185), who earned
post season all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors last
year as a place kicker for
the Braves. The two are in a neck-and-neck race to replace last
Conference place kicker Jared Ballman. Williams apparently has
the lead as far as kick
off duties are concerned. His deep kick offs will be well
covered by the fast and
experienced Grossmont coverage team, and the same level of
athletic talent and
experience will serve the return teams as well. Martin House
leads in the competition to
punt for the Griffins, and San Diego State Bounce back Pat Oberg
(6-3, 210) comes in to
compete for the long snapper position.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Griffins’ O-line may be
the most impressive of all.
“Both lines are D-I,” says Jordan, matter-of-factly. Returning
veteran and future
Louisville Cardinal C.J. Millenbah (6-4,360) is joined in the
trenches by returning center
Dan Rios (6-0, 290), University of Alabama-Birmingham bounce
back Keavis Watkins
(6-6, 350), yet another alumnus of Creekside high, and a bounce
back from Oregon,
Landis Provancha (6-5, 275). Provancha was a multiple sport
athlete (wrestling, track) at Sprague HS in Salem, Oregon, where
he led his team to the state championship in 2004 and made the
football all-State roster as a senior in 2005. Veteran TE Kyle
Marsom (6-3, 240) return from 2006, when he snagged 5 receptions
for 61 yards.
A pair of electric speedsters lead the 2007 Griffin offensive
backfield. Arizona bounce
back and 2005 all-CIF running back Garen Demery (5-8, 175) is a
scoring threat on any
given down. Together with Serra’s highly touted Chris Daniels
(5-9, 180), the duo rushed for more than a combined 4,300 yards
during their final high school campaigns. They are joined by
Kayman Sutton’s twin brother, running back Kimbi (6-1, 200).
At wide receiver, El Camino College donates greyshirt WR Ken
Fields to the Grossmont
transfer roster. Helix High’s own Chris Smith (6-3, 200), and El
Cajon Valley returner
Jeremy Young (5-10, 195) provide the Griffs with plenty of
additional offensive targets.
Young made 9 catches for 107 yards and a TD in 2006.
Despite the return of successful quarterback John Soli (6-1,
190), there is healthy
competition at quarterback for 2007. Sophomore Soli led last
year’s all-conference team,
but is being pressed hard by veterans Dan Lewis (6-2, 200) of
Tigard, Oregon, and 2005
returnee Blake Sutton (6-4, 205), who laid off in 2006. Sutton
was 24 of 43 for 520 yards passing and 7 TDs with only 2
interceptions as Reilly Murphy’s backup on the 2005
Griffin National Championship team. Newcomers Matt Jarvis,
Andrew Ruiz and Brandon
Fricke are in the mix and raising the stakes even higher.
Whoever wins the starting quarterback position at will have
plenty of protection up front
and lots of offensive weapons in the air and on the ground. This
offense looks to offer the traditional balanced Griffins attack
and may be better than last
Grossmont’s offense may have to carry more of the load this
year, as the defense faces
early season offensive threats, first against the potent and
equally balanced El Camino,
and then against the perennially powerful Palomar offense, which
may struggle, with the loss of All-American QB Tyler Lorenzen to
University of Connecticut. The Comets won
the last intra-county contest in 2002 by a single point, and
they always seems to come up with offensive talent and
El Camino may be the only junior college in the nation with big
men equal to
Grossmont’s own on either side of the ball. The results of the
September 1st showdown
between these powerhouse teams loaded with talent will not make
or break either team’s season, but it might give us a
preview of the Southern California Championship.
No matter who wins, the contest between the 2005 #1 and the 2006
#1 is sure to be
HEAD COACH and OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Michael Jordan,
2nd year as
head coach, 16th season coaching college football, including 8
yrs asst HC
Dave Jordan, Asst HC and Special Teams Coordinator, 36th yr
Steve Johns, DC, 2nd yr at Grossmont, 16th yr coaching college
Mark Deesing, DB, 18th yr
Anuyell Goodwin, WR, 8th yr
Garrett Robinson, LB, 4th yr
Ken Wilmesherr, OL, 2nd yr
Tim McMahon, DB asst, 2nd yr
Josh Barney, TE, 3rd yr
Matt Stern, DL, 2nd yr
Jamal Gardner, RB, 1st yr
2006 SEASON RECORD: 10-2
2006 Foothill Conference RECORD: 8-0
POSITION IN STANDINGS: 9th in 2006, Predicted 6th in 2007
2006 BOWL APPEARANCES:
Southern California Bowl: W 49-7 over Victor Valley
Southern California Semi-finals: L 13-6 to Bakersfield
RB Chris Daniels, DL Ryan Glazer, K Brett Hasse, P Martin House,
TE Kyle Marsom,
DE Magnum Mauga, OL CJ Millenbah, DL Matt Moss, DB Abraham
Valentino Tofaeono, OL Dan Rios, QB John Soli, QB Blake Sutton ,
WR Jeremy Young
KEY FRESHMAN RECRUITS:
DL Nick Armstrong, RB Richard Caldwell, RB Chris Daniels, LB
Cody Furr, DB Adam
Herrod, K Tim Maghiny, LB Brian Ray, LB Kayman Sutton, RB Kimbi
, Sutton, DB
RB Garen Demery, WR Ken Fields, TE Pat Oberg , OL Landis
Provancha, DL Keavis
Watkins, K Jon Williams
2007 GRIFFINS SCHEDULE
Date, Opponent, Time
Sept 1 – at #1 El Camino, 6 p.m.
Sept 8 – #16 Palomar, 3 p.m.
Sept 15 – Southwestern*, 3 p.m.
Sept 22 – at San Bernardino*, 7 p.m.
Sept 29 - at Chaffey*, 5 p.m.
Oct 6 – Desert*, 1 p.m.
Oct 13 – Victor Valley*, 1 p.m.
Oct 20 – at Antelope Valley*, 1 p.m.
Nov 3 – at S.D. Mesa*, 1 p.m.
Nov 10 – San Jacinto*, 1 p.m.
Grossmont, 9-2 in 2006 after claiming the Grid-Wire's
mythical national championship after capturing its second state
title in 2005, will be quickly tested in order to maintain its
lofty purch. The Griffins will take to the road in their Sat.,
Sept. 1 season opener, meeting defending state titlist El
Camino. The Warriors were tabbed No. 1 heading into the season
by Grid-Wire editor Hank Ives.
Following El Camino at the top ratings include: City College
of San Francisco, Butler (Kan.), Pearl River (Miss.), and
Bakersfield, which eliminated Grossmont in the Southern
California semifinals last season.
The second five features Grossmont at No. 6, followed by
Santa Rosa, defneding national champion Blinn (Texas), Fresno
and Saddleback. Grossmont's Week 2 opponent, Palomar, is ranked
No.16, but surprisingly none of the Griffins' Foothill
Conference rivals made the list.
The Griffins and Comets will meet at Grossmont's Mashin-Roth
Memorial Field on Sat., Sept. 8. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
The remainder of the preseason Top 30 is: No. 11 Snow (Utah),
No. 12 Mt. San Anrtonio, No. 13 Georgia Military, No. 14 College
of the Sequoias, No. 15 Coffeyville (Kan.), No. 16 Palomar, No.
17 Moorpark, No. 18 Cisco (Texas), No.19 Jones County (Miss.),
No. 20 College of San Mateo.
Gary Grimm, father of offensive lineman Andrew Grimm has
offered to provide any player or parent any of the images he has
taken this season free of charge. To contact Mr. Grimm simply
email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to note the players name
and the game from which you would like a photo. Grossmont
Athletics thanks Gary and our many other wonderful boosters for
their tireless support.