Area colleges hit the road, return with victories under belts

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It’s a rare weekend when all four San Diego County community college football team each come away with victories. However, the season openers proved fruitful for each program thanks to an influx of East County products.

Leading the way was Grossmont College, which traveled to the low desert yet refused to wilt in the 106-degree heat, scoring 30 unanswered points in the second half to whip College of the Desert, 36-3.

It’s a rare weekend when all four San Diego County community college football team each come away with victories. However, the season openers proved fruitful for each program thanks to an influx of East County products.

Leading the way was Grossmont College, which traveled to the low desert yet refused to wilt in the 106-degree heat, scoring 30 unanswered points in the second half to whip College of the Desert, 36-3.

Griffins defensive back Kweishi Brown, a freshman from Valhalla High, registered three interceptions, just one short of the school mark first established by Dave Nuttall in 1965.

Meanwhile, Griffins freshman linebacker Ian Seau played havoc with the Roadrunners’ offensive line throughout Saturday’s ballgame. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound freshman collected eight tackles, including five for losses, as Grossmont limited the hosts to just 284 yards in total offense.

Leading 12-3 on four field goals of 43, 42, 46 and 24 yards by Connor Derby, the Griffins broke the game opener when El Cajon Valley alum Jesse Codere hauled in a 90-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Bonner.

 This Saturday, Grossmont’s home opener will feature crosstown foe Mesa College in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Mashin-Roth Memorial Field.
Elsewhere in a Top 20 match-up in Torrance, receiver Mike Hodges (Monte Vista) grabbed a pair of TD passes, while Chad Dobbins rushed 31 times fort 170 yards to lift No. 16 Palomar past No. 12 El Camino, 20-7.

Southwestern took a 55-33 road victory at West Los Angeles, Defender Josh Sakover equaled a record with a 100-yard runback of an interception for a touchdown.

In addition, San Diego Mesa downed L.A. Southwest, 24-8. La Mesa resident Joe Kennedy, who prepped at Helix and St. Augustine, threw for 198 yards and a pair of scores.

 

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