San Diego County’s JC football teams go head- to – head

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San Diego County’s four community college football teams were in action—against one another in conference play—for the first and only time this season last Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Grossmont College Griffins and Palomar Comets are members of the National Southern Conference while the San Diego Mesa Olympians and the Southwestern College Jaguars are members of the American Mountain Conference.

San Diego County’s four community college football teams were in action—against one another in conference play—for the first and only time this season last Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Grossmont College Griffins and Palomar Comets are members of the National Southern Conference while the San Diego Mesa Olympians and the Southwestern College Jaguars are members of the American Mountain Conference.

Palomar defeated Grossmont, 41-24, to improve to 1-1 in conference play, 3-2 overall, while the Griffins dropped to 0-2 in conference play, 2-3 overall.

Meanwhile, Southwestern flattened host Mesa, 55-7, to even its conference record at 1-1 and improve to 4-1, while Mesa dropped to 0-2 in conference play, 1-4 overall.

In a match-up of early season 3-0 unbeaten teams on Sept. 27, Southwestern failed to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities in surrendering a 34-31 decision to the visiting Victor Valley Rams (now 5-0 on the season).

In non-conference play, Southwestern rolled over Grossmont, 35-6, in the teams’ season opener on Sept. 6.

Pigskin parade

The California Community College Athletic Association governs JC football in the Golden State. Currently, there are 10 conferences playing in two divisions in the state with 69 total teams. 

Conferences within the Southern California Football Association include the National Southern, National Northern, National Central, American Mountain, American Pacific; the Northern California Football Association features five likewise conferences: American-Golden Coast, American-Pacific 7, National-Bay 6 National-Nor Cal and National-Valley.

Post-season play features both standalone bowl games and a statewide playoff system.

Grossmont lost, 64-33, to Cerritos in last year’s Western State Bowl.

Southwestern has appeared in bowl games in each of the past two years — and won them both. The Jaguars defeated San Bernardino, 34-23, in last year’s Patriotic Bowl.

Leaderboard

Grossmont’s victories this season have come against Pasadena (17-14 on Sept. 13) and Riverside (38-28 on Sept. 20), both in non-conference contests. The Griffins next play at Mt. San Antonio this Saturday, Oct. 11.  Kick-off is 6 p.m.

Freshman quarterback Michael Carrillo has passed for 1,142 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions to rank 16th overall in the state. 

Carrillo completed 15 of 25 passing attempts for 176 yards with one touchdown in the win over Pasadena; he passed for 237 yards with three TDs and two interceptions in the victory against Riverside.

Thomas McDonald (11 rushes, 87 yards) and Ryan Williams (15 rushes, 42 yards) each scored on touchdown runs in the win over Riverside. 

Carrillo completed 20 of 34 passing attempts for 307 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in last week’s loss to Palomar while also rushing for a score.

Tommy Pistone was five-of-11 for 48 yards with one touchdown completion and one interception. Christian Brooks (five catches, 78 yards), McDonald (two catches, 66 yards) and Michael Zakhar (once catch, five yards) each had TD receptions against the Comets.

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