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Game Day

A Look at Today's Key Matchups

October 07, 2000

DIVISION III

* MENLO (2-2) vs. CAL LUTHERAN (1-2)

At Mt. Clef Stadium, Thousand Oaks, 1 p.m.

Cal Lutheran stopped a five-game losing streak dating to last season by rolling up 548 yards in a 59-27 nonconference victory over Chapman last week. Menlo has won two of the last three games against Cal Lutheran, including a 41-38 overtime decision last season. Coached by Doug Cosbie, former Dallas Cowboy tight end, Menlo is coming off a 38-9 victory over Whittier, a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe of the Kingsmen. The Oaks average 492.5 yards a game using a West Coast scheme. That's not surprising since former San Francisco 49er fullback Tom Rathman is the offensive coordinator. Senior Zamir Amin has thrown for 1,516 yards and 14 touchdowns by completing 114 of 158 passes with six interceptions. The Oaks lead the nation in passing offense at 374.0 yards per game. Menlo ranks 13th nationally in offense at 450.8 yards per game, with Cal Lutheran next at 449.3. The Kingsmen yield 403.0 yards per game. They will have their hands full trying to cover Nate Jackson, a 6-5, 215-pound sophomore who had 34 receptions for 524 yards and seven touchdowns. If the Kingsmen can contain Jackson, Amin will look to 6-5, 210-pound junior Gabe Amey, who had 29 receptions for 520 yards and a touchdown. Cal Lutheran is guided by Chris Czernek, who has thrown for 808 yards and four touchdowns by completing 71 of 110 passes. He has had three passes intercepted. Czernek moved into seventh on the school's career passing list with 2,573 yards after throwing for 256 yards by completing 16 of 26 passes last week. Dorian Stitt is fourth on the school's career rushing list with 2,211 yards after gaining 115 yards in 22 carries last week.

JUNIOR COLLEGE

* CANYONS (4-0, 2-0) vs. PIERCE (1-3, 1-1)

At Pierce, 7 p.m.

Let the air show begin. Two of the top passing teams in the state clash in this Western State Conference game. Canyons, ranked No. 6 in the state, features the two-pronged passing attack of sophomore Travis Winn and freshman David Parker. The Cougars are averaging 258.2 yards passing per game. Parker has 535 yards passing and four touchdowns; Winn has 498 yards and three touchdowns. Pierce is averaging 221.3 yards passing per game behind Jamaal Washington, who is third in the WSC with 831 yards and five touchdowns. Donald Carpenter of Pierce is second in the WSC with 574 yards rushing and the Brahmas lead the conference at 200.8 yards rushing per game. Canyons has the second-best defense in the WSC, allowing 208.7 yards per game. Silly mistakes kept the Brahmas from earning their first victory until last Saturday, when they defeated Santa Barbara, 34-19, to snap an 11-game losing streak. Canyons is coming off a 21-14 victory over Hancock.

* ANTELOPE VALLEY (2-2, 1-1) vs. CHAFFEY (4-0, 2-0)

At Chaffey, 7 p.m.

At first glance, Chaffey looks too formidable for the young Marauders. The Panthers are ranked No. 8 in the state and have an 11-game winning streak, the school's longest since 1937. They are 5-1 against Antelope Valley since 1994. The Panthers top the Foothill Conference in offense at 411.5 yards per game and in defense at 177.8 yards per game. Jeff Disney is passing at a 218.6-yard clip. Before clobbering San Bernardino Valley, 44-0, last week, the Panthers struggled to defeat unheralded Mt. San Jacinto, 16-13, the week before. Antelope Valley rebounded last week to dump Desert, 30-14, after lopsided losses to Canyons and Grossmont. Cory Allred continues to improve, throwing for 264 yards and two touchdowns against Desert.

* OTHER GAMES

Junior College: Western State Conference, 7 p.m.--Hancock (3-1, 1-1) at Valley (1-3, 1-1), Glendale (2-2, 1-1) vs. Ventura (1-3, 0-2) at Ventura High, Santa Barbara (0-4, 0-2) at Moorpark (3-1, 2-0).

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