Jags’ 3-1 start fuels bowl hopes





[media-credit name=”Misael Virgen/Staff” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Football coach Ed Carberry could be forgiven for mixed metaphors after his team rebounded from a season-opening thrash with a dominant performance that launched a three-game winning streak.




“We were at the absolute bottom of the barrel, and this week we are on top of the mountain,” he said following a 31-10 romp over San Diego Mesa.

Just a week earlier SWC had been run-over by nationally-ranked Palomar College, 45-13. The Jaguars have bounced to a 3-1 record after a thrilling 40-37 win over perennial powerhouse Grossmont and a 20-10 victory over Mt. San Jacinto College.

SWC grabbed the lead early against Mt. San Jacinto when wide receiver Cass White scored on a 38-yard rush. Only a fire across the street from DeVore Stadium could interrupt the Jaguars patient offense and aggressive defense. Defensive lineman Jamiel Raymore had a sack and the secondary snagged three interceptions, including a last-second pick by Rodney Williams to close out the game.

Defensive coordinator Dionicio Monarrez praised his players.

“The defense did not quit, they kept coming,” he said. “Everybody hustled and got to the ball.”

Running back Patrick Mitchell filled in for Aaron Harris, who did not suit up for the game. Mitchell ran for 108 yards and a touchdown. Carberry said he was impressed.

“Patrick Mitchell is doing a great job,” he said. “He is not a big guy, but he plays big.”

Carberry said Jaguar players are attracting college scouts.

“SDSU recruiters were looking at two offensive tackles, sophomores Mark Pouvave and Marcus Clements,” he said.

Clements is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips.

The Jags will visit 1-3 San Bernardino Valley College on Saturday.


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