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Santa Monica College has released their upcoming 2013 football schedule. Due to being placed on probation, the Corsairs are not eligible to a postseason bowl game.
SMC was 9-2 last season and won the American Pacific Conference.
The schedule is below:
Coming off back-to-back conference titles for the first time in more than 30 years, the atmosphere during the first week of Santa Monica College’s spring football practice seemed electric.
“It was like our practice was turned up a notch today,” said head coach Gifford Lindheim. “For our first spring practice, I don’t think we ever had as many plays as we had today.”
Part of that reason is the implementation of a high-paced Oregon style system that new offensive coordinator Tim Kaub brings to Corsair Field after spending three seasons in the same capacity at Narbonne High, were the Gauchos won two straight LA City titles.
Even with the energy, Lindheim knows that one of his top priorities is to fill key positions in the offense that loses almost every starter at the skill positions.
First on the list is to identify a replacement of record-setting quarterback Alfonso Medina who threw for 5,345 yards and 61 touchdowns in his two years behind center.
Three players look to be in contention for the job.
Banuelos has spent the last three seasons on the Corsairs sideline helping the team win back-to-back conference titles, an accomplishment not done in 30 previous years. One of his players, Moldova-born offensive tackle Alexandru Ceachir, earned a scholarship to UCLA in 2011.
This will not be the first time the St. Bernard alum has been in charge of a program. Banuelos had two stints as head coach at Pierce College in 1999-2000 and 2002-05. He has also been an offensive coordinator at LA Southwest, LA Valley and Santa Monica College.
The desire to lead his own team was too much for Banuelos to pass up.
Santa Monica College quarterback Alfonso Medina announced that he has committed to play football next year at Weber State University, a member of the Big Sky Conference.
Medina made an official visit last weekend to the Odgen, Utah campus and had an in-home visit from offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach and wide receiver coach Craig Stutzmann on Tuesday before making his decision to become a Wildcat.
“I loved it when I went on my official visit. The feeling of the town, the program, and the people in the athletic department from the AD to the secretaries was a wonderful experience,” said Medina. “They run a similar system to ours [at SMC] and having a chance to compete for a starting spot is all I can ask for.”
The sophomore is a high school qualifier and is expected to sign his letter of intent on December 19th, the first day of JC mid-year signing period. He will begin classes on January 7th.
During his time with the Corsairs, Medina was a two-year starter and threw for 5,345 yards and 61 touchdowns to lead SMC to its first back-to-back conference titles in 31 years.
Gordon was named twice to this year’s All-Pacific Conference team, once at receiver and as an all-purpose player for his special teams play. The sophomore averaged nearly 30 yards per kickoff return and finished the season with 818 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Corsairs to a 9-2 record.
Santa Monica College and West LA College have 21 football players selected to All-Pacific Conference Team
Twenty-one Santa Monica and West LA College football players were named to the All-Pacific Conference team, the Los Angeles Sports Journal has learned exclusively.
Earlier in the week, the Sports Journal broke the news that SMC quarterback Alfonso Medina and defensive back Qujuan Floyd were announced as the conference’s offensive and defensive players of the year.
Among the players earning honors were Ralph Gordon, a Westchester High graduate, who was named twice on first team All-League at both wide receiver and as an all-purpose player for the Corsairs. He had 744 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns on the season.
Fellow wide receiver Reggie Mitchell (Hamilton High) earned a spot on the first team along with running back Myles Johnson (Carson High) who became the first Corsair to pass the 1,000 yard mark in 12 years.
Defensive lineman Kaylin Ayers was the only West LA College player to named as a first team selection. Ayers finished with 61 tackles and a league-leading eight sacks for the Wildcats.
The list of the team is below.
Santa Monica College head coach Gifford Lindheim has been named the American Pacific Conference coach of the year. It is the second consecutive year that Lindheim has won the award.
The American Pacific Conference honored a duo of Santa Monica College players with the league top awards.
Quarterback Alfonso Medina earned Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,382 yards and his 28 touchdowns broke the college’s single season record that he set last year.
Qujuan Floyd from Crenshaw High was named the Defensive Player of the Year. The defensive back had 49 tackles and seven interceptions, the most for a Santa Monica College player in the last fifteen years. His late pick in the fourth quarter help preserve a 24-21 win against Antelope Valley to give the Corsairs their first back-to-back conference titles since 1980.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Santa Monica College 17, LA Valley 0
Antelope Valley 45, West Los Angeles College 23
Santa Monica College quarterback Alfonso Medina was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Week after breaking the school’s career touchdown record in s 68-0 victory over LA Southwest. The sophomore from Venice High threw for 274 yards with 3 touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of play on Saturday.
For the year, Medina has compeleted 57% of his passes for 1309 yards with 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Head coach Gifford Lindheim talked about Medina performance after the game.
“He is such a surgeon with the football. He is not the biggest guy or has the strongest arm but he is meticulous in the way he throws the football and operates the offense,” said Lindheim.
Santa Monica College continue to be in a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Conference and West LA College picks up its first league victory.
|1. Antelope Valley||3-0||5-1|
|1. LA Pierce||3-0||5-1|
|1. Santa Monica||3-0||5-1|
|4. Santa Barbara||2-1||3-3|
|5. West LA||1-2||2-4|
|6. LA Southwest||0-3||1-5|
|6. LA Valley||0-3||0-6|
|1. Antelope Valley||2-0||4-1|
|1. LA Pierce||2-0||4-1|
|1. Santa Monica||2-0||4-1|
|4. Santa Barbara||2-0||3-2|
|4. LA Southwest||0-2||1-4|
|4. West LA||0-2||1-4|
|4. LA Valley||0-2||0-5|
One yard was the difference between happiness and disappointment. Glendale running back Collin Keoshian ran a dive up the middle, but was met by a platoon of Santa Monica College defenders before he could reach the first down marker.
After the measurement proved just short for the Vaqueros, SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim breathed a sigh of relief knowing that he and his team escaped with a 35-32 victory Saturday at Sartoris field.
Last season was a turning point for Santa Monica College. The Corsairs won their first American Pacific Conference title since 2003, but were stopped in the postseason by East L.A College losing 42-28 in the American Championship Bowl.
Despite the postseason loss, several players were voted to the All-Conference team and five were sent to 4-year universities. Even with those players leaving, the Corsairs return a group of guys that are hungrier for success.