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Delta, MJC to battle for conference title

Both schools feature several prep standouts from area

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Delta, MJC to battle for conference title

Sierra High graduate Jarrod Daniels will be a key component in Modesto's quest for a piece of the Valley Conference title Saturday against Delta College.

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POSTED November 12, 2010 2:57 a.m.
When the Valley Conference football schedule ends this weekend, several former area standouts will try and make a difference for their respective squads, during a season-ending matchup with playoff implications between San Joaquin Delta and Modesto Junior College Saturday.

Both teams come into the contest ranked in the California Community College regional state poll’s top-10. Delta (3-1 VC, 7-2 overall) is coming off a 41-38 loss to No. 4 Fresno, while Modesto (3-1, 7-2) slammed Sierra 58-28 last week.

Now the two clubs meet up with a portion of the Valley Conference title on the line. The winner of the game will earn a share of the league title, sharing it with Fresno Community College, which beat both Modesto and Delta, but lost to Sequoias three weeks ago.

Bowl game berths are likely for both clubs, with each team hosting a bowl game and already earning the bowl-eligible minimum total of six. If Fresno is upset by No. 19-ranked Reedley College Saturday, the winner of the Modesto-Delta game will become Valley Conference champions and meet up with top ranked San Francisco City College in the Northern California championship. A victory there will pit the club against the Southern California winner for the state title.

Several of the area standouts have continued the progression and are making a positive impact with the two area community colleges. Delta College defensive back, and 2008 Manteca High graduate, Beau Fryer is one player who has made the transition.

Fryer had a strong performance in Delta’s loss to Fresno, leading the defensive unit with seven solo tackles while turning in his team-high third pick in the contest. Fryer also currently boasts the Mustangs’ longest punt return of the season with a 70-yard touchdown return in a win against San Jose.

Modesto has also garnered significant impact from local talent, with 2009 Sierra High graduate Jarrod Daniels leading the team’s ground attack. Daniels and ’07 Valley Oak League MVP Devin Brooks have controlled the Pirates’ rushing attack, with Daniels racking up 482 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 5.0 yards-per-carry average is tops on the team.

The kicking duties will both be handled by local products, as Modesto will depend on ’09 Sierra graduate Anthony Hall, and Delta will depend on the right foot of ’09 Manteca High graduate Bradley Hatfield. Hall has nailed five field goals for the Pirates and converted on 27-of-31 PATs, while Hatfield has kicked six field goals and is a perfect 35-for-35 on PATs.

East Union graduate Dennis Johnson has been successful in minimal action for the Mustangs, making his most significant contributions two weeks ago in Delta’s 48-14 win over Sierra. Johnson scampered for 58 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown in the win.
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