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CHAFFEY CUTS TO THE CHASE TO CUT DOWN KOBE, CANYONS.

Byline: Lee Barnathan

Hey, Chris Kobe! Want to lose weight while playing football? It's so easy. Just participate in the ``Chase the Quarterback Workout.'' Guaranteed to shed those pounds as you elude defensive linemen and linebackers.

It never was supposed to be part of Saturday's game plan, but Kobe, College of the Canyons quarterback, found himself being chased all day by Chaffey's defense in the Southern California Bowl, the result of his offensive line failing him.

It wasn't his fault. With All-American Jason Youngs (ankle injury suffered two weeks ago) and John Bondarczuk (bone spurs in both feet) playing hurt, the offensive line offered little protection.

``I thought everyone knew what they were doing,'' Youngs said, ``but someone was always getting free (because of) a missed block or a missed read. (Injuries) don't help. It played a big part of it, but we've got to play through it.''

As a result, Kobe completed just 17 of 39 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, coming in the game's final minute.

Kobe didn't blame his line, saying a lingering virus affected him. Yet it isn't easy to drop back and complete a long pass when the defense is in your face so quickly.

In fact, Kobe threw three interceptions, fumbled twice after being hit and completed three other passes for losses because he was scrambling. He finished with a team-high 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

``At least Kobe didn't throw up,'' Canyons coach Chuck Lyon said. ``He's been sick.''

The pressure didn't stop in the game's final minutes, either, and this was a three-man rush. But Kobe succeeded with two rushes for more than 10 yards.

``Their defense did a good job,'' Kobe said, his uniform among the team's dirtiest. ``This team (Chaffey) brings a lot of heat. I don't know what they were doing different. They blitzed more.''

Youngs received word this week that he had been selected All-America by the J.C. Grid-Wire. But his sore right ankle prevented him from being able to effectively run-block. At one point, he started yelling at the sideline that he couldn't kick-stop because his sore Achilles wouldn't let him.

``That wasn't me,'' he said.

But that was Kobe losing weight and his team losing the game.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Dec 5, 1999
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