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Times Names Westside's Top Gridiron Performers

December 12, 1985|RAY RIPTON | Times Staff Writer

Fairfax High School may have had the best football team in its history this season. The Lions, champions of the 3-A Crosstown League, had an 11-0 record.

Venice High, which won the 2-A Pac 8 League title, was 9-2 and had its best year since its 1977 squad won the old Western League championship and finished at 8-0-1.

Santa Monica and Beverly Hills were each 6-4 and were the Westside's strongest teams in CIF-Southern Section competition.

Each of those teams is well represented on The Times' 1985 All-Westside high school first and second teams.

The 23-man teams, each with a kicker, were selected primarily on the basis of a poll of local prep coaches. The order in which a coach nominated his players was a strong factor for placing them on the first or second team. If a player was not nominated by his coach, he was not considered.

Offensive Line

The first team on offense includes receivers Travis Clark of Santa Monica and Gregg Silver of Beverly Hills and linemen Dale Evans of Santa Monica, Eduardo Vega of Hamilton, Alvin Thomas of Fairfax, David Ellis of Beverly Hills and Sean Robinson of Palisades.

The quarterback is Santa Monica's Pat O'Hara, and the running backs are Rodney Dorsett (actually a quarterback) of Fairfax, William J. Harris of University and Michael Hale of Fairfax. The kicker is Beverly Hills punter Alan Glazer.

There was a host of nominations for linebackers, so several players are out of position on defense. The first team on defense has linemen Damian Penn of Culver City, Bob Tomaselli and Paul Nikcevic, both of Venice, and Derek Flot of Hamilton. At linebacker are David Buchbinder of Beverly Hills, Derek Mallard of Fairfax and Santa Monica's Bernard Shockley. The defensive backs are Culver City's Bob Beighey, LaTrelle Barnes of Fairfax, London Sattiewhite of Santa Monica and Haamid Wadood of Fairfax.

Members of the first team will be honored at the annual Times High School Football Brunch and Awards Presentation at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way.

Speakers From Academy

Featured speakers will be Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, and Bruce Johnson, defensive coordinator of the academy's football team, which will play Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 30.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times Fund, the invitational event will bring together players from the first teams on all-star squads in 10 Times circulation areas: Westside, Central Los Angeles, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast, South Coast, Glendale, Centinela-South Bay, San Fernando Valley and San Diego County.

Parents and the head coach of each all-star has been invited. All high school head football coaches are welcome. Each player will receive a plaque and certificate. A lineman, back and coach of the year will be announced for each Times section, and they will receive trophies.

Repeaters from last year's team are O'Hara and Barnes. Vega, Thomas, Hale and Harris were named to the 1984 second team.

11 TDs for Clark

Clark specialized in the acrobatic touchdown catch. He caught 48 passes for 746 yards, an average of more than 15.5 yards a reception, and he had 11 touchdown catches.

Silver specialized in nearly everything. He was credited with 40 receptions for 703 yards, a 17.6-yard average, and 7 touchdowns. He returned nine punts for 148 yards, a 16.4-yard average, and one touchdown. As a defensive back, he was in on a flock of tackles, had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, caused three fumbles and deflected a pass.

The offensive line, averaging 6-4 and 260 pounds, is probably the largest in Westside prep history.

Santa Monica Coach Tebb Kusserow said two-way tackle Evans (6-0, 240) was "an excellent blocker and strong on defense."

Vega (6-6, 298) is the biggest all-star, and his coach, Dave Lertzman, said he felt his big man, who also played defensive end, was "the best lineman in the city." He had 29 tackles and 27 assists, kicked 5 field goals (including a 53-yarder), and Hamilton's Lertzman said he made 97% of his blocks.

High Praise for Thomas

Fairfax Coach Dennis Furlong said Thomas (6-1 1/2, 247) was simply his "best offensive lineman" on a team that had loads of offense. In 10 games, the Lions outscored opponents, 322-51, and defeated foes by an average of more than 27 points.

Ellis (6-7, 265), a two-way tackle, was the best offensive lineman for Beverly Hills. Norman backs made much of their yardage running behind him.

Robinson (6-5, 262) transferred to Palisades High from Oregon and was a two-way lineman who excelled both ways. His presence was a big reason why the Dolphins bounced back from a 1-8 season last year to 4-6 this year.

In two years, O'Hara threw for 3,703 yards and accounted for 44 touchdowns. That should say enough about his ability as a quarterback.

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