Quarterback Mike Reddington of CIF champion Leuzinger, lineman Mark Tucker of City champion Banning and record-setting Coach Gene Vollnogle of Carson were the top award winners Sunday at The Times' football awards brunch.
The 6-2, 185-pound Reddington, who led Leuzinger to the Desert-Mountain Conference title--Leuzinger's first ever--and a 12-1-1 record, best in the South Bay, was named South Bay back of the year for his leadership skills as well as his outstanding statistics: nearly 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns passing, more than 900 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing. He threw for seven touchdowns in the playoffs.
Reddington also played defensive back. He is the first back of the year in a decade not to come from Banning, Carson or Gardena.
Banning is well-represented, however, by Tucker, the biggest player on the All-South Bay team at 6-5, 260 pounds. The two-year starting offensive lineman was cited by scouts as a standout college prospect for his combination of size and his polished blocking skills.