Lynwood has won 30 straight league games, but may have a tough time keeping that going because the league is much improved following a couple of down seasons. Still, the Knights are favored to win the league title again, with Paramount foremost among the challengers.
1. LYNWOOD--The best part of his team, says Coach Larry Anderson, is the offensive line, which is talented as well as huge. The leader is right guard Emmanuel Onwutuebe, whom Anderson believes may be the best player in the league. That line should open holes for the team's top running back, all-league Austin McCowan. Lynwood coaches have been trying since February to teach Keith Nixon, heretofore a wide receiver and running back, to play quarterback.
2. PARAMOUNT--The Pirates have worked hard in the weight room to add strength to a team that is quick and experienced (22 returning lettermen). Quarterback Kojuan Williams has led the team to the playoffs two straight years. Frank Harper is a three-year starter at free safety for a defense that Coach Ken Suxh expects to be good. Paramount, which lost to Lynwood, 26-0 last season, won't play the Knights until the last game of the season.
3. CERRITOS--There are several good seniors on this team, including all-league linebacker Gerardo Perez, who leads a young defense, and 6-5, 240-pound offensive tackle Ron Scranton. The new quarterback is senior Adam Price. Four players are trying to replace All-Southern Conference running back Andre Wooten, who graduated.