Bret Johnson: He was the county's highest rated quarterback, throwing 20 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions. He completed 133 of 203 passes and was named the South Coast League's offensive player of the year. "Bret throws the ball as well as a college quarterback," said his coach and father, Bob Johnson. "He's an unbelievable team leader and a winner who had a great year."
Mike Miscione: The county's leading rusher gained 1,665 yards in 241 carries for a 6.9 average. Miscione gained more than 900 yards in his final four games. He also scored 18 touchdowns. He gained 348 yards against rival El Dorado, the second-highest single-game rushing statistic ever in the county. "Mike is a fantastic kid," said Esperanza Coach Gary Meek. "He's the school's ASB president, a dedicated, hard worker and a good student. He's a tough runner to bring down."
Robert Lee: After a slow start, Lee averaged 200 yards rushing per game in his final five games. He finished with 1,171 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. "Robert has been sensational since the middle of the season," said Santa Ana Coach Dick Hill. "I've coached Randy Meadows (Downey) and Myron White (Santa Ana Valley), and Robert rates with the best of them. He's a big, physical runner who is very tough to tackle one-on-one."