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1987 Preview : Valley Football : High School Previews : Pac 8

September 10, 1987

Teams listed in predicted order of finish by Times staff writers. Reseda

COACH: Joel Schaeffer, 10th year

LAST SEASON: 10-2; 2nd in league, 5-2

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Heading the list of returning players is senior David Wilson (6-1, 195), the City 2-A Player of the Year, at tight end and inside linebacker. Senior tailback Ron Wilkinson (6-0, 180), who ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of last season's City final against University, rushed for 1,065 yards and 16 touchdowns en route to All-City honors. Senior defensive back Sam Edwards (6-2, 185), another All-City player, had nine interceptions. In addition to making 35 extra points and 4 field goals, senior kicker George Konstantinopoulos knocked 13 kickoffs out of the end zone. Center/linebacker Shawn Peet (6-0, 205), wide receiver/linebacker Kevin Gravning and fullback Chris Vargas, who rushed for 654 yards and eight touchdowns, made last year's all-league team. With all that talent, the one big question mark is at quarterback, where junior Coley Kyman (6-5, 185) has the inside track.

OUTLOOK: Reseda, the defending City 2-A champion with four All-City and three other all-league players returning, are the team to beat again this year. "We're not going to make any changes at all," Schaeffer said. "When you have a good recipe you don't want to mess around with it. I'd be a fool if I did. I just ask the players to improve and we'll have a good season."

North Hollywood

COACH: Fred Grimes, second year

LAST SEASON: 5-3-1; 4th in league, 3-3-1

PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Huskies have most of their starters returning from a team that averaged 244.1 yards per game in total offense. With his offense set, Grimes is aiming to improve the defense, which gave up 50 points to Reseda last year. Senior Tom Freas (6-0, 190), an all-league linebacker, is the defensive leader. He will play behind bookend senior tackles David Allen (6-3, 260) and Richard Oldhaffer (6-3, 260). Senior Lolesio Takapu (6-1, 205) is a newcomer who will play either linebacker or on the line. Senior Chavo Nunez (5-9, 145), the league's B Player of the Year, will start at safety. Offensively, the Huskies, who worked hard on the passing game this summer, will rely on senior James Crump (5-9, 150), who threw for 577 yards and four touchdowns last year. Senior running back Chip Grant (5-6, 150) averaged 5.2 yards per carry last year. Junior tight end Russell Greene (6-2, 190) started as a sophomore. Senior wide receiver Francisco Anaya (6-3, 170) runs sharp patterns and has good hands. Grimes expects more people to play both ways.

OUTLOOK: "I feel real strongly that we'll have more depth this year," Grimes said. "Defensively, I know we'll be much stronger. We just have to throw the ball more. Last year we were inexperienced. This year we are going in knowing we can play football."

Westchester

COACH: Larry Wein, sixth year

LAST SEASON: 4-4-1; 4th in league, 3-3-1

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Experience in the line will help make Westchester a playoff contender, but inexperience at quarterback and in the secondary should prevent the Comets from finishing higher than third. Junior Damian Smith (6-2, 185), and senior Bart Dowlatshahi (6-2, 190), a transfer from Hamilton, are competing for the starting quarterback job. The team's best offensive player is senior running back Kevin Owens (5-10, 160). Senior Brian Bowers (5-10, 165) plays wide receiver, safety and is the punter. Senior Brian Smith (6-2, 200) has switched from offensive tackle to tight end, and also starts at linebacker. The Comets have size in seniors Xavier Atkins (6-4, 278), a two-way tackle, and nose tackle Kevin Johnson (6-2, 275).

OUTLOOK: Said Wein: "We are probably going to have to play good defense and not allow other teams to score a lot of points because I don't think we will be a high-scoring team."

University

COACH: Brad Ratcliff, first year

LAST SEASON: 10-2; 1st in league, 6-1

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Joe Sedia, who retired after 25 seasons as coach, didn't leave much talent. Ratcliff, with only one offensive starter returning from the defending league champs and City 2-A finalists, must start over. Wide receiver Todd May (5-10, 160), a senior, is the only returning starter. The quarterback is senior Craig Perry (5-10, 160), last year's backup. Senior Reggie Moore (5-11, 185) will be the tailback and Ronnie Edwards (6-1, 170)--a fine receiver out of the backfield--will play in passing situations. Junior Brian Townsley (5-11, 160) is a sure-handed wide receiver. Center Noel Wax (6-0, 175) and tackle Bill Chuan (6-2, 195), both seniors, will start on the offensive line. Defensively, the Warriors are led by all-league senior linebacker George Anderson (5-10, 195). Senior Salvador Moreno (6-0, 190) and junior Reynaldo Woodard (5-10, 185) are also strong linebackers. Seniors Chris Ayears (6-0, 180) and Tony McGlothlin (5-10, 155) head a solid secondary.

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