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ORANGE COUNTY PREP FRIDAY : Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide : For Roadstrom and Co., Shutting Down Running Backs Is All in a Day's Work

October 23, 1987|TOM HAMILTON | Times Staff Writer

A disappointing moment for Roadstrom is rare on the football field. He said he enjoys being on the field with his friends, whether it is game day or a practice session.

"We're like a family," he said. "Everyone is always pulling for each other. We're always talking about getting a shutout before every game. "

Roadstrom has certainly left some impressions with opposing coaches this season.

Herb Hill, the dean of county coaches with 28 years at Rancho Alamitos and Loara, said, "He's a very good player. Big, strong and he covers a lot of ground. He was tough, but then I thought their whole team was tougher than hell."

Chris Ramsey, whose Marina team was shut out, 27-0, by the Griffins, said, "When we first scouted Los Alamitos, Roadstrom looked real good. He stood out. When we played them, he was even better.

"We've played against some good linebackers (Mike Petko and Garrett Greedy of Servite and Joe Silvey of Mater Dei), and he's one of the best we've seen."

LOS ALAMITOS VS. EL DORADO

RECORDS--Los Alamitos 5-1, 1-0, El Dorado 5-0-1, 0-0-1.

SITE--Bradford Stadium, Valencia High School

LOS ALAMITOS UPDATE--The Griffins haven't given up a point since a 10-7 loss to Tustin in the second week of the season, and, if last week's 31-0 beating of Loara is any indication, appear to be the Empire League's top team. Los Alamitos has four straight shutouts since its loss. The Griffins have scored fewer than 27 points only once. Quarterback Todd Gragnano, a sophomore, is one of the big reasons for the Griffins' success. Gragnano has thrown for more than 800 yards and has completed 60% of his passes with only 1 interception. Wide receiver Jon Cisneros is Gragnano's favorite target. Cisneros has 27 catches for 477 yards. Marcus Garcia, the Griffins' leading rusher, has scored 10 touchdowns. Roger Roadstrom, a senior middle linebacker, has helped to clamp down on opposing offenses.

EL DORADO UPDATE--El Dorado will try to bounce back from a 13-13 tie with Katella last week that was almost a 13-10 loss. Phillip Nevin kicked a late field goal to bail out the Golden Hawks. Running back Chris Olsen continues to be the Golden Hawks' workhorse. He is the county's fourth-leading rusher with 761 yards and 9 touchdowns in 130 carries. Olsen rushed for 96 yards in 26 carries last week. Quarterback Kevin Schula returned last week from a three-week layoff caused by a foot injury. Schula was 7 of 16 for 122 yards and also ran for a touchdown. Except for the tie with Katella, El Dorado has been impressive in rebounding from a 2-8 record last season, and it figures to challenge for the league title. Esperanza's tie with Cypress last week helped El Dorado stay close.

KEY TO THE GAME--Defense is the key. The Golden Hawks need to find a way to dent the Griffins' stingy defense. Los Alamitos, which has drastically slowed Empire League runners in recent years, has to stop Olsen.

CONSENSUS--The edge goes to Los Alamitos, which seems to have everything clicking. The consecutive shutouts, the high-powered offense, the hard-nosed defense against the run will be too much for El Dorado to handle.

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