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ORANGE COUNTY PREP WEDNESDAY : The Times' All-County Team : The Class of '87 Season Headed by Johnson, Lee

December 09, 1987|TOM HAMILTON | Times Staff Writer

Repeat performers Bret Johnson of El Toro High School and Robert Lee of Santa Ana head the list of selections for The Times' 29th All-Orange County football team.

Johnson, who was selected as the team's quarterback, has led the Chargers to the Southern Conference championship game for the second straight season. Johnson has not lost a game that he has started in the past two seasons.

Lee, a rugged 200-pound tailback, finished a brilliant three-year career with 4,388 yards, the second-best mark in county history. Ray Pallares of Valencia established the county and state mark of 5,396 yards in 1983-85.

In three seasons, Lee helped lead the Saints to two championship games and a semifinal game. Santa Ana dominates the team with four first-team selections and one second-team selection.

The team was chosen based on ballots returned from the coaches at the county's 58 high schools.

Bolsa Grande, the county's No. 1-ranked team at the conclusion of the regular season, is represented by tailback Ricky Lepule and free safety Damon Fisher. Valencia, which qualified for its second Central Conference title game in two years, is represented by wide receiver Mike Edwards and middle guard Fred Jenkins.

Joining Johnson and Lee as repeat selections are Jose Avalos of Santa Ana, Ray Smith of Westminster, Kevin Capps of La Habra and Edwards.

Pat Blottiaux, Servite's record-setting kicker, also is a first-team choice. Blottiaux had six field goals measuring 50 yards or more, including a county-record kick of 56 yards.

Twenty-six schools are represented on the first and second teams. Oscar Wilson, Santa Ana's sophomore defensive lineman, was the only underclassman selected.

Wilson becomes the first sophomore to earn first-team honors in 20 years. Last season, seven juniors were selected to the team.

The back, lineman and coach of the year will be announced at an awards ceremony honoring the 23 first-team selections at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.

Larry Smith, who guided USC to a Rose Bowl berth in his first season, will be the guest speaker. Bill Dwyre, The Times' sports editor, will present the first Glenn Davis Trophy to the outstanding prep player in Southern California. ALL-COUNTY OFFENSE MIKE EDWARDS


A three-year starter in the secondary, Edwards was a second-team selection as a defensive back last year. He has been the Tigers' leading receiver the past two seasons. His 32-yard touchdown reception against Anaheim was one of the most acrobatic catches of the season. Edwards calls the defensive signals for the Tigers.



Cisneros, who caught 39 passes for 608 yards in the regular season, has helped Los Alamitos advance to Saturday night's Southern Conference championship game. "We had a young quarterback (sophomore Adam Gragnano), and Jon stabilized our passing game," said John Barnes, Los Alamitos coach.



Schmitt, the county's second-leading receiver with 50 receptions for 579 yards, made a successful transition from All-Southern Section offensive tackle to tight end. He became a classic ball-control receiver who once described his pass routes as "six yards, catch the ball and get tackled."



Galaz didn't miss a day of conditioning despite the death of his father last summer. "There is no one better to follow on the goal line, as far as I'm concerned," said Jim Howell, Western coach. Galaz is also a member of the Pioneers' track team, and he put the shot more than 50 feet as a junior.



Ranks with former all-county stars James Rae, Mike Knudson and Steve Williams as one of the best tackles to play at Esperanza. "He has exceptional speed for a man his size (6-5, 260 pounds)," said Gary Meek, Aztec coach. Esperanza's offensive line was the biggest in the county, averaging 242 pounds.



A repeat first-team selection, Avalos also could have been all-county at defensive tackle. He is described as a great blocker and trapping guard. "What makes Jose special was his quick adjustments to the movement of his opponent," said Dick Hill, Santa Ana coach. "He's an excellent one-on-one blocker."



The Lancers lost only two games this year with Jewell in the lineup. A good pass blocker and exceptional drive blocker, he also played linebacker. "Marc was so adaptable to everything we asked him to do," said Tim Devaney, Sunny Hills coach. "You only had to tell him something once, and he got the job done."



The biggest player on the team at 6-5, 275 pounds, but very quick. Frembling suffered ligament damage to his knee in Western's eighth game and was lost for the season. "We never realized how important Chris was to our team until we lost him," said Jim Howell, Western coach. "He devoured all defensive players who were opposite of him." BRET JOHNSON


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