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The All-Valley High School Football Team at a Glance

December 10, 1987


Crespi running back Russell White, who played behind a new offensive line and as a marked man, still managed to produce totals comparable to those of last season when he was an All-Valley selection as a sophomore. He rushed for 2,269 yards this year to give him a two-season total of 4,608. With a similar season in '88, White will shatter the Southern Section career record of 5,397 yards. . . . Hart's Darren Renfro, who played wide receiver last season, stepped into the quarterback position and finished the season as the leading passer in the Valley area. In 13 games, he completed 219 of 343 passes (63.9%) for 2,808 yards and 26 touchdowns. Renfro, who led Hart to an 11-2 record and a fifth consecutive Foothill League championship, may become the second Hart quarterback in two years to lead Valley-area passers. In '86, Jim Bonds led the way with a school-record 3,196 yards. . . . The only person standing between Renfro and the Valley area's passing leadership is Jeremy Leach of Granada Hills. The senior quarterback has passed for 2,252 yards and 28 touchdowns in 10 games and has led the Highlanders (7-3) into Friday's semifinal round of the City 4-A playoffs against Cleveland. . . . Canyon running back Chris Peery is the only sophomore on the All-Valley team. He quit his team for two days early in the season. When he returned he was moved from fullback to tailback and carried Canyon (9-3) to the Golden League championship. Peery, the league MVP, rushed for 1,290 yards in 231 carries (5.9 per carry) and ran for 15 touchdowns.


The All-Valley player with perhaps the least commanding physical presence was one of the busiest receivers. Hart's Joe DeSchryver (6-0, 170) had 55 catches for 766 yards and 6 touchdowns in Hart's sophisticated aerial attack. . . . Granada Hills, which has the City's most prolific pass offense among Valley teams, placed two receivers on the All-Valley team. Wide receiver Kyle Jan, a 6-4 senior who also plays on the basketball team, has 53 catches for 790 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. He will battle for the Valley lead in receptions with teammate Sean Brown, who also has 53 catches for 567 yards and 9 touchdowns. Brown, a senior tight end who played on last season's 3-A Division championship basketball team, has decided to sit out the basketball season and will concentrate on perhaps his best sport--baseball.


Hart's Brian Jacobs joins White as the only returning members of last year's All-Valley first team. Hart keeps track of sacks allowed by individual linemen and Jacobs has allowed only two in two seasons, covering more than 600 pass attempts. . . . Chris Allen played on Alemany's last-place team but won All-Del Rey League honors as an offensive tackle for his explosiveness off the ball and superior technique. . . . Chaminade has advanced to the Desert-Mountain Conference championship game on the strength of its dominating offensive line. Senior tackle Doug Kavulich is the biggest and most consistent member. . . . Jack Swan labored in the trenches for winless El Camino Real but his efforts were not overlooked. He was voted the Valley 4-A League's most valuable lineman.


Canoga Park's Mike Conover was last year's offensive player of the year in the Sunset League and was even more valuable to the Hunters in '87. He converted 8 of 11 field-goal attempts and 24 of 24 extra-point tries and was the league's leading scorer with 114 points. He scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for 1,262 yards in 201 carries.


Bryan Addison played nearly every skill position to lead Chatsworth to the Sunset League championship. He ran, threw and caught the ball and returned kicks, but he may be best remembered by opponents for his punishing hits as a defensive back. Addison is the biggest reason Chatsworth has advanced to Friday's semifinal round of the City 3-A playoffs against Franklin. . . . Lamark Allen of Saugus also starred as a running back and kick returner but is being recruited by Pacific 10 Conference schools as a defensive back. He intercepted three passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown as a safety. As a running back, Allen rushed for 898 yards and caught 20 passes for 344 yards. . . . One of the reasons Reseda leads Valley-area teams in defense has been the play of Sam Edwards, a second-team All-Valley selection last season. He has 14 interceptions in two seasons and has 95-yard punt and kickoff returns this year. . . . San Fernando's best quarterback since Anthony Davis is also one of the school's best defensive players. Joe Mauldin has guided the Tigers into Friday's City 4-A semifinal game against Carson, passing for 1,560 yards and rushing for 414. He also has two interceptions and returns punts and kickoffs.


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