It has been a banner year for the Bishop Amat High football team.
The Lancers were rated No. 1 in the San Gabriel Valley most of the season, consistently ranked in the top of the CIF Southern Section Division I and have reached the division final for the first time since 1983.
With that in mind, it should not be surprising that the Lancers also have the most first- and second-team selections on the 46-player Los Angeles Times San Gabriel Valley All-Star High School Football Team.
Bishop Amat placed three players on the first team and two on the second squad. First-team players are receiver Jeremy Smith, quarterback Brian Harmon and defensive back Loren Cannon. Making the second team were receiver Jason Green and linebacker Wade Kennedy.
Two other teams with successful traditions, Los Altos and Claremont, also placed three players on the first team.
Los Altos, which has reached its division championship game for the third year in a row, landed offensive linemen Lou Parra and Eric Dives and defensive back Jason Martin to the team.
Claremont, which lost to Los Altos (14-3) in the CIF Division IV semifinals, has first-team players in receiver Craig Palos, defensive lineman J. J. McGwire and linebacker Aaron Pruitt.
Cross-town rivals Muir and Pasadena, which have produced a steady supply of all-star players over the years, each have two players on the first team.
Muir's first-teamers are offensive back Darick Holmes and linebacker Lumumba Mushonga and the Mustangs also have offensive lineman George Bugarin on the second squad. Pasadena has offensive lineman Terry McDaniels and linebacker Chris Jeter on the first team and defensive lineman Charles Jackson and defensive back Robert Webster on the second team.
Baldwin Park and Arroyo are the other schools with more than one player on the first team. Baldwin Park landed defensive lineman Fred Ruiz and defensive back Bruno Haro on the first team and quarterback Richard Robles and offensive lineman Eddie Andrade on the second team. Arroyo's first-team players are defensive lineman Chad Plaisted and placekicker Danny Ibarra and the Knights added offensive back Willie Reyna to the second unit.
Damien and Northview each placed one player on the first team and two on the second squad, and Walnut had one on the first and another on the second. Temple City led the way on the second team with three players.
Running back Daryl Green of Nogales is the only repeater from last year and Bishop Amat's Smith is the only junior on the first team.
Twenty schools are represented on the first and second teams.
The selections were based on a poll of 49 11-man football coaches in The Times' San Gabriel Valley area, covering the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.
The first teams from all Times sections will be honored at the annual Times High School Football Awards Brunch at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way.
The program, sponsored by the Los Angeles Times Fund, will honor first-team all-stars from the San Gabriel Valley Section and 11 other Times circulation areas: Orange County, Westside, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Inland Empire, South Bay, Glendale, Southeast, South Coast, San Diego County and Central Los Angeles.
First-team players will receive a gold helmet plaque and a certificate.
The featured speaker will be UC Berkeley Coach Bruce Snyder, a former Utah State coach and Los Angeles Rams assistant who guided the Golden Bears to a 5-5-1 record this season.
The Times San Gabriel Valley Section's coach of the year, lineman of the year and back of the year will be named. The winners will receive trophies.
Parents and the head coach of each first-team all-star have been invited to the brunch.
When it comes to outstanding running backs, the valley is rarely in short supply and the first team is well-stocked again this year.
Perhaps the best of the group is Green of Nogales, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder who concluded a brilliant prep career by rushing for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 177 carries--an average of 7.2 yards a carry--as a senior. Green also caught 12 passes for 142 yards.
A three-year starter, Green finished his career with 3,436 yards rushing. He has explosive 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash and has also excelled as a defensive back and finished with two interceptions and 60 tackles this season.
It is no wonder that Green, a three-time All-Sierra League player, is considered among the top college prospects in the valley. Major colleges recruiting him include Colorado, USC, Michigan, Syracuse and Washington.
Running back Mike Galindo of Northview found a steady stream of success in two years as a starter. After rushing for 1,300 yards as a junior, the 5-9 and 172-pounder ran for 1,502 yards and 23 touchdowns.
A two-time All-Valle Vista League selection who was first team All-CIF as a junior, Galindo has also benefited from 4.5 speed in the 40. Galindo has been recruited by Hawaii and USC.