COACH: Frank Greminger, 22nd season
LAST SEASON: 5-5; 5th (tie) in league, 2-5
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Steve Hochman (6-foot-4, 235 pounds), a returning starter at defensive end and tackle, is being pursued by NCAA Division I schools. Senior Troy Starr (6-1, 235) will start at guard and on the defensive line. Senior Pat Fitzgerald (6-2, 210) will start at tight end and outside linebacker. Senior Jamie Beigh (6-1, 240) will start at offensive tackle and senior Jorge Valladares (6-1, 180) will play center. Senior wide receiver Jim Farner (6-1, 170) is a returning starter who led the team last year with 315 receiving yards. Senior Joe Frizzelle (6-0, 165) is the other wide receiver. Senior fullback Brett Dhanes (6-0, 225) is a returning starter. Seniors Sina Sayahi (5-7, 145) and Dan Winters (5-7, 150) will start as defensive backs. Junior Mike Steusses (6-2, 215) will play defensive tackle and senior Chris Corbett (6-1, 220) will play inside linebacker. Battling at quarterback are senior Matt Morrow (6-0, 180) and junior Jason Warren (6-3, 175), who has been hampered by a broken finger. Junior outside linebacker Sean Burns (6-1, 195) was expected to lead the defense but will be sidelined the entire season because of an ankle fracture. Warren and junior Lee Mackey (6-1, 180) will lead an inexperienced linebacker crew.
OUTLOOK: Agoura must find an offensive threat to replace graduated quarterback Sean Fitzgerald, who threw for 1,266 yards last season. The Charger linemen lack the size and experience to excel in the Marmonte League. Agoura's defense, shoddy a year ago, will be better. If it can find an offensive weapon, Agoura will contend for a playoff berth. If not, the Chargers may find their second year in this always-tough Marmonte as painful as the first.
COACH: Carl Thompson, 9th season
LAST SEASON: 8-4; 4th in league, 5-2
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior offensive tackle Eric Bateman (6-7, 265) is in only his second year of organized football but has attracted the interest of numerous NCAA Division I coaches. Other returning starters on the offensive line include senior guard Dennis Chatman (6-3, 235), senior guard Andy Lambert (6-2, 215) and senior tackle Chad Bourget (6-4, 225). The tight end position is a battle between junior Scott Tucker (6-4, 215) and senior Josh Smith (6-4, 210), a transfer from Modesto. Senior Ryan Durazo (6-1, 175) is a returning starter at split end and also will start at strong safety. Senior Brian Schmidt (5-11, 165), junior Andy Wade (6-2, 180) and sophomore Jim Hansen (6-3, 175) are competing at quarterback. The Scorpions are experienced and talented in the offensive backfield. Senior fullback Tag Johnson (5-11, 200) rushed for 652 yards last season and junior tailback Fahali Campbell (5-10, 175) ran for 520. "Fahali is the fastest back I've had here," Thompson said. Camarillo's defensive line will be shored by Bourget, junior nose guard Steve Smith (5-10, 215), and junior tackle Brock Elder (6-3, 255). Senior outside linebackers John Freedman (6-3, 195) and Eric Sharp (5-10, 190) are returning starters. Johnson is one of the league's top linebackers, and he will be joined by senior Jason Sandel (6-1, 215). Senior cornerbacks Garrick Moss (5-11, 170) and Nick Hoyland (5-10, 165) are returning starters.
OUTLOOK: Thirteen starters return for Camarillo, which has the size, speed and experience to contend for its first league title since 1984. Johnson and Campbell provide Camarillo with perhaps the league's finest backfield tandem, which could run amok behind the Scorpions' huge offensive line. Camarillo will abandon the wishbone in favor of the I formation. The Scorpions' only weakness is their inability to replace talented quarterback Corey Tucker, who graduated. If Camarillo comes up with a quarterback and plays strong defense, it will provide Thousand Oaks with a strong challenge.
COACH: Joel Gershon, 19th season
LAST SEASON: 5-5; 5th (tie) in league, 2-5
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The offensive line, normally a strength of Channel Islands, will be led by senior guards Tony Reyes (6-2, 235) and John Gonzales (6-2, 245), and senior tight end Dante Mitchell (6-1, 210). Senior Manuel Segovia (5-11, 190) and sophomore Mike Fisher (5-11, 240) will add depth. Senior receivers Chris Patton (5-10, 165) and Chris Weist (5-9, 170) are returning lettermen. Senior running backs David Cox (5-11, 175) and Lee Posey (5-11, 168) will start despite not having much experience. The quarterback position is a contest between sophomore Josh Babauta (5-11, 170), juniors Cesar Puga (5-9, 165) and Mike Mariz (5-11, 160) and senior Noe Noyola (6-1, 175). Senior tackle Jerome Tinoco (5-10, 212), an all-league selection last season, will lead the defense. Junior Greg Camarillo (6-0, 220) will start at defensive tackle. Senior Ricky Sanchez (5-9, 165) and senior Aaron Wisherd (5-11, 185) are returning starters at outside linebacker. Cox also will start in the secondary.