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1991 PREP FOOTBALL ALL-STARS: Southeast : Offensive Linemen Dominate Team : Football: Players of the year chosen from Montebello and Whittier. Shelko of El Rancho is coach of the year.

December 26, 1991|PAUL McLEOD and MIKE COIL | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

They rarely draw attention, and then only when they make mistakes, but for 1991, offensive linemen dominate The Times' Southeast All-Star High School Football Team.

Pulling, trapping and blocking in a world of dirt and grass, there were so many good offensive linemen this past fall that no tight end was chosen for the all-star team to allow another slot for these essential players.

Linemen in the Southeast, in general, are not big. But what they lack in size, they more than make up for with speed, quickness and headiness. In an area where teams live and die with ball control offenses like the wing-T, half a dozen blockers often lead the way for each ballcarrier.

Fourteen schools are represented on the all-star team, led by Valley Christian of Cerritos and El Rancho of Pico Rivera with three each.

The offensive player of the year is lineman Danny Cervantes of Schurr High in Montebello. The defensive player of the year is back Albert Sethman, a two-time all-Southeast selection from Whittier. Wing-T expert Dick Shelko, who guided El Rancho to its second consecutive Whitmont League title, was named coach of the year.

The team members will be honored at a breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel.

The all-Southeast team, selected through a poll of coaches:

OFFENSE

Damon Hicklin, Downey, wide receiver--An all-purpose player, he accounted for nine touchdowns. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior averaged 23.1 yards a catch and scored three times on receptions, rushed 40 times for 255 yards and two scores, averaged 38.1 yards on kickoff returns and 28 yards on punt returns. He returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. He also played defensive back.

Vince Wilson, Santa Fe, wide receiver--A two-way starter who also played cornerback on defense, he had 47 receptions and seven touchdowns, despite being double- and triple-teamed on almost every play. Defensively, he had 37 solo tackles, four interceptions and recovered two fumbles.

Jose Bernal, Bell Gardens, lineman--A 6-foot, 257-pound junior who has started 22 consecutive games for the Lancers, mostly at center. "He is our best lineman . . . the best center we have had here in 15 years," Coach Dave Newell said.

Dong Koo, Warren, lineman--The 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior would like to attend USC but also is considering three other major colleges. An imposing force on the line, he is the team's largest lineman. "He has desire, a good work ethic and a great attitude," Coach Jim Neal said.

Danny Cervantes, Schurr, lineman--The Foothill League lineman of the year played both offensive and defensive tackle. At 6-foot-2, 260 pounds he "dominated just about everyone he played against," Coach Tom Davis said. He often led sweeps and surprised opponents with his quickness.

Adrian Corona, El Rancho, lineman--"I don't think he ever came off the field," said Coach Dick Shelko about the 5-foot-9, 183-pound senior, who also played linebacker on defense. He led the team in tackles, and was a co-captain.

Adrian Flores, Montebello, lineman--The 6-foot, 270-pound right guard, according to Coach Doug Rihn, "isn't tall, but has always been big. This year he got himself into shape, worked real hard in the weight room and on his running, endurance and mobility." A consistent blocker who excels in one-on-one situations.

Eric Sands, Glenn, center--He is intelligent, intuitive and willing to do "whatever the coaches asked him to do," according to Coach Willie Norman. Carries a grade-point average of 3.8 and is considering an engineering degree at Columbia. "We definitely had the better center in the (Suburban) League," Norman said of the 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior.

Johnny Macon, Downey, quarterback--The 5-foot-11, 175-pound multipurpose back netted 513 yards rushing and passed for 632 yards. A junior, he was named the offensive player of the year in the San Gabriel Valley League.

Chris Loera, El Rancho, back--"You cannot measure his heart and desire," Shelko said. Although he is only 5-foot-6 and weighs only 138 pounds, the senior fullback rushed for 1,083 yards and eight touchdowns, and caught 13 passes for 114 yards.

Corey Peters, Valley Christian, back--Voted the most valuable running back in the Olympic League. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior tailback rushed for 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was a bruising runner. "He was tough to bring down because he had so much lower body strength," Coach Mike Wunderley said.

DEFENSE

Anthony Casados, La Mirada, lineman--A 6-foot, 195-pound senior nose guard and tackle, he was the most valuable lineman of the Suburban League. "A hard-nose football player," Coach John Mele said.

Tom Moncayo, El Rancho, lineman--In only his first year as a starting defensive lineman, the 6-foot, 233-pound senior batted down five passes, forced four fumbles and sacked opposing quarterbacks five times. He made 50 solo tackles and was in on 48 others. He also played offensive tackle and guard. "He has been the player we have run behind on crucial downs," Shelko said.

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