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1991 PREP FOOTBALL ALL-STARS : It Was the Year of the Quarterback for Westside Football Teams : All-Stars: Beverly Hills' Ziv Gottlieb is rated best among several talented quarterbacks. He is joined in the backfield by Culver City's Dameron Ricketts, Fairfax's Rahim Muhammad and Venice's Alvin Cooley.

December 26, 1991|RAY RIPTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The 1991 high school football season for Westside teams was one in which quarterbacks dominated.

It should be no surprise that four quarterbacks made The Times' 1991 All-Westside football team, although only one of them is listed at that position.

Beverly Hills, which went to the semifinals of the Division VII playoffs and finished 10-3, has five players on the first team. Fairfax (8-2), which has won 19 of its past 22 games, has four.

Times sportswriters selected the team based on nominations received from area coaches. Several players were selected out of position because The Times attempted to pick the best athletes, regardless of position.

The order in which a coach nominated players was an important factor, but not necessarily a decisive one. If a player was not nominated by a coach, he was not considered.

The first-team offense includes receivers David Saraf of Beverly Hills and Thomas L. Covington Jr. of Culver City, tight end Dongwon Jahng of University and linemen Jerome Bryant of Fairfax, Leonardo R. Hernandez Jr. of Daniel Murphy, Lev Shaibi of Venice and Rabin Beral of Beverly Hills.

The quarterback is Ziv Gottlieb of Beverly Hills. Dameron Ricketts of Culver City and Rahim Muhammad of Fairfax, quarterbacks who passed and ran equally well, join the team as running backs. The other running back is Alvin Cooley of Venice High. The kicker is Michael Rappaport of Beverly Hills.

The defense includes linemen Angel Oseguera of Venice, Luke Davis of Santa Monica, Alex Kouba of Brentwood and Damon Rickenbacker of Fairfax. The linebackers are Markal Lincoln of Palisades, Greg Roach of Beverly Hills and Jabari Magnus of Westchester.

Defensive backs are Charles Gillum of Fairfax, Kelvin Moore of Hamilton, Shannon Gadson of Westchester and Zack Nishimura of Santa Monica, another quarterback who made the team at a different position.

Repeat selections from last year are Gottlieb, Muhammad and Saraf. Cooley and Gillum were second-team selections last year.

Players named to the first team, along with their parents and coaches, will be guests of The Times at an awards breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Guest Quarters Hotel in Santa Monica. Winners of the Westside back, coach and lineman of year awards will be announced at the breakfast.

Although defenders sometimes double- and triple-teamed Saraf, he was nearly impossible to stop. In 13 games, he had 90 receptions for 1,730 yards and 22 touchdowns.

In 10 games, Covington caught 45 passes for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns.

A wide receiver, running back and linebacker, Jahng led University in receiving and rushing, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, had 35 unassisted tackles and 35 assists, intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and had two quarterback sacks.

Fairfax co-coach Ron Price said that the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Bryant, also a defensive lineman, was "quick, agile and athletic for a person with his tremendous size. He was largely responsible for the success of our running game."

Twice an All-Santa Fe League selection, Hernandez was the best blocking lineman for Daniel Murphy, which won a football league championship for the first time since 1969.

Shaibi was equally adept at run and pass blocking. As a linebacker and nose guard, he had 68 unassisted tackles and 39 assists, second on the Venice team.

Beral seldom missed a blocking assignment and provided excellent pass protection for a pass-happy Beverly Hills team.

Gottlieb, probably the best passer on the Westside since Santa Monica High standout Pat O'Hara, completed 171 of 314 passes for 2,825 yards and 27 touchdowns.

The Times' 1990 Westside back of the year, Muhammad, played in only seven games because of injuries. But he ran and passed for more than 1,300 yards. He scored 11 rushing touchdowns and threw four touchdown passes. As a defensive back, he had five interceptions and was considered the team's best tackler.

Ricketts had 2,780 yards in total offense. He completed 109 passes in 216 attempts for 1,702 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He rushed for 789 yards in 134 carries and five touchdowns. At defensive back, he had eight interceptions, including three for touchdowns. He also accumulated 289 yards on kickoff and punt returns.

In only 7 1/2 games before injuring a knee that ended his season, Cooley gained 1,121 yards in 140 carries (an average of eight yards a carry) and scored nine touchdowns. He also had 12 pass receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Rappaport, who made eight of 10 field goal attempts, also kicked 26 extra points. His longest field goal was 43 yards.

As a linebacker and defensive end, Oseguera led Venice with 74 tackles and 56 assists. He had four sacks, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and forced three fumbles. As a tight end, he caught 20 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-6, 260-pound Bryant was regarded by Santa Monica Coach Ron Guercio as the best tackle "in the Bay League on offense and defense."

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