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Football '93 : The High Schools / City Section : Valley Pac-8 Conference : East Valley League

September 02, 1993

Birmingham

1992: Did not make playoffs

OVERALL LEAGUE PLACE 5-4 4-3 Tied 2nd

*COACH: Chick Epstein YEAR: 16th RECORD AT SCHOOL: 67-72-2 *

TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Marvin Powell, 6-3, 220 QB MLB Jr. James Uline, 6-0, 215 C NT Jr. David San Vicente, 6-4, 280 OT DT Jr. Anthony Cady, 6-2, 235 OL DL Jr. Mario Navarro, 5-11, 220 OG Jr. Keyote Gilmore, 5-5, 140 WR DB So. David Taufahema, 6-3, 215 -- LB Sr. Courtney Blunt, 5-7, 160 RB DB Jr. Emilio Sosa, 5-7, 180 OG -- Jr. Evan Papel, 5-10, 185 OG -- Sr.

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TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Ron Serpas, 5-5, 160 RB DB Jr. Tony Nichols, 5-8, 160 WR -- Jr. Anthony Thomas, 6-1, 215 -- OLB Sr.

FAST FACT

Marvin Powell III is the son of Marvin Powell Jr., a two-time All-American selection at USC and a former All-Pro offensive tackle.

OUTLOOK

With Sylmar the clear front-runner, Birmingham should battle Van Nuys for second place. Epstein had planned on converting the Braves' offense to a run-and-shoot, but his starting quarterback moved to Seattle. Birmingham returns 10 starters and boasts one of the most-experienced lines in the conference. Now all the Braves need is someone to run the ball and throw it effectively behind that line. Powell, who caught 29 passes for 367 yards at tight end last season, is Epstein's newest quarterback candidate.

Canoga Park

1992: Lost in first round of playoffs

OVERALL LEAGUE PLACE 6-5 4-3 1st in Mid-Valley

*COACH: Rudy Lugo YEAR: 8th RECORD AT SCHOOL: 24-43 *

TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Matt Groff, 5-11, 185 FB DE Sr. Phil Duffield, 6-1, 200 OG DE Sr. Mario Arce, 5-11, 170 TE LB Sr. Chris Woowine, 6-1, 190 TE LB Sr. Pete Holtrichter, 5-10, 160 WR DB Sr. Greg Goldstein, 5-10, 180 OL DL Sr. Lupe Gutierrez, 6-3, 225 OL DL Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Roger Sanchez, 5-10, 160 RB DB Jr. Dennis Murillo, 5-9, 155 WR DB Jr. Marco Nives, 6-0, 190 OL DL So. Esteven Navarez, 6-0, 235 OL DL Sr. Gus Herrera, 5-11, 165 TE LB Jr.

FAST FACT

Canoga Park had third-best defense in the conference last season (202.7 yards per game).

OUTLOOK

The football team draws from a campus with the least number of students (1,500) in the conference, which will make it tough for the Hunters to compete at the 4-A level. The Hunters won the 3-A Mid-Valley League title last season with nine returning starters--most of whom filled the skill positions. Five starters return for 1993--none in the skill positions. Lugo is hoping to find a quarterback who can stick to the basics each week. Canoga Park figures to be grossly overmatched in the East Valley League.

Sylmar

1992: City Section 4-A champion

OVERALL LEAGUE PLACE 13-1 7-0 1st

*COACH: Jeff Engilman YEAR: 7th RECORD AT SCHOOL: 51-14-1 *

TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Tyrone Crenshaw, 6-0, 185 TB SS Sr. Dwight Patton, 6-0, 180 FL CB Sr. John Gonzales, 6-3, 300 T -- Sr. Robert Camacho, 5-11, 180 WR DB Sr. Louis Mack, 6-1, 220 G -- Sr. Brandon McGee, 6-3, 250 C T Jr. Victor Cardenas, 6-2, 175 WR DB Sr. Flint Hardman, 6-1, 245 G -- Jr. Frank Fuentes, 6-3, 260 T DL Jr. Ed Lopez, 6-1, 175 QB FS Jr.

TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Mark Reynosa, 6-0, 190 RB SS Sr. Anthony Muse, 6-2, 190 QB FS Sr. Robert Epperson, 6-6, 275 OL DL Sr. Durrell Price, 6-0, 210 FB MLB So. Mike Sotelo, 6-1, 270 G -- Sr.

FAST FACT

Sylmar, a three-time defending league champion, has won 25 consecutive league games since losing to Reseda, 20-6, in 1989.

OUTLOOK

The Spartans are clearly the team to beat in the region. That fact is not lost on Engilman, who guided Sylmar's 17-0 victory over Carson in the City Section 4-A final. "Every team is out to get us. They'll play us like it's their Super Bowl," he said. "That's why it's so tough to repeat--at any level." The Spartans are ranked No. 9 in the state according to Cal-Hi Sports. The main reason: Tyrone Crenshaw, the 4-A player of the year who played most of last season on a broken ankle and still managed 1,875 yards. If the Spartans have a weakness, it's their offensive line: Only Gonzales returns.

Van Nuys

1992: Lost in 4-A semifinals

OVERALL LEAGUE PLACE 8-5 4-3 2nd

*COACH: George Engbrecht YEAR: 2nd RECORD AT SCHOOL: 8-5 *

TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Miguel Romo, 6-1, 230 OL MLB Sr. Juan Garcia, 6-1, 210 FB MLB Sr. Anthony Patricio, 6-3, 280 OT -- Jr. Chad Ealy, 6-1, 230 OL -- Sr. Steve Kang, 5-10, 165 -- DB Sr. Mike Delgado, 5-9, 155 -- DB Sr. Mario Leon, 5-7, 165 -- DB Sr. Hubert Kim, 6-0, 165 WR DB Sr. Larry Reed, 5-11, 160 TB -- Jr. Justin Gombos, 5-10, 180 -- DL Sr.

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TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Jose Cortez, 6-1, 185 TE -- Sr. Shon Brame, 6-2, 180 WR -- Sr. Damion Boudreaux, 6-1, 170 WR DB Jr. Chris Byfield, 5-11, 160 QB Jr. Robert Levy, 5-10, 165 RB -- Sr. Duke Kim, 6-0, 205 C -- So.

FAST FACT

Van Nuys overcame a 21-0 deficit late in the first half and beat Birmingham, 38-27, in the final league game, stealing a playoff berth.

OUTLOOK

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