1992: Did not make playoffs
COACH: Pat Degnan
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 1-8-1
TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Brian Van Holten, 5-10, 185 RB LB Sr. David Eastham, 6-0, 175 RB FS Sr. Eugene Bernal, 6-4, 280 OT -- Sr. Henry Castillo, 5-9, 170 -- CB Sr. Anthony Castillo, 6-4, 220 TE -- Sr. Eddie Moran, 5-11, 190 -- DE Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Rudy Pantoja, 6-0, 175 QB -- Jr. Luis Ponce, 5-10, 240 OL -- Jr. Gus Lira, 5-10, 170 RB LB Jr. Danny Arguello, 6-0, 180 WR -- Jr. Danny Camarillo, 6-4, 215 -- DE Jr. Danny Hargrave, 5-10, 180 FB -- Jr.
Van Holten and quarterback Chris Tashima rushed for 449 and 450 yards, respectively, and each had 111 carries.
If Alemany had a team full of returning starters, it might have a chance to finish third in this highly competitive league. But, with a lineup that could include 13 juniors, the Indians will probably have a long season. Pantoja, who has an average arm, started on the frosh-soph team last season. He will be mostly handing off to Van Holten and Eastham. Five of Alemany's losses in 1992 were by seven points or fewer, but coming close will be no solace for Degnan this season. "Playing teams tough doesn't get it," Degnan said.
1992: Lost in first round of playoffs
COACH: Tim Lins
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 30-15
TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Shaun Williams, 6-2, 180 TB DB Sr. Deron McElroy, 6-1, 200 FB DL Sr. Mike Zele, 6-0, 190 -- LB Sr. Pat Jefferies, 6-0, 205 -- LB Sr. David Berrio, 6-0, 200 OL DL Jr. Vito Clemente, 5-10, 175 -- DB Sr. Dave Lins, 6-0, 175 QB DB Jr. Wayne Emerson, 5-9, 160 WR -- Jr. Mike Glendenning, 5-11, 195 TE -- Sr. Paul Rawate, 5-9, 180 -- LB Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Andy Gardner, 6-2, 190 OL -- Sr. Mike Friedel, 6-2, 190 -- DL Sr. Brett Nordyke, 6-3, 180 -- DL Sr. Glorioso Fajardo, 5-10, 210 -- DL Jr.
The Celts have lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of Lins' four seasons as coach.
Lins said the Celts' strength is a defense that returns eight starters. But that defense allowed an average of 339.6 yards per game. Two of the leaders are top recruits Williams and McElroy, and both will contribute by running the football as well. Dave Lins, no relation to the coach, attempted only one pass last season, when he was the starting safety. Bishop Amat and Loyola, the defending Division I champion and runner-up, are again the favorites in the league, but Tim Lins said he believes the Celts can win it.