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SUNSET LEAGUE | PREP FOOTBALL '96

Los Alamitos

September 10, 1996

1995 RECORD: 11-2 overall, 4-1 in league.

COACH: John Barnes (146-49-6 at school)

RETURNING STARTERS: 3 on offense, 2 on defense

TOP RETURNERS

Matt Sciborski, 6-0, 240 , OL, Sr.; Sean Stein, 6-2, 190, QB, Sr.; Dave Bacani, DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.; Brian Barnes, OL, 6-7, 290, Sr.; Joe Battung, LB, 5-11, 222, Sr.; Ryan Dunbar, WR, 6-2, 175, Sr.; Ife Ohalete, DB, 6-2, 192, Sr.; Mike Phillips, K, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Roy Roberts, RB, 5-8, 165, Sr.; Matt Sciborski, OL, 6-0, 240, Sr.; Sean Stein, QB, 6-2, 190, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS

Pat Aronson, OL, 5-11, 220, Sr.; Josh Brannon, DB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Mike Buksa, LB, 5-11, 225, Sr.; Jeremy Merriman, LB, 5-11, 195, Sr.; Chris Millard, WR, 6-3, 182, Sr.; Ryan Slaney, DL, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Brian Wheeler, DL, 6-1, 215, Sr.

OUTLOOK

The Griffins had a great four-year run, going 50-3-1 and winning two section titles. But the party, while not over, is taking a break this season. The record-breaking unit of quarterback Kevin Feterik and receivers Tony Hartley and Stan Guyness--mainly responsible for making Los Alamitos the county's highest scoring team last season (371 points)--have moved on to Brigham Young, Oregon and USC. What Barnes has left, and whether the Los Alamitos faithful can tolerate a rebuilding year, are the questions for 1996. Stein has the unenviable task of replacing Feterik, who merely passed for 6,222 yards and 58 touchdowns in two-plus varsity seasons. No one knows who replaces Hartley, The Times Orange County back of the year who established county records in reception yardage for a season (1,687) and a career (3,178), or Guyness, who averaged 23 yards a catch on 42 receptions. The best Griffin defender, Ohalete, may not have much to do if opponents don't throw to his side of the field.

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