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PREP FOOTBALL '97: EMPIRE LEAGUE

Facts And Figures

September 09, 1997

The 10-Year Record

A survey of the performance of Empire League teams from 1985-96 in league, nonleague and Southern Section playoff games:

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LEAGUE GAMES Yrs W L T Pct Ch Los Alamitos 7 31 4 0 .886 5 Esperanza 7 25 8 2 .743 2 Kennedy 3 11 4 0 .733 2 Loara 10 24 24 2 .500 1 El Dorado 10 22 27 1 .450 1 Katella 10 15 32 3 .310 0 Cypress 10 12 34 4 .280 0 Century 3 4 11 0 .267 1

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Ch denotes league championships, including co-championships

NONLEAGUE GAMES

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vs. division or higher 71 74 2 .490 vs. lower divisions 81 67 5 .546 Totals 152 141 7 .518

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Records are for all league teams against opposition in same or higher divisions, and in lower divisions

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PLAYOFFS Yrs W L T Pct Ch Los Alamitos 7 17 4 1 .795 3 Esperanza 6 10 4 1 .700 2 Loara 6 4 6 0 .400 0 Kennedy 2 1 2 0 .333 0 El Dorado 6 2 6 0 .250 0 Katella 2 0 2 0 .000 0 Century 1 0 1 0 .000 0 Cypress 1 0 1 0 .000 0 Totals 34 26 2 .565 4

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Ch denotes section championships

Note: Esperanza and Los Alamitos played to tie in the 1992 Southern Section Division II championship game and shared the title.

1996 in Review

El Dorado looked to be the league doormat after finishing the preseason 0-5. But the Hawks instead stormed through the Empire, winning all five games to finish as league champion. Loara finished second, one game back, with Cypress third.

The Division V playoffs were not kind to the Empire entries, however. Only Loara was able to reach the second round, edging Irvine, 34-31, before losing to Tustin, 60-45. El Dorado was crushed by El Toro, 37-2, and Cypress was flattened by Foothill, 48-14.

El Dorado running back Steve Warfield, who rushed for 1,303 yards and 18 touchdowns, was named the league player of the year.

Other outstanding offensive performers included Loara quarterback Archie Lappin (137 of 223, 2,420 yards, 19 touchdowns); Kennedy quarterback Tom Haas (129 of 230, 1,851 yards, 17 touchdowns); Cypress quarterback James Law (98 of 188, 1,052 yards, five touchdowns); Katella quarterback John Baldridge (69 of 144, 1,057 yards, 10 touchdowns); Loara running back John Duhon (1,512 yards, 22 touchdowns); Katella running back Francis Johnson (749 yards, four touchdowns); Kennedy's Garrett Sabol (418 yards rushing, 669 yards receiving, 16 touchdowns); and Katella receiver Art Tiscareno (42 catches, 718 yards, nine touchdowns).

El Dorado punter Matt McRae was named to The Times All-County first team.

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League Standings W L T El Dorado 5 0 0 Loara 4 1 0 Cypress 3 2 0 Kennedy 2 3 0 Katella 1 4 0 Century 0 5 0

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Overall Standings W L T TP PA El Dorado 5 6 0 157 203 Loara 8 4 0 398 283 Cypress 4 7 0 169 312 Kennedy 6 4 0 247 179 Katella 3 7 0 224 254 Century 1 9 0 103 340

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Leaders

Statistics include regular-season games only

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PASSING Att Cp TD Yds Lappin, Loara 191 120 16 2,121 Haas, Kennedy 230 129 17 1,851 Baldridge, Katella 144 69 10 1,057 Law, Cypress 170 90 4 1,002 Nord, El Dorado 131 38 3 493 Perez, Century 65 35 4 389

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg Warfield, El Dorado 249 1,293 5.2 Duhon, Loara 194 1,215 6.3 F. Johnson, Katella 106 749 7.1 Patterson, Cypress 91 481 5.3 Carasa, Century 122 466 3.8 Ehlen, El Dorado 99 452 4.6 Sabol, Kennedy 68 418 6.1 Lappin, Loara 79 375 4.7 Bitner, Katella 45 317 7.0 Baldridge, Katella 61 304 5.0

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RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Meza, Cypress 48 478 10.0 Jones, Kennedy 46 380 8.3 Tiscareno, Katella 42 718 17.1 Sabol, Kennedy 37 669 18.1 Robbins, Loara 27 631 23.4 Diersing, Loara 22 278 12.6 Marchand-Simmons, Loara 19 449 23.6 Banks, Kennedy 19 322 16.9 Tucker, Kennedy 16 279 17.4 Serratos, Century 14 172 12.3

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SCORING TD FG XP Pts Warfield, El Dorado 18 0 2 110 Sabol, Kennedy 16 0 8 104 Duhon, Loara 16 0 4 100 Baldridge, Katella 9 0 0 54 Tiscareno, Katella 9 0 0 54 Moreno, Loara 0 5 33 48 Lappin, Loara 7 0 2 44 Robbins, Loara 7 0 0 42 Patterson, Cypress 5 0 2 32 Tucker, Kennedy 4 0 6 30

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