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PREP FOOTBALL '97: FREEWAY LEAGUE

Facts and Figures

September 09, 1997

The 10-Year Record

A survey of the performance of Freeway 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 Sunny Hills 10 39 10 1 .790 6 Troy 10 29 19 2 .600 2 Fullerton 10 22 27 1 .450 2 La Habra 10 22 27 1 .450 1 Buena Park 10 21 28 1 .430 2 Sonora 10 14 36 0 .280 1

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Ch denotes league championships, including co-championships

NONLEAGUE GAMES

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vs. division or higher 116 140 6 .472 vs. lower divisions 13 15 3 .468 vs. non-Section 4 3 0 .571 Totals 133 158 9 .458

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

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PLAYOFFS Yrs W L Pct Ch Sunny Hills 9 14 7 .667 2 Fullerton 6 4 6 .400 0 Troy 7 1 7 .125 0 Buena Park 5 0 5 .000 0 La Habra 2 0 2 .000 0 Sonora 1 0 1 .000 0 Totals 19 28 .404 2

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Ch denotes section championships

1996 in Review

Sunny Hills and Troy wound up as league co-champions with 4-1 records. Troy's only league loss was to Sunny Hills, which lost to La Habra. Buena Park's upset of La Habra ultimately led to its third-place league finish.

In the Division VIII playoffs, Sunny Hills defeated Costa Mesa in the first round, 14-0, but was beaten in the second round by Rancho Alamitos, 21-0. Troy also had a first-round victory, beating Los Amigos, 20-16. In the second round, the Warriors were taken out by eventual section champion Aliso Niguel, 40-7.

Buena Park was knocked out in the first round by Covina South Hills, 35-18.

Troy running back Kyion Grayes was chosen the league's player of the year, rushing for 1,728 yards (the county's fifth-highest total) and 21 touchdowns. He was also named to the all-Division VIII first team.

Other outstanding offensive seasons were turned in by Buena Park running back Brian McDonald (1,477 yards, 21 touchdowns); Sunny Hills running back Adam Rodriguez (1,001 yards, nine touchdowns); La Habra quarterback Robert Morales (97 of 216, 1,651 yards, 22 touchdowns); Fullerton quarterback Justin Bruce (101 of 188, 1,122 yards, 10 touchdowns); La Habra running back Jesse Giovanetti (883 yards, nine touchdowns); and La Habra receiver Nick Armstrong (48 catches, 829 yards, nine touchdowns).

Others receiving postseason honors included Sunny Hills lineman Jayson Hayward and Troy defensive back J.D. Lawrence. Both were named to The Times all-county second team.

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League Standings W L T Sunny Hills 4 1 0 Troy 4 1 0 Buena Park 3 2 0 La Habra 2 3 0 Sonora 1 4 0 Fullerton 1 4 0

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Overall Standings W L T TP PA Sunny Hills 8 4 0 202 103 Troy 7 5 0 278 305 Buena Park 4 7 0 189 280 La Habra 7 3 0 262 213 Sonora 2 8 0 194 245 Fullerton 4 6 0 153 227

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Leaders

Statistics include regular-season games only

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PASSING Att Cp TD Yds Morales, La Habra 216 97 22 1,651 Bruce, Fullerton 188 101 10 1,122 Zeller, Sunny Hills 160 87 3 884 Patton, Sonora 90 36 5 568 Gasso, Buena Park 61 29 7 440 Muther, Troy 53 24 4 361

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg Grayes, Troy 229 1,554 6.8 McDonald, Buena Park 192 1,336 7.0 Giovanetti, La Habra 161 883 5.5 Rodriguez, Sunny Hills 155 791 5.1 Staffieri, Fullerton 136 716 5.3 Vargas, Troy 115 628 5.5 K. Haiola, Sunny Hills 88 538 6.1 Binggeli, Sonora 110 534 4.9 White, La Habra 109 475 4.4 Gasso, Buena Park 100 438 4.4

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RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Armstrong, La Habra 48 829 17.3 Funk, Sunny Hills 32 348 10.9 Brookman, Fullerton 32 324 10.1 Summers, La Habra 19 508 26.7 Solomon, Sunny Hills 19 273 14.4 Sailhamer, Fullerton 18 248 13.8 Oakden, Fullerton 17 174 10.2 Winterswyk, Sonora 14 265 18.9 Stike, Buena Park 14 142 10.1 Lawrence, Troy 13 247 19.0

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SCORING TD FG XP Pts McDonald, Buena Park 20 0 0 120 Grayes, Troy 19 0 0 114 Summer, La Habra 7 4 26 80 Vargas, Troy 6 0 28 64 Armstring, La Habra 9 0 6 60 Giovanetti, La Habra 9 0 2 56 Rodriguez, Sunny Hills 9 0 0 54 Rico, Sonora 0 7 23 44 Fernandez, Sonora 7 0 0 42 K. Haiola 7 0 0 42

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