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PREP FOOTBALL '97: ORANGE LEAGUE

Facts And Figures

September 09, 1997

The 10-Year Record

A survey of the performance of Orange 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 Valencia 10 41 8 1 .830 7 Western 10 30 18 2 .620 2 Brea Olinda 10 27 21 2 .560 1 Anaheim 10 24 24 2 .500 2 Savanna 10 18 30 2 .380 1 Magnolia 10 5 44 1 .110 0

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Ch denotes league championships, including co-championships

NONLEAGUE GAMES

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vs. division or higher 118 120 3 .496 vs. lower divisions 37 17 2 .679 vs. non-Section 2 1 0 .667 Totals 157 138 5 .532

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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 Valencia 9 21 6 .778 3 Savanna 5 5 4 .556 1 Anaheim 5 6 5 .545 0 Western 8 5 8 .385 0 Brea Olinda 5 3 5 .375 0 Magnolia 0 0 0 -- 0 Totals 40 28 .588 4

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Ch denotes section championships

1996 in Review

Valencia showed in 1996 that the previous season was not a trend. The Tigers had their string of seasons in which they qualified for the playoffs snapped at 14 that year, but Marrujo, in his 15th year, brought Valencia back on top with a first-place finish in 1996.

Anaheim, behind the performances of Times all-county players Jose Rodriguez and Jesus Acevedo, finished 4-1 and shared the league title with Valencia, but a 14-0 loss to the Tigers in the second-to-last league game made Valencia the top-seeded team from the league.

Western was hit hard by graduation from its 1995 team that went 10-0. Still, the Pioneers won their last three games of the regular season to slip into the playoffs ahead of Brea Olinda.

Savanna had its second consecutive disappointing season, losing five out of its last six games after winning three of its first four.

Magnolia shared last place with Savanna, but the Sentinels had a bright spot with their 19-17 victory over Valencia, the eventual league champion.

"It was a war, a war of attrition," Magnolia Coach Bill Friedrich said. "They knocked out all of our running backs, our best tackle. They lost [Matt] Randolph and [Brandon] Blackly."

Because of injuries, Valencia eventually used an inexperienced defensive back and Magnolia burned him for a late touchdown. Valencia then fumbled away its final opportunity.

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League Standings W L T Valencia 4 1 0 Anaheim 4 1 0 Western 3 2 0 Brea Olinda 2 3 0 Savanna 1 4 0 Magnolia 1 4 0

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Overall Standings W L T TP PA Valencia 8 4 0 185 141 Anaheim 5 6 0 229 240 Western 5 6 0 181 256 Brea Olinda 4 6 0 138 183 Savanna 4 6 0 191 208 Magnolia 4 6 0 176 201

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Leaders

Statistics include regular-season games only

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PASSING Att Cp TD Yds Gomez, Anaheim 280 154 25 2,550 Poland, Savanna 155 90 5 1,161 Young, Valencia 135 75 9 991 Kalcevich, Brea Olinda 147 66 6 873 Zaragoza, Magnolia 110 49 1 786 Conway, Western 99 39 5 442

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg Gomez, Valencia 149 709 4.8 Garcia, Western 105 669 6.4 Speer, Magnolia 133 665 5.0 Vargas, Brea Olinda 87 647 7.4 King, Savanna 112 542 4.8 Lieng, Brea Olinda 92 540 5.9 Robertson, Western 86 510 5.9 Uai, Magnolia 76 491 6.5 Brown, Savanna 98 474 4.8 Jackson, Western 65 408 6.3

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RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg Acevedo, Anaheim 64 1,061 16.6 Bird, Savanna 32 379 11.8 Rodriguez, Anaheim 29 532 18.3 Martinez, Valencia 27 398 14.7 Esparza, Brea Olinda 24 368 15.3 Gorman, Anaheim 23 461 20.0 Lang, Valencia 23 331 14.4 Ortiz, Western 19 268 14.1 Clawson, Anaheim 16 254 15.9 Uai, Magnolia 15 182 12.1

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SCORING TD FG XP Pts Martinez, Valencia 11 4 18 96 Garcia, Western 11 0 0 66 Brown, Savanna 4 8 3 51 King, Savanna 8 0 0 48 Uai, Magnolia 8 0 0 48 Acevedo, Anaheim 6 0 0 36 Gorman, Anaheim 6 0 0 36 Conway, Western 5 0 2 32 Vargas, Brea Olinda 5 0 0 30 Davis, Brea Olinda 0 6 11 29

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