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VALLEY / VENTURA COUNTY SPORTS | HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
PREVIEW

At A Glance

September 02, 1998

* THE PROVEN: L.A. Baptist senior Ashcon Madjid (6-4, 300), an All-Southern Section selection, is one of the region's best linemen. Senior RB Derek Seguitan rushed for 694 yards and nine touchdowns, while senior WRs Garrett Ellis (6-2, 185) and Steve Long (6-2, 180) each caught 20 passes last season for L.A. Baptist. Senior TE-DT Ricardo Ramirez (6-2, 220) is the only returning letterman on Kilpatrick's 29-man roster. Junior QB Rob Fockaert (6-1, 175) took over at quarterback during the playoffs last year and helped Paraclete win the Division XI title. All-section WR Tommy Breech (5-11, 175) will be his primary target. Sophomore RB Michael Washington (6-1, 185) takes over for older brother Dominic Washington as Paraclete's featured back. Village Christian OL-DL Luc Burke (6-0, 265) was all-league as a junior, and senior Matt Ryburn was an all-section kicker two years ago as a sophomore. Senior LB Chad Mason (5-10, 175) is a top player, while seniors Ethan Forward (5-9, 175), a WR-DB, and Paul Tait (5-11, 185), a WR-TE-LB, should be two-way threats for the Crusaders.

* THE PROMISING: Village Christian's backfield will be young, with sophomore RB David Rodriguez (5-8, 165), a transfer from Burroughs, and junior RB Jason Stauffer carrying the ball and QBs Neil Gunn (5-8, 165), a sophomore, and Casey Fritts (6-0, 160), a freshman, passing it. Paraclete LB Robert Watts (6-3, 205) was called up from the junior varsity during the 1997 playoffs and played a key role. Senior DL Nick Lodovici (5-9, 225) returns to Paraclete after sitting out last season. Junior Mike McShea (5-10, 205) will play both sides of the line for Paraclete. Senior QB Raymond Gomez (6-0, 190) of Kilpatrick played as a freshman at Compton Dominguez. He can turn to three solid RBs, junior Albert Youngblood (5-11, 175), sophomore Dominic Reed (5-8, 165) and junior Sean Cunningham (5-10, 170). Junior LB Michael Porter (6-2, 185) comes to Kilpatrick from Verdugo Hills. QBs Scott Swenson (5-10, 170) and Jason French (5-11, 170) are fighting to replace Peter Dirksen (2,981 yards, 31 touchdowns) at L.A. Baptist.

* FAST FACT: Paraclete, moving from the High Desert League, has won 10 consecutive league games. Three-time defending champion L.A. Baptist has won 13 consecutive league games. They meet Oct. 30 at Antelope Valley College.

* 1997 STANDINGS: 1. L.A. Baptist 8-2 overall, 4-0 in league; 2. Village Christian 7-3-1, 3-1; 3. Kilpatrick 4-6, 2-2; 4. Maranatha 3-6, 1-3; 5. Marshall 0-10, 0-4.

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