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PREP FOOTBALL '98 / EMPIRE LEAGUE

Facts And Figures / Playoff History

September 08, 1998

Century

Last appearance: 1994.

Record: 2-3 in three appearances.

Highlights: Defeated Temple City and Yucaipa to reach the Division VIII semifinals in 1992 before losing to San Marino.

Cypress

Last appearance: 1996 (only appearance since 1980).

Record: 1-6 in six appearances.

Highlights: Lone victory was a 14-0 decision over Pasadena in the 1976 4-A playoffs, the first postseason game in school history.

El Dorado

Last appearance: 1997 (third year in a row).

Record: 16-16 in 16 appearances.

Highlights: A two-time runner-up in the Central Conference, losing to Mission Viejo in 1978 and to Capistrano Valley in 1980.

Katella

Last appearance: 1997 (first appearance since 1988).

Record: 1-4-1 in five appearances.

Highlights: Tied Beaumont in second round of 1-A playoffs in 1967; Beaumont advanced on tie-breaking procedure.

Kennedy

Last appearance: 1997.

Record: 16-14 in 15 appearances.

Highlights: Won the 1971 3-A championship with a 14-0 decision over West Covina in title Loara

Loara

Last appearance: 1997 (fourth year in a row).

Record: 17-18 in 20 appearances.

Highlights: Herb Hill coached the Saxons to championships 11 years apart: a 3-A title in 1968 and a Southern Conference title in 1979.

1997 IN REVIEW

El Dorado and Kennedy shared the league title with 4-1 records, but Kennedy was given the league's top seeding in the playoffs based on its 22-16 victory over the Golden Hawks in Week 9.

El Dorado had a brief but thrilling playoff season. The Hawks lost to Foothill in the first round of the Southern Section Division V playoffs, 50-49, in triple overtime after fighting back from a 22-8 deficit. Steve Warfield rushed for 112 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort.

The Hawks placed five players on the first team all-league offense: Warfield, running back Brandon Fischer, linemen Carlos Rasch and Daniel Hancock and kicker Mark Wade.

Kennedy, seeded fourth in playoffs, beat Westminster, 10-3, in the first round, then lost to Newport Harbor, 38-28. The Fighting Irish built a two-touchdown lead in the third quarter, but could not stop Newport Harbor running back Bret Baker (202 yards and two touchdowns).

Kennedy placed four players on the first-team all-league offensive unit: backs Gabriel Roman and Joe Magallanes, receiver Aaron Lewis and lineman Neil Hannifin. Lineman Dave Smith was named the league's defensive MVP.

Katella, led by running back Francis Johnson's 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns, finished tied with Loara for third in league with a 3-2 record.

The Knights had the misfortune of drawing top-seeded and eventual champion Santa Margarita in the first round. They were soundly defeated, 45-7.

Loara fell to Woodbridge, 27-0, in the first round.

League

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

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Overall

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Standings W L T TP PA Kennedy 8 4 0 221 165 El Dorado 8 3 0 267 170 Loara 6 5 0 224 195 Katella 6 5 0 251 219 Cypress 3 7 0 148 223 Century 2 8 0 103 295

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Leaders / Statistics include regular-season games only *--*

PASSING Att Cp TD Yds Morales, Loara 188 81 5 1,302 Nord, El Dorado 200 81 12 1,234 Roman, Kennedy 169 81 15 1,207 Crooks, Cypress 189 84 6 968 Gomez, Katella 100 44 9 702

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg. Johnson, Katella 192 1,398 7.3 Patterson, Cypress 154 1,048 6.8 Guajardo, Loara 113 859 7.6 Carasa, Century 105 593 5.6 Morales, Loara 89 577 6.5

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RECEIVING Att Yds Avg. Patton, Loara 40 574 14.4 Banks, Kennedy 28 462 16.5 Lawrence, Cypress 24 407 17.0 Rasch, El Dorado 22 391 17.8 Tucker, Kennedy 17 268 15.8

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SCORING TD FG XP Pts Johnson, Katella 14 0 2 86 Morales, Loara 12 0 0 72 Patterson, Cypress 10 0 0 60 Tiscareno, Katella 8 0 2 50 Tucker, Kennedy 7 0 4 46 Moreno, Loara 0 8 22 46

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