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PREP FOOTBALL '98 / GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE

Facts And Figures / Playoff History

September 08, 1998

Bolsa Grande

Last appearance: 1987.

Record: 5-6 in seven appearances.

Highlights: Knocked off Fullerton, Tustin, Anaheim and Valencia to win the 1986 Central Conference championship, the only section title ever won by a Garden Grove League team.

Garden Grove

Last appearance: 1994.

Record: 6-16 in 16 appearances.

Highlights: Lost to Downey in a one-game playoff for a Minor League title in 1945, and fell in the 3-A semifinals in 1975 and Division VII semifinals in 1992.

La Quinta

Last appearance: 1990.

Record: 10-12 in 12 appearances.

Highlights: Lost in the highest-scoring Central Conference championship game in the division's 11-year history, a 34-28 decision against Saddleback. Also fell in the 1989 Division VI final.

Los Amigos

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

Record: 9-14 in 14 appearances.

Highlights: Advanced to 1981 Central Conference championship game before falling, 35-0, to Mission Viejo.

Pacifica

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

Record: 17-20 in 20 appearances.

Highlights: Lost to Aliso Niguel in 1996 Division VIII final after qualifying as an at-large team. Also was Southern Conference runner-up to El Modena in 1978.

Rancho Alamitos

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

Record: 14-17 in 17 appearances.

Highlights: Reached the Division VII championship game back-to-back seasons, losing in 1992 to Sunny Hills and 1993 to Mira Costa.

Santiago

Last appearance: 1996 (only appearance since 1987).

Record: 1-9 in nine appearances.

Highlights: Lone victory was a 15-14 decision over Lynwood in the 1978 Southern Conference playoffs.

1997 IN REVIEW

Rancho Alamitos was perfect in the regular season for a second consecutive season and was the top-seeded team in the Southern Section Division VIII playoffs.

The Vaqueros beat Aliso Niguel in the first round, but were upset by Covina Northview, 14-7, in the second round. The Vaqueros scored one of the biggest victories in school history in Week 2, when they routed Division I power Esperanza, 38-14, behind David Vickers' 162 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Alex Blanco's 187 yards and one touchdown.

Vickers finished the season as the county's fourth-leading rusher (1,890 yards) and fifth-leading scorer (29 touchdowns). Vickers also led the Vaqueros in tackles and interceptions (six) and he earned first-team all-county honors on defense.

Blanco suffered his second serious knee injury in the seventh game and missed the rest of the season, but finished with 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Los Amigos, led by senior quarterback Javier Acevez and its stingy defense, finished second in league play with a 5-1 record, but lost to West Covina South Hills, 14-6, in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lobos placed three players on the first-team all-league defense, lineman Najja Kee, linebacker Anthony Faletoi and defensive back Alex Bedolla.

Pacifica broke 50 points twice in league and took third place. The Mariners upset Sunny Hills, 17-3, in the first round but fell to section champion Laguna Hills, 20-10, in the quarterfinals.

League

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Standings W L T Rancho Alamitos 6 0 0 Los Amigos 5 1 0 Pacifica 4 2 0 Garden Grove 2 3 1 Santiago 2 3 1 Bolsa Grande 1 5 0 La Quinta 0 6 0

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Overall

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Standings W L T TP PA Rancho Alamitos 11 1 0 396 114 Los Amigos 7 2 1 283 157 Pacifica 7 3 2 285 163 Garden Grove 3 6 1 101 235 Santiago 3 6 1 177 247 Bolsa Grande 3 7 0 255 332 La Quinta 0 10 0 128 383

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

PASSING Att Cp TD Yds Baughman, BGrande 294 139 33 2,315 Welty, Garden Grove 149 85 8 1,007 Huyhn, La Quinta 170 85 7 986 Acevez, Los Amigos 137 76 5 983 Reis, Pacifica 171 79 9 969

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg. Vickers, Rancho Alamitos 152 1,586 10.4 Blanco, Rancho Alamitos 118 1,085 9.2 Thomas, Santiago 125 947 7.6 Kee, Los Amigos 115 797 6.9 Riley, Los Amigos 107 750 7.0

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RECEIVING Att Yds Avg. Baeder, Bolsa Grande 52 987 19.0 Fredrickson, La Quinta 42 681 16.2 Ruegger, Pacifica 32 416 13.0 Simpson, Pacifica 29 452 15.6 Arroyo, Los Amigos 29 383 13.2

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SCORING TD FG XP Pts Vickers, Rancho Alamitos 26 0 6 162 Baeder, Bolsa Grande 20 0 0 120 Thomas, Santiago 13 0 2 80 Blanco, Rancho Alamitos 12 0 2 74

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