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A Little History

September 01, 2000|PAUL McLEOD

1994--The recent opening of new schools and the need to accommodate three Catholic schools in county leagues led to the formation of a new league in the central county, with Saddleback and Tustin moving from the Sea View League and Ocean View, Santa Ana, Servite and Westminster from the Sunset League. Servite won the first title and at least a share of four of the first five, before leaving for the Serra League last fall.

1996--Servite hadn't lost in its first 11 Golden West League games, but it faced its strongest challenge in Tustin, a team as prolific on the ground as Servite, with quarterback Greg Cicero, was in the air. The game lived up to expectations, with Cicero passing for 249 yards, Tustin runners--including current UCLA tailback DeShaun Foster--teaming for 310 yards, and Servite holding on for a 50-40 victory.

1999 IN REVIEW

Tustin won its third consecutive championship, outscoring league foes by an average of 54-7, after a tough nonleague schedule that included narrow losses to La Puente Bishop Amat and Los Alamitos. . . . Branden Malcom, who led the league in rushing and scoring, was named most valuable player. . . . Ocean View's 7-4 record tied for the best mark in school history. The Seahawks won six of their first seven games, led by Deshai Houston, who passed for 35 touchdowns. But with a shot at a tie for the league title on the line, Ocean View fell to Tustin, 78-7, during Week 10. . . . Houston also came up with one of the defensive plays of the year, an interception in the final minute that clinched a wild 56-49 victory over Saddleback during Week 6. . . . Tustin, seeded fourth in the Division VI playoffs, was surprised by Loara in the quarterfinals, 6-3, surrendering the winning touchdown with three minutes to play.

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League Overall STANDINGS W L T W L T TP PA Tustin 4 0 0 8 4 0 418 164 Ocean View 2 2 0 7 4 0 386 390 Santa Ana 2 2 0 6 5 0 223 236 Westminster 2 2 0 5 5 0 257 274 Saddleback 0 4 0 4 6 0 203 300

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Leaders

Statistics include regular season games only

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PASSING Att CP TD Yds Houston, Ocean View 320 147 33 2,249 Coburn, Westminster 263 144 17 2,190 Saavedra, Saddleback 91 45 6 781 D. Miller, Tustin 76 36 11 717

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RUSHING Att Yds Avg TD Malcom, Tustin 191 1,475 7.7 18 Gonzalez, Saddleback 211 1,188 5.6 12 Zill, Tustin 103 765 7.4 10 Guidry, Santa Ana 120 739 6.2 7

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RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg TD Campbell, Ocean View 48 668 13.9 7 Jenkins, Westminster 36 669 18.6 5 Hollins, Westminster 31 466 15.0 4 Levu, Ocean View 31 393 12.7 10

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SCORING TD FG XP TP Malcom, Tustin 21 0 18 144 Gonzalez, Saddleback 13 0 4 82 Levu, Ocean View 12 0 8 80 Zill, Tustin 11 0 6 72

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NOTEBOOK

Only Tustin and Westminster have on-campus stadiums. The other three teams in the league are used to moving around. But Ocean View will truly be a vagabond again this season. The Seahawks, who have yet to raise enough funds to light their two-year-old campus field, will once again utilize Westminster and Huntington Beach high schools. The Seahawks' 10 regular-season games will be played at seven fields, including an Oct. 20 date at Westminster, where Ocean View will be designated the visiting team and be stationed on the opponent's sideline. . . . Tustin gets the nod from coaches to repeat as league champion. "Tustin is very strong, as always," Ocean View Coach Harold Eggers said. Said Westminster Coach Ted McMillen: "Everybody else will battle it out for second with the possibility of upsetting Tustin." Tustin Coach Myron Miller won't argue, but says he believes Santa Ana can't be overlooked. The Saints are continuing a rebuilding process that saw them make the playoffs last season for the first time in nine years. "They're big and improving," Eggers said. Saddleback's Jerry Witte said his Roadrunners have the potential to rebound from a sub-par performance in 1999 and grab the third playoff spot ahead of Ocean View and Westminster.

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