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PREP FOOTBALL 2000 / EMPIRE LEAGUE

Katella

September 01, 2000

1999 RECORD: 3-7 overall, 2-3 in league

COACH: Dominik Unger (17-15-1 in 3 seasons at school)

RETURNING STARTERS: 7 on offense, 5 on defense

TOP RETURNERS

Chris Haller, QB, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Mike Stanton, C, 5-10, 230, Sr.; Richard Nieto, T, 6-4, 260, Sr.; Mike Ywakiem, TE/FS, 6-3, 205, Sr.; Bryce Tackett, TE/OLB, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Aaron Purcha, ILB/TE, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Ryan Delashoya, DT, 5-10, 250, Sr.; Jose Arranda, G, 5-8, 240, Sr.; Ruben Torres, RB, 5-8, 170, Sr.; Louis Mendez, DE/LB, 5-10, 210, Sr.; Joe Valenzuela, WR/DB, 5-9, 160, Jr.; Andre Juseman, QB/DB/WR, 5-9, 165, Jr.; David Emery, OL, 5-11, 240, Jr.; David DeMarco, OLB, 5-9, 170, Sr.; Jesse Allen, OL, 5-10, 250, Sr.; Don Adkins, WR/DB, 5-10, 150, Sr.; Tyler Fontyn, DE, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Zack Nowicki, DE, 6-3, 220, Sr.; Javier Del Toro, DT, 5-10, 210, Sr.; Robbie Tisthammer, WR/DB, 5-11, 165, Sr.; K.C. Wren, 6-1, 165, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS

Kevin Barruga, RB/OLB, 5-7, 165, Sr.; Jason Janus, WR/DB, 5-9, 155, Jr.; Eddie Tiscareno, WR/DB, 5-10, 160, Jr.; Ryan Weir, OLB, 5-10, 165, Jr.; Aaron Casteneda, TE/DE, 5-10, 210, Sr.; Dustin Hurley, OL, 6-3, 250, Jr.; Paul De la Hoya, ILB, 5-8, 180, Jr.

OUTLOOK

The Knights won't go down to defeat easily this season. They return four starters (Arranda, Allen, Nieto and Stanton) on the offensive front line and have a proven quarterback in Haller, who passed for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns in 1999. Haller has a half-dozen good wide receivers, according to Unger, and a trio of strong tight ends in Purcha, Tackett and Ywakiem. Ywakiem was the big-play receiver last season, averaging 20.5 yards a catch. Tackett handled kicking duties last season, but had only nine points after touchdowns. The team's lack of overall speed bothers Unger, however. He must also deal with a lack of depth in the secondary and at running back, where several standouts graduated.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 8 vs. Troy at Fullerton HS; 16 vs. Villa Park at Glover Stadium; 22 vs. Sunny Hills at Buena Park HS; 29 at Brea Olinda.

Oct. 5 vs. Aliso Niguel at Glover Stadium; 13 vs. Century at Western HS; 20 vs. Cypress at Western HS; 27 vs. Kennedy at Western HS.

Nov. 3 vs. Loara at Glover Stadium; 10 vs. El Dorado at Valencia HS.

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