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PREP FOOTBALL 2000 / EMPIRE LEAGUE

Cypress

September 01, 2000

1999 RECORD: 4-6 overall, 2-3 in league

COACH: Kerry Crabb (13-17 in 3 seasons at school)

RETURNING STARTERS: 6 on offense, 9 on defense

TOP RETURNERS

Dave Hansen, TE/DE 6-2, 240, Sr.; Robert Clark, FS, 6-3, 180, Sr.; Darren Shorter, RB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Justin Rice, QB, 6-3, 190, Sr.; Aaron McDowell, OL, 6-2, 230, Jr.; Mark Crommie, DB, 5-8, 155, Sr; Ben Facia, LB/TE, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Matt Ziemer, LB, 5-9, 200, Sr.; Chad Halbert, DB, 6-3, 175, Sr.; Chris Adornetto, K, 5-10, 190, Sr.; Josh Leazenby, DL, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Mark Fitzgerald, FB, 5-10, 190, Jr.; Olaf Ostergaard, LB, 6-0, 185, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS

Jelani Gamba, WR/DB, 6-2, 175, Jr.; Darnell Dodson, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Jr.; Zvonimir Cavka, OL, 6-4, 250, Jr.; John Ayers, OL, 6-2, 230, Jr.; Ryan Durbin, OL/DL, 6-2, 260, Jr.; Nil-Addo Allotey, WR, 6-3, 180, Sr.; Javier Hurguia, DB/QB, 6-0, 175, Jr.; Jacob Kartchner, LB, 6-1, 180, Sr.; Kerry Lathon, WR/DB, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Donte Moore, WR, 6-2, 160, Jr.; Ronald Dross, DB, 6-0, 160, Jr.; Chris Newton, DB, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Scott Hailey, P, 6-1, 180, Jr.; David Sampson, OL, 6-3, 265, So.; Raymond Clark, OL, 6-3, 245, So.; Hunter Kiernan, LB, 6-2, 197, So.

OUTLOOK

The deep Centurions return 23 lettermen who are out to make up for last year's bitter finish. In 1999, Cypress failed to make the playoffs because it lost three of its last four games, including defeats to El Dorado and Kennedy by a total of three points. According to Crabb, the receiving corps is inexperienced, which could be a challenge for senior quarterback Rice, who passed for 1,626 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Free safety Clark, who had three interceptions last season, and tackle Hansen, one of four returning starters on the line, anchor a defense that could be among the best in the league. "We will be strong against the run," Crabb said.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 2 at North Vancouver, Canada, Handsworth Secondary; 9 vs. Corona del Mar at Western HS; 14 vs. La Quinta at Western HS; 22 vs. Savanna at Western HS; 29 vs. Santa Ana at Santa Ana Stadium.

Oct. 13 vs. Loara at Glover Stadium; 20 vs. Katella at Western HS; 27 vs. El Dorado at Valencia HS.

Nov. 2 vs. Kennedy at Western HS; 10 vs. Century at Western HS.

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