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2000 Preview: Division I, Vii, X, Xi, Xii, Xiii Team Capsules

September 07, 2000

ACADEMY

OUTLOOK

With 12 returning starters and a quarterback the caliber of junior Matt Kaplan, Campbell Hall is capable of battling for the league championship. Downey Calvary Chapel, Capistrano Valley Christian, Fairmont and St. Margaret's are the other teams in the league.

SCOUTING REPORT

CAMPBELL HALL

Anthony Harris, 4 years

* Coming back: Kaplan, the junior QB, passed for 1,380 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has an outstanding WR in Derrick Williams and a solid TE in Sean Jody. Checking in: Two freshmen could be immediate contributors, WR Calvin Taylor and LB Matt Wyner.

DATES TO MARK

Oct. 28 Campbell Hall vs. Calvary Chapel

FAST FACT

Coach Anthony Harris will be hosting a Friday night high school football sports show on KMPC-AM (1540) from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ALPHA LEAGUE

OUTLOOK

Paraclete, which has won three consecutive Southern Section titles at the Division XI or XII level, is expected to battle Kilpatrick for the league championship for the third consecutive year. L.A. Baptist is tabbed to finish third for the third consecutive year, followed by Village Christian and Marshall.

SCOUTING REPORT

PARACLETE

Jeff Cortez, 1st

* Coming back: RB Curtis Brown is regarded as one of the top juniors in the state and Michael Washington will start at WR and DB. Craig Herrera, a wide receiver last year, will start at QB and Joe Martin was an All-Southern Section selection at DB last season. Checking in: Erick Jackson, a transfer from Vasquez, is the team's fastest player and will start at HB and DB. John Taylor is a WR and DB up from the junior varsity.

KILPATRICK

Co-Coaches Sid Ware 5th, Scott Faer, 1st

* Coming back: Kilpatrick, a juvenile detention facility in Malibu, has a new group of players every year, but the Mustangs are expected to have good running backs again. Checking in: Jermaine Marshall, and his 3,586 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns, is gone, but Jeremy Hartsfield, Joseph Harris, Kenneth Jones and Ryan Jones will give Kilpatrick superb depth at running back. Steve Romero will start at QB and LB.

L.A. BAPTIST

Gregg Frazer, 1st year

* Coming back: Lord Cole will start at RB and DB with linemen Brian Rice, Cody Driver and Brett Emma also playing both ways. Steven Graham, a WR last year, will replace graduated Scott Swenson at QB. Checking in: Senior Andrew Petersen is playing football for the first time, but Frazer says he has the potential to match Jim Romero and Tim Feirfeil, former standouts for the Knights, at WR. Nick Perrin, a transfer from Granada Hills, could start at TE and DL.

VILLAGE CHRISTIAN

Coach Jim Yencarelli, 1st year

* Coming back: QB Neil Gunn and WR Derek Wilde return for their second seasons as starters. Aaron Owen is the Crusaders' leading returning running back, but several others will push him for playing time. Senior Ples Aguilar will anchor a junior-dominated offensive line. Checking in: Josh Knuckles, up from the junior varsity, and transfer Jerimiah Schultz are two players expected to battle Owen at RB.

DATES TO MARK

Oct. 27 Village Christian vs. L.A. Baptist at Alemany

Nov. 3 L.A. Baptist at Paraclete

Nov. 10 Kilpatrick at Paraclete

FAST FACT

Paraclete is one of two programs in the region to win three Southern Section titles in a row. Canyon won three consecutive Northwestern Conference championships from 1983-85.

ANGELUS

OUTLOOK

Teams with only nine seniors on the roster and a first-year coach don't usually contend for league championships. But Harvard-Westlake could be the exception. Former defensive coordinator Chris Johnson knows his personnel well and has some of the region's best sophomores to work with. Serra, as always, isn't lacking in talent and might finally rise to the top. Bishop Montgomery and St. Bernard also have experienced clubs in a wide-open league.

SCOUTING REPORT

HARVARD-WESTLAKE

Chris Johnson, 1st year

* Coming back: QB Richard Irvin took over the starting position late last season as a freshman and surprised observers with his poise and accuracy. He should be stronger, faster and better. RB-LB Aaron Alexander-Bloch would run through a brick wall if it would lead to victory. DE-TE Robert Lowenthal and OL Chris Bozeman are key seniors. Checking in: There are eight sophomores on the roster. WR Brian Shields and TE Michael Carley could be important targets for Irvin. RB Derrick Jennings, a junior, must take pressure off Irvin.

SERRA

Scott Altenberg, 2nd year

* Coming back: LB Austin Jackson, 6-4, 230 pounds, is being heavily recruited by Division I colleges. He was the league player of the year as a junior. QB Eric McNeal is a 6-4 junior with lots of potential. OL Jesus Lepe weighs 300 pounds and was an all-league selection last season.

BISHOP MONTGOMERY

Jimmy Sims, 3rd year

* Coming back: Eight starters return on offense and defense, giving the Knights hope of finally having a winning season. They love to run the ball and have a big offensive line, led by 305-pound tackle Terrance Pennington.

ST. BERNARD

Greg Dixon, 4th year

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