November 18, 1990 |
When USC sophomore safety Stephon Pace looks back to his first game against UCLA freshman quarterback Tommy Maddox, he will remember Saturday's showdown at the Rose Bowl as a guessing game filled with big plays. On nearly every offensive play for the Bruins, Maddox tried to outguess Pace and the Trojan secondary by audibilizing at the line of scrimmage after looking at USC's defensive coverage.
November 16, 1990 |
USC's young, inexperienced secondary has been burned with uncommon regularity this season. Quarterbacks Tony Sacca of Penn State, Mark Brunell of Washington and Greg Frey of Ohio State enjoyed their most productive passing games of the season against the Trojans. Jason Palumbis of Stanford passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns against USC, including 230 yards in the first quarter.
December 26, 1990 |
It was almost a year ago that Chico Fraley was sprawled unconscious on a rain-slick street in Seattle. The car in which he was riding skidded and was struck from behind by another vehicle. "I was ejected from the back of the hatchback," said Fraley, Washington's junior inside linebacker from Bishop Amat High. "I don't remember anything. Only what people tell me." The other occupants in the car, cornerback Dana Hall, the driver, and former teammate Ivory Randle, were shaken up but uninjured.
September 25, 1992 |
Two years ago this week, when USC last went to Seattle to play Washington, the Trojans were riding a 20-game Pacific 10 Conference unbeaten streak. They had reached the Rose Bowl game three times in three seasons under Coach Larry Smith. They were ranked fifth after opening the season with victories over Syracuse and Penn State. Washington had not been to the Rose Bowl in nine years.
March 4, 1988 |
No matter how it looks, there is parity in the Southern Section 5-A division, when it comes to boys' basketball. Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, the team that has won the championship three consecutive years and took the state Division I crown last season, meets Bishop Amat of La Puente, the top-ranked team, for the 1988 title Saturday night at 8:45 at the Sports Arena. It seems like a parody of parity. But this is parity.
September 29, 1991 |
USC, faced with elimination from the Rose Bowl race in its second conference game of the season, dominated the second half Saturday night and defeated Oregon, 30-14, before a crowd of 45,948 at Autzen Stadium. Breaking open a game that was tied at halftime, 6-6, the Trojans scored 24 points in the first 22 minutes of the second half, taking control with a power running game led by tailback Mazio Royster and a suffocating defensive effort that seemed to demoralize the Ducks.
September 15, 1988 |
In recent years, San Gabriel Valley high schools have produced more than their share of blue-chip college prospects, and last season was no exception. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before the valley suffered from a case of talent lag. According to Dick Lascola, who operates the Fallbrook-based Scouting Evaluation Assn., this year's pool is "a little thinner than in recent years." Not that there are no major-college prospects among valley prep players.
September 3, 1987 |
Considering their imposing stature, it is no wonder that interior linemen Rick Fuller (6-8, 280) of Arroyo, Bascom Mellon (6-4, 240) of Diamond Bar and Mark Johnson (6-3, 270) of Mountain View stand out among this year's senior crop of high school football prospects in the San Gabriel Valley. But the three giants, who are receiving the most national attention, are not the only players from the valley who have caught the eyes of college recruiters.
December 18, 1986 |
After winning only four games in the previous two seasons, not much was expected from the Northview High School football team this season. But Brian Beveridge, coach of the Vikings, had a feeling that this year would be different. "Last year we took a chance and brought up eight sophomores and started getting better by the end of the season, even though we were 3-7," Beveridge said. So it was not surprising to see improvement from the Vikings. The surprise was how much.