July 17, 1994 |
William Yates Jr. cut a dashing figure during a photo shoot at Norman O. Houston Park near Baldwin Hills. Wearing a khaki safari outfit, the former Fremont High quarterback jumped in the air, cocked back his left arm and faked a pass. The spectacle drew the attention of passing motorists on La Brea Avenue, much to Yates' amusement. "Cars were stopping by and people were asking 'Who does he play for?' " Yates said. " 'What pro team does he play for? Who is he? I've never heard of him.'
December 5, 1993 |
Two things can be said about Fremont quarterback William Yates. One, he doesn't lack confidence. And two, he is hard to stop whenever he has the ball. Yates passed for 147 yards and a touchdown and ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fremont to a 28-21 win over Washington in a City Section 3-A semifinal game Friday night at Fremont. Fremont (11-2) advances to the championship game for the first time in 43 years. The Pathfinders will face San Pedro, which beat Reseda, 17-0, on Friday.
December 19, 1993 |
Fremont High quarterback William Yates' scrambles past defenders and long touchdown passes were often picture-perfect. But his face rarely appeared in the newspapers until the final game of the season, when the Pathfinders lost to San Pedro, 31-7, in the City Section 3-A Division title game. With Yates, 17, running the veer offense, Fremont won a school-record 11 games and made its first appearance in a championship game since 1958.
September 4, 1994 |
Akili Roberson of Locke High was offered a football scholarship from Nebraska. Armando Figueroa of Garfield High did not receive any offers. But both All-City Section 4-A Division players will be attending community colleges instead of Division I universities this fall. A two-way starter at quarterback and defensive back, Roberson passed for 1,189 yards and four touchdowns but did not meet the NCAA-mandated SAT score of 700 to play as a freshman. Roberson, instead, opted for L.A. Southwest.
December 4, 1993
William Yates passed for 147 yards and a touchdown and ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fremont High to a 28-21 City Section 3-A Division semifinal victory over Washington on Friday at Fremont. Fremont (11-2) advances to the championship game for the first time in 43 years. The Pathfinders have not been to the finals since 1950 when they won the last of three consecutive titles.
November 22, 1992 |
Fremont 20, Canoga Park 12--Junior quarterback William Yates threw touchdown passes of 89 and 76 yards and rushed for another score as Fremont stunned host Canoga Park to advance in the 3-A Division playoffs. Yates hit tight end Andre Johnson with a 76-yard scoring pass two plays after offensive lineman Ray Ramirez recovered a fumble at the Fremont 27.