The Times South Bay All-Star Football Team won’t play any games together. If it did, though, chances are it would be a devastating outfit.
Imagine combining the passing of Carson’s John Walsh, the most productive quarterback in South Bay history, with the ball-carrying abilities of Rolling Hills’ Robert Coulter, Banning’s Travis Davis and Serra’s Jerald Henry, each one a breakaway threat and Division I college prospect.
Up front, an offensive line averaging 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds per player would measure up in any high school contest.
If the offense was stopped short of the goal line, it could call upon the powerful leg of Miraleste’s Brett Ostergard, who kicked a 57-yard field goal this season, the fifth longest in CIF-Southern Section history.
And the defense, featuring the cream of the area’s linemen, linebackers and defensive backs, would give opposing offenses trouble in the worst way.
A team for all seasons, to be sure.
In a change from past years, only the outstanding back, lineman and coach of the year from each of The Times’ 12 circulation areas will be honored at a breakfast and awards ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel and Towers. The award recipients will be announced Thursday.
Carson tops the all-star squad with six selections on the 23-player first team. That’s not surprising, considering the Colts are 11-1, ranked No. 1 in the L.A. City Section and reputed to have a bushel of college prospects.
“There are at least 11 kids at Carson who could play at the Division I level,” said Dick Lascola, head of the Fallbrook-based Scouting Evaluation Assn.
Carson, which will meet Banning in the City 4-A championship game at 7:30 Friday night at El Camino College, is represented on the all-star first team by Walsh, wide receivers Abdul Muhammad and Latario Rachal, defensive end Bob Tuitau and defensive backs Tarriel Hopper and Shawn Parnell.
Banning and Serra each placed three players on the team. Representing Serra are Henry, offensive lineman Brian Malcolm and linebacker Alex Marcelin. The Banning players are Davis, offensive lineman Art Donnell and defensive tackle Brandon Johnson.
Rounding out the offense are linemen Mike Donnelly of Leuzinger, Wade Owens of Torrance and Jared Tuione of Hawthorne, and Ostergard.
The rest of the defensive unit is made up of lineman Kevin Jones of South Torrance, linebackers David Bohner of Palos Verdes, Danny Katoa of Morningside and Alex Schultz of West Torrance, and defensive backs Kenny Birdine of Morningside and David Rosato of South Torrance.
A closer look at the all-stars:
Abdul Muhammad (Carson)--One of the South Bay’s most versatile players, Muhammad has excelled as a receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner for the City finalists. He has 52 receptions for 833 yards and 10 touchdowns, and has returned two kickoffs for TDs.
Latario Rachal (Carson)--The most dynamic of the Colts’ talented receivers, Rachal leads the team with school-record totals of 55 catches, 1,252 yards, 21 touchdowns and 138 points. He also holds career records for receiving yards (1,585) and TDs (23). Known for his outstanding speed and good hands.
Art Donnell (Banning)--An All-Pacific League selection, Donnell has helped the Pilots average 300 yards rushing per game with his play at tackle. Coach Joe Dominguez rates him Banning’s top lineman.
Mike Donnelly (Leuzinger)--Selected the Bay League Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches, Donnelly was a standout two-way performer at offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Bay co-champions.
Brian Malcolm (Serra)--Highly regarded by college scouts, Malcolm paved the way for the Cavaliers’ productive running game. In his two seasons at tackle, Serra was 24-1 with two league titles and a CIF title.
Wade Owens (Torrance)--The top vote-getter among offensive linemen in the area, Owens was a first-team All-Pioneer League tackle. He is being recruited by several major colleges, according to Coach Rich Busia.
Jared Tuione (Hawthorne)--A unanimous All-Bay League pick each of the last two seasons, Tuione anchored the Cougars’ line at tackle. “The best offensive lineman I’ve ever coached,” said Coach Goy Casillas.
John Walsh (Carson)--The leading passer in the state, Walsh has completed 215 of 366 attempts (59%) for 4,030 yards and 46 touchdowns entering the City 4-A final. His has shattered virtually all of Carson’s single-season passing records, and last week set the state yardage mark. “The best quarterback in Southern California,” says Coach Gene Vollnogle.
Robert Coulter (Rolling Hills)--The only repeat selection on the all-star team, Coulter excelled against top teams without a strong supporting cast. He rushed for 1,478 yards and 12 touchdowns in 214 carries, and was named Ocean League MVP from a team that tied for third place.
Travis Davis (Banning)--Considered among the top running backs in Southern California, Davis has shouldered the offensive load for the Pilots. Entering the City title game, he has rushed for 1,657 yards in 223 carries and scored 17 touchdowns. He was named league Co-MVP with Carson’s Walsh.
Jerald Henry (Serra)--The South Bay’s most explosive player, Henry averaged more than 10 yards a carry in leading the Cavaliers to the CIF semifinals. He rushed for 1,705 yards in 160 carries and led the area with 25 touchdowns and 176 points. He was named Camino Real League Offensive MVP.
Brett Ostergard (Miraleste)--One of the most prolific kickers in South Bay history, Ostergard turned heads with a 57-yard field goal in a season opener against Redondo and proved it wasn’t a fluke. He made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts, including two of 52 yards and four others of more than 40 yards. He also played lineman.
Brandon Johnson (Banning)--A force up front for the Pilots, Johnson anchors the line at tackle and was chosen to the All-Pacific League first team. Known for his quickness and ability to shed blockers.
Kevin Jones (South Torrance)--The Pioneer League Lineman of the Year, Jones gave opponents fits with his aggressive play at nose guard. He had 78 tackles and four sacks for the Pioneer tri-champions.
Bob Tuitau (Carson)--The leading tackler for the City’s No. 1 team, Tuitau set a Carson mark by recording more than 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons. He has 142 tackles (53 unassisted) from his end position.
David Bohner (Palos Verdes)--A two-time all-league selection, Bohner was the only player named to the All-Ocean League first team on offense and defense. A rugged tackler, he also blocked well at tight end, helping the Sea Kings reach the CIF Division VIII final.
Danny Katoa (Morningside)--An All-CIF selection last season, Katoa followed a stellar junior season with an equally impressive senior campaign. A leading defender, he also played fullback in helping Morningside win the Ocean League title and reach the Division VIII semifinals.
Alex Marcelin (Serra)--The Camino Real League Defensive Player of the Year, Marcelin distinguished himself with his strong play at outside linebacker and quarterback. “The best linebacker I’ve ever coached,” said Leo Hand, who has several former players at Division I colleges.
Alex Schultz (West Torrance)--The Pioneer League MVP, Schultz was a two-way standout in the Warriors’ drive to the league tri-championship. He rushed for 1,398 yards and 15 touchdowns as a running back and led the team in tackles.
Kenny Birdine (Morningside)--The Ocean League Defensive Player of the Year, Birdine ranked among the area leaders in interceptions (nine) and receptions (55 for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns). Scouts rate him a Division I prospect.
Tarriel Hopper (Carson)--Regarded as one of the premier safeties in the nation by scout Dick Lascola, Hopper is highly rated for his ability to cover receivers and make tackles in the open field. He has five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
Shawn Parnell (Carson)--The South Bay interception leader for most of the season, Parnell has picked off nine passes entering the City 4-A final. The cornerback was named to the All-Pacific League first team.
David Rosato (South Torrance)--A triple threat at defensive back, receiver and punter, Rosato led the Spartans in tackles, interceptions (seven) and pass receptions (22 for 470 yards and four touchdowns). He was rated the team’s top player by Coach Don Morrow.
1990 PREP FOOTBALL ALL-STARS OFFENSE
Name Position School Height Weight Year Abdul Muhammad Receiver Carson 5-10 170 Senior Latario Rachal Receiver Carson 6-0 170 Senior Art Donnell Lineman Banning 6-3 290 Senior Mike Donnelly Lineman Leuzinger 6-1 230 Senior Brian Malcolm Lineman Serra 6-3 280 Senior Wade Owens Lineman Torrance 6-5 250 Senior Jared Tuione Lineman Hawthorne 6-5 285 Senior John Walsh Quarterback Carson 6-3 210 Senior Robert Coulter Back Rolling Hills 5-11 190 Senior Travis Davis Back Banning 6-0 180 Senior Jerald Henry Back Serra 5-9 180 Senior Brett Ostergard Kicker Miraleste 6-2 235 Senior
Name Position School Height Weight Year Brandon Johnson Lineman Banning 6-3 260 Senior Kevin Jones Lineman South Torrance 6-2 245 Senior Bob Tuitau Lineman Carson 6-0 220 Senior David Bohner Linebacker Palos Verdes 6-4 230 Senior Danny Katoa Linebacker Morningside 6-0 200 Senior Alex Marcelin Linebacker Serra 6-1 190 Senior Alex Schultz Linebacker West Torrance 6-1 210 Senior Kenny Birdine Back Morningside 6-2 180 Senior Tarriel Hopper Back Carson 6-3 215 Senior Shawn Parnell Back Carson 5-11 165 Senior David Rosato Back South Torrance 6-0 165 Senior
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
PLAYER SCHOOL POS. HEIGHT WEIGHT YEAR David Haemker Torrance L 6-2 200 Senior Keith Long Morningside L 6-0 170 Junior Donald Hurston Serra L 6-2 275 Senior Manny Gonzalez Leuzinger LB 6-0 215 Senior Mike Hall Bishop Montgomery LB 6-3 225 Senior Kurt Stoneberg Torrance LB 6-0 185 Senior Demond White Banning LB 5-10 200 Senior Ryan Berry West Torrance DB 5-11 175 Senior Demetrius Boykins Gardena DB 6-0 180 Senior Matt Redlew Mary Star DB 5-9 165 Senior Melvin Taylor San Pedro DB 6-1 185 Senior
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
PLAYER SCHOOL POS. HEIGHT WEIGHT YEAR Tarrik Brock Hawthorne WR 6-1 170 Senior Theron Hill Carson WR 6-0 165 Junior Josh Gormley West Torrance L 6-5 260 Senior Brandon Himelwright Palos Verdes L 6-3 225 Senior Kyle Houck Redondo L 6-3 265 Senior Ma’o Niko Carson L 6-4 230 Senior Ryan Stonebraker Mira Costa L 6-3 240 Senior Jason Kendall Torrance QB 5-11 175 Junior George Felactu Palos Verdes RB 5-8 210 Senior Morrell Ollis Hawthorne RB 5-9 170 Junior Stais Boseman Morningside UTIL 6-3 180 Soph. Brett Newell El Segundo K 6-0 170 Senior