FOOTBALL ’91 : THE HIGH SCHOOLS: SOUTHERN SECTION : Moorpark : TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE
COACH: Rob Dearborn, 4th season
LAST SEASON: 5-6; tied for 2nd in league, 2-2
PLAYERS TO WATCH: With running back Toussaint Powdrill having graduated, Moorpark probably will throw more often. Quarterback Ryan Huisenga (5-foot-11, 165 pounds), who completed 84 of 167 passes for 992 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, is back, as is wide receiver Robert Salone, who had 20 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Peltonen (6-1, 195), Jake Slesher (6-0, 190) and Robert Babcock (5-11, 200) are two-way starters. Peltonen, the team’s best player, will play fullback and inside linebacker. Slesher and Babcock are outside linebackers and offensive linemen. Norman Miranda (5-8, 150) and Richard Hernandez (6-0, 190) are returning starters at cornerback. Paul Spencer averaged 49.7 yards a punt last year, Dearborn said.
OUTLOOK: Dearborn would love to conclude the Musketeers’ stay in the Tri-Valley League with a title. Moorpark will move to the Frontier League in 1992. With seven returning starters on offense and eight on defense, the team might accomplish the feat.
COACH: Dick Billingsley, 2nd season
LAST SEASON: 7-5; tied for 1st in league, 3-1
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jeff Gibbons, a standout wide receiver who had 30 receptions for 679 yards and five touchdowns last season, also will play in the secondary. Juniors Damian Delfino (6-2, 184) and Alex Eckert (5-9, 165) will battle at quarterback, and the loser will play wide receiver. Both also start in the secondary. Delfino led Southern Section players in the region with seven interceptions last season. Jon Liebe (5-11, 182) will start at linebacker and compete against Mike Watt (5-10, 170) at fullback. Senior Mike Banks (6-3, 230) will start at offensive and defensive tackle. Junior Chad Collins (6-0, 185) will start at center and defensive tackle, and junior Tarik Smith (6-0, 182) will play tailback and defensive back.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles have posted a 30-15 record the past four seasons with quality, not quantity, and that trend will continue: Oak Park could have seven two-way starters. “We have talented skill people, but we’re small on the offensive and defensive lines,” Billingsley said.
COACH: Jon Mack, 2nd season
LAST SEASON: 2-7; 5th in league, 0-4
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Unlike most small schools, St. Bonaventure has no two-way starters. Five starters return on the offensive line, led by all-league guard Damon Bird (6-1, 215) and guard Mike Herrera (6-0, 230). Tailback Toby Noblin (5-10, 175), who rushed for 567 yards and seven touchdowns last season, heads a backfield that returns intact. Pete Houston (5-10, 175) will play quarterback and Jose Payan (5-10, 175) will be at fullback. Returning all-league linebackers Geoff Pableo (5-10, 185) and Jeff Onstot (6-1, 180) anchor the defense. Tackle Jared Molina (5-10, 215) and end Eric Quick (6-0, 205) return on defense.
OUTLOOK: With 17 starters returning, the Seraphs are on the brink of their first winning season since 1985.