Nobody expected Anaheim and Western to rebound from poor 1991 seasons and challenge for the Orange League title last season.
But they did.
Nobody expected Valencia to repeat as Southern Section Division VI champion after the Tigers started 1-2.
But they did.
Anaheim and Western joined Valencia in a three-way tie for the league title at 4-1.
In 1991, Anaheim was 2-8 (0-5 in league) and was outscored, 242-103. Last season, under first-year Coach Todd Borowski, a former Valencia assistant coach, the Colonists were 9-3 and reached the second round of the Division VI playoffs.
Anaheim’s defense gave up only 117 points in 12 games, the fewest allowed by any league team. And Borowski built an effective wing-T offense around two seniors--tailback Che Garcia and fullback Brian Diaz, the league’s MVP.
Western, 2-8 and 2-3 in 1991, started 4-0 last season and finished 8-3.
Led by junior quarterback Brandon Brennan and senior lineman Ray Gonzalez, the league’s defensive player of the year, Western forced a showdown for the league title with Anaheim. The Pioneers’ 10-7 victory over Anaheim in the regular-season finale forced the three-way tie for the title.
Western’s season ended with a 23-20 loss to El Monte Arroyo in the first round of the Division VI playoffs.
It was supposed to be a rebuilding year at Valencia, which graduated all of its starting skill-position players from its undefeated 1991 section championship team.
Early-season losses to Servite and El Dorado, plus a 31-0 loss to Anaheim in league, left the Tigers 5-3 and needing victories over Savanna and Magnolia to secure a playoff spot.
They got them. The Tigers won both league games and rolled through four playoff games, including a 23-15 victory over Duarte in the section title game.