1992: Lost in Division II semifinals
COACH: Alan Eberhart
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 0-0
TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Dave Fielder, 5-11, 180 QB P Sr. Erik LaCom, 5-7, 190 FB LB Sr. Brendan Jones, 6-0, 180 TB DB Sr. Mike Crowder, 6-2, 175 TB -- Sr. Chris Hedrick, 5-8, 165 TB LB Jr. Mike Kline, 5-7, 200 OL DL Sr. John French, 6-1, 200 OL DL Sr. Tom Miller, 6-1, 180 TE DE Sr. Matt Taras, 6-4, 185 WR DB Sr. Justin Marshall, 6-1, 175 -- LB Sr. Marty Lane, 5-8, 170 -- LB Sr. Mark Rodriguez, 5-8, 170 -- DB Sr. Dane Roman, 6-3, 220 -- DL Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Tim Condi, 5-10, 180 QB LB Jr. Danny Allen, 5-6, 160 WR -- Jr. Brian Atwater, 5-9, 175 WR DB Sr.
Fielder made 11 of 12 field-goal attempts last season and also was named the top punter in the Southern Section.
The Falcons lost just enough players that a return to the semifinals is probably a bit out of reach, but they still appear to be one of the best teams in the league. LaCom is the team’s best two-way threat. He rushed for 843 yards and is the top returning inside linebacker. One of Crescenta Valley’s problems in 1992 was an inability to throw the ball, but Eberhart said Fielder progressed well in that area over the summer. Fielder’s primary target will likely be Taras, whom Eberhart said is a college prospect. The line will be young, with only Kline and French returning. Muir is the team to beat, but Crescenta Valley should finish second.
1992: Did not make playoffs
COACH: Don Shoemaker
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 34-19
TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Ramon Jose, 6-1, 175 QB DB Sr. Malchijah Perry, 6-2, 240 OL LB Sr. Neil Sowter, 5-9, 195 FB LB Sr. Jay Register, 5-9, 175 TB DB Sr. Chris Carr, 6-1, 220 TB DB Sr. Ricky Estrada, 6-3, 230 TE LB Sr. Luis Charum, 5-9, 160 -- DB Sr. Wayne Vaughn, 5-11, 175 WR DB Sr. Manny Menjivar, 6-0, 195 OL DL Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR James Fuller, 6-3, 180 WR DB Jr. Jesse Caid, 6-1, 225 OL DL Jr. Mauricio Pena, 5-10, 165 -- DB So.
Register (186 yards) and Carr (105) are the only returning Dynamiters who gained more than 100 yards rushing last season.
After back-to-back 10-victory seasons, Glendale had its 1992 campaign ruined by a four-game losing streak. Most of the skill positions are filled by returning players. Jose completed 80 of 160 passes for 994 yards. Register and Carr, a Division I prospect, will do most of the running. Including the tight end, four players return on the offensive line, which Shoemaker still calls his team’s biggest weakness. If they beat Crescenta Valley, the Dynamiters could finish the season in second place.
1992: Did not make playoffs
COACH: Dennis Hughes
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 12-49-2
TOP RETURNEES OFF DEF YR Chris Butler, 6-0, 180 WR -- Sr. Steve Sau, 5-8, 145 WR -- Sr. Carlos Valadez, 5-10, 160 WR -- Jr. Kwang Kim, 6-2, 245 OL DL Jr. Steve Chase, 5-10, 190 OL LB Sr. Brian Salcedo, 5-10, 185 OL -- Sr. Gonzalo Palacios, 5-9, 190 -- LB Jr. Omar Mata, 5-6, 135 -- DB Sr. Hung Huynh, 5-6, 135 RB DB Jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR Alan Lau, 6-0, 210 QB -- Sr. Jin Hur, 6-0, 210 -- LB So. Edgar Escamilla, 5-8, 220 OL -- Jr. Oshin Honarchian, 6-4, 220 OL Pos So. Galan Puccini, 5-10, 180 OL DL Sr.
The Tornadoes have not won more than two games in a season since 1987, when they were 4-7.
Hughes has made the playoffs only once at Hoover, and this team is probably not good enough to make it two trips for the coach. The Tornadoes will again run a wide-open passing offense, but instead of Nate Dishington at quarterback, Alan Lau will be throwing the passes. Lau is a transfer who played for the junior varsity at Burbank last season. Hughes said Hoover will be deeper on the line of scrimmage this season. A holdover problem from last year will be lack of a running game, though. “If I had a big running back, I’d run the ball more,” Hughes said.