COACH: Mark Takkinen
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 14-17
TOP RETURNERS OFF DEF YR Mario Avila, 6-3, 280 OL DL Sr. Jeremy Balius, 5-9, 160 WR DB Jr. Brian Bittner, 6-0, 215 OL DL Sr. Eric Bondurant, 5-10, 170 WR DB Sr. Shawn Brass, 5-9, 160 RB DB Sr. Sam Escobar, 5-11, 190 RB DB Sr. Brandon Jones, 6-1, 245 OL DL Jr. Eric Kemmer, 6-0, 210 -- LB Sr. Chris Perry, 5-9, 160 RB DB Jr. Chris Rico, 5-8, 155 RB K Sr. Tom Ringl, 6-5, 215 TE LB Sr. Kevin Rodriguez, 6-1, 205 QB -- Sr. Nik Wybaczynsky, 6-5, 250 OL DL Jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS: None
Seven will either be the lucky or unlucky number for the Raiders--it’s the number of people on an offensive line, and that’s the most inexperienced unit for Sonora. “We have talent there,” Takkinen said. “What they lack is varsity playing time as a unit; they played together on the freshman and JV teams.” Otherwise the Raiders are ready to defend the league title they shared with Fullerton, Buena Park and Sunny Hills. Among the school-record 65 players Takkinen will suit up--including 44 juniors and no sophomores--is Rodriguez (1,551 yards, 12 touchdowns), a two-time all-league selection who ranked seventh among county passers. Brass and Escobar combined for 1,272 rushing yards. Ringl anchors a solid defense.
September 8 vs. Laguna Hills at Mission Viejo HS; 14 vs. Santiago at Garden Grove HS; 22 vs. Garden Grove at La Habra HS; 29 vs. University at La Habra HS.
October 5 vs. Edison at Huntington Beach HS; 13 vs. Sunny Hills at Buena Park HS; 20 at La Habra; 27 at Buena Park.
November 3 vs. Troy at La Habra HS; 9 vs. Fullerton at La Habra HS.