1996 RECORD: 6-5 overall, 3-2 in league
COACH: Jerry Howell (10-11 at school)
RETURNING STARTERS: 7 on offense, 9 on defense
Dan Baume, QB, 6-2, 170, Sr.; Jerry Cleveland, DB, 6-0, 175, Sr.; Brandon Davidson, DE, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Ben Felter, DB, 5-11, 170, Sr.; Vince Hamade, RB, 5-6, 160, Sr.; Steve Herzog, RB, 5-7, 175, Sr.; Daniel Ives, OL, 6-5, 290, Sr.; Nam Kim, DL, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Ronnie Lievanos, DB, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Chris McBride, OL, 6-3, 240, Sr.; Matt Peca, K/DB, 5-11, 170, Sr.; Richard Price, DL, 6-2, 190, Sr.; Matt Rudesill, DL, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Gus Sandoval, OL/DL, 6-2, 215, Jr.; Chris Shanley, OL, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Jeremy Siedsma, DL, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Jeremy Via, OL, 6-2, 290, Sr.
Todd Duddridge, TE/LB, 6-2, 175, So.; Ryan Ferryman, C/LB, 6-2, 215, Sr.; Alberto Landeros, OL, 5-11, 230, Jr.; Josh Mendez, OL, 5-10, 225, Jr.; Ricky Martin, QB/WR, 6-0, 175, Jr.; Rovin Sou, DB/RB, 5-9, 160, Jr.; Trevor Stiles, OL, 6-1, 205, Sr.; David Weir, LB/WR, 5-11, 165, So.
With an added passing game, inexperience and predictability are no longer problems. Costa Mesa's defensive line and secondary returns intact. The defensive front should be stronger than last season's with Rudesill, who broke his leg in the fifth game, returning to action. The secondary is led by Lievanos, a first-team all-league player. Ives, McBride and Via return to block for all-league running backs Hamade and Herzog. Junior Gerald Norman and sophomore Jimmy Herzog gained more than 1,000 yards on the junior varsity and freshman teams, respectively.
Sept. 12 vs. Saddleback at Orange Coast College; 19 vs. Corona del Mar at Orange Coast College; 26 vs. Long Beach St. Anthony at Clark Field.
Oct. 2 vs. San Gabriel Gabrielino at Rosemead HS; 10 vs. Anaheim at Orange Coast College; 16 vs. Aliso Niguel at Newport Harbor HS; 24 vs. Estancia at Newport Harbor HS; 31 vs. University at Newport Harbor HS.
Nov. 6 vs. Laguna Hills at Mission Viejo HS; 13 vs. Laguna Beach at Newport Harbor HS.