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Kickoff 2012: Century League preview
Find the coaches' poll, individual previews for all seven schools, players and teams to watch and much more.
(Click on the links below to go to the individual team previews.)
1. Villa Park 11-1 in 2011, 46 poll points
2. Foothill 8-5, 38
3. Esperanza 7-4, 33
(tie) Brea Olinda 9-3, 33
5. El Dorado 3-7, 21
6. El Modena 4-6, 15
7. Canyon 0-10, 10
*Teams receive 7 points for a first place vote, 6 for a second-place vote, etc.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Villa Park. The Spartans have won consecutive league titles and they are favored to make it three. Can anybody derail them? There will be a new quarterback under center, but there is talent throughout the roster, including two-way stars Meki Tafuna, Nick Whitton and several returning all-league performers. Villa Park returns 13 starters
Canyon. The Comanches went 0-10 last season, but return 12 starters as they look to put 2011 out of their memory.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Troy Poole, Esperanza, RB – Poole rushed for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
Nick Whitton, Villa Park, OL/DL – Whitton will see action on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Spartans.
Josh Vizcaya, Brea Olinda, RB – Vizcaya turned in another standout season as a junior, rushing for 1,453 yards and 24 touchdowns.
OTHER TOP PLAYERS:
Brea Olinda: TE Jordan Brown; S Lorenzo Marks; S Derek Anderson; RB Nicky Feamster
Canyon: QB Cory Elsasser; ILB Troy Kurtz; OG/DT Ahmad Sunda; OL/DL Lose Moala; ILB Zak Williams
El Dorado: RB/DB Hayden Dunn; K Dillon Lawson; S Kyle Eckart; QB Jacob Romero
El Modena: QB/P James Richardson; CB Jordan Miles
Esperanza: WR Nate Rodriguez; S Spencer Toomey; S Austin Steele
Foothill: QB Jack Gilchrist; S Will Greubel; DE Brian Fox; DE/TE Bobby Okereke
Villa Park: FB/LB Meki Tafuna; G Demitri Medenas; DE Lenny Cowans; OLB Grant Klasna; S Justin Mottram
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Villa Park vs. Foothill, Oct. 5. Their meeting last year went into overtime, with Villa Park winning 28-21.
El Modena. The Vanguards nonleague schedule features games against a pair of the Empire League tri-champions (Yorba Linda and Cypress) and then a date with Orange Lutheran. They conclude nonleague with Northwood, but league opens with Villa Park and Foothill.