Friday, July 21, 2006

Are You Ready For Some Football?

LA Daily News
Marmonte League Football Preview: Moorpark has more - Defending champions have talent back at key spots

Simi Valley lost offensive standouts Bryan Randolph, Devin Kelley, Lorne Bell, T.J. Washington and Collin Franklin, forcing coach Todd Borowski and his staff to essentially start from scratch.

Langston Jackson, a 6-1, 210-pound junior who started last season at fullback, showed promise during summer passing leagues and will be the focal point offensively.
"We're not hoping Langston can come in and contribute - we know he can and expect him to," Borowski said. "He's going to be our horse. He's a legitimate prospect."

Moorpark at Canyon 8/31
Two of the region's best RBs - Scott and DiLuigi - figure to put on a show.
Hart at Westlake 9/21
Seems just yesterday these programs were the area's best.
Channel Islands at Calabasas 9/21
Best chance for Coyotes to end their losing streak before league play begins.
Moorpark at Thousand Oaks 10/6
Lancers find out if they're for real against defending league champions.
Simi Valley at Royal 11/9
Throw out the records when these crosstown rivals get together.

Ryan Campbell Westlake QB Sr.
Three-year starter is unquestioned leader.
Ryan Cloney Thou. Oaks QB Sr.
Big-time arm, big-time prospect.
Langston Jackson Simi Valley RB Jr.

Dishes out punishment before receiving it.
Darrell Scott Moorpark RB Jr.
Star back has immense potential.
DeJuan Yates Thou. Oaks DL Sr.
Pac-10 recruiters knocking on his door.

Coach: Tim Lins, eighth year.
Last year: 10-4.
Outlook: Defending league champions determined to prove it wasn't a fluke.
Coach: Mike Sanders, seventh year.
Last year: 8-3.
Outlook: Opponents can expect steady diet of Cloney to Malm.
Coach: Gene Uebelhardt, 19th year.
Last year: 6-4.
Outlook: They say you win with defense. Highlanders hope to do so.
Coach: Charlie Wegher, 12th year.
Last year: 7-4.
Outlook: Abandoning passing game in favor of a grind-it-out running attack.
Coach: Jim Benkert, 17th year.
Last year: 3-7.
Outlook: Warriors look to put pair of disappointing seasons behind them.
Coach: George Hurley, 18th year.
Last year: 8-4.
Outlook: Will battle for fourth place and league's last automatic playoff berth.
Coach: Todd Borowski, second year.
Last year: 5-5.
Outlook: Devastating losses offensively force underclassmen into on-the-job training.

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July 21, 2006

Jackson ready to carry the load for Pioneers
By Thomas Gase
HIS TIME TO SHINE-Simi Valley junior Langston Jackson has converted from defense to offense this season and will start at running back for the Pioneers. He replaces Devin Kelley, who recently graduated. Opposing teams will be glad to hear Simi Valley's Langston Jackson won't be playing defense this season. Unfortunately for those same squads, Jackson will be playing a lot more offense.

Although Simi Valley's football team lost its top running back in Devin Kelley due to graduation, the Pioneers are looking to continue their excellent ground game as they place Jackson into the starting running back position. With Jackson only a junior and a year of varsity ball now under his belt, the future looks very bright for the Pioneers. "We have more help this year on defense so we are going to use him strictly on offense," SVHS head coach Todd Borowski said.

"We're looking to give him the ball around 18 to 22 times a game. As a sophomore last year he matured greatly, and now it almost seems like he's a senior on this team." After spending his freshman year on the junior varsity team, Jackson had an impressive first year on the varsity level in 2005.

Even though he played mostly second fiddle to Kelley when it came to carries, Jackson still finished seventh in the Marmonte League in rushing with 411 yards. Jackson also had three touchdowns on offense (2 TDs on defense) , highlighted by a 70-yard run against Agoura. He was also stellar on defense, logging 41 tackles and 16 assisted tackles. Jackson's biggest defensive play may have been his interception returned 90 yards for a touchdown against Newbury Park.
"I like playing both offense and defense, but I liked the 70-yard run more than the 90-yard interception because I knew everyone on that play had done something in order to help me score." Though coaches and offensive lineman for Simi have said Jackson is a great power runner they're glad he has improved his running outside the tackles, too.
"He's a very versatile, powerful runner," senior offensive lineman Nathan Mullett said. "He's a very hard worker, and when you have a running back that runs well, we (the offensive line) get noticed more. So it's great blocking for him."

In Jackson's spare time, he likes to try to improve his own game by watching tapes of some famous running backs that include Reggie Bush and the late Walter Payton.
Jackson thinks Simi will improve on last year's 5-5 record as he has seen many people putting in hard work over the offseason. "We have had more people lifting and showing leadership on this team," Jackson said. "The whole team has come together really well. The defense is communicating well with the offense and the seniors are helping the juniors and sophomores."
When Jackson isn't on the football field, there is a good chance he may be on the hardwood court playing basketball.

Though he didn't get much playing time last year, Jackson made the varsity hoops squad as a sophomore. Jackson said his coaches have made the time he spends between football, basketball and school very easy. "Our better athletes at Simi Valley play more than one sport," Borowski said. "There has been no problem with him playing basketball and football at the same time."

The Pioneers also have a new quarterback this year in Brandon Fricke, who played for Pleasant Valley High in Chico last year. Fricke has liked what he's seen so far from his new teammate.
"He's a very good runner and will be a big part of our offense," Fricke said. "He has a lot more size than any running back I've worked with before."
Jackson said he hasn't received any college offers yet, but some of the colleges he is interested in include UCLA and Arizona. "He's a great kid and very fun to coach," Borowski said. "I really like that he has gained about 15 pounds over the summer and is really growing into his body. Players like him don't come around that often, and when they do, it's great."
2007-08 California Prospects
Grabbed this from the Husky recruiting board---Prepared by HuskyClaus of
1. Except for the first few kids mentioned at each position, the subsequent listing is basicially in no particular order. The numbering is for convenience only. 2. With a few kids, I don't know the kid's size. Hence, whether a kid is a legitimate prospect will depend in large measure on how big he is, along with his speed, strength and ability. 3. In compiling this list, I tried to be as selective as possible so not to miss kids who might be a prospect. A lot can happen between a kid's junior and senior year. A kid can grow 2 or 3 inches, although usually it doesn't happen. He can get considerably bigger, stronger and faster. A lot of these kids are great high school players as evidenced by their stats, but many won't receive a Division 1A offer. Another factor is a lot of these kids won't qualify and will go the JC route. Some with Division 1A ability won't even play football after high school. 4. Although this is a comprehensive list, there is no doubt I have missed a lot of kids who will sign Division 1A letters of intent in Feb 2007. Some kids transfer from other states. Some might have missed the entire junior year because of injuries or academics. 5. Almost all of the stats are from the site who do a tremendous job of compiling all the stats. But not all of the stats are not complete because some coaches don't update them and some don't provide them at all. So if a kid's stats are not impressive, it might be because the indicated stats are not complete. 6. I would like to see all these kids invited to at least one of the combines. There are so many legitimate prospects in California and a lot of them are not evaluated. Until kids are tested for speed, strenghth, etc., it is impossible to evaluate most of these kids to determine if they are legitimate Division 1A prospects. 7. I could be wrong, but it appears the 2007 crop of college prospects in California is very good.

RUNNING BACKS 1. Milton Knox, 5-9, 205, Birmingham H.S., Lake Balboa As a freshman in 2004, he helped his team to the city championship when he rushed for about 800 yards. All-City in 2005, when he rushed for 1,606 yards on 239 yards (6.7 avg), 26 TDs. Caught 21 balls for 336 yards (16.0 avg), 3 TDs. 2. Darnell Scott, Moorpark 6-2, 190, Moorpark H.S., Moorpark All-Ventura County second team in 2005, when he rushed for 1,988 yards on 292 carries(6.8 ave), long of 80, 19 TDs. Caught 8 balls for 103 yards 3. David Henderson, 5-11, 170, Lincoln H.S., San Francisco All-City in 2005, when he rushed for 851 yards on 96 carries (8.9 avg), long of 82, 12 TDs.As a DB, he had 26 tackles. A very talented high school TB. 4. Soloman Martin, 5-10, 205, Franklin H.S., Stockton Stockton Record Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, when he rushed for 1,644 yards and 17 touchdowns and had 292 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Against Tracy H.S., he rushed for 379 yards and 7 TDs. 1,936 total yards In the final three games of the season, he rushed for 687 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, and caught three touchdown passes. 5. Louis Bland, 5-10, 180, Central Catholic H.S., Modesto Modesto Bee All-District first team Has been a star on the varsity since he was a freshman in 2004. In 2005, he rushed for 882 yards on 54 carries (16.3 avg), long of 62, 19 TDs. Caught 9 balls for 240 yards (26.7 avg), long of 45, 1 TD. As a LB, he had 60 tackles, including 1 INT he returned 35 yards. Shared TB duties with senior Daniel Stahl. Being the main guy in 2006, Bland should have a huge year. 6. Ryan Bass, 5-10, 185, Centennial H.S., Corona All-County in 2005, when he rushed for 2,137 yards on 255 carries (8.4 avg), 34 TDs. 7. Lawrence Walker, 5-10, 176, Christian H.S., El Cajon All-East San Diego County in 2005, when he rushed for 2,018 yards on 228 carries, 17 TDs 8. Ramon Judkins, 6-0, 195, Beverly H.S., Beverly Rushed for 918 yards on 120 carries (7.7 avg), long of 65 yards, 16 TDs 9. Marselius Williams, 5-11, 185, Grant H.S., Sacramento Rushed for 1,122 yards on 163 carries (6.9 avg), 17 TDs. 10. Delano Howell, Hart, 6-0, 185, Hart H.S., Newhall Brother of Husky LB Dan Howell Rushed for 762 yards on 147 carries (5.2 avg), 9 TDs. Might have been injured for part of 2005 11. Matthew Contreras, 5-8, 185, Orange H.S., Orange Rushed for 1,420 yards on 196 carries (7.3 avg), long of 73, 13 TDs. As a freshman in 2004, he rushed for 1.498 yards. 12. Andre Smith, 5-8, 160, East H.S., Bakersfield Rushed for 1,084 yards on 123 carries (8.8 avg), long of 80, 10 TDs. Caught 24 balls for 259 yards, 2 TDs. 13. E.J. Woods, 6-0, 175, Santa Monica H.S., Santa Monica Rushed 69 times for 536 yards (7.8 avg), long of 50, 7 TDs. Caught 11 balls for 157 yards(14.3 avg), long of 61. As a LB, he had 46 tackles, including 2 sacks and 1 INT. 14. Deshawn Grayson, 5-11, 175, Rancho Verde H.S., Moreno Valley All-Southwestern League second team Rushed for 826 yards on 127 carries (6.5 avg), long of 85, 6 TDs 15. Wes Fletcher, 6-0, 188, Valencia H.S., Placentia All-League Rushed 267 times for 1,799 yards (6.7 avg), 17 TDs 16. Donald Green, 5-6, 145, Compton H.S., Compton Playing on a team that has a stable of fine RBs, this kid didn't get very many carries. But he made the most of them. He rushed for 456 yards on 16 carries (28.5 avg), long of 99,6 TDs. In a 55-0 win over Long Beach Millikan, he rushed for 339 yards on 8 carries. In a 48-21 win over Long Beach Jordan, he rushed for 101 yards on 2 carries, one being a 99 yard TD. As a DB, he had 6 tackles. 17. Michael Harris, 5-11, 175, Chino H.S., Chino Rushed for 612 yards on 99 carries (6.2 avg), long of 48, 3 TDs. As a DB, he had 29 tackles and 1 INT. Can also play QB. 18. Willie Youngblood, 5-7, 173, Muir H.S., Pasadena Pasadena Star News All-Area Honorable Mention. Rushed 65 times for 748 yards (11.5 avg), long of 7. On defense, he had 5 tackles. 19. Langston Jackson, 6-0, 180, Simi Valley H.S., Simi Valley Rushed 68 times for 411 yards (6.0 avg), long of 70, 5 TDs. As a DB, he had 57 tackles, and an INT he returned 90 yards.

Gettin' Ready for 2006-2007!!!