Los Angeles Preps: Jake Holguin

South: Football All-CIF honors

January, 18, 2012
A list of players and coaches from south Los Angeles County who garnered top honors on All-CIF teams, sorted by division:


Offensive player of the year: QB Steven Rivera (senior, Arroyo)
Defensive player of the year: LB Brett Walsh (junior, Monrovia)
Coach of the year: Ryan Maddox (Monrovia)

Thoughts: No one was more valuable than Rivera, who capped his stellar four-year career by passing for 3,400-plus yards and 38 touchdowns and leading the Arroyo Knights to the Mission Valley League title. By all indications, Walsh beat out teammate Ellis McCarthy, one of the state's most highly recruited players, for top defensive honors. Walsh, a junior, was second in the entire Southern Section with 192 tackles, thriving behind McCarthy's havoc up front. Maddox was recognized for the second straight year after leading the Wildcats to their second straight title.


Offensive player of the year: RB Alex Tayco (senior, Rio Hondo Prep)
Defensive player of the year: LB Jake Holguin (junior, Rio Hondo Prep)
Coach of the year: Ken Drain (Rio Hondo Prep)

Thoughts: A deserved sweep for the divisional-champion Kares. Holguin, a 6-foot-3 linebacker who led a defense that allowed just over 10 points per game last season, returns next year.


Offensive player of the year: RB Chris Solomon (senior, West Covina)
Defensive player of the year: LB Dorrin Turner (senior, West Covina)
Coach of the year: Mike Maggiore (West Covina)

Thoughts: The back-to-back divisional champs swept for the second straight year, with Maggiore and Solomon repeating in their respective slots. Backup tailback Jimmy Frazier, who had more yards and touchdowns than Solomon in less carries, could have easily shared the offensive player of the year award. Solomon, who is being recruited as a defensive back, recently took an official visit to Colorado.

Preview: Desert Chr. at Rio Hondo Prep

December, 8, 2011

Who: Lancaster Desert Christian (11-2) vs. Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep (12-1)

What: Northeast Division championship game

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Rio Hondo Prep school.

How Desert Christian got here: The Knights were impressive in a 57-12 first-round victory over Perris California Military Institute. Things became a bit more difficult thereafter. They defeated Bishop, 14-7. Los Angeles Salesian also put up a good fight before losing 33-22 in last week's semifinal showdown.

How Rio Hondo Prep got here: The Kares had little, or no, problems in their first-round game and ended up defeating Anza Hamilton, 61-0. They nearly duplicated the feat the following week against California City in a 55-0 victory. Boron did not offer much resistance in a 27-8 loss in the semifinals.

Key players for Desert Christian: Don't expect to see this group pass the ball much. The Knights prefer to keep the ball on the ground. And just when you think they have run the ball enough, they run some more. Kiel Alcarez has rushed for 1,286 yards and 18 touchdowns. Not to be outdone, his backfield counterpart, Chase Gusbeth, has picked up another 1,261 yards rushing and scored 13 times.

Key players for Rio Hondo Prep: A balanced attack is the Kares biggest strength. Quarterback Colby Rivera has passed for 1,246 yards and 22 touchdowns. He only has four interceptions. His main target is Jake Holguin, who is averaging 17 yards per catch and has 10 touchdowns. Desert Christian also has four players with more than 300 yards rushing this season, highlighted Alex Tayco's 801 yards.

Prediction: Rio Hondo Prep 28, Desert Christian 14