Los Angeles Preps: Jeff Coprich

Jeff Coprich win scholar award

December, 27, 2011
West Ranch running back Jeff Coprich will be recognized as one of the top scholar athletes in the country by the National Alliance of African American Athletes in February.

Coprich won the Watkins State of California Scholar Athlete of the Year award, recognizing the top African-American scholar athlete in the state. He carries a 3.5 grade point average at West Ranch and led the team in rushing with 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season.

He will be recognized with scholar athletes from across the nation at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

Coprich has offers to continue his football career in college from West Point, Montana and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 10, 2011
  1. The most glaring stat from Westlake’s 43-21 win over Oaks Christian is the rushing yard comparison. Westlake rushed for 444 yards to Oaks Christian’s 156. Westlake had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. Quarterback Justin Moore gained 226 yards and scored a touchdown. Jarrius Bishop had 104 yards and scored a touchdown. For good measure, Dashon Hunt had 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Oaks Christian had only five runs of 12 yards or more and only two rushes of more than 20 yards. Perhaps the more telling stat from the game was the turnover ratio. Westlake forced four turnovers and did not commit any. All of Oaks Christian’s turnovers came at key moments. With Westlake up 20-14 in the second quarter, Oaks Christian drove to the Warriors 13-yard line. But Bradley Wellman picked off Brandon Dawkins and ended the Oaks Christian scoring threat. Westlake proceeded to drive 77 yards in eight plays to take a 27-14 lead on a touchdown run by Bishop. On the ensuing drive, Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams broke off the biggest rush of the game, a 43-yarder that gave the Lions a first-and-10 on the Westlake 37-yard line. But Westlake defensive end Johnny Stuart sacked Dawkins on the next play, forced a fumble and recovered the football to end the first half. With Westlake up 37-21 in the fourth quarter, Moore, playing defensive back, picked off Dawkins and set up one of Alex Ball’s five field goals. Jordie Hannel forced the fourth turnover by sacking Dawkins late in the fourth quarter and causing him to fumble on the Oaks Christian 22-yard line. It led to Ball’s last field goal of the game. Westlake sacked Dawkins five times in the game. Ball tied the school record with 29 field goals in his career. Jordan Mannisto, a senior at the University of Houston, kicked 29 field goals for Westlake from 2005 to '07. Ball, a senior, has kicked 12 field goals in five games this season.

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  1. Hart freshman receiver Trent Irwin had quite a debut. He caught five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-21 loss to Tesoro. Both of his touchdown catches came in the fourth quarter, when Hart was deseperately trying to rally in the closing minutes. Making those touchdown passes was sophomore quarterback Connor Wingenroth, who also ran for a 71-yard touchdown in the first half to keep the game close. Irwin didn’t start and Hart coach Mike Herrington sounded like he might reconsider that decision in future games. “He probably could have had more,” Herrington said. “He didn’t start the game for us, but he’s a player. He’s a go-to guy, runs great patterns and catches the ball well. He’s going to have a great future.” Hart struggled at times against Tesoro, but there were some bright spots. Still, it looks like Hart might be a year away from being a power again in high school football.
  2. West Ranch running back Jeff Coprich has a pair of records that might not be broken for a while, at least in the Foothill League anyway. He rushed for a school record 213 yards in his team’s 53-21 win over Nordhoff. Coprich, a transfer from Golden Valley, holds the single-game rushing record for at his old school as well. He rushed for 202 yards against West Ranch on Oct. 22, 2010. Coprich had quite a game against Nordhoff. He scored four touchdowns, two on a pair of 85-yard runs and one on a 70-yard interception return.
  3. The Serra League teams not only went undefeated in the opening week of high school football, three teams posted impressive wins. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pulled off the stunner of the weekend, beating No. 25 Gardena Serra by 23 points, 35-13. Notre Dame was 2-8 in 2010, so it looks like the rebound is well on its way. Not to be lost are wins by No. 11 Crespi and Loyola. Crespi beat No. 19 Compton Dominguez by 42 points, 48-6, and Loyola won by 14 points, 28-14, over Mira Costa. No. 7 Bishop Amat might have had the least impressive victory, shutting out Garfield, 14-0, as if a shutout is anything but impressive. No. 5 Alemany, the reigning Serra League champs, beat Pasadena, 55-0, and it could have been worse. The game went to a running clock in the third quarter.
  4. It looks like the Westlake football team dodged a couple of bullets against Del Oro in its season opener in Northern California, dubbed the Battle at the Capital. Westlake won the game, 30-27, in overtime on Saturday night, but not before Warriors kicker Alex Ball missed a field goal that would have won the game in regulation, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee. Ball made up for the miss, making a 27-yard field goal to win the game in OT. Del Oro was knocking on the goalline in the overtime period, but turned the ball over on downs after a fourth-and-goal play that ended inside the 1-yard line. Westlake drove down the field and gave Ball another chance to win the game. He didn’t squander his second attempt. Westlake has a bit of break. The next game for the Warriors is Sept. 16 at home against Calabasas.
  5. Burroughs senior cross country runner Anthony Monroy set the course record at the 21st Burbank all-city cross country meet at Johnny Carson Park. He won the race over the 2.6-mile course in 12 minutes, 50 seconds, breaking the mark set by Western Nelson of Burroughs, who held the record in 12 minutes, 59 seconds, in 2007. Christina Shamirian of Burbank won the girls race, the first of her high school career, in 16 minutes, 28 seconds.