Los Angeles Preps: Ken Drain

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.

Northeast: Rio Hondo Prep 34, Desert Christian 13

December, 10, 2011

ARCADIA -- Alex Tayco entered Saturday's CIF-Southern Section championship game knowing full well that he was going to receive his share of carries. And when the senior running back started off slowly, he did not appear to be overly concerned the results.

His patience paid off, of course, by the time the final seconds ticked off the clock. Tayco finished with 160 yards in 20 carries and scored to guide Rio Hondo Prep to a 34-13 victory over visiting Lancaster Desert Christian in a Northeast Division title showdown.

“My job was stay focused and run down hill, that's what I did out there tonight,'' Tayco said. “I owe a lot to my offensive line. They did a great job.''

With a three-touchdown lead throughout the fourth quarter, Rio Hondo Prep (13-1) stuck to the game plan and kept the ball on the ground behind Tayco.

“Alex ran the ball hard tonight, but we had a feeling that was going to be the case,'' Kares coach Ken Drain said. “He was fantastic. He has been all year.''

The Knights opened the second half with a sense of urgency as Chance Gusberth scored on a four-yard run to cut the deficit, 28-13, at the 5:06 mark of the third.

K.J. Moore answered for the Kares. He scored on touchdown runs of 23 and 9 yards to give Rio Hondo Prep a 34-13 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

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