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Prep Rebels Hope to Compete With Graduation Depleted Team

September 09, 2004|By Ralph Saenz

When asked how he thought the Flintridge Prep Rebels were going to follow up their CIF Division XIII championship season this year, Head Coach Marty Konrad made one statement that pretty much sums up the team's situation for 2004.

"We needs lots of help from the guy upstairs," the coach said and he wasn't referring to Prep's headmaster. Trying to field a team that will have just one returning starter on offense and three returning players on defense will mostly likely require divine intervention and a lot of luck.

"We lost a lot of people to graduation. We had two of the best receivers in the league last year (Ramses Barden and Mike Gadel). This year we have nobody," Konrad said.

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Granted, Konrad does have players who are ready and willing to step in to jell the offense, including running back Wes Ouchi and new starting quarterback Adam Rogers, but a team like Prep is certainly going to feel the loss of three talented players like wide receiver Barden, quarterback Greg Sherman and running back T.C. Scotton.

Ouchi, a senior, is probably going to be the key to Prep's offense. He saw action last year, despite Scotton's numbers (1,619 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns). A durable runner (5'8", 160 pounds) with speed, Ouchi carried the ball 59 times for 478 yards, which averages out to more than eight yards per carry.

Senior Rogers (5'9", 140 pounds), like Ouchi, also had to play second string behind a talented starter. In his case it was Sherman who put up terrific numbers (1,585 yards passing and 18 TDs) which broke the school records.

However, Konrad has faith in him to run the offense. "Rogers had a lot of playing time last year as the backup quarterback," he said.

Although the Rebels lost most of the offensive and defensive line and such individual players as linebacker Eric Sarkissian who was named the CIF Defensive Player of the year last season, Konrad has enough left to work with.

"There is nobody left on either the offensive or defensive line, but our linebackers are intact. We are going to be moving around several players to see what they can do," he said.

One player who is definitely going to switch positions is senior Max Davison (5'11", 175 pounds). He played linebacker last season, but saw limited action in the backfield when Konrad wanted to give the starters a rest.

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