All-Area Football First Team
Flintridge Prep's Stefan Smith ran for 1,480 yards and 23 touchdowns on 148 carries en route to being named to the 2012 All-Area first team. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer / January 5, 2013)
DB — LaMarr McDaniels, Senior, Muir
Standout for a Mustangs defense that allowed just 38 points in the Pacific League, earning him first-team honors.
DB — Stefan Smith, Junior, Flintridge Prep
All-around talent was a first-team All-Prep League pick. As a running back, the shifty speedster ran for 1,480 yards and 23 touchdowns on 148 carries. Added three touchdowns receiving and another on defense on one of his four interceptions. Finished with 22.5 tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
DB — Joey Velladao, Senior, St. Francis
Tallied a team-high 104 tackles — 44 more than his nearest teammate — on his way to first-team All-Mission League honors.
Israel Lacy, Senior, La Salle
Del Rey League Most Valuable Player was a game-breaker, averaging 12.3 yards per carry and totaling 837 rushing yards on the season and 12 touchdowns. He added another score on a reception and another on a kick return, of which he totaled 483 yards.
Josh Martinez, Senior, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Was a one-man gang for the Guards, rushing for 1,813 yards in 237 carries, averaging nearly eight yards a carry and tallying 26 rushing scores. At the end of the season, he had 29 total touchdowns and scored 38 two-point conversions for a total of 250 points.
Matt Wofford, Senior, San Marino
Did it all for Titans during their 10-win season as a quarterback, kicker and defensive back. The Rio Hondo League Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns on 186 carries and also threw for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 77 of 135 passes. Defensively, he had 14 tackles and an interception and as a kicker, converted five of seven field goals, including a 47-yarder, and 65 of 67 extra points.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Antonio Harrison, Flintridge Prep
In his third year at the helm, Harrison coached his first playoff game and notched his first playoff win, but the season was far more impressive than just that. A season after going 1-9, with two of the defeats coming via forfeit after the Rebels’ roster size shrunk to an alarming rate due to injuries, the 2012 Flintridge Prep squad completed an improbable turnaround. With Harrison and his players recruiting more athletes from the campus and employing a more strenuous strength and conditioning program, the Rebels went 6-5, making it to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, turning in a winning season for the first time since 2007 and earning a nailbiting, first-round CIF-SS playoff win over Ribet Academy serving as the program’s first playoff victory since 2003.