FB: Season in Review (1985)

California School With the Most D1 Signers (1985-1986)

Poly (Long Beach) (10) – Mark Carrier  (6-2, 185, DB) to USC; Mike Coulson (5-10, 165, DB) to Hawaii; Stacy Elliot (6-3, 245, NG) to UCLA; Mike Herring (6-0, 165, QB-DB) to Northern Arizona; Eric Morgan (6-0, 165, WR) to New Mexico; D’Angelo Moss (6-1, 240, DL) to North Texas St.; David Riley (6-4, 210, DE-OLB) to Long Beach St.; Chris Roscoe (6-4, 185, WR-TE) to Hawaii; Brian Tuliau (6-2, 220, LB) to USC; Michael Vaughn (6-3, 220, DL-TE) to UNLV.

1985 Season Notes & Highlights: Long Beach Poly opened the season ranked No. 1 in the state and definitely had the talent level to warrant the lofty rating. The Jackrabbits, however, finished the season with an empty feeling of what could have been until 10 seniors signed letters of intent that following winter.

On the field, Poly’s offense struggled mightily at times and trailed Edison of Huntington Beach, 14-0, after three and a half quarters in the CIF Southern Section Big-Five title game. Lineman Stacy Elliot then came up with an interception on a third and 24 play and junior running back Leonard “Eight Ball” Russell scored three plays later. Then on a fourth and one from Poly’s 43-yard line, Edison coach Bill Workman decided to roll the dice and the play was stuffed by Poly’s stingy defense. With 59 seconds remaining, QB Michael Herring hit wide receiver Andre Hill in stride for the game-tying touchdown as co-coaches Thomas Whiting and Jerry Jaso didn’t want to ruin the miraculous comeback by going for two.

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