Here are some of the top returning players in the area for the upcoming 2020 football season.
El Monte: The Lions coming off a historic 16-0 season and a state championship, lose a lot with graduation including the likes of Davon Booth and Abel Cueva. But the back to back defending Mission Valley league champions return two freshmen all leaguers in linebacker Johnny Lopez (65-tackles 2-interceptions) and Isiah Ariza (29-tackles 2-interceptions).
Montebello: Oilers are coming off a 4-7 season but bring back QB Andre Maldonado (15-passing TDs, 7-Ints) and safety Jason Martinez (113 tackles). Montebello is looking to get back to the top of the Almont after winning four of the last six titles.
Sierra Vista: The Dons, yes the Dons! after finishing 11-1 on the field bring back two of the more high profile players in the area. Defensive lineman Nick Dimitris (33-tackles 2.5-sacks) and offensive lineman Anthony Rosas. Both players have multiple D1 offers.
Arroyo: The Knights will have Andrew Enriquez returning at quarterback and he’ll have his backfield mate running back Joshua Tustin with him for another year.
Nogales: The Nobles look to rebound from a injury plagued season with a healthy Darin Urrutia at quarterback and stud athlete Marlon McDaniel who will play all over the field.
Schurr: The Spartans will try to get back in the playoffs in 2020 with a pair of juniors to be in quarterback Jesse Preciado (24-passing TDs 16-Ints) and running back Isiah Candelaria (1126-yards 10-TDs).
Wilson: The Wildcats bring back one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the area in Isiah Espinoza (14-passing TDs 10-Ints, 718-yards rushing, six rushing TDs) and receiver Robert Vega (678-receiving yards, seven TDs).
*Top Returners is the first of a series.