Pasadena gearing up for Alemany challenge on Aug. 24, Arcadia settles things at running back …

Some teams may have trouble finding the motivation to get through the dog days of August practice, but that isn’t the case at Pasadena High School.

The Bulldogs open the season at home against PAC-5 Division power Alemany on Aug. 24.

With such a high-profile opponent right out of the blocks, the Bulldogs have been on their best behavior so far in practice.

“The energy has been there,” Pasadena coach Randy Horton said. “The kids know what’s at stake. Guys are excited because it’s Alemany.

“We’ll see, though. You never can tell until you play somebody.”

The Bulldogs weren’t close in last season’s game, a 55-0 loss.

Much of that, Horton feels, was because of a bad first half that cannot be repeated in this year’s renewal.

“I showed them film again from last year,” Horton said. “The first possession, we were dropping balls. The game could have easily been 14-7 or 14-0 us in the first quarter. I really want to see how we play without all the mistakes and giving them the ball.”

Pasadena has its work cut out. Yes, the Bulldogs return standout quarterback Brandon Cox, but the rest of the skill players are very light on experience. In fact, the Bulldogs are replacing their six top receivers from last year and top running back.

Despite that, Horton said the offense had been showing signs of promise throughout spring and summer until last Saturday’s intra-squad scrimmage.

“The offense had been beating up on the defense so far,” Horton said. “But Saturday, the defense dominated the offense. It was very promising.”

Injuries have been a bit of an issue for the Bulldogs. The most notable is starting corner back Ronald Baker, who sprained his knee on the school’s field-turf surface last week and won’t be back until the end of this week at the earliest.

Tight end/defensive end Alex Baer also has a sprained knee, but his is considered less severe.

Not everything settled at Arcadia

Arcadia running back Jake Medel made quite a splash when pressed into action last season. The then-junior ran for more than 800 yards and 11 touchdowns, thus causing many to assume he will be the starter this season.

He won’t.

First-year Apaches coach Chris Long said Monday that Medel will line up at receiver and senior Sheldon McKinley will start at running back. Both players will see carries, though, Long said.

“I’m looking forward to having them both on the field at the same time,” he said. “McKinley is the starter and Jake is starting at receiver.”

McKinley was the team’s original starter at running back last season and was playing well before getting injured.

Quarterback still is a soer spot for the Apaches. South Pasadena transfer Joey Harmon has been given full eligibility by CIF-SS, Long said, and still is battling with Zach Yee for the job.

Long said Friday’s scrimmage against Silverado will go a long way in determining who wins the job.

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  • PurdueAlum05

    Why did Joey Harmon leave South Pas?

  • Pasadenian

    Pasadena is gearing up to play against their elementary friends….it should be a good on LOL

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/paspreps/2012/08/pasadena-gearing-up-for-aleman.html woanelly

    Pasadenian, that is funny, because the parents of the kid’s that leave are always saying it is the education. Well the kid spent 9 years in the system and now its the education once it’s time for HS. That is BS when all the recruiters are waiting at the trojan, Panther and pony games and practices.The parents are sitting there complaining waiting for “The Offer”. The Pasadena schools are dessimated and Kudos to the kids and parents willing to challenge the best without a stacked team. Muir’s schedule Upland, Alemany, Upland and years against OC and Bishop. Thanks to former Pasadena and Muir Alumni for you help in tearing down our school athletic programs. You know who you are, SELLOUTS, and Auctioneers

  • Stangs03

    LOL at Pasadenian! Woanelly, so very true. Elementary schools are good enough, but not these Highschools? pure mularkey!!! However I cant blame a parent for wanting to give their child every opportunity to succeed. Both sides of the issue are valid. You have the ‘betrayal’ of Alumni in letting their kids go to Alemany, Charter Oak, OC, etc… Then you have PUSD who makes it difficult for any sports program to get off the ground. Most of these privates have donors who previously played, or are wealthy Alumni. Ive tried to donate to Muir, and several professional athlete classmates and alumni as well. We are told that the donation must be distributed equally to all the highschools! what type of crap is that. I dont want HS to have the same thing Muir is getting. Im supporting MY SCHOOL, and my athletes. They say it creates an unfair advantage! B.ologna S.andwich if you ask me…. so hey D. Holmes, while i am dissappointed Jr. didnt stick around, i cant be mad at you, for giving him the tools to succeed.

    Thank you, thats the end of my rant

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue: the rationale I heard for Harmons departure was two fold. first, SP is going to continue to run the Wing T as the primary offensive scheme, throwing the ball 10-15 times per game. on ocassion, we will go into the spread offense, but that will not be our base offense. Harmons family wanted him to be in a more pass-friendly offense, perhaps throwing up to 30 times per game. Second, Arcadia promised Harmon that he would get more exposure to college recruiters by playing in a bigger league at a higher division. Harmon threw the ball about 100 times last year. we went entire halfs of games without throwing a single pass. I think this was the main reason he moved to Arcadia.

  • 81

    to Stangs03, I had never heard of that before. When I visit my local public schools I can see signs on campus that says sign donated by “x”, or score board donated by “x”. That just seems odd to me especially when you consider Sierra Madre Elementary School which is in PUSD you gets funding from local parents.

  • PurdueAlum05

    Thanks bigfatfan! Yeah, we barely throw ball but I would also say that it had to do with Harmon lacking experience. I don’t think he had great accuracy but he was only a sophomore. . I had high hopes for the kid. Oh well. Do you know who will be our starting qb? I was thinking of checking out the scrimmage next Friday down in Huntington Beach.

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue: SP QB right now is Johnny Karalis. he was harmon’s back up last year. have you seen our football website: http://www.sphsfootball.com

  • PurdueAlum05

    bigfatfan,

    I go on that website all the time but I didn’t see any rosters posted. I played for Coach Smith and Coach Fonseca was my coach Freshmen year.

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue: I think that Coach Konrad will post the rosters shortly to the website, hopefully prior to our scrimmage next week. glad to hear you are using the website. Fonseca is now with the frosh team, we have nearly 50 kids out for the frosh team, and Fonseca is the perfect coach to teach the kids and keep them excited about the program. Too often at SP, the frosh kids have a bad experience with their first year of football, and dont return in their soph season, case in point, this year’s soph returning class is very small. hopefully things are changing for the better. see you next friday at the scrimmage in HB.

  • sphs grad

    joey left because konrad only knows 5 plays. he is a bad offense coach. should of let coach barnes call plays last year would of beat SM. all they did was run. all he knows is the wing and thats it. never going to win if you cant throw the ball. also there best RB in program left to SG. lots of players quitting. konrad is a bust they might win 5 games jv 3 frosh because of fonseca 6. just 2 years ago all 3 teams had winning reacords and jv won league with barnes and fonseca. the only league champs so pas has in football in like 20 years. should of hired them. hate to be a tiger this year.

  • PurdueAlum05

    sphsgrad,
    You’re wrong. There was a reason why we didn’t pass the ball a lot. I saw Harmon throw the ball and he wasn’t very accurate. I am sure that he would of improved and we would of thrown the ball more but he decided to take the easy way out and transfer. He’ll learn later in life that you can’t run away from things when they don’t go your way. Also, my freshmen team won league Fonseca’s first year coaching and the JV team has won league several times. The problem with SP football is alumni like you. You always complain and never offer any support to the program. Instead of complaining why don’t you show up to games and support the team? People complained about Coach Smith about him being terrible, which he was, but don’t put Coach Conrad in that category just yet. Give the guy a chance. You tell me when was the last time SP football had back to back winning records? SP football has come along way in the past three years. SP lost to SM last year not due to coaching but because SM wanted it more and was a better team. It’s ok to admit it when you lose to a better team as long as you play hard and don’t give up. SP players didn’t do either of the two. Now try to explain that???

  • Sphs grad

    Purdue you are mistaken you never one league. I talk to my old coaches sometimes Fons and barnes are the only coaches to win league since barnes played there. If you played Fons first year what was are record? I was on that team we did not win league and if you played Fons he wasn’t the head coach. I been to many games and support the team in past 10 Years.I also go to a lot of jv games and saw Joey play as a freshman on jv. He threw like 10 to 12 TD and had 2 three td games. He was going to be one of great QB here and when they hired Conrad he only threws like 12 times a game. Sm had tiny DB out there and he only threw 2 deep ball that where cought. I wish him well and there was other reason not just play calling.If you know who david Allen is his years on V they had winning records. I never had a problem with smith he was a good coach with a good staff. His problem just like conrad they have no offense of mine. Never going to win if your not balance on O. I very proud of my school and supported them for years. If you want a football lesson I will be at games this years and can school you and big fat fan. See on the 50. Bring a pen and paper.

  • PurdueAlum05

    Sphs grad,
    Your name must be Jamie Yager little man. We actually tied for league champs and yes, Coach Barnes was the head coach. Did you even play??? I doubt it. You’re the typical SP alum. You talk big but really don’t know much. Coach Fonseca has coached two JV teams to league champs. If you don’t believe me then ask him. If you knew anything about football then you would know that Harmon wasn’t very accurate when threw the ball. You can’t expect a lot from Sophmore qb. I think he’ll turn into a good qb, he just needs time. I bet you’re a coach smith supporter. I think I might know who you really are… John Colca???? You fool!!!

  • PurdueAlum05

    Sphs grad,
    You’re going to give up on a coach who has won a cif title? Tell me the last time that a coach with that type of experience wanted to coach at South Pas? I know who David Allen is and you’re wrong. The last two SP teams had 6-4 records. It’s not the best records but it is still a winning record. Plus, when Allen played they were beating terrible Mark Keppel teams. David Allen played on 3-7 team (Junior Year) and 6-4 (Senior Year). I don’t think they would let a moron like you on the 50, yet alone would you be able to find it.

  • PurdueAlum05

    Sphs grad,

    You’re right, we never one league, WE WON LEAGUE. Do you know the difference between the two? One or won moron???

  • bigfatfan

    Purdue: wow, if sphs grad is really a grad of sphs, what does that say for the educational system at the school. horrible writing skills. as for Sphs Grad’s contention that our best running back left for SG, that is BS. that kid is a head case, pure and simple, a real prima donna.

    anyway Purdue, I agree with you, we should just let Coach Konrad take his shot and see how things turn out. afterall, we had Smith for 16 years, and he nearly lost 100 games over that time frame. and yet, when the calls came out in the early 2000s to replace Smith, he weathered the storm, the community and teachers supported him, and he was able to keep his job as head coach for another 5-7 years. so I’d say its a bit early to rag on Coach Konrad.

  • Real sp fan

    Sphs grad and purdue you are both morons. First purdue you never won league or in sphs grad would say one league. There have only been one league title in football since coach Jason Barnes won league. Fonseca and coach Barnes took a team to 9-1. They coach a lot of ties for second. I know this because I know coach Fonseca and Barnes. Before you say you won something you should check with them. I don’t know you guys know coach conrad or not but rumor is that some parents think he worst then smith and his play calling is bad. Parents that I know have had some problems with him. To be honest I don’t know him but the one or two times I have talk to him he kind of a jerk. Hope he is the right guy for the job. Beating only one team with a winning record last year (Alhambra) is not that great. I do agree with grad that if they threw more earlier in SM game they would of won. Sm had the worst corners and short in league. The 5 or 6 times they did throw it look ok. Play action not going to work third and long. Also I know he won a CIF title in the prep league thats all most 8 man. He also had a kid that went to the NFL on his team so that helps. I really hope he is the right coach. I to will always support tiger football. I will give him a chance. Even if he is a jerk.

  • bigfatfan

    lets stop arguing about who won frosh or jv league titles at SPHS, that is just embarassing. for you guys to be arguing about frosh and jv titles is ridiculous, and just shows how irrelevant SP varsity football has become. After 4 CIF titles in the 1960s and 1970s, football at SP fell into a coma, and until Konrad wins league, its still in a coma as far as i am concernced. in recent memory, SP varsity has not made the playoffs, and has not even been close to winning a league title.

  • Real sp fan

    BFF you are right we shouldn’t be arguing about jv or frosh league champs. I just don’t like when people say they did something they didn’t do. I am with you going to give him a chance this year. The same people that keep smith for years are all so the same that hired this jerk. You can see that why I can’t totally be with this coach yet. I hope you are right. Are you going to the game on Friday? Hope to see you there.

  • bigfatfan

    Real SP Fan: yes, i will be at the scrimmage this friday in Huntington Beach. too bad its so far away. I think Purdue said he was going to try and be there also.

  • Real sp fan

    BBF its good to see parents go that far for there kid. hope theres alot of you there. I dont know if you saw back on july 12 on blair. looks like someone was talking to you and purduealum. looks like a student or sphs grad. you might of miss it. he talk bad about the program.

  • PurdueAlum05

    Real sp fan,
    Actually, you’re an idiot. We tied for league champs but it was because Monrovia had half of their freshmen team suspended for drinking at homecoming for two games. I know it doesn’t matter now, but I hate it when people try to state facts and they’re wrong. You’re wrong little man.

  • Real sp fan

    Purdue you are a real blogger tough guy(moron, idiot). I got a shirt for you. It says BLOGGER TOUGH GUY. I will bring it on friday.

  • PurdueAlum05

    Real sp fan,

    Your mom knows who I am… just give it to her and I will get it tonight.

  • Real sp fan

    Really I didn’t know my mom was gay. Good for her blogger tough guy. She always wanted a frosh league champ. O so call league champ.

  • Real sp fan

    Really I didn’t know my mom was gay. Good for her blogger tough guy. She always wanted a frosh league champ. O so call league champ.

  • SP DAD

    @REAL SP FAN & @ SPHS GRAD WOW NO COMMENTS ABOUT TODAYS SCRIMMIAGE WAS LOOKING FOR YOU TWO AT THE 50 DIDN’T SEE ANY OF YOU WITH YOUR NOTEBOOK AND PAPER LMAO GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR FOR SP TIGER. SLEEPER TEAM 2012-2013

  • Just a Fan

    SP DAD talk to some coaches when they got back. Didn’t look to happy. it sounds like your sleeper team is in trouble.