Colony QB Simko fighting for Chino Hills starting job

Colony High School junior quarterback Matt Simko transferred to Chino Hills High School on Monday and had his eligibility approved by CIF Thursday per his family’s residence change. The Mt. Baldy League offensive player of the year last season has joined Chino Hills spring practice and is competing for the starting quarterback job with Zach Chadwick, who also plays linebacker.

All indications from Chino Hills coach Derek Bub are that he would love to avoid playing Chadwick both ways and the 6-foot-3 Simko’s arrival will likely make that an easy decision.

“I didn’t have any idea this was happening before Friday,” Bub said. “But he is going to help us a lot. He’s a great drop back passer with a cannon for an arm. He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid and all he’s done is work hard.”

Chino Hills two-year starting quarterback Andrew Chavez will graduate in a couple of months. But Chino Hills returns a talented receiving corps led by the 6-3, 195-pound Jack Austin, who had 65 receptions for 921 yards and 11 TDs last season.

Though he rotated with Arizona signee Bryan Harper at Colony last season, Simko completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,893 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions as the Titans advanced to the CIF-SS Central Division semifinals, where they lost to top-seeded Rancho Verde, 42-14.

Simko was to step in as Claremont’s starting quarterback last season but transferred over the summer to Colony where Matt Bechtel was the head football coach. Bechtel resigned from Colony last week.