I’m down in Carson to cover Amat’s playoff game vs. Lawndale. Yeah, I know, Lawndale isn’t in Carson. But it’s close enough to give me an excuse to try Five Guys Burgers and Fries. If you’re ever in Carson, I suggest you stop by. This was my first time. Dude at the counter asked me “Did you want double meat?” and I said “I think we both know the answer to that.”
Also, keep checking back to see not only if I lived, but also because I expect to have to some very interesting news for you soon.
Sept. 3 at West Covina
Sept. 9 Gladstone
Sept. 17 El Monte
Sept. 24 at Walnut
Oct. 1 at Northview
Oct. 8 Wilson
Oct. 15 at Nogales
Oct. 21 Baldwin Park
Oct. 29 Pomona
Nov. 5 at San Dimas
Aram’s take: We all remember how good Covina was the last time I was patrolling these streets. I’ve heard rumblings that the Colts might be ready to put together another good team. As far as the sked, you have to point to that Sept. 24 game at Walnut to be the real test as to whether this team is for real. Also, concluding league with BP, Pomona and then San Dimas is just plain brutal. If the Colts can’t get through that stretch with at least one win, they can probably forget about the playoffs.
What: Steve Clarkson’s Dreammaker QB Tour stops in Pasadena on Saturday, Feb. 27. There’s a free symposium (I have no idea what that means either) for parents and kids on Feb. 26 at the Westin in Old Town Pasadena at 6 p.m. in the Fountain Ballroom.
Star attractions: Former USC and current NFL QBs Matt Leinart and Matt Cassel will be helping Clarkson on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Local angle: From what I hear, a few SGV QBs will be participating and I’m hoping more will join soon. If you know of any, please leave a comment here. There will also be five of the nation’s top QB recruits will be participating.
More info: Visit Clarkson’s site for more information and to sign up for the tour. Participants can range between 6th and 12th grades.
Matt Leinart will be there. Will you?
Week 0 – Corona Centennial (scrimmage)
Week 1 – at Baldwin Park
Week 2 – West Covina (Thursday)
Week 3 – at Tesoro
Week 4 – Monrovia (Thursday)
Week 5 – at Los Osos
Week 6 – Damien
Week 7 – at Ayala
Week 8 – at Chino Hills
Week 9 – Claremont
Week 10 – at Charter Oak
Aram’s take: How can South Hills be expected to play that nonleague schedule, then step up and hang with CO, Damien and Chino Hills in league? And then win a playoffs game in a challenging new division? Look, I respect Coach Bogan and the Huskies program to the hilt. But I have to be honest here — this has to be the most brutal schedule of any local team. I’ve even said to Coach Bogan that I hope he’s good in the trenches because he’ll have to be to survive the new league, especially after playing that nonleague. I give Coach Bogan credit for taking on such a challenging slate, but I have a feeling the Huskies have bitten off more than they can chew (cheap pun, I know). South Hills had better be as good on both lines as “The Scouting Guru” thinks they are.
Nogales’ new football coach is Sebastian Hernandez, a Servite grad and most recently the defensive coordinator at Norte Vista. Hernandez also had stints as an assistant at Servite and Corona Centennial.
Hernandez is 32 and lives in Pomona. He played free safety at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.
Hernandez replaces Vito Saracino, who was let go by the school after going 3-17 in the past two seasons. The Nobles will be joining the Valle Vista League after playing in the soon-to-be defunct San Antonio League since it was formed in 2002.
Here’s what I got out of him ….
Hernandez on what he knows about the SGV: I grew up in Whittier. I was actually a Whittier Redskin back in the day. I have some family ties in La Verne. Growing up, I remember Nogales always being a powerhouse.
Hernandez on Nogales moving to the Valle Vista League: I know the re-leaguing makes it appear like things might be easier, but the league we’re going into has its talents. San Dimas is second to nobody. There are some legitimate teams in that league. The competition level is there and we’re going to rise to the occasion.
Hernandez on his style: I’ll just say I take my cues from Coach Logan at Centennial. You’ll see more receivers than they’ve had in the past. They were running the double wing recently and I don’t do that. Defensively, I’m not going to give too much away about that. We’ll be aggressive and opportunistic.