More food for thought ….


This is The Oinkster in Eagle Rock. Pulled pork sandwich and fries. Well worth your drive.

Maybe we should make this a semi-regular occurrence since I do eat lunch everyday and I do have some tidbits many of you would like to know. I also kinda like it because some of you get so offended by it. But then again, if you can’t see the relation between football fan and food, then you probably shouldn’t be here anyway.

Anyway, now that it’s out there that former South Hills QB Brock Booth transferred to Amat, the question now becomes whether he’ll challenge for the starting job. Why would Booth go if he wasn’t under the assumption that he’d push Rio Ruiz to be the big man on campus?

The thing is, Ruiz has had the starting job nailed since he was in 8th grade. But maybe since Ruiz will be doing baseball activities well into June, Booth’s camp thinks he’s got a chance to seize the job.

Did you know that the younger brother of Charter Oak standout Dennis Rufus has transferred to San Dimas? I believe he was a freshman this past season, so he’s well within his rights to jet. But it’s odd nonetheless.

Speaking of CO, the search is on for the next Chargers running back. A good RB could be all that stands between Big Lou’s troops and challenging Chino Hills for the Sierra League crown.

Here’s an early Sierra League final standings prediction for you. 1. Chino Hills, 2. Charter Oak, 3. South Hills, 4. Damien, 5. Ayala, 6. Chino. That’s right, Damien misses the playoffs. Talk to me next week, though, and I’ll probably have South Hills and Damien flipped.

Is Damien the biggest mystery team in the area? I cannot withold what I’ve heard from Spartans coach Greg Gano thus far, but you’ll be disappointed. So here goes … most of our conversations have gone like “Coach, did you get anyone in?” or “Coach, how are you guys looking?” The response? “I’ll let you know.” That just means Aram will be a very familiar face at Damien practices/passing games this spring/summer to get a better handle on it.

Keep an eye on Covina’s Gevontray Ainsworth this spring/summer. He’s the nephew of former Monrovia standout wide receiver Michael Ainsworth, who earned a scholarship to Cal back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Gevontray will be just a sophomore this spring, but he could do some damage this season for the Colts.

Sadly, this might be under the radar of area fans, but it should be as good as always when Los Altos and Wilson battle for the wheel in Week 3. Added intrigue now that Jim Arellanes is at LA and will be taking on his former defensive coordinator in Wilson’s Brian Zavala.

I can’t be the only one pumped up to see Baldwin Park and Walnut this May. How can you beat Aubrey Coleman, WC3 and Demetrius Jackson on the same field before the weather even heats up?

And don’t think for a second I won’t be out at Glendale to see St. Francis in May. I’ve gotta know how Jimmy Bonds is going to handle life after Dietrich Riley. Granted, the Knights may not be rolling at full strength, but Ian Hamilton should be out there shagging balls and that’s good enough for me.

  • just sayin’

    Interesting tidbit here…. both Ruiz and Booth’s fathers were on Gano’s staff in various capacities at Los Altos back in the Conq’s glory years. Clearly they’ve talked. This should be interesting… I honestly can’t see the logic on Booth transferring to Amat.

  • Why Not?

    It seems that Ruiz’s direction in college will be baseball, so why not leave him at WR his junior year, and let Booth air it out to him, and Wallace (TE)? Ruiz has nothing to prove on the gridiron, so let him be the team position player.

  • Amat insider

    The insider is here to drop some intel. Booth to play QB while Ruiz stays at reciever to help out the offense.

  • From LA Times

    Baseball: Rio Ruiz is king of the wood bats
    April 8, 2010 | 3:08 pm
    Sophomore shortstop Rio Ruiz of La Puente Bishop Amat, a USC commit, hit his second home run in four games on Thursday during the Diamond Sports National Classic, making him six for 13 with six runs batted in while using a wood bat. Bishop Amat (14-2) defeated Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe, 9-5.

    By my last count, there were only three home runs hit in the tournament, and Ruiz has two of the them. Do you think the pro baseball scouts are gushing?

    Do you think Ruiz will ever step foot on the USC campus?

    My answer is no. I just hope Ruiz will continue to play football. He’s supposed to be the starting quarterback this fall for the Lancers.

    – Eric Sondheimer

  • reality

    The reality is the game you should be pointing to is the week 0 matchup of San Dimas vs Bonita. The Smudge Pot is gonna be huge. With San Dimas a division champion and a Smudge Pot winning streak and Bonita with coach Podley who needs to prove something. With key returners back Bonita needs to prove they can hit back and lose their reputation of being a finesse team that’s afraid of physical teams. San Dimas must prove they are for real not just flash in the pan and dominate a 3rd place team.Plus there is just the right mix of dis-like and even dis-respect between the two programs so that this game will be the one to see if you can get in that is.

  • South Hills Homer

    Why suddenly are athletes transferring out of South Hills when before they were transferring into our school?

    And…

    Why is Booth leaving South Hills when from what I remember about our roster last year he really is the only QB left in the program or at least is the QB to beat if there was any competition at the position. He at one point was our starting QB and has statistics to go with his play. Does this mean Hernandez has to move into the QB position? He’s better playing at WR and competing in two positions on both sides of the football.

    Can someone please answer these questions. I feel as if the sky may start to be falling!

  • Aaron

    Aram I hope you’re going to KFC on Monday to sample their new Sandwich: The Double Down. I’ll leave you too googling that, I just want to see someone eat one…so that means there has to be a picture of you eating it.

  • Booth? Who Dat?

    Who is this Brock Booth? If he’s good and Ruiz stays a wide receiver, then this could be great news for the Lancers. With the other receiver being Wallace Gonzalez and returning star RB Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat is going to have a very scary offense!

    Anyone have any more information?

  • Booth? Who Dat?

    Who is this Brock Booth? If he’s good and Ruiz stays a wide receiver, then this could be great news for the Lancers. With the other receiver being Wallace Gonzalez and returning star RB Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat is going to have a very scary offense!

    Anyone have any more information?

  • Booth? Who Dat?

    Who is this Brock Booth? If he’s good and Ruiz stays a wide receiver, then this could be great news for the Lancers. With the other receiver being Wallace Gonzalez and returning star RB Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat is going to have a very scary offense!

    Anyone have any more information?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Aaron,

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh man, I’ve seen that thing for the past year on the internet. I have to draw the line somewhere. I’m all for grease and cheese and fried stuff, but I mean it’s got to be within a certain context. That double down looks like it’s trying to be nasty for the sake of being nasty.

  • Aaron

    Well its something you have to get in shape just to eat…we have a pool going to see who will be the first to eat one.

  • Burst your bubble

    Reality,
    Sorry guy, the “GAME” in the valley will be playing over at Citrus during 0 week !

  • Huskies

    2008, SH loses to DR and then DR goes onto walk over WC in the semis and then lose to CO.

    2008, SH should’ve been in the FINALS no doubt, now I’m not saying won it all, but be in the final game.

    2009, SH loses to DR again, this time in semis and then DR goes onto the finals to lose again to CO.

    2009, SH should’ve again been in the FINALS, again not saying winning it all, but in the final game.

    LACK of COACHING is one big reason and extremely poor decision making by the COACHES.

    2008/2009 seasons should’ve been FINALS appearances with all the talent SH had and how much better they were than the rest of the teams. Not including CO of course, because they were the only team that should’ve put up a good game against SH.

    Why would a KID play for mediocre coaching?

    COACHING COACHING COACHING!!!

    It’s that simple…..

  • Transfers Skip Damien So Far

    Seems like the odd man out on the transfers will be Gano. Heard from a very reliable source of impeccable standards that “Travis Santiago was signed up and delivered to Damien” right before Hell Week yet nothing materialized. Booth was also slated to come to Damien but Amat was the smarter choice. Damien may have made the switch at head coach two years too late. Aram has them missing the playoffs which would mean over the past four seasons Damien would have missed the playoffs twice and been blown out in the first round twice. Not sure if bringing that up makes anyone rethink their opinion of things but it’s hard not to see how bad it looks from the outside looking in.

  • Aaron

    You must really be dumb to think that the Smudgepot is not the biggest game on the slate. Two entire communities against each other for a week, yes it is zero week instead of week five but that’s ok. Glenn Davis will have a standing room only crowd.

  • Burst your bubble

    Aaron,
    Your absolutly right the Smudgepot game is huge. But as you put it “two entire communities against each other for a week.” Hey thats great for San Dimas and La Verne. Wish you guys all the best. But the big game “on the slate” for the “SGV” on 0 week will be at Citrus.

  • Coaching

    Booth wasn’t going to be the starter at SH’s, the sophomore QB was slated to be the starter. Booth could be a good fit for BA. He is a pocket QB, don’t expect any big runs out of him. He has a big arm, but not accurate. Only time will tell, the interesting side note to this is if he doesn’t work out by the time they figure it out they lost lots of practice time.

    Interesting that Gano attempted to recruit Booth, Gano was the reason why Booth and company left LA after their freshmen year. According to Gano Booth wasn’t a QB. A few years latter Gano swallows his pride and calls Mark in an attempt to recruit him, classic Gano. This incident was the beginning of the end for LA.

  • Aaron

    By not playing Booth South Hills almost lost to Bonita. Hernandez was ineffective. Yes he’ll be one year older but don’t throw Opie to the wolves when you have a guy that did start for you earlier and gives you a better chance to win.

    Besides who says Booth is even going to play, he may just want to get a good education. Hard to leave a school so late into your high school career just for want of football.

  • WTF

    Before you go predicting the league finish put down the fatty foods for 2 minutes and ,at the very least, put the right teams in the league. I am sure Chino appreciates your vote of confidence but they are now in the Mt. Baldy League.

  • Father of an 8th Grader-Blog Enthusiast

    Everyone just cut to the chase and admit the only two schools worth attending right now if and when you have a chance to go to the next level is Bishop Amat or Charter Oak. Both schools have their entire programs built around tradition from players to coaches to fan bases. Now I am not trying to start a blog riot with my post so please do not start attacking my comments but seriously my son is going to be a freshman next year and I can tell you after Spring Break there are only two schools I am inquiring about and the private school is the Lancers and the public school is the Chargers. Sorry Damien and South Hills but your two schools are beginning to be exposed for who you truly are and that is a lack of (fill in the blanks)…

  • Yet Another Ego Driven Dad with a kid with D1 written all over his 8th grade body

    Boo hoo 8th grade baby Daddy.

    I’ll call the Heisman Committee and tell them your son’s name just so they can send a film crew to record his first practice.

  • reality

    Dad of 8th grader. Please do all of us parents who have their sons playing football at their local high school a favor and take your kid and yourself to B.A. or C.O. or De La Salle and stay the heck away from us. The last thing we want is another 14 year old prima donna with an over-indulgent Dad living his life through his kid and making our teams listen to all his B.S. the whole season.Good riddance!!

  • Did u kno?

    2007/2008 season the freshman team that is said to have started the downfall of LA football only lost to damien that year and completely demolished everyone else. Maybe Gano does something good at Damien this coming year!?!?!?! Maybe that’s why he isn’t telling Aram anything.

  • New York

    Aram,
    Safe bet on the Covina prospect. Here is some more pedigree validation from the LA Times circa 1992:

    “Greg Ainsworth of Duarte was the player who made Duarte’s offense go, carrying the Dons (Falcons not Dons) to the (1992) Division VI championship game against Valencia.

    Ainsworth rushed for 1,500 yards and passed for 660 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also made 70 tackles as a safety and intercepted two passes.”
    Greg was also MVP of the HOF Game after leading the West to victory. He played at Mt SAC and Oregon St.

    I beleive Kim Ainsworth was a Monrovia MVP in the early 1980s.

    Should be a great player for Covina.

  • grim reaper

    south hills will finish last

  • The Downfall

    The downfall at Los Altos started in 2007 due to the amount of transfers that Gano solicited. Freshman parents and players saw what was happening and knew that Gano would continue this trend. So they left.Gano left. Los Altos in a world of hurt.

    NOW Damien high school. Will they begin to accept transfers. Has Gano sweet talked administrators into sacrificing some of their moral and academic integrity. We shall see, but if they have, I can’t wait to see the look on the Damien parents as little Donald and Timothy is sitting the pine while Jerome and Luther are playing on the field.

  • Dan

    Reality,
    Great and funny responce to Dad of 8th grader, Amat &
    CO can have him, you probably reflect the sentiments
    of most on this blog inluding those from Amat & CO. Geez what blind arrogance, I feel sorry for that kid.

  • WOW

    WOW THE SAME BROCK BOOTH THAT WAS HELD BACK A YEAR BY HIS DADDY SO HE CAN BE STARTING QB AT LA DIDINT WORK, SO WENT TO SH, DIDINT WORK AND ITS NOT GONNA WORK AT AMAT !! THE KID HAS 2 LEFT FEET AND DADDY LIKES TO DONATE TO THE PROGRAMS ALSO , IN TRADE ??? MAYBE PLAYING TIME FOR BROCK ,HMM . NEXT MOVE FOR MR BROCK IS ASKING NIETO IF HIS BOY CAN PLAY ON THE BASEBALL TEAM , LETS SEE

  • ???

    Seems like SH is headed down the same road LA went a few years ago.

  • LA Insider

    Sad thing is that if Booth’s father had been able to swallow his pride and keep Brock at LA, he would probably be the starter this year for the Conqs. Instead he’ll never see the field for the Lancers. Poor kid…Daddy really screwed the pooch on this one!

  • idiot aka LA INSIDER

    LA Insider,

    Start at LA so what that is like saying he could start at La Puente.

    swallow his pride what an idiot, for an insider you are clueless.

    Ok my son started as the freshmen qb at LA, Gano told me he isn’t going to be a qb at LA, so I am going to stay at LA in hope that Gano quits, LA turns out to suck and is on its third head coach in four years and then maybe I might get a chance to start.

    Your right LA INSIDER he should have stayed I don’t know what he was thinking.

  • IT COULD WORK OUT FINE

    Let’s just wait and see what happens with Brock . If he is deemed eligible I believe he has a chance to start if he has what it takes to run the offense at Amat. Rio is a lot more valuable on both sides of the ball rather than just playing QB. Remember no one saw the coming of J Mac and look what he did with some good coaching which is what Brock will get at Amat.

  • BA PRIDE!

    Father of an 8th Grader-Blog Enthusiast

    It’s all right here and the answer is simple…

    http://www.vimeo.com/8585794

    During coach Hagarty’s 2 year reign, Bishop Amat has defeated Orange Lutheran, St. Bonaventure, Loyola, SO Notre Dame, and Crespi sharing the Serra League title last season. The Serra League was Calpreps.com’s #1 ranked league in California. The top 4 leagues on this list are from the Pac-5. Oh yes, BA also beat Mater Dei.

    Here are some Freshman team highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xuz_Xc0eA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4QbOHfPpA0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxID4cITEI

    Enjoy!

  • Food

    Lots of good places to go in Eagle Rock

  • Dan

    Aram,
    Speaking of Covina Players to watch out for what about Remontey McClaine? As you are already familiar with him in track he has great speed and decent size, seems like if the Colts can get him the ball he could score from anywhere. I’ve only seen him once last season against Rowland and it seemed like the Colts didn’t use him enough in that game, one time I remember they went to him deep and he scored a touchdown but there was a penalty on that play, other than that they didn’t use him much. I’m interested in Covina’s week zero matchup against our WC Bulldogs, Billy livingston seemed like a talented Sophomore QB when I saw him in his first varsity start that night, I’m sure he is better this year with almost a season of starts under his belt. Couple that with Remontey McClaine, the Ainsworth kid and several sophomores and junior starters that I saw that night that will now have a season of experience under their belt and you might have a pretty good team over there at Covina, can any Covina insiders expand on this? Any cautious optimism or even down right excitement for this upcoming season in Colt country?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    We’re not quite to D.T.’s once-a-decade powerhouse team, but the Colts frosh team was 8-1-1 with the loss being to Rosemead when Ainsworth didn’t play. But good frosh teams are nothing for Covina. The key is will all the player stick around for the Colts all four years? They’re in very winnable division and D.T. and Coach KG do a great job, plus the Trib will ship plenty of ink McDonough-era style if they’re good, so there’s really no reason to leave.

  • still hope shhs

    forget brock booth we still have to jv qbs coming up and one can run the ball pretty well and hes pretty accurate up to 30 yds all he needs to do is work on his long ball…then the other one is really tall and is a good pocket qb…….and if south hills can switch up there offense to more spread and pass the ball more they have a excellent chance to go all the way because the jv team won league and most played on varsity this last season…so watch out!!!!!

    lets go huskies

  • http://wbx.me/l/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.insidesocal.com%2Fsgvfootball%2F2010%2F04%2Fmore-food-for-thought.html Paul

    South Hills homer, You need to give Hernandez a chance, i have known him since he was 9 yrs old playing youth football,he’s a great kid and a leader, and he going to be a junior, he’s loyal to whatever program he’s at. I dont believe you would see him transfer because of that reason.And i know about 4 high school coaches in the SGV who would love to have him, i know because i have been asked about him ,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000357578450 jesusjr23

    Nobody will forget Brock and his family. A good kid and great parents. Sad to see him leave, but good luck! As for Hernandez and the other 2 QBs that were on JV, both JV QBs need tons of work. Neither can start at the Varsity Level next year, so Hernandez will be the best option. Booth of course would have been a better choice, but he’s gone now. South Hills could still have a good team, but putting the pieces together will be tough. As it has been for the past two seasons.

  • Covina COlts

    Well i guess what you dont know is the covina colts frosh team in 08 were undefeated champs and most of those sophmores on varsity last year they were all key players and now they are just getting bigger…. As for Trey ehhh he is ok on freshman lets see when pads get on how good he really is… before you hype him up…Billy Livingston i dont know how you can judge someone on one game look at his overall 5 of his picks they were in his first 2 games rowland and Walnut all he did was get better and from what i hear he has been going to many camps and been getting coached up so hes only getting better, Faster, Stronger football is a everyday thing he lifts and throws all week and even on the weekends hes going to be a top player in the SGV next year him and his recieving corp all returning recievers watch out for covina next year!!

    GO COLTS 2010

  • Covina COlts

    Well i guess what you dont know is the covina colts frosh team in 08 were undefeated champs and most of those sophmores on varsity last year they were all key players and now they are just getting bigger…. As for Trey ehhh he is ok on freshman lets see when pads get on how good he really is… before you hype him up…Billy Livingston i dont know how you can judge someone on one game look at his overall 5 of his picks they were in his first 2 games rowland and Walnut all he did was get better and from what i hear he has been going to many camps and been getting coached up so hes only getting better, Faster, Stronger football is a everyday thing he lifts and throws all week and even on the weekends hes going to be a top player in the SGV next year him and his recieving corp all returning recievers watch out for covina next year!!

    GO COLTS 2010

  • Covina COlts

    Well i guess what you dont know is the covina colts frosh team in 08 were undefeated champs and most of those sophmores on varsity last year they were all key players and now they are just getting bigger…. As for Trey ehhh he is ok on freshman lets see when pads get on how good he really is… before you hype him up…Billy Livingston i dont know how you can judge someone on one game look at his overall 5 of his picks they were in his first 2 games rowland and Walnut all he did was get better and from what i hear he has been going to many camps and been getting coached up so hes only getting better, Faster, Stronger football is a everyday thing he lifts and throws all week and even on the weekends hes going to be a top player in the SGV next year him and his recieving corp all returning recievers watch out for covina next year!!

    GO COLTS 2010

  • Covina Not Going To Happen This Year

    We played Covina last year and I saw nothing special at all. They have one WR with speed. They have a real long way to go to be able to commpete with San Dimas, that group of kids isn’t going to do it. San Dimas to coached up for Covina to even come close. They will see in week zero how far off they are against West Covina.

  • Covina COlts

    ok and your point is what?? you played a team loaded with sophmores 11 sophmores starting on varsity right yea and they still pulled of a ok season when 3 of there starting line men went acedemic ineligable one kid with a knee infection was out for 3 games and all starters the week of league and still did ok so you will see next year with everyone most of the players comming back & healthy and San Dimas wont be good next year they are losing there best backs and Shawn he aint shit 40 year old men can throw to kids with no one standing next to them it aint that hard believe me Covina is playing 3 teams that run the Wing T offense before they play san Dimas week 9 they will be very well prepared just wait and see Covina Vs. San Dimas week 9 for LEAGUE its going to be Covina but it will be close but Covina will be better.

  • Covina Not Going To Happen This Year

    Covina Colts,

    Let me keep this real simple you are a one demesional team. You can’t run the ball, your senior quarterback had over 500 yards rushing and no one else on the team had over 200 yards. I have never seen a team win a CIF championship with no running game. Mustang over at Sam Dimas will tear you guys a part. Wait what was the score last year, 35-0 your qb went 9 for 16, 69 total yards. Next season you don’t have a running game. You could score last year what makes you think you can this year. Don’t even take into account the 35 they put up on you.

  • Covina COlts

    Yes ok yes sure san dimas tore up Covina ok did you not see the new tackle and center and right guard starting they have never started a varsity game in there life so when people dont know how to block yea of course your not going to have a good game its simple line doesnt go offense doesnt go pull your head out… And San Dimas had there best team in forever whose going to replace trey no one Jordan Taylor he has no size for the 3 back its done and they lost there best defensive player probibly ever in Justin Windrow and sebastian didnt play RB in the last game do to ankle injuries so we had to pull in a reciever to play RB and he did good for 2 games almost 200 yards you dont know what your talking about SaNDimas will never put 35 on Us AGAIN no size at the running backs and one pussy reciever in Kolbeck and no good tight ends.

  • Coaching

    You have to compete with San Dimas, Baldwin Park, Pomona, and Wilson in league. You got beat up by two of these team and beat two of them by 4 and 5 points. Not going into too much detail Pomona with Rice and all the transfers watch out. San Dimas with the coaching aways going to be tuff. Baldwin Park, big stud had to sit out last year. Wilson very young team, coaching staff 2nd season watch out. You have five teams that are competing for two really three spots. Personally my money is on San Dimas, Baldwin Park and Pomona making the playoffs. As you can see by Aram’s rankings and comments he feels the same.

  • Covina COlts

    Hey you know what covina is always underated even when MCD was here everyone said we wouldnt win leaguev then we did then it was o you guys wont go far in playoffs then look semi finals ok so keep talking its ok what happens on the field is what matter so yea ok just watch and see boys and girls ill make sure i order you guys some shirts after we win league what size everyone wear??

  • Big Boys Not Junior All American

    Covina Colt,

    MCD wasn’t he a great running back. Sounds like youre agreeing with me, that was my point why you aren’t going to go far, no running game. I can’t think of any great team that didn’t have at least one great running back. You don’t even have one average running back. Sorry it isn’t going to happen, you don’t have the talented need to compete.

    I wear a 2X

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