OK, now that spring ball is done, or just about done, we’ve learned quite a bit all of the teams in the area. There were some HUGE developments, like Bishop Amat’s Jay Anderson deciding to skip football to concentrate on baseball. And then there’s been some notable injuries like San Dimas QB Sean Kennedy and Arroyo WR Anthony Miller.
Also, I don’t know what I was thinking by not including Ayala, Chino Hills and Claremont for consideration in this Top 25. They’re all in the Sierra League and they are going to be part of our coverage … as is Pomona and Ganesha. So, that changes things a bit. Without further adieu, here’s your Top 25 going into the passing circuit.
The Huskies have Hart and that’s one reason they’re No. 4. Get it?
1. Bishop Amat — The gap between Amat and the rest has narrowed thanks to Anderson’s departure. Hey, did you know Tom Salter is back?
2. La Habra — All accounts are the Highlanders have reloaded. But hey, what did you expect?
3. Charter Oak — Anyone thinking CO has slipped may change their mind when the Chargers go four wide with no receiver under six-feet tall.
4. South Hills — Strong along the line and loaded with skill. But Jamie Canada’s knee injury is a concern.
5. Glendora — Excellent coach + good QB is a nice formula in HS football.
6. Chino Hills — The Huskies ranked below CO and South Hills? I’ll admit it doesn’t sound right. But Nate Harris and who ….?
7. La Mirada — Any team with a Bama recruit is fine by me.
8. West Covina — Bulldogs have to get thru rough Hacienda before they can even think about the Southeast.
9. St. Francis — All reports are the Knights have reloaded quite well.
10. Damien — When Coach Gano is mum, I get a bit concerned.
11. Muir — When getting excited, you have to remind yourself that the Stangs were 4-7 last year.
12. Diamond Ranch — Are we looking at the weakest Panthers team of the Roddy era?
13. San Dimas — Deep at QB, strong along both lines, but I haven’t heard much about the running backs.
14. Monrovia — ‘Cats have beefed up along the line, which will come in handy against San Dimas, Glendora and South Hills.
15. Rowland — A one-man show won’t get it done in the Hacienda. Just sayin …
16. Schurr — Have the feeling that the Spartans are every bit as good as M-Town and Zan Dimaz.
17. Whittier Christian — Have a feeling that the Heralds could throw a scare into M-Town, Zan Dimaz and Schurr.
18. Baldwin Park — Coach Heggins’ busy spring ought to mean the Braves will be ready from the word go.
19. Ayala — The Bulldogs will certainly compete in the new Sierra, but can you really see them beating South Hills, Charter Oak or Chino Hills?
20. Santa Fe — There’s not much confidence on the street about the Chiefs’ chances in the Southeast.
21. Bonita — Eric Podley can be very dangerous when he’s got a big-time offense.
22. Claremont — There’s no doubt The Pack will be solid, but the Sierra is a tall order.
23. Arroyo — Anything less than the semis in the Mid-Valley will be a disappointment.
24. Rosemead — Koffmead going back to ground-and-pound methods.
25. Pomona — Yet another contender in a deep and getting deeper Valle Vista League.