Can the West find some magic to send Keith Jones off in style?…
Where: Baldwin Park HS (get there early)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (get there early)
What: Top recently graduated SGV football standouts from the East and West sides of the 605 Freeway (get there early)
Series: East leads, 18-10-2 (get there early)
… or is the East just too impenetrable on defense to lose?
Aram’s take: I’ve seen quite a few Hall of Fame games. I always think the East is going to crush, but the West always plays with heart. Plus, it’s hard to get the cohesion needed offensively to consistently move the ball when you’re constantly changing personnel. So Friday’s showdown is going to come down to mistakes — who will make them and who will force them. I’ve talked to a lot of people who say this East defense, the first unit Mike Maggiore will send out, is loaded with D-1 players. You can’t beat that. I’m hoping Jones can go out with a win, but I just don’t see it. Jones and his offense will pull off a surprise or two, but in the end the East’s physicality and defense are the difference in a rather easy win.
Disclaimer: Having said, remember that I haven’t actually seen many of these guys ever play. Remember, I was doing 2 1/2 years of hard time in a Century City prison. So give me your takes!!!! Tell me where I’m wrong. Or if I’m wrong.