Readers of this blog were told about the East defense for the past two weeks. Well, the East defense was advertised. And Diamond Ranch’s Gus Viramontes took care of the rest, with three touchdown passes. What a game by the East!!!! Read the game story and see PHOTO gallery …
Viramontes does it with his legs and arm … fires three TDs for MVP honors.
East pitches the fourth shutout in series history.
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.
Friday night’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game will be a going-away party not only for the area’s top players, but for one of its top coaches as well.
When San Gabriel High School’s Keith Jones leads the West into action just after 7 p.m. at Baldwin Park High, he’ll begin the final four quarters of a career that won’t soon be forgotten around these parts, and certainly not around the Matadors’ campus, where he took a lackluster program and made it into one of the area’s best. … Keep reading
Glendora quarterback Chad Jeffries has been offered by Utah. He was just in the office and broke the news to me and Freddie. His ever-growing list is now Utah, UTEP, San Diego State and Oregon St.
Aram’s take: We still need to settle on a nickname for him. Jeffries also said he will make his choice probably in the next two weeks. I told him that a win over Charter Oak could produce a Notre Dame offer, so maybe he should wait.