1. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jordan Simmons, a lineman being coveted by USC, UCLA and Florida, has transferred from Dorsey to Crespi. You will all be able to see him because Bishop Amat opens Serra League play against the Celts on Oct. 15. Crespi beat Amat, 38-25, last season. I have a feeling that will be the Tribune’s Game of the Week.
2. The Times’ Eric Sondheimer opines that the Mission League may be headed back to its glory years thanks in part to the transfer bus making frequent stops at several schools. That includes other major sports beside football, but nonetheless, St. Francis has a very tall order. Our CO/Amat debates have been great, but let’s not forget that the Knights compete a very high level, too.
Here’s my question for you: Is the Mission League better than the Sierra League?
3. The OC Register reports that former Cantwell coach Jimmy Nolan is seeking cash donations as he tries to pump life into the program at Compton Centennial. Nolan was a unique guy. Got to cover him when he coached the West to a 22-21 loss in the ’03 (I think) Hall of Fame Game. He soon left for Laguna Beach and was replaced by Pete Smolin at Cantwell.
4. Servite opened practice this week with 144 players spending the night in the gym. There’s nothing like parochial football. It really is a whole different animal. Check out the video.
5. Speaking of Orange County, remember them? It seems like the SGV vs. OC struggle isn’t what it used to be thanks to the new divisions. Nobody used to love sticking it to the OC teams more than Greg Gano when he was at Los Altos. Lou Farrar used to like it, too, but Gano was to another degree. Now, it seems like the only OC taste the east SGV gets is when Amat beats Mater Dei or stuns O-Lu. I’ll take it.