Aram “The SGV Tour” continues at Arroyo …

There’s really nothing like that Monday in August when you know that EVERYBODY is officially practicing no matter if they start Week 0 or Week 1. So, the tour took me to Arroyo on Monday, where the Knights are one several teams in the area feeling confident about ’10 because of a good returning QB.

(Photo gallery of Arroyo’s practice CLICK HERE)

For Arroyo, that man is junior Steven Rivera, who is one of the best around. And Arroyo also has RB Mikey Vasquez back. It should be a sick offense and the Knights are easily one of the top contenders in the Mid-Valley Division.

Here’s my talk with Knights coach Jim Singiser.

  • http://sgvtribune.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=31047485&event=1058891&CategoryID=27233 Whats going on?

    amat fans is this not your freshman middle linebacker the kid with the big hair in the pic? What is happening in this world going to from amat to arroyo WTF.

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

    Yes, Arroyo has an Amat transfer. His name is Andre Kerkoff … plays safety, I believe.

  • Amat is not a Nation it’s a Family

    I know Andre personally, he is a great kid with great potential and only a Sophomore making a huge impact on Arroyo’s Varsity squad. This is what Amat produces great athletes……He left for personal reasons, but is still a Lancer at heart. The Economy certainly played a major factor and Amat will unfortunately continue to lose some great kids because Parents have to make difficult financial adjustments. BTW Andre is also a helluva Wrestler at 160Lbs.

  • Knights86

    Still can’t grasp the fact that DJ is not the Head Coach at Arroyo. Singiser is barely winning or I should say sharing league titles. Something is not right with Arroyo football. With the talent they have now, DJ Mack would take them to a CIF title. Singiser is a bum.

  • Cordova, class of 2005

    Knights86 damn your going to put Singiser on blast because we have one CIF championship that we played in 1986 against Victor Valley and won 7-3? Come on the teams that Arroyo has played in the past playoff brackets have been great teams. For example in 2003 when Singiser took over he we lost to San Gabriel they played in the finals. In 2004 Arroyo lost to South Hills who played in the finals. In 2005 Arroyo played South Hills who played in the Finals. In 2006 Arroyo lost to La Habra and we all know their story. In 2007 they lost to Fullerton who played in the finals. In 08 and 09 I have no explanation as to what happened besides having to break in a Freshman QB at the varsity level. D.J. Mackinnon was a great coach but that was Arroyo’s only title the competition has definitely gotten better and now you have Monrovia, Shurr, Whittier Christian and San Dimas to worry about in the Mid Valley. If the Knights are going to win a title their best bet is to do it in this new division.

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

    Nobody twisted DJ’s arm to leave that I know of. I’m pretty sure Singiser’s ’04 team would’ve put a banner in the gym if they were in the Mid-Valley Division back then. You also have to remember that Singiser came around at a time that saw other teams besides the Knights and even Rosemead put together some pretty nice runs, i.e. Gabrielino and South El Monte. I also think the fact that South El Monte opened took away from some of the talent DJ’s teams used to get. I could be wrong, but that’s my theory.

    Anybody doubting Singiser’s abilities is clueless. That guy, and Koffler, get the same talent every year and they ALWAYS win. They have to teach kids to become football players. Believe me, there’s a lot more teaching going on at Arroyo and Rosemead than there is at Charter Oak, South Hills or Amat. And I mean in the sense that guys like Singiser and Koffler don’t get kids who are ready to go the minute they step on campus. Yet for some reason, Arroyo can always spray the ball around on offense and hit like trucks on defense. And Rosemead can always play smashmouth and hit like trucks on defense.

  • Knight86

    Cordova & Aram,

    Let me remind you that we also played Diamond Bar & Charter Oak, two power house team back in 84 and 85 both in the Semi-finals, and lost in the finals to Cajon and Corona. I don’t care how much you like Singiser, DJ was and is a much better coach. You want to talk about teaching, see DJ if you want to learn about Football. I will support Singiser because I am and will always be a KNIGHT, but I will voice my opinion about my coach. Go Arroyo, hit hard and play like Champions…..

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