Impressions from Amat’s Blue/Gold scrimmage …

First of all, there were more fans at the scrimmage than most teams in the area get for a regular-season home game. You Amat people are sick, but I like it!

Anyway, there was lots to say about Friday night. I will give you my impressions and you can also listen to coach Steve Hagerty’s thoughts.

Offense: Guess what, Nine was under center and Jalen Moore started at tailback. Moore got the bulk of the carries with the first-team offense. Adam Sanchez started at one receiver, but Wallace Gonzalez did not come in until the third play. That could just be a package thing. Brock Booth started at tight end and looked good physically, but didn’t get any balls thrown his way. The line looked big enough, but not necessarily big.

Nine didn’t get to totally unveil his wheels for obvious reasons, but he did have a nice dash toward the pylon that ended with him getting rocked at the end of the play. Didn’t see who hit him, but Hagerty had to cringe … and then the red jersey came on next time he was out there..

The highlights offensively were about a 50-yard run by Moore and a nice fade from Nine to Wallace G. for about an eight-yard touchdown. That play is going to be nearly automatic for Amat. There’s just no guarding Wallace G. on jump balls.

Is there a home-run hitter on Amat’s offense? It would probably have to be Sanchez, if there is. I didn’t see last year’s team, but I assume Darien Johnson was the home-run threat.

Lastly, sophomore running back Dionza Blue is back at Amat and he was working with the second team. Hear me now and believe me later, that kid could be your next big-time back at Amat. And I do mean big time. He was holding his own while running with the back-ups against the first-team defense (I think it was first team). I understand he needs to get cleared by CIF and if he does, watch out.

Defense: Amat looks small, but tough. They fly around well enough and hit even better. I would be worried about this unit against some of the bigger PAC-5 schools … especially ones that have some skill to go with their size.

Defensive end Julian Gener looks like he’s going to have a huge season. He was coming off the edge with ease and even picked off one of Nine’s passes and took it to the house, but that’s because Nine didn’t really try to tackle him. Aaron Bowens looks good, too. Austin Lacy got a little bit of time.

Overall, what Hagerty says in the video is spot on. There’s no secret to Amat’s formula and it seems partly by design and partly necessity, the Lancers are going to try and play smart and take advantage of situations when they arise, and with that staff, they’ll be able to find those situations.

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  • Uh Oh…

    Dionza Blue is BACK!!! This is extremely bad news for upcoming BA opponents…

    Last year’s Frosh highlights:

  • Amat Observer

    Moore is good and so is Blue, but they just don’t have that break away speed that you will find ever so common in the PAC5. Moore looked like he bulked up and maybe more suited as a fullback (he was caught from behind by a defender during his 50 yard romp). Blue will mature and develop his game and speed in time.

    I didn’t see much of Shay. Wallace and Rio are a package all together they will definitely do some damage to opposing secondary and light up the score board. Brock was used more as a blocking TE, he looks tight in blue. The Defensive line looks thin, I’m afraid that the linebacking corps of Juarez, Lacy and Bowens will have their hands full this year. Who is this LB transfer stud from SH that I have been hearing?

    6’4″ 280lb Christian Orduno is anchoring the OL. On the average the line averages about 250lbs, very small when you compare that to Crespi, who just picked up a 6’6″ 360lb transfer from Taft.

    This is a typical small Amat team, but again, Amat fielded small teams in the last few years.

    Overall, my only prediction this year is that we will put up alot of points on the board, but unfortunately, so will teams with blazing speed and size, unless we find some plugs to fill the the big gaps.

    Get stronger and stay healthy and I think Amat will be just fine.

  • smallcity

    Oddly enough, I haven’t heard of Dionza Blue (cool name by the way). Anyone with with more info?

    Amat with another “small” team? Not surprising, but not cause for concern at in my opinion. I’ve always said these boys can hit! What they lack in size, they make up in skills and power.

  • smallcity

    Oddly enough, I haven’t heard of Dionza Blue (cool name by the way). Anyone with with more info?

    Amat with another “small” team? Not surprising, but not cause for concern at in my opinion. I’ve always said these boys can hit! What they lack in size, they make up in skills and power.

  • Booth has a chance to be the best tight end in the area … if you’re going to factor in blocking, too.

    Smallcity, I only said the defense looked small. The offense has a couple big linemen, a bulky back in Moore, a big tight end in Booth and a man child in Wallace G.

  • Coach


    I had some respect for you, but you are talking out of your a@@.

    “Booth has a chance to be the best tight end in the area”

    This kid has played QB for the last six years at least. He transfer to the Tribune I mean Bishop moved to the tight end spot for a couple months. You saw him in an inter squad scrimmage and he didn’t even get one ball thrown to him. Now you feel he could be the best tight end in the valley.

  • amat!!!

    all the Amat players have a chance to be the best, they are being coached by the best and are learning great SKILLS, size doesnt matter, come on we all know that! Amat wins on skills and smarts. Looking forward to an awesome season! GO LANCERS!

  • Coach


    That is the stupidest comment I have ever heard,

    “Size doesn’t matter”

    Come on we all know it does.

    Interesting that you amat guys throw out the numbers when they look good, now that they don’t look so good it doesn’t matter, ok. I would love to heard Coach H make that comment. Any coach with a half a brain would love to have size. That is the one varible that Hag can’t control and the major reason why you won’t be winning any championships.

  • Amat On Looker

    Hey coach(?) We don’t need you worrying about our team. I’m sure you’ve been told enough to know but you may want to try some extenze. I hear it works pretty good for guys with your particular size “problems”. Regardless, why dont you go take notes on your own team and worry about their chances for “championships” and when a thread opens on them you can post your concerns there. The AMAT faithful will deal with any issues pertaining to the Lancers. Go Big Blue!

  • AMAT 73

    Coach or so you say,
    Come on coach AMAT Faithful have never gone here as a practice on bragging on the stats of the size of O or D . We are usually one the smaller teams on the block . We have had a few beasts come thru every now and then but we are mostly known for having a small team that packs a big wallup . If you knew anything about AMAT you would know that is a yearly topic on our team , just how small they are but we seem to take care of the task at hand regardless with speed , execution , and dicipline. I would rather have a 5’9″ or 10″ football smart kid with tremedous heart than a 6′ something 300 pounder with 2 left feet and no football smarts anyday of the week. How about you coach ? The men in Blue I have seen on the practice fields seem to me to be big enough to get the job done . Even on the freshman team there were some pretty big kids so we will good as far as having some size down the road also . GO LANCERS .

  • Speed & Aggression

    If I had a dollar for every year someone brings up Amat’s lack of size…lol

  • Speed & Aggression

    If I had a dollar for every year someone brings up Amat’s lack of size…lol

  • Judge me by my size do you?

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