Aram “The SGV Tour” ends at Damien where Bonita and Sparty scrimmaged on Friday night …

Well, first off let me say I thought I was going to see a scrimmage … you know, like an NFL preseason game. Then after getting there, Bonita coach Eric Podley hands me a sheet that gave the itinerary for the scrimmage. Basically, the two teams faced off against each other in scripted scenarios. It wasn’t like a game, but still very informative.

So, on to my impressions. My first one was that Bonita passes the look test. I was very impressed by their size … and I’m not necessarily talking about the lines. The ‘Cats seem to have the right type of body in each spot. They kinda reminded me of a prototypical Orange County team.

I didn’t get the same look at Damien because they were at the other end of the field. But I got to see the Spartans once the scrimmage started and it’s the same thing, pretty much the right body at each position.

Bonita’s first-string offense had Greg Spathias at QB. He’s taken over for the injured Garrett Pendleton and I can tell you now that Spathias would probably start for a lot of teams around the Valley. The ‘Cats didn’t do anything special on offense (and Podley said they wouldn’t), but they still moved the ball well vs. Damien’s D.

Spathias throws a nice ball and the receivers are as advertised. There are some nice targets out there. Didn’t see too much of the run game.

Damien’s offense looks to be very ball-control oriented. But it’s hard to say for sure because I don’t think coach Greg Gano showed too much either. New QB Enrique Saldivar has good size and throws a really nice ball. He’s got good arm strength. Were there any gamebreakers on either side? No. But again, that could be because both coaches didn’t go past Page 1 of the playbook.

Enjoy the vids …

  • A[ Michiels

    What is a “prototypical Orange County team?” Now you sound like some nut who wanted to reinvent NFL lingo by saying “hurries!” The sad part of it all,some people bought into this. Please, use straight talk!!

  • reality

    Not very informative. Can anyone offer any more info or was it as boring as Aram made it sound?

  • Aaron

    I wasn’t there so I’d like some other opinions about how my Bearcats looked. But in what I’ve seen from Spathias based on last saturday’s varsity scrimmage and Wednesday’s practice I think he can manage especially with the guys he has at receiver.

    Casey Horine runs a 10.5 100-meter. Aram could you fill in what you thought of the Bearcat running game, what I saw from Johnson and Turner over the last week with the complement of a promising O-line should give Spathias extra help as he manages the game.

    I honestly believe the talent will hold while Pendleton recovers.

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

    Running game did next to nothing. Turner didn’t work with the first-string offense that I saw. His first carry came with the 2s and he fumbled. They benched him, then brought him back in like two plays later and ran the same play. It was a delayed hand off and went for about two yards.

    I really wish there was more to it, but both teams ran 10 plays against the other’s first-string defense. From there it was all scripted. Both teams kept it very vanilla.

  • Another Damien Dad

    I arrived a little late and watched for a few minutes before I asked someone if it was the J V team that was scrimmaging first. I was assured that it was the Damien varsity.
    Damien could compete in another league, but should be crushed in the Sierra. D R will hand them their jock strap. Apparently, their OL coach has taught them that the first thing they should do when the ball is snapped is to stand up.

  • just sayin’

    AL Michaels – maybe if you got out and saw some teams form outside the Fish Bowl you’d understand what Aram was trying to say by “prototypical Orange County team”

  • Bob

    Hey Aaron, Casey Horine runs no where near a 10.5 100 meter. Try the more like in the 11 second region. If you say he’s that fast then where was he at CIF Finals? So I suggest you don’t overestimate and get your facts straight.

  • Aaron

    Bob,

    I asked him what his fastest hundred time was and he said it was 10.5. It’s also in preview article on LaVerneOnline. Do I know how many times he ran that fast of a time…no, but he ran it at least once last track season.

  • incredible

    Well Aram what do you think? In your wildest dreams did you ever think Damien would be so over matched in their own league? Be honest and take your journalistic glasses out. Damien, the only parochial school in their division is sorely lacking and might go 3-7his year. When was the last time Damien could be seriously talked about in such disturbing terms, 6th place ?

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

    Incredible,

    Although it looks like Damien is headed toward a long year, I would urge you to stay positive. The Spartans have one of the very best, if not the best, coaching staffs around. They are very young in key spots and will have to make up for whatever raw talent they lack with effort. I think that Coach Gano and the admin has done a great job getting the school outfitted with some of the best facilities around … that should mean some very talented classes of players will soon follow.

    And might I just say, what an awesome campus that place is.

  • slow night

    Vanilla?try paste, BHS did have their way with Spartans,did not see any 10.5sprinters but Horine is the real deal as a reciever, great size, hands. The test is next Friday against a solid team, Spartans have a long road based on this showing, Aaron keep it in check, both teams have lots of work, losing the #1QB is huge for BHS and Damien just is not as far along as they would like.

  • THEENDISNEAR

    THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS THE TRUTH.

    JUST A LITTLE BOOK I READ ONCE, SAD HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED, I WONDER HOW MORRISON IS FEELING RIGHT NOW HE COULD HAVE DONE 3-7 THIS YEAR.

    THAT SHOULD BE YOUR TITLE, AS THE SUN GOES DOWN ON THE FIELDS OF WORKMAN CAN MORRISON SEE THE TOP OF THE NEW GYM BACK AT DAMIEN, OH POSSIBLY SO.

    THE JOURNALISTIC BLOOD ONLY PUMPS WITH THE TRUTH, AS WE CONFORM, IT SLOWS AND THEN IT BECOMES THICK AND THEN HARDENS AND DIES. PLEASE GET IT GOING AGAIN WAKE UP, WRIGHT THE HARD COLD FACTS, A THING WE USED TO CALL THE TRUTH.

    WHAT ARE THESE GUYS YOUR UNCLES AND COUSINS OUT THERE, YOU ARE LOOSING THE READERS BECAUSE WE SENSE THE GOOD OLD BOY ATTITUDE FROM YOU.

    HOW CAN YOU SAY THIS IS THE BEST STAFF, THEY ARE GOING TO GET CRUSHED, AND THEY WILL PROBABLY GET FIRED WHEN THE DUST IS SETTLED, AND SO WILL THE JOKER THAT FIRED ONE GUY TO REPLACE HIM WITH HIMSELF.

    THESE WERE GOOD COACHES, IN THIER DAY NOT NOW, UNLESS THEY PULL OUT A LEAGUE TITLE THIS SEASON THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY ONCE WERE.

    THEY CANT RECRUIT THE SAME,FIRE UP THE KIDS THE SAME OR WIN THE SAME BIG GAMES. CASE CLOSED.

    VERY SIMILAR TO THE ST PAUL OLD COACH, I BET HE WISHED HE NEVER WOULD HAVE COME BACK. AT LEAST THEY HAD THE SMARTS TO FIRE THE PRINCIPAL WHO REHIRED THIS GUY AND FIRED THE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF.

    LOOK I WANT OBJECTIVE NEWS, THE REAL STUFF, NOW I FEEL AS THOUGH I CANT TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT, I WOULD HAVE TO SEE IT FOR MYSELF.

    I SURE AM GLAD THAT WINNING TITLES DOESNT MATTER TO EITHER OF THESE SCHOOLS BECAUSE IF IT DID BOTH OF THESE STAFFS WOULD BE GONE AT THE END OF THE SEASON.

    MAYBE WHEN DAMIEN PLAYS THE TOUGH SCHOOLS THE COACH WILL SHOW THEM HIS D7 AND D6 TITLE RINGS AND THEY WILL GET THE WIN WITHOUT EVEN PLAYING THE GAME.

    I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY THE YOUNGER LIVELY ELVIS WAS FAR BETTER, I DONT THINK THE OLD SLOW ELVIS WAS WORTH WATCHING.

  • THEENDISNEAR

    THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR IS THE TRUTH.

    JUST A LITTLE BOOK I READ ONCE, SAD HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED, I WONDER HOW MORRISON IS FEELING RIGHT NOW HE COULD HAVE DONE 3-7 THIS YEAR.

    THAT SHOULD BE YOUR TITLE, AS THE SUN GOES DOWN ON THE FIELDS OF WORKMAN CAN MORRISON SEE THE TOP OF THE NEW GYM BACK AT DAMIEN, OH POSSIBLY SO.

    THE JOURNALISTIC BLOOD ONLY PUMPS WITH THE TRUTH, AS WE CONFORM, IT SLOWS AND THEN IT BECOMES THICK AND THEN HARDENS AND DIES. PLEASE GET IT GOING AGAIN WAKE UP, WRIGHT THE HARD COLD FACTS, A THING WE USED TO CALL THE TRUTH.

    WHAT ARE THESE GUYS YOUR UNCLES AND COUSINS OUT THERE, YOU ARE LOOSING THE READERS BECAUSE WE SENSE THE GOOD OLD BOY ATTITUDE FROM YOU.

    HOW CAN YOU SAY THIS IS THE BEST STAFF, THEY ARE GOING TO GET CRUSHED, AND THEY WILL PROBABLY GET FIRED WHEN THE DUST IS SETTLED, AND SO WILL THE JOKER THAT FIRED ONE GUY TO REPLACE HIM WITH HIMSELF.

    THESE WERE GOOD COACHES, IN THIER DAY NOT NOW, UNLESS THEY PULL OUT A LEAGUE TITLE THIS SEASON THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY ONCE WERE.

    THEY CANT RECRUIT THE SAME,FIRE UP THE KIDS THE SAME OR WIN THE SAME BIG GAMES. CASE CLOSED.

    VERY SIMILAR TO THE ST PAUL OLD COACH, I BET HE WISHED HE NEVER WOULD HAVE COME BACK. AT LEAST THEY HAD THE SMARTS TO FIRE THE PRINCIPAL WHO REHIRED THIS GUY AND FIRED THE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF.

    LOOK I WANT OBJECTIVE NEWS, THE REAL STUFF, NOW I FEEL AS THOUGH I CANT TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT, I WOULD HAVE TO SEE IT FOR MYSELF.

    I SURE AM GLAD THAT WINNING TITLES DOESNT MATTER TO EITHER OF THESE SCHOOLS BECAUSE IF IT DID BOTH OF THESE STAFFS WOULD BE GONE AT THE END OF THE SEASON.

    MAYBE WHEN DAMIEN PLAYS THE TOUGH SCHOOLS THE COACH WILL SHOW THEM HIS D7 AND D6 TITLE RINGS AND THEY WILL GET THE WIN WITHOUT EVEN PLAYING THE GAME.

    I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY THE YOUNGER LIVELY ELVIS WAS FAR BETTER, I DONT THINK THE OLD SLOW ELVIS WAS WORTH WATCHING.

  • Gano maybe happen but are Damien Supporters?

    I was going to comment on your Aram’s comment about one of the best if not the best coaching staff in the valley. I know some pop warner coaches that will win more with the same amount of talent that Gano has been given at times. Now I am assuming that you are aware that the father “Merrill” is gone and now the inexperienced son is taking over at OC at Damien. Really doesn’t matter they are going to run Gano’s offense and Gano is going to do the same old play calling. Problem has always been with Gano he needs more talent than everyone else to have a chance of winning. Sorry but Damien is never going to have that in their current division. The only thing keeping Gano at Damien is the money and not having to teach, the goal of a CIF title isn’t even in the conversation.

  • Honest FB Mind

    why go to Damien, when you can go Bishop!

  • I was there

    SAD performance by BOTH teams. Just what i saw!

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