As I told Freddie at the game site, I will not be writing game stories off of passing games that feature four or six teams with no score being kept. But I will write gamers off of passing tournaments where they keep score and there are winners and placings announced.
So, Tuesday’s tilt between Amat, CO, Upland and JW North was more a workout than a game. The teams ran a set amount of plays against each other and no score was kept, but you could kinda keep one in your mind. Here are my impressions about anything and everything from Tuesday.
Bishop Amat: Nine’s arm on sideline patterns is just ridiculous. The guy is throwing ropes. He’s also become pinpoint to a fault. I was very impressed by Nine. Jalen Moore has grown into a beast in the offseason, I couldn’t believe it. He’s gotten taller and bigger (muscle-wise) and looks like a legit college prospect, which is something I didn’t think last year because of his size (I’m very rigid on what I think a major college running back should look like physically (and no, I’m not a recruiting expert)). Anyway, Moore looks very impressive. Amat had some bodies at receiver, but they all need some polish. Defensivlely, Amat looked smallish in the back seven, which is all you really see passing league. But there are some athletes there and even Nine was playing some DB. I overheard Coach Hagerty tell Freddie that he’s really focusing on improving the defense this year, so it makes sense that some guys are going two ways.
Charter Oak: CO started rusty and it makes sense because this was its first passing game of the season. Once warmed up, I thought CO’s offense looked great, but the back seven looked shaky at times and not too sure of what to do. Travis Santiago looked solid at QB and him thrown to Chris Gilchrist looks like something special. But the rest of CO’s receivers need some polish. No shame in that as it’s only June. Without pads on and a running game, it’s hard for me to really say much about CO other than that they have a nice group of athletes. When Kurt Scoby starts running in pads with a line in front of him, that’s when we’ll know.
Upland: I haven’t seen Corona Centennial, and I know they’re loaded, but Upland HAS TO BE either the Inland Division favorite or the second choice. By far, Upland had the best group of athletes out there. By far. And what’s crazy is that their top WR, Kenny Lawler, wasn’t even there on Tuesday. He’s at Nebraska on a visit, where they offered him. Also, Upland’s running back got an offer from Colorado during Tuesday’s games. They’re going to be special.
JW North: I have to be totally honest, JW North had the second-best collection of the four teams on Tuesday. I’m not going to venture to guess what that means once the pads come on. But, I was blown away by some of the bodies they had. I still have no clue what CO is doing in a division with Upland and JW North.
Dick Salter: Great to see the legend. There is/will be a shot on Fred’s blog of Coach Salter surrounded by Big Lou, Tim Salter, Steve Hagerty and Mark Paredes. Awesome. That’s 14 CIF titles and countless more runner-ups and titles won as assistants. Awesome! I asked Coach Salter after the games who impressed him most and he said “They all did.” He still hasn’t forgotten how to BS the media.
The Scouting Guru: It was easily the hottest day of June and the Guru was sporting his Crespi SWEATSHIRT … and cracking his full compliment of fat jokes on me.
Reg Miller: The hardest working man in local sports media, Reg Miller made an appearance and was doing his thing with the camera. When Reg shows up, you know it’s big.
CO ballboys visit with Nine: Great moment after the games when CO ballboys Little Lou, the son of CO offensive coordinator Dom Farrar, and Coach Dom’s other son Vincent and Trevor Sheets got to visit with Nine. And Nine then gave the boys a talk about what it takes to be good athletes AND students. It was like they just met Jordan.
Jason David: My main man JD was so involved in the games, that on one play he was inexplicably in between the defender and the receiver as the ball was coming down. Love JD’s intensity. He gets right on the field and starts offering advice. I yelled to him “JD, if you’re gonna be that close, make a play on the ball!” To which he replied “I almost did.”