Aram’s reaction to Bonita, Glendora, Monrovia, Northview and Rancho passing game …

PHOTO GALLERY OF THURSDAY’S ACTION

Chino Hills stiffing really hurt the sex appeal to what I dubbed the Rebuilding Bowl. Think about it: Bonita, Glendora and Monrovia are all replacing fantastic QBs. Fortunately, they all have some strong skill guys back to make it easier on their new signal callers.

Bonita: The Bearcats have absolutely no worries skill position-wise outside of QB. Reggie Turner looks like he’s ready to become one of the better backs around. Garrett Horine and Austin Venegas are already two excellent receivers, and watch out for receiver Toure McCully when he gets more seasoning. Cameron Griffin did not participate. Anyway, on to the QB situation. Both Tanner Diebold and Aaron Burgett had their moments. You can tell both are still very raw, but this was really Step 1 competition-wise for them and I would expect that with a full summer under their belts, they’ll be just fine. Many of the skill guys doubled as DBs, so Bonita looks athletic enough in the back seven. I’m not about to make an assessment of a linebacker based on how he looks dropping into coverage, but Nick Pichotta physically looks like a good one.

Glendora: It’s hard to get a gauge on the Tartans in passing games because of all the running they’ll do in new coach Todd Quinsey’s offense. It was very obvious on Thursday that both Donovan Holmes and Corey Victoria will have to carry this team. I cannot tell whether it’s a good or bad sign that Holmes and Victoria were responsible for most of Glendora’s success in pass plays way down field. Do you want your RBs to be your top deep threats? I digress. A pleasant surprise was 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior tight end Christian Schneider. This kid is a beast with a decent looking pair of hands. Kyle Kianpour looks to have a leg up on Mike Crook in the QB race. More than anything, I was impressed with Glendora’s defense. The Tartans pretty much limited a very talented Rancho Cucamonga offense to passes to backs out of the backfield (a real white flag in passing games). Glendora looked on defense once it settled in.

Monrovia: I was very disappointed to find out from ‘Cats coach Ryan Maddox that QB George Frazier wasn’t going to be at Bonita. I believe Maddox said G5 was at Boise St. Because of that, I limited my viewership of Monrovia. Hey, it’s passing league, QBs are uber-important. I already know M-Town has athletes where they need them, but I need to know if they have a QB. However, I did catch some glimpses of Monrovia’s defense and as you might expect, their athletes were giving their opponents some headaches.

Northview: It was a tall order to begin with for the Vikes. They were competing against upper-division foes and their divison’s reigning champ. Northview looks decently talented for a Mid-Valley team. There are some good-looking athletes on the roster. But they need some polish … and I’m being nice there. As does the defense … and I’m being very nice there. It’s a long summer and no doubt this young group will make strides and be better for the experience.

Rancho Cucamonga: Easily the most talented team there (what did you expect?). But … the play didn’t really match the talent. I don’t know this team and its coaches well because they’re out of the area, but I thought they underachieved for the amount of talent on hand. However, off in the distance you could hear the linemen competition going on and from what I hear, Rancho simply dominated that.

Mike the Clone: In what may come as a shock to many of you, I had never met Mike the Clone in person. Well, after getting out of my car on Thursday and striking up a conversation with the best sports photog in the business — The Keith Birmingham — what appeared to be an angry Glendora dad pulled up in his car near me. He said “Can I speak to you for a moment?” while motioning me over. I thought “Oh no, another person who doesn’t understand the blogs …” BUT, it was MTC himself playing a nice prank on me. Great guy. And yes, he and I will be doing some damage at an eatery near you sometime soon.

  • Aaron

    For as much of a Bonita Homer I am, and with family on the team this my first time actually seeing them. Got to speak with former quarterback Garrett Pendleton a bit, he’ll be going to Cal Lutheran. The hand should be good by the time he reports.

    Last summer I was around and went to a lot of practices. I really shouldn’t be surprised in Tanner Diebold as he led his frosh team to a 10-0 record. Saw him in the middle of summer last year where he was watching Garrett run the huddle. He seems to have grown about two to three inches because now he towers over me. Kid has a great arm and looks to have a firm grasp of the offense.

    As far as Burgett is concerned, he’s a very hard worker. One notch against him is that Diebold is about four to five inches taller than him…that’s about the only thing. He looked sharp.

    Also as Joey Halibrin gets more reps expect him to push Diebold and Burgett. I don’t think the Bearcats will have issues at QB.

    Skills guys I wasn’t surprised by anything Garrett Horine did, I’ve seen it before and he’s a great ball player. He’ll anchor a young defense as three year starter at free safety and he’ll give whoever the QB is a great target. Austin Venegas looked good as well. Ryan Ramirez is a big target. There’s plenty of tall kids to catch the ball.

    Reggie Turner, as long as he works hard he’ll get all the touches he needs to have a very productive season. He’ll also be pushed by some very good sophomore running backs just as he pushed Griffin and Johnson last season.

    Seth Balentine is a crazy aggressive player on defense, he will take a more prominent role this year.

    Nick Pichotta, from a special-teamer to a two way starter. He’s a stud, I was very surprised with how well he developed and filled in for Casey Horine last season. O-line will be a little young this season, but a lot of the kids got quality time last season because of injuries.

  • SaintsR4real

    Passing:
    Rancho over Glendora
    Glendora over Monrovia
    Monrovia over Bonita A
    Bonita A over Northview
    Northview over Bonita B

    Linemen:
    Rancho over Glendora
    Glendora over Monrovia ( Ellis is a monster)
    Monrovia over Bonita
    Bonita over Northview

    Aram, you should have made the effort to the linemen competition. It was only 100 yards away, and walk, good for you.

  • Common Sense Football Man

    Wow Aram…. limited because of one player missing as if the team does not have a passer at a passing league. You missed the air attack my friend. What a dis man due to not having better scouts to report to you that G5 and Craft left 2 DAYS AG0. I’m with you and how you cover, but this one was horrible for the selfish reasons given. “The guy I wanted to cover wasn’t there, so I limited myself”… get a Kleenex box from Tito Jackson will you please!

  • Goldenarm

    How was M-town’s back up QB?
    Something tells me Maddox did not put the 2nd string nose tackle in to underthrow wounded ducks all day.
    Every team aspiring for a successful season better have a capable back up QB. Bueno amazingly stayed healthy…but you never know.

    Anybody have a breakdown of max lifts or who stood out in the lineman competition?

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