Note: I don’t know what to call this thing, because sometimes I write it on Saturday and sometimes I write it on Sunday. So we’ll just call it Weekend Quarterback because that gives me flexibility. Enjoy.
According to sources, Glendora center J.R. Smith, who suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations and was treated at a local hospital, is considering legal action for what he and his family feel was a cheap shot by a West Covina player. A source says that a West Covina player took Smith’s helmet off and punched him in the face during Friday’s game. No flags were thrown. But sources say there is plenty of video footage, hence the call to the attorney to consider legal action, the source says. Another source says that West Covina’s coaching staff has apologized to Glendora’s staff and promised they will handle the situation from within. Stay tuned … My crazy colleague and friend Fred J. Robledo, he sometimes gets a bit too excited. Last night FJR wrote “Let’s be clear, the Warriors, not the Aztecs, are the Montview League favorites.” Yikes. Has La Puente really done enough in your mind to claim favorite status in the Montview League? The Warriors are 3-0 while Azusa is 0-3. The combined record of LP’s opponents? 2-10. The combined record of Azusa’s opponents? 10-2. Think about that, Robledo. And then ask yourself if Azusa would be 3-0 right now had it played La Puente’s schedule. Charter Oak out-gained Rancho Cucamonga, but that wasn’t the most frustrating part of the night as far as I’m concerned. The Chargers twice had what looked liked interceptions going the other way, one by Josiah Thropay and the other by Chris Gilchrist, but the ball went through each player’s hands and was caught by Rancho receivers. I’ve covered a lot of CO games, but stunningly I’ve never seen Big Lou so ticked about a loss. Of course, I haven’t covered many Big Lou losses either. Good to see South Hills head coach Steve Bogan and defensive coordinator Kevin Smith at the Rancho-CO game last night. Bogan and Smitty left at halftime to go watch Damien-Amat … bet they wish they stayed. Things couldn’t be breaking any better for San Dimas. If Covina QB Billy Livingston has to miss considerable time, then San Dimas may have a chance to run the table and secure the No. 1 seed in the Mid-Valley Division. I’ve always thought that the most important part of a passing game is confidence. Of course, you have to have talent. But after that, you simply need the QB to confident in what he’s doing and where the ball should be going. I expect Monrovia to get that once it gets into Rio Hondo League play. I promise you, M-Town’s passing game, and subsequently its entire offense, will look much better in November. Speaking of the Rio Hondo League, San Marino got a dose of reality on Friday. The Titans hadn’t allowed a point, but gave up 23 to Rosemead in a loss. The Panthers can really play defense, and they can run the ball. Don’t look now, but South El Monte is 3-0. All three wins over Mid-Valley Division teams. You probably didn’t read this in the preview issue, but I noted how new South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar sought out help from Bonita defensive coordinator Ray Medina during the offseason. Medina really knows his stuff. And Aguilar obviously listened as the Eagles are running a new defensive formula this year. Can’t say enough about Los Altos. The Conquerors’ win over Ayala is the biggest proof yet that they’ll be able to hang in the Hacienda. West Covina and Bonita may be a tall order, but the Conqs can certainly handle the rest and reach the postseason. Our two local teams in the Mission League, St. Paul and St. Francis, figure to be the No. 1-ranked teams in their respective coverage zones come next week. St. Francis gets a huge test on Friday from undefeated West Ranch. Allow me to play a little prevent defense here: Pomona. There, I mentioned the Red Devils. Bishop Amat’s task in the Serra League continues to get tougher and tougher. Loyola, which didn’t win a league game last year, now looks like the favorite. And with Crespi and Alemany still formidable, the task for Amat will be difficult. By the way, Arroyo’s Steven Rivera threw for 340 yards in the Knights’ lopsided loss to Hart on Friday. Before anybody goes getting too down on Damien, they should consider just how high the Spartans might be ranked going into next season. Think about it, who in the area has more returning? Pucci, Hernandez, Savage, Boykins, Trailer. And that just names a few. Combine that with what coaches think are solid lower levels, and you’ve got a pretty good nucleus. Does Diamond Bar have any chance against West Covina on Friday? The Brahmas have been a mild disappointment thus far. But one could argue they caught Brea in the wrong year. OK, I’ll shut up.