Santiago vs. Rivera: The difficult question I’m being asked these days and the difficult answer …


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The question I keep being asked these days is Rivera vs. Santiago, who’s better? My answer is quite simply this:

RIVERA IS TO THE MID-VALLEY DIVISION WHAT SANTIAGO IS TO THE INLAND DIVISION. AND, ARROYO IS TO THE MID-VALLEY DIVISION WHAT CHARTER OAK IS TO THE INLAND DIVISION.

If you’re going to tell me for one second that Santiago would be putting up better numbers than Rivera if he were playing at Arroyo and surrounded by Arroyo’s skill talent and line, then you’re just lost. And if you’re going to tell me that Rivera is not capable of putting up Santiago-like numbers were he to be playing at CO and surrounded by CO’s skill guys, then you’re lost.

Bottom line: These are the best two QBs in the area. And their teams are going to need help draw-wise to last a round or two in their respective playoff divisions.

One Snoop Dogg son “in”, one Snoop Dogg son in limbo at Diamond Bar

Cordell Broadus, the freshman wide receiver son of rapper Snoop Dogg, has been given a valid residential change by the CIF-Southern Section and is cleared to play at Diamond Bar High School after transferring earlier this month from Long Beach Poly.

But no paperwork has been submitted to CIF for Corde Broadus, Cordell’s older brother, who was on the varsity roster at Long Beach Poly this season and played special teams for the Jackrabbits.

Diamond Bar would not elaborate on why no paperwork has been submitted to get Corde eligible with CIF. Meanwhile, Cordell has been practicing with the varsity team and may end up being on the roster when the Brahmas’ season resumes this week against Walnut.

Cordell would not need CIF clearance to play if he were to be on Diamond Bar’s freshman team.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 after Week 6 …


Summer of Santiago has become the Fall of Travis

1. Charter Oak (5-1) — Hands down the best offense in the area.
2. St. Francis (6-0) — Knights have inside track to Mission crown.
3. West Covina (6-1) — Getting scarier as Chris Solomon gets healthier.
4. Bishop Amat (5-2) — Crespi could be Amat’s first quality win this season.
5. Damien (5-1) — Sparty making me look like a genius (see preview mag).
6. San Dimas (5-1) — Saints are this good because they know their identity.
7. Covina (6-1) — Healthy Billy The Kid may be the difference vs. San Dimas.
8. St. Paul (5-1) — Chaminade loss puts Swordsmen under serious pressure.
9. La Habra (3-3) — Highlanders are back to doing what they do best.
10. Maranatha (6-0) — League opener vs. Whittier Christian is a doozy.
11. Chino Hills (3-3) — Quietly laying in the weeds waiting for Charter Oak.
12. La Serna (5-1) — Can put El Rancho in a world of hurt in the Del Rio.
13. Arcadia (4-2) — Still dangerous enough to win it all in Southeast.
14. Los Altos (6-1) — Conqs put themselves right back in Hacienda race.
15. La Puente (6-0) — Averaging a whopping 40 points per game.
16. Arroyo (5-1) — South El Monte game is for high stakes. Who knew?
17. Alhambra (5-1) — Defending Almont champ Schurr would be nice win for Moors.
18. California (5-1) — Defense continues to impress (allowing 10.5 ppg this season).
19. Diamond Ranch (3-4) — Panthers got wake up call from Los Altos.
20. Monrovia (3-3) — Four more weeks to get good before title defense begins.
21. Claremont (4-2) — Wolfpack now under big pressure in rugged Sierra.
22. Pomona (4-3) — Devils on a roll since Covina loss.
23. South El Monte (5-1) — Dream season could get dreamier with Arroyo win.
24. El Monte (4-2) — Lions down Rosemead, now thinking league title.
25. Azusa (3-3) — Remember the Aztecs? They’re creeping up in Mid-Valley.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 after Week 5 …


St. Francis can set the world on fire with win over Harvard-Westlake

1. Charter Oak (4-1) — Taking the “OVER” in the Sierra League opener vs. South Hills
2. Bishop Amat (5-1) — Must hope is confidence builders since Servite pay off vs. Alemany.
3. St. Francis (5-0) — Can get inside track in Mission by beating Harvard-Westlake on Fri.
4. St. Paul (5-0) — Combined record of opponents thus far is 6-22.
5 West Covina (5-1) — With Arcadia loss, Bulldogs back to overwhelming division favorite.
6. Damien (4-1) — JSerra win sets Sparty up nicely for rugged Sierra League.
7. South Hills (3-2) — Huskies have mojo back in time for showdown with CO.
8. San Dimas (4-1) — We’re all counting the days until the Covina game.
9. Covina (5-1) — Colts badly need a healthy Billy The Kid back under center.
10. La Habra (2-3) — Wouldn’t want to be Sunny Hills on Friday night.
11. Maranatha (5-0) — Combined record of opponents: 13-19.
12. Chino Hills (2-3) — Losses to teams with combined record of 13-4.
13. La Serna (4-1) — This ranking unintentionally makes LS the tepid favorite in the Del Rio.
14. Diamond Ranch (3-3) — Becoming quite scary at just the right time.
15. Arcadia (3-2) — Inexplicable loss to Burroughs (2-3) stings on every level.
16. La Puente (5-0) — Need Nick Barrientos back to finish the job in the Montview.
17. Los Altos (5-1) — Bounced back vs. Rowland, but here come Roddy’s Ranchers.
18. Arroyo (5-1) — You know, a loss to LC may have actually helped Knights with CIF.
19. Claremont (4-1) — Nobody giving the Pack a chance in Sierra despite good record.
20. Alhambra (4-1) — Only team in Almont without a losing record.
21. El Rancho (4-1) — Dons will get chance to put Santa Fe in a world of hurt on Friday.
22. California (4-1) — Defense allowing just 11.8 points per game this season.
23. Bonita (2-3) — ‘Cats got rest before HUGE rematch with West Covina.
24. Monrovia (2-3) — Wildcats survived Paramount, now comes the easy part. Right?
25. Bosco Tech (6-0)NOTE: It was an oversight by me to not include in the Tigers in these rankings. I delved further into this team and agree they should be in. I will make them No. 25 because I have questions about the strength of schedule (three wins over winless teams). They will rise if they can beat St. Bernard this week.

“Noodles” looking like QB of the future for WestCo …

I have to say that this is a simply brilliant move by West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore; stud freshman Antonio “Noodles” Hull is playing quarterback for the Bulldogs freshman team and he’s likely to compete for the starting job on varsity next season.

Brilliant!

The thing that you usually worry about with West Covina is QB play. The Bulldogs always have fantastic running backs and wide receivers. They always put out a good offensive line. The defense is always filled with guys you don’t want to meet in a dark alley. But QB? Well, that’s always a sweat.

Not including yesterday’s game, Noodles has thrown for 128 yards and one TD (and one pick). He’s rushed for 270 yards and three TDs. Noodles has missed two games, one of them a “mother’s decision” because she didn’t like one of his grades.

If you’ll recall, Noodles was a standout for the Compton Vikings of the Snoop Youth Football League and was reportedly wanted by Bishop Amat, Cathedral and Loyola, among others.

With the proper grooming and QB coaching, Noodles could develop into one of the best all-purpose QBs we’ve seen in a while. Still only 13-years-old, Noodles cannot play varsity because you have to be 14 or older.

Semi-Breaking News: Snoop Dogg’s sons transfer from LB Poly to Diamond Bar. Corde, a senior, trying for immediate eligibility. Cordell, a freshman, already on the frosh team and could be a very legit WR …


Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yea, hopefully CIF will let Corde play.

Corde and Cordell Broadus, sons of famous rapper Snoop Dogg, checked into Diamond Bar High School this week after playing football at Long Beach Poly this season.

Corde, who played some special teams this season at LB Poly, is seeking to gain immediate eligibility from CIF. A decision on that won’t be known until after all pertinent paperwork has been filed.

Cordell, a 6-foot-1 receiver, is already on the Brahmas freshman team and could have a big career ahead of him, according to varsity head coach Ryan Maine.

“Once he gets used our system, he’ll probably be the best freshman we have based on his size,” Maine said of Cordell. “He’s really a good respectful kid, too.

“He worked out with us this summer, but Snoop wanted him to go to Poly to see if he liked it, because that’s where he went.”

Cordell attended South Pointe Middle School in Diamond Bar and played in his father’s Rowland Heights-based youth football league.

Aram’s take: Seriously, how did Roddy miss on this one? Uh yeah, anyway, from what I understand, the two brothers have some cousins, but I have no idea if they’re going to call DBHS home anytime soon. If they do, and they can play, there could be a huge coup coming for Maine and his program.

Aram’s next take: I resisted using any “fo shizzle” references because … well, you know. But you have to admit my rhyme under the Snoop photo is legit. I hear Black Moon has an opening at MC.

Aram’s final take: Looking ahead a couple years, we’ll have Noodles from WestCo going against Snoop’s kid (no nickname yet). That would be Compton and Long Beach, by way of West Covina and Diamond Bar, going at it. Yes, the future of SGV football is BRIGHT!

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