West Covina QB Jon Najera (knee) downgraded to a game-time decision vs. Covina on Friday night

West Covina High School quarterback Jon Najera missed Monday’s practice and is expected to sit out Tuesday as well due to a knee injury suffered in last Friday’s scrimmage against Claremont.

Bulldogs head coach Mike Maggiore said that Najera, a senior, will be a game-time decision on Friday night when West Covina opens its season in front of the FOX Sports cameras against Covina at Covina District Field.

Najera beat out sophomore Antonio “Noodles” Hull for the starting job after a prolonged battle this spring and summer. Hull would start on Friday night if Najera is unable to go.

“We have to see how it feels,” Maggiore said. “We’ll know a lot more on Wednesday. We’re not going to push something like that at this point in the season.

“He’s gotten a lot more range of motion in the last 48 hours, so I think he’ll be fine.”

Najera is scheduled to have an MRI next week to rule out whether there’s a meniscus tear. The injury is more bad luck for Najera, who started last year’s season opener against Covina only to leave the game early with an injury and never reclaim his starting job from then-senior Chris Caballero.

Aram’s take: You see? I had a feeling. I’m no doctor (at least not medical), but I do know that when you’re unable to walk off the field on your own due to a knee injury, it’s serious. I feel horrible for the kid because he may potentially miss a chance to play in front of the entire Southland on FOX, and that comes on top of what happened last year. I’m starting to get a little worried about WestCo. Running back Josh Best is already out for the next month with an injury. If Najera is out, Noodles goes to QB, but then who is the home run hitter at RB? And I don’t want to hear “West Covina has plenty of backs” unless you want to START NAMING THEM. This ain’t 2010 or ’11.

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  • Westco Qbs

    Najera better start if he wants to be the starter . Noodles gets a shot and I think he will have a good game and maybe win the starting position .

  • Colt74

    I’m sure he and his parents will decide on what is the right thing to do.

    Coach Maggiore is a very smart man. He won’t rush something if it is not right, and if his knee is not at 100% no game is worth possibly ending the season for. If it was my kid and we had an MRI scheduled he would sit out until the MRI said otherwise. My views also have nothing to do with wanting Covina to have the best shot possible. I’ll take the welfare of a kid over a W any day of the week. He sounds like a very talented kid and lil ol Covina ain’t worth it in the big picture for the Bulldogs.

    Best wishes for him and his family and I hope he heals up fine and as soon as possible.

  • dodgers

    thank you colt74, very classy post. thank you.

  • update

    Hey Dan my nephew said West Covina got a new player is this true.

  • GP-

    Stay on course, Noodles needs to play multiple spots. If he is at qb…it’s going to be a lot easier to stop him. Line him up everywhere. RB, QB, WR, KR, and FS. I think Noodles will show flashes of greatness, but I wouldn’t put the season in his hands. Hey may be able to start vs Covina, but Loyola, and so on? We will see. He is going to be a great one. But stay on course,Najera was name starter for a reason. Besides they are short at RB right now.

  • Dan


  • Well I do wish Jon a speedy recovery, he is showing a lot of promise at there throwing the ball but westco is going to run , run, run, that’s what they do even though their oc (Allan) thinks he has a game plan maggorie always calls the the plays . Running backs are not as
    Bad as it sounds ,I think Bradley is the most complete back he is tough , like when he played a undersized te as a soph , speed ok , but great hands, Salgado is the bruiser but gets winded real fast. So I expect sweep,lead ,sweep pass, trap, and maybe some double sets but will still run out of it , by the way that’s what they ran 90 percent of the time when they went back to back but it all comes down to their line always strong but a little green this yr I expect Covina to blitz all day long instead of waiting for a play to happin for them with noodles he is a crafty kid that makes plays when there is nothing there so well see how it plays out, Covina has some kids that are waiting for this day to show up , cause every year so far has been how westco is going to destroy them and they don’t want it to be them , with all the lights camera action going on someone is going to be a star saturday morning so well see

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Get well soon Jon! You’ve been looking sharp all spring and summer! Prayers coming your way!

    As far as our running back situation. It seems like we are forgetting that we have a 1,000 yard back returning this year in Aaron “A-Train” Salgado. And he gets his yards the hard way, as in between the tackles and right through the gut of the defense! I don’t think his conditioning is an issue, he will be ready to play and pick up the load. He has legit 4.5 speed, but again he is never running the sweep when his number is called, he is the dive back 90% of the time. Look for him to have a big senior season!

    Deshon Love, Aaron Franklin and Muleck Henderson will also be threats to run the ball from the wing back posistion. And Bradley Ojala at Fullback is pound for pound the strongest player on the team! He also is a student of the game and studies game film constantly. He just might know what Covina is going to run on offense before Covina does when he is calling the defense from his middle linebacker posistion.

  • AMAT 73

    Hopefully the kid comes out fine with no effects of this injury .It would be a shame for this injury to linger after him getting his shot running the team in his senior year .Here’s to a speedy recovery and a solid season for him.
    Classy post . Nice to see you back . Good luck to your Colts this season .

  • Bulldoggy

    Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game. Get well soon Jon. The team needs you, but never rush an injury. See you Friday Colt74. GO BULLDOGS!!!

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