QB Gage Pucci leaves Damien for Rancho Cucamonga … from here he looks like the favorite to be the Cougs’ starter …

Gage Pucci, who played quarterback at Damien for the past two seasons, transferred to Rancho Cucamonga last week.

Pucci threw for 1,498 and 15 touchdowns last season, but also had 17 interceptions. Given that Rancho graduates last year’s starter Adam Friederischen, Pucci looks to have a decent chance to be the Cougars’ starter this fall.

But Rancho coach Nick Baiz said the competition is wide open and probably won’t be determined for quite a while.

“Everyone on our team is going to have a chance to compete,” Baiz said. “we’re nowhere close to naming a starter right now. We’ll have some good competition, though.

“I haven’t even seen him (Pucci) throw yet. It would be extremely premature to comment on him.”

Also in the mix, according to Baiz, is last year’s freshman and JV starting quarterbacks. Rancho begins spring practice on Apr. 29 and will host its own passing tournament on May 18.

As for Damien, this makes just about entire the team a rebuilding project for new head coach Mark Paredes. With Pucci, at least Paredes had QB figured out, but now that changes.

Aram’s take: This looks like a well-calculated move by the Pucci group. And kudos to them for doing their due diligence and going somewhere where there’s no returning starter to sweat. Rancho is a big-time program, but has lots to replace in terms of skill guys. The Cougars do always have a great talent base, so they could simply reload. For Pucci, he had a decent set of skill players to work with at Damien, but not much in the way of a offensive line. That probably changes at Rancho and maybe with a better overall supporting cast we’ll see the best there is to see of Pucci. As for Damien, Paredes is really going to have to work his magic.

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  • Another Move By Daddy

    Gage your not going to start at Rancho tell Daddy to simmer down and not get his panties in a bunch. This 5’4, 17 interceptions throwing so called “phenom” will end up at Citrus, get pounded there, quit and poof little Gages and Daddy’s dreams of his son’s football career will be over. Good riddance phenom and most of all good bye Mr. Pucci we won’t have to listen to your crap about your son too much longer.

    • OuttaYourMindTrib

      Word on the street is he quit the 7 on 7 Team coached by Mr. Lawler after getting owned by Ayala’s QB.

  • spartan nation

    I hope Anthony Camargo at Bishop Amat sees this and transfers to Damien. He was a stud as the freshman QB and played outside linebacker as a sophmore on varsity? Really? He is 603 205 and one of the strongest and most athletic players on the team and will not get a shot at QB next year…come on over kid. Go Spartans!

    • Kurt Stone

      To Spartan Nation:

      Camargo is a solid football player, but not a QB. As a freshman he ran most of the time. But when they tried him as a passer on varsity, he was a very poor passer. He has great football instincts on both sides of the ball, and that is why he played LB and receiver. He will be a top contributor this coming season, but not at QB. By the way, he wouldn’t disgrace himself by moving over to Damien’s Football.

  • WCDan

    Highlight film looks good, but it’s a highlight film. 17 picks is a major red flag, he looks like he throws a nice ball though. Did he have no protection on the line?

  • The truth and nothing but…

    Does anyone out there know how Damien football will be this coming season? Do they have much talent returning?

  • Footballer6

    Sherwood & Savage were his receivers & they both are playing in the Hall of Fame All Star Football game for the east squad! Seen Damien last year & Sherwood is a stud! He blocks & lays out front seven guys all day long. Watch Pucci’s highlights & see #20 & #2! Same kid! Andy Sherwood!