UPDATED: Bonita Air Assault KNOCKOUT ROUND games announced … SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS …

Koa Haynes and Amat dart to 5-0 start at Bonita Air Assault.


Note: Valencia and Santiago are the top-two seed and get first-game byes.

First games at 3 p.m.

Bishop Amat vs. Damien (varsity baseball field)
Mira Costa vs. South El Monte
Chino Hills vs. Kaiser
Villa Park vs. Northview
Bonita vs. Upland
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Lynwood
Glendora vs. Peninsula
Etiwanda vs. Ayala
Los Osos vs. Ontario Chr.
Arroyo vs. Santa Fe
Culver City vs. Servite
Charter Oak vs. Citrus Valley
South Hills vs. Walnut
Monrovia vs. Desert

PHOTOS: Bonita Air Assault

Bishop Amat had a strong opening day at the Bonita Air Assault, going 5-0. Other good showings came from Charter Oak (4-1), South Hills (4-1) and Chino Hills (4-1).

Arroyo went 3-2 and posted wins over Monrovia, Ayala and Kaiser before suffering close losses to Bonita (2-3) and Glendora. The Knights took second in their pool.

Damien struggled badly, going 0-5 in pool play.

Saturday will be the knockout phase and every team is still alive for the championship … but teams with bad records will have low seeds. Should be interesting …

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  • Aaron

    A lot of awesome names…and probably a crazy amount of talent.

    • AMAT 73

      Hats off to Bonita on assembling this field of teams . Should be a great 2 days of passing .

      • Billy Donovan

        DeShawn Potts …David was his brother that played a few years ago,

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Wow… This is going to be good!

    • New York

      Good for what? The blogs? lol.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        I know. I just like to see how athletes match up. It’s not the same game,but its fun to see guys run step for step.

    • big daddy

      It won’t be as good as the Edison tournament.

  • Don

    This gets better every . . . . I’m just glad I don’t have to cook hamburgers anymore.

  • New York

    Can you imagine how lopsided some of these matchups would be if the pads were on? Rancho Cucamonga vs Northview or South El Monte? With the pads on, Rancho would not need to even throw a pass.


      Wow New York, that’s the weakest post I’ve ever read from you! Never underestimate the SMALL GUY!

      • New York

        I agree. It was a pretty negative comment. It sucked.

    • ieballer

      not too many teams on that list that Rancho wouldn’t steam roll anyways.

  • reality

    Lets get out there and support these events.While you may think they dont mean much, the revenue they generate is a necessity to keep high school football going. So leave your sack lunch at home and buy a bottle of water and a hotdog at these games and support our boys.

    • big daddy

      There are other ways to generate money. There are way to many passing league games/ 7on 7 BS. Teams need to get back to fundamentals, and cut back on the passing leauges, how many injuries occur before the season even starts?? Its good to have a few but this is getting WAY out of hand. Its probably because this is the NEW RECRUITING TOOL.

      • Aaron

        You’re a baffoon. The Bonita Air Assault has been going on for a very long time, if the money from the gate went to the football program we would not be worrying about revenue right?

        On top of providing quality competition this is a huge fund raiser for the Bonita program.

        • big daddy

          I do have to agree, the money at the gate should go to the program, But you missed the part about over doing these tournaments and risking injuries for FAKE games
          that don’t mean anything. Yhe game is played in pads, and with a rush. Sound like your a typical koolaid drinker.

          • Aaron

            I’m a big believer in reps, and current practice restrictions do not allow for Spring Practice to be in pads. This gives your skill guys reps in a game style setting. So…if you just practiced instead you aren’t risking injury?

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            Texas has ZERO restrictions on practice with pads. I wonder if their injury rate is any different than the People’s Republik of Kalifornia?

          • Scout

            The State of Texas has already approved limiting contact during the season to 90 minutes a week and has more restrictive rules during Spring. California has no such rules during the season.

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            There was a great article in ESPN back in January of 2012 (If I Recall correctly) that laid out the big football regions and their rules. Texas seemed to be the least restrictive.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            They have also allow cut blocking in Texas…which prepares TX Kids for College.

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            Not a fan of that chop stuff at all. I’m surprised that’s allowed anywhere for any reason. That ends careers EARLY. Not a fan at all.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            yeah, I been chopped..The game of football has become tailor made for the offense. O players can chop, but the horse collar is outlawed. Bias!

          • Scout

            These rules were put into place this year.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Schools should play in 1 or 2 big events…you have to see how your new players will compete. If there are no venues to do this, then what do you do? It’s not like the air assault is every week. The other big tourney is at Arroyo in July. That’s it. Passing league is not that important but you need some events for team building. It’s those 7 on 7 club teams that ruin it. Not official high school events.

        • no-step

          If passing league was not that important, why do so many coaches bring their skill players there to compete? For the funds raised by selling hot dogs?

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            They bring them there to compete during a period when nothing else is going on. What else is there for them to do? I say it’s not that important because once you strap on the leather, things change…it’s hard to catch and throw with gear on…It’s hard to tackle a big RB or WR verse touching them to kill the play…it’s easy to coach when there is no run or pass D. You have PI’s in real games…illegal procedures…it’s not the same game and players who you thought were on are off…if you follow the teams during the season..you will see that those who look great in 7 on 7 may not look so great in 11 on 11..two totally different games. Besides the coaches are on the field telling guys what to do…it’s not that important..

          • no-step

            Again…Passing leagues are there to teach the team’s passing system along with their pass defense. They’re there because there’s not enough time in fall practice to install an effective pass game and pass defense. This part of the game, even in high school, has become quite sophisticated, and passing league is where it is initially installed, and then can be refined as the summer progresses into fall. It is not about penalties, or pass rush, it’s about front side and back side concepts, accelerators to help the passers progress from rhythm to read, to rush, and the defenses must learn their pattern zone reads or how to react within split field coverages. Coaches can’t teach this in 2 weeks of fall.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Yeah, but all that goes out the window when you throw in the run…..the passing game and coverage is not brain surgery…how many routes can you run? Man or Zone…cover 1,2, or 3. Like I said…when you put on the pads..it all changes. Besides when you come to these large events, or even head to head passing league games, Teams are trying to win. It’s starters only and the 30 kids don’t get any reps. You know that ‘s true. So when do back ups get better? That to me it what makes it not so important. You can have inter squad 7 on 7 and teach just as easy. These are competitive events with teaching moments for starters at best.

          • Aaron

            I’m gonna say you were not a QB, receiver or RB…because the RB is a part of 7v7. I don’t know how you did things or how MTown does things, but the way the practice was scheduled when I was in high school was set up in periods with a clock running. We did 7v7 most everyday.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Right, That’s my point. I 7 on 7 is a part of practice. I am saying that 7 on 7 events are not all that important. I wrote about being able teach and get better in practice will all the players get reps.

          • no-step


        • big daddy


      • no-step

        Passing league is a valuable tool for coaches to teach their pass system and their pass defense. It teaches the X and O”s of the modern type pass game and the sometimes complex pass defenses. Many lay people are unaware of how sophisticated even the high school pass game has become. 7 on 7 is a great idea, and there should be more of them.

  • 12th man

    The best seven-on-seven passing tournament of the summer is set for July 13 at Huntington Beach Edison, and the matchups are so good it’s too bad they can’t put on shoulder pads.

    Only the top two teams in each pool advance to the championship round, so someone good isn’t going to make it in Pool D, which is made up of Edison, Gardena Serra, Long Beach Poly and JSerra.

    Pool A has Mater Dei, Westlake, La Habra and Narbonne. Pool B has St. John Bosco, Corona Centennial, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Mission Hills. Good luck on picking two teams to make it out of that pool.

    Pool C has Bishop Amat, Santa Margarita, Valencia and Los Alamitos.

    Action begins at 9 a.m. on that Saturday. Championship round begins at 1 p.m.

    It’s a great end to the summer of high school football.

  • OuttaYourMindTrib

    Saw Ayala against Monrovia. I was in the neighborhood luckily. If would have made that drive all the way over there for that I would have been pissed.

    If I said Ayala’s play was dreadful, I would be FAR too kind. Ayala’s QB does not even look like the same kid as last year. I hope this is not a harbinger of things to come. If it is, it’s going to be a LONG season.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Yeah…..i saw that too. However, Monrovia had to play them well after losing when it counts. Today it counts.

      • OuttaYourMindTrib

        One thing I did see that I though was chicken #%&! was Monrovia trucked a kid out there witha BLACK jersey just like Ayala’s for a couple plays, just long enough to get a pick. The pick should NOT have counted. That was pretty sleazy.

  • disqus_EwzMXwPVzM

    Santa fe (3-2) LOST Two close games Chiefs look good. See u tomorrow.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    A couple of Friday notes.

    Bishop Amat looked solid for 7 on 7 play.

    Monrovia is very athletic.

    Damien is not athletic enough. Concerned the QB (or the OC) likes the deep ball too much.

    Glendora is Glendora. Solid at times and confusingly messy at other times.

    Chino Hills looked good, even without their best WR, who made a cameo in the first game.

    Rancho Cucamonga is always athletic. QB is interesting.

    Upland, sandbagging on Friday, heavy hitters on Saturday.

    Los Osos looked good. Not sold on the QB that got most of the reps Friday.

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    By the way, it’s not relevant to this post but Todd Gerhart, legendary Norco head coach is out. Crazy times indeed.