Have to think that Diamond Bar is going to be extra fired up this Friday to get a win for Antonio “Noodles” Hull when the Brahmas take on West Covina.
Hull is ineligible until what would be the second round of the Southeast Division playoffs after West Covina challenged his transfer to Diamond Bar on grounds that it was athletically motivated. CIF agreed and declared the 2012 Tribune Newcomer of the Year ineligible for what might be all of his junior season.
Noodles has been helping D-Bar in practice this week, though, by simulating what he knows about the West Covina offense and also blanketing receiver Cordell Broadus in order to simulate what Broadus will face when he locks up against West Covina standout defensive back Sidney Jones.
As for any pregame smack talk, Brahmas coach Ryan Maine is much to smart for that.
“On our end, it is a little motivating because we see how hard he practices with the scout team and know how bad he wants to get on the field,” Maine said. “I think the kids see how much it hurts him that he’s not on the field. It’s definitely something that’s motivating, but not necessarily against the West Covina (coaching) staff. It’s more just feeling the pain for Antonio.
“You can’t put it around one thing. You don’t want to get emotionally involved in that.”
Aram’s take: I’m very happy that Jake Payton and Kurt Scoby are playing. This is nothing against them at all. But you have to look in amazement at the fact they’re both playing while Noodles is not. It’s a glaring reason why this IDIOTIC CIF rule has to go away. I know it. You know it. CIF even knows it. Who doesn’t know it are the people who wish the world was like Disneyland and the year was still 1965. It’s time for those people to get with the times, because they’re holding the rest of us back. Anyway, you just know that this is one game Diamond Bar REALLY wants. And it’s one game that West Covina REALLY doesn’t want to lose. There’s even more on the line, too, since D-Bar is looking for a clear path to the Hacienda League title and West Covina is trying to avoid 0-2 in league. This should be a very intense on Friday night.