The much-anticipated, much-awaited varsity football career of Angel Verdugo is now back on track at Bonita.
Verdugo is/was thought to be on the verge of being one of the top weapons in the area a couple years ago, but his career has hit some bumps. Last August we reported that he left Bonita for Damien. He didn’t play for the Spartans and is now back at Bonita.
Look for Verdugo to be the Bearcats’ feature back and while it’s hard to say he will fill the void left by Jake Payton, he certainly is capable of having one of the better seasons around … assuming everything goes right.
The open job to be Bishop Amat High School’s next starting quarterback just got more competitive.
Steven Nava, who started at quarterback last season for Rosemead, left the Panthers this week to transfer to Bishop Amat.
Nava threw for 1,199 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games last season as a sophomore. He will join juniors Damien Garcia and Ryder Ruiz in the battle to replace two-year starter Koa Haynes.
Garcia, who was Haynes’ back up last season on the varsity team, appeared to be the favorite this offseason. Meanwhile, Ruiz guided the Lancers’ junior varsity team to a 10-0 record last fall.
Whomever the starting quarterback is, he will have a loaded cast of receivers to work with led by senior Brandon Arconado and juniors Tyler Vaughns and Tre Sidney, who both already have multiple college offers.
Nava’s transfer is just the latest blow to a Rosemead program that last offseason saw two of its top players leave for Cathedral. Sophomore Isiah Ah-Hing, who got playing time last season, will take over as the starter at quarterback.
The Panthers still boast a plethora of returning starters and are many pundits’ early favorite in the Mission Valley League after going 8-3 last season.
Aram’s Take: One Rosemead insider told me that Nava is the best QB in the Valley. Hard to believe that when there’s someone like Glendora’s Matt Fink around. But point taken. They think he’s good. We’ll see if he’s Amat good.
So much for highly touted receiver/defensive back Deseasn Holmes playing for Muir in 2014.
Mustangs head coach John Hardy said via text message that Holmes never joined the Muir football program despite spending the second semester of the school year there after leaving Alemany following last season … you know, because that’s the new thing — to winter at Muir.
Aram’s Take: Ridiculous. Remember the whole “Muir’s back” craze earlier this year? Well, there goes that. So many people talk all this garbage about being from Dena and yet they’re hopping shuttles to go play private school ball in the San Fernando Valley. It’s hilarious. Holmes and current Mustangs Taeon Mason would have made for a scary duo at receiver. And I don’t know who in the Southeast Division would have ever completed a pass on Muir. Now, it’s just Mason. Which is nice. Still wondering who the heck the QB and RB are, though.