As promised, I said I would do another Top 25 after the passing circuit. Some teams may have a few throws left here and there, but most everybody has wrapped it up. And we, as fans and media, have been able to see some of paint peeled back and get a good idea who’s packing what in the skill spots. SO here goes …
1. Bishop Amat — Won Air Assault. Simply loaded at WR. 2. Glendora — Lack of outside speed is being overblown. 3. Charter Oak — Youth at QB and on D, but loaded with athletes. 4. St. Francis — Lots to like in skill spots, but QB is a question. 5. Chino Hills — The horses are there to bang in the Baseline. 6. Los Altos — Line is scary. Amat transfer at RB. QB is 6-2. 7. Monrovia — Looking like quite the dynamic offense. 8. Muir — If QB question gets answered, look out Southeast! 9. La Habra — Just give the ball to Carlos Martin. That’s all. 10. San Dimas — Rumblings about some interesting options in the skill spots. 11. Damien — Think this team will take another step forward. 12. La Mirada — Looks to be much improved speed-wise. 13. West Covina — QB battle still not decided. Solid team. 14. Ayala — Make no mistake, this is Glendora’s big threat in Palomares. 15. Pomona — If Devils have a line … wow … watch out. 16. La Serna — You don’t lose Frankie Football and get better, do you? 17. South Hills — QB and WRs looked very sharp on passing circuit. 18. La Salle — Some nice pieces, but St. Francis/Cathedral look strong. 19. Arroyo — Going back to making Knights MVL favorites. 20. Diamond Ranch — Post-Roddy Era will be interesting. 21. Bonita — Getting Verdugo back helps outlook for offense. 22. Pasadena — Believe me now and hear me later. 23. Baldwin Park — Surprise team. Write it down. 24. Rosemead — Losing QB Nava to Amat hurts, but still loaded. 25. San Marino — Offense should be explosive thru the air.
I have been saying for quite a while that Glendora’s Matt Fink is the best QB in the Valley heading into this season. Many bloggers have scoffed at this. Some bloggers have recently brought up a low completion percentage. Or the fact he didn’t even throw for 2,000 yards last season. I get all that, but this kid was a SOPHOMORE and was able to do some pretty impressive things against a solid schedule and in a very difficult league. He’s a fantastic scrambler, has a strong arm, very heady and great touch on the ball. If the unwritten laws of puberty and adolescence hold up, he’s going to be even better this season as a junior. What else do you want?
Wilson High has hired varsity football head coach Greg Gano as a teacher, thus clearing the way for the four-time CIF champion coach to remain the Wildcats’ coach.
Things were up in the air as far as a teaching job to go along with Gano’s coaching job, which quite possibly could have been a deal breaker that sent the veteran coach looking for other things had the school not provided a day job.
Gano was hired this past winter to revive Wilson’s dormant football program. Gano won four CIF championships across town at rival Los Altos.
Aram’s Take: I remember Little Lou, son of CO offensive coordinator Dom Farrar, bawling after a CO playoff loss when he was the ball boy. Now he’s in HS!!! How old am I? Good gawd. Little Lou has got some good height. And then there’s Jasmine Flores, who is supposed to be the next coming to girls sports in the SGV. She’s playing corner. GOOD FOR YOU, MIJA!!! They used to say that if Nikki Wheatley played football at Bonita, she would have been a standout. Can’t wait to see what Jasmine does.
Monrovia’s impressive summer passing circuit campaign under new head coach Chris Stevens continued on Saturday as QB Asaph Zamora and the Wildcats’ stable of top athletes were enough to beat Buena Park and win the SGV Shootout.
Monrovia beat Crescenta Valley in one semifinal to reach the championship. Buena Park beat Los Altos in the other semi.
The Wildcats will play in the Central Division this season and look like they’ll be up to the test if summer passing games are any indicator. The Wildcats also had an solid showing at the Bonita Air Assault two weeks ago.
I heard several positive things about South Hills at the Bonita Air Assault and the Huskies were at it again on Saturday, taking second place in the Tournament of Champions at Santa Fe.
QB Garrett Fonseca is back for the Huskies, but I thought the rest of the skill spots looked shaky on paper. Guess not. Supposedly this team is just fine at receiver, thank you very much.
Making the finals on Saturday before losing to Loyola is pretty solid. Where the Huskies fit in the Palomares League is anybody’s guess, though. But it’s clear they’re going to have the skill players to run around with Glendora and Ayala and the rest.