Hey Amat, take a good, long, hard look. IMMORTALITY is what you’re playing for …

1995 Bishop Amat CIF championship team

Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. You hear them talking to you? “The ghosts” … Current Crescenta Valley baseball coach Phil Torres used to call them “the ghosts” when he’d refer to old pictures of teams that won CIF championships in the Temple City football locker room. Back then (early 90s), Torres was a JV football assistant coach at TC. Whatever. But it always stuck with me — you win CIF and you’re NEVER forgotten. Some day, maybe 100 years from now, when all of us are long gone, the current crop of Amat players will look at the ghosts. Study the faces. Stare into the eyes. Immortality!

’95 Amat linemen

  • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat


    You’ve been in Amat’s Hall Of Fame haven’t you? You’re right, they see “ghosts” every day. One of the things that makes the place special.

    • AramT

      Every (football) game I go to, I walk through it and look at the cases and jerseys. Great, great stuff. Did it even when I covered girls hoops games there.

      • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

        Young, Haden, McKay, Sciarra, McDonald, Taylor, Tanner, Bieniemy, Brown, McCutheon, Minor…Geez!

  • 1st and goal

    I’m not alumni. But from the 1st year my oldest son played at Amat i knew my 3 son’s were going to be part of something special. Although my oldest stopped playing after 2 seasons i knew my 2nd would continue. He was part of the 2009 League champion team with his last game being the loss to Tesoro. He will forever be proud to be a part of that tradition. Now my youngest is also part of Amat’s tradition with a league patch. He has a chance to be crowned a CIF champion should the good Lord grant them an opportunity. 10 consecutive seasons of walking through those halls and seeing history has made me proud as a father to wear the blue and gold in support of them and to call them Lancers. Amat WILL Shine!!!

    • AMAT 73

      A long way from Manzanita . Although you are. not an alum you are Family .Great seeing your boy from then to now,congrats and let’s hope they bring it home .GO LANCERS

  • OnBLUE

    Info about SOME of the top players on Bishop Amat’s 1995 team. I’m sure others will list more. This team was LOADED. And yes, I stole all of this stuff off the internet! HAHA!

    QB was Brian William Russell: is a former American football safety who played nine seasons in the NFL from 2001 to 2009. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2001 and last played for the Houston Texans. He played college football at The University of Pennsylvania and San Diego State University. Russell has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars.

    RB was Ralph Davis Brown II is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for theUniversity of Nebraska, and was a consensus All-American. He played professionally for the New York Giants,Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.

    WR was Joey Getherall: From NOTRE DAME Athletics web site: Speedy returning starter at flanker who had major impact every time he touched the ball in 2000 . . . named a third-team All-American as a punt returner by Collegefootball news.com . . . Notre Dame’s top receiver in 2000 based on receiving yards . . . his various contributions in 2000 personified Irish team effort . . . boasts outstanding pure speed, with potential to help with punt or kickoff returns . . . ranked as top Irish punt returner in ’00, ranking ninth in the country, including two returns for touchdowns . . . top-flight receiver who can make the big play . . . experienced, tough, knowledgeable talent who plays hard all the time . . . selected to play in 2001 East-West Shrine Senior all-star game. HIGH SCHOOL: Top receiver in California prep ranks in ’96 based on average yards per catch . . . earned three letters in football at Bishop Amat High School in LaPuente, Calif. . . . helped team to CIF Division I titles in both football and baseball . . . caught 48 passes for 1,162 yards and 12 TDs as senior in ’96 while also rushing six times for 122 yards . . . led state of California with 24.2-yards-per-catch average among receivers with 40 or more receptions . . . averaged 31.8 yards on kickoff returns (19 for 605) and 21.3 yards (13 for 277) on punt returns in ’96 .Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD the first time he touched the ball as a varsity player in ’94 . . . had 2,166 all-purpose yards in ’96, averaging 25.18 yards each time he touched the football . . . named first-team all-Del Rey League, all-San Gabriel Valley, all-Los Angeles County and all-CIF as senior . . . won Olivers Award as top Japanese American prep athlete . . . caught 42 passes for 848 yards and six TDs as junior in ’95 . . . ran two kickoffs back for TDs in ’95 . . . career totals included 116 catches for 2,420 yards and 25 TDs, as part of 5,044 all-purpose yards and 53 total TDs .

    OL was Brian Polak: HIGH SCHOOL – Lettered three years on the offensive line for coach Tom Salter at Bishop Amat High School in LaPuente, CA…Selected PrepStar All-American and All-West…Named SuperPrep All-Far West…Tom Lemming All-American…Cornwell All-American…Blue Chips Illustrated All-American…USA Today honorable mention All-American…Student Sports All-Academic team…National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete…National Recruiting Advisor All-West pick…Selected for All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl game between California and Texas prep All-Stars…Served as team captain as a senior…Allowed one quarterback sack and was penalized for holding on just one occasion in his final two seasons…Powerful athlete who holds several school records in the weight room…As a junior, his team won the CIF Division I title…Named to the All-State and CIF Southern Section teams for 1995. FROM UCLA.COM: UCLA – One of the top offensive linemen on the West Coast, Polak will line up at right guard this season after spending most of his career at tackle…A candidate for post-season honors entering his third year as a starter.He is a big, strong, physical player who has the ability to be a dominant lineman…A very good run blocker with a bruising style…An extremely smart lineman with very quick feet…His shift to guard enables the team to move the line of scrimmage and control the middle of opposing defenses.

  • AramT

    Also had Mark Verti, who went to UCLA as a tight end.

  • Mike The Clone

    As a closet soldier of the Amat cavalry and with much respect for The Professor of all things Amat Football, Joe Amat. I say……Take no prisoners Lancers!!!!!

    • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

      Thanks MTC!

      You know, it’s OK if you come out of the closet. It’s a different era of tolerance. We’ll all understand and love you no matter your preference. LOL!

      • Mike The Clone

        LOL……Look at my man Joe running “smack lite” on the Clone.
        Good Luck tonight my friend.

  • JM

    Today is the Day !. Tradition and story books of the past are all good for the Lancers faithful. But the past can only get you so far. So I say this…..Bishop Amat its yours for the taking. You can beat this team !. Corona Centennial has never played an Amat team nor this talented. Gladiator !!!. GO take what destiny has brought you !.

  • Real talk

    Hopefully this is the beginning of a GREAT weekend. A AMAT WIN and ND beating USC.

    • Smallcitymc

      I’ll let it go. I’m sure you meant “USC beating ND.”

      • Real talk

        Your right I meant USC winning……… NOT..