East dominates West in Hall of Fame All-Star Game

Leading up to Saturday’s 37th Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors, East head coach Chris Brown of Chaffey constantly reminded his team about the drubbing the East took in last year’s game.

They clearly got the message.

The East was simply too big, too fast and too strong and it all added up to a 34-6 win over the West at West Covina High.

“It was good,” said East quarterback Cole McDonald of Sonora, who was named team MVP. “We didn’t have any expectations. We just went and played, and came out on top. We just all wanted to have fun, win and showcase our talents as a team.”

Erick Hernandez of Burroughs was named West team MVP after scoring his team’s lone touchdown on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Flintridge Prep’s Andrew Tsangeos. Rancho Cucamonga’s Nathan Thomas was named MVP lineman.

The East leads the all-time series 24-11-2. The East had a seven-game win streak in the series entering last year’s game, but a tweak in the boundaries of which both teams draw their talent from helped get the West back in the column.

But Saturday, the East was right back to its dominant way. Sonora running back Jacob Fimbres started the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

The East was right back in the end zone moments later on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Charter Oak’s Kam Brown to Chaffey’s Mike Dean. The West, badly in need of some points, was met with disaster instead.

Early in the second quarter, Ayala Isiah Flowers stepped in front of a short pass by the West and returned the interception 25 yards for the touchdown and a 20-0 lead that felt insurmountable.

“They kept running that same bubble play/read option, and I just decided to jump it and it fell in my hands,” Flowers said. “I was getting frustrated because they kept throwing that bubble and I wasn’t there making a play. I caught it and was headed straight for the end zone.

“It’s great because it’s my last high school game. I will remember this for probably the rest of my life … tell my kids about it.”

McDonald’s 18-yard touchdown pass to La Serna’s Anthony Garcia made it 27-6. McDonald later showed what he could do with his feet by scoring on a nifty 12-yard keeper.

Other than Hernandez’s touchdown, there was only a few nice runs by Monrovia’s James Spicer to talk about as far as highlights. But still, Hernandez was happy for the experience.

“It feels good to score a touchdown in my last game,” Hernandez said. “It feels good to be out here with the guys and be out here having fun. We gave a good effort, but some things didn’t go our way. We had a good time.”

EAST roster for Saturday’s Hall of Fame Game at West Covina HS, 6 pm

1 Price Curtis RB Chino Hills
2 Cisneros Eddie RB/DB Santa Fe
3 Schoenick Tyler WR/DB Glendora
3 Nash Dareon WR/DB Charter Oak
5 Davis Markelle DE Claremont
5 Dean Mike RB/DB Chaffey
6 Greer Kendall DB Etiwanda
7 Flowers Isiah TE/LB Ayala
9 Dorsey Kahlil DB Colony
10 Brown Kamden QB Charter Oak
11 Rodriguez Ricky WR/DB California
12 Thompson Josh QB Colony
13 McDonald Cole QB Sonora
15 Williams Eric WR/DB Covina
16 Williams Donovan RB/DB Los Osos
17 Gutierrez Noah WR Etiwanda
20 West Da’creh RB Chino
21 Charles Jordan RB/DB Ayala
22 Record Cameron DB Damien
23 Lamb Brian RB/DB Pomona
24 Garcia Anthony RB/DB La Serna
27 Ainsworth Amir DB Bonita
30 Lockett Darreon WR/DB Pomona
32 Thigpen Dylan RB Damien
33 Cota Alec FB/LB Alta Loma
36 Fimbres Jacob RB Sonora
39 Darrow Cody LB Ayala
40 Campos Daniel TE/LB La Serna
41 Taylor Corey LB Glendora
42 Gallardo Jasper DL St. Paul
43 Rosales Anthony TE/LB Chino Hills
44 Erickson Josiah LB San Dimas
46 Harper Devon OLB Colony
47 Ellis Deshawn LB Diamond Ranch
50 Omana David OL Diamond Bar
51 Zumaya Hector OL/DL Whittier
53 Davis Samuel OL/DL Ganesha
55 Gallardo Joe DL St. Paul
57 Bland Tra’ OL Colony
70 Label David OL/DL Glendora
71 Matelau Raymond OL Upland
72 Hanna Youssef OL/DL San Dimas
75 Bell Rogers Tyler OL/DL Webb
76 Thomas Nathan OL/DL Rancho Cucamonga
78 Avina Manuel OL Chino
92 Gonzales Christopher DL Don Lugo
98 Ferdinand Kelon DL Upland

WEST All-Star roster … Game is Saturday, 6 pm at West Covina High …

1 Roy Barajas RB 5’6 165 El Monte Joel Sanchez

2 Aubrey Mosely WR 5’11 165 Monrovia Chris Stevens

3 Jordan Peevy DB 5’8 160 Monrovia Chris Stevens

4 Robert Awunganyl DB 6’1 170 Burroughs Keith Knoop

5 Aldridge Khin WR 5’9 160 Flintridge Prep Glen Beattie

6 Tyrone Singleton DB 5’9 180 Warren Raul Lara

7 Steven Nava QB 6’1 185 Rosemead Marc Paramo

8 Adrian Medrano LB/TE 6’1, 200 Schurr Dave Ramos

9 Darney Harris DB 6’2 205 Warren Raul Lara

10 Nico Hillier QB 6’3 190 Arcadia Andrew Policky

11 Ivan Mendoza LB 5’10 190 S. El Monte Frank Gallardo

12 Andrew Tsangeos QB 6’3 210 Flintridge Prep Glen Beattie

13 Eddie Delgado DB 5’10 165 Schurr David Ramos

14 Jordan Parham WR 5’10 185 Rosemead Marc Paramo

15 Ulises Cota WR 5’10 170 Warren Raul Lara

16 Angel Reyes WR 6’3 215 Arroyo Jim Singiser

17 Adrian Salgado DB 6’0 170 Workman Eric Macintyre

18 Erick Hernandez WR 6’0 165 Burroughs Keith Knoop

19 Lawrence Spicer RB 6’0 190 Monrovia Chris Stevens

20 Elijah Grijalva LB 5’10 190 North View Marcel Perez

21 Dexter Myers DB 6’1 185 Maranatha Steve Bogan

22 Steven Rodriguez LB 5’10 170 Arroyo Jim Singiser

23 Kevin Trejo DB 5’10 175 Eagle Rock Andy Moran

24 Marcos Lopez RB 5’10 185 Cathedral Kevin Pearson

25 Jesus Renteria WR/PK/P 5’10 160 Rosemead Marc Paramo

26 Anthony Hernandez LB 6’3 240 Muir Antyone Sims

30 Jacob Acosta LB 6’1 210 West Covina Mike Maggiore

32 Andres Hooper RB 5’7 160 Northview Marcel Perez

33 Kaylen Williams WR 6’3 185 Cathedral Kevin Pearson

34 Nicolas Griffen DE 5’11 225 Cantwell Kim Taylor

42 Carlos Varguez LB 5’10 210 Baldwin Park James Heggins

43 Andres Esparza DT 5’11 250 Bassett Hector Spathias

50 Andrew Rivas OL 6’1 225 Arroyo Jim Singiser

55 Anthony Bakhshi LB 6’0 215 S. Pasadena CB Richards

56 Ty’Sean Brown DT 5’11 245 Monrovia Chris Stevens

57 Xavian Morales DE 6’2 205 West Covina Mike Maggiore

58 Nizar Abou-Chakra OL 5’10 240 Crescenta Valley Paul Schilling

61 Daniel Avila DT 6’2 280 Wilson (LA) Eddie Martinez

70 Carlos Gomez OL 5’10 245 Montebello Pete Gonzalez

72 Steve Lopez OL 6’2 285 Bishop Amat Steve Hagerty

74 David Lindley OL 6’3 325 Bassett Hector Spathias

75 Adrian Huerta DT 6’1 270 West Covina Mike Maggiore

76 Luis Lopez OL 6’3 295 Montebello Pete Gonzalez

77 Joshua Johnson OL 6’3 285 Maranatha Steven Bogan

78 David Zulalyan OL 6’2 305 Schurr David Ramos

85 Anthony Garcia DE 6’1 220 Burroughs Keith Knoop

99 Paul Kosanovich DE 6’4 215 Temple City Marc Shettleroe

CIF-Southern Section competitive equity proposal passes … playoff divisions will be based on teams NOT leagues …

The CIF-Southern Section member schools passed a historic action on Wednesday that will drastically reshape the way playoff divisions are formed for all sports.

Under the new format, playoff divisions will be based solely on competitive equity, thus meaning that league affiliations matter not. The new system will be in place for the 2016-17 school year with teams finding out their divisions on an annual basis every August.

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Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson says team will refuse to play private schools if placed in new playoff division …

Longtime Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson told the Orange County Register that his team will refuse to play private schools if they’re placed in a playoff division that includes private schools under the new playoff format proposal.

The proposal will be voted on at next Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Council meeting. Currently, football teams are placed in playoff divisions based on league placement. The new proposal would base playoff divisions on competitive equity. That means teams from the same league could play in different playoff divisions that would be determined based on recent performance. Meaning, a team, like Mission Viejo, which has won Division 2 the past two seasons, would likely be bumped up to Division 1.

The new system would allow for upward (and downward) mobility regardless of league based on an individual school’s recent performance. Currently, the entire Moore League is placed in Division 1 based solely on the success of Long Beach Poly. The rest of the teams quite obviously belong in a much lower division. The new playoff format would allow for that.

You can expect PLENTY MORE statements like Johnson’s from coaches who oppose the proposal. But you may also hear from those who like it. If the proposal passes, it will be implemented in time for next season. Oh yeah, the proposal also applies to all other sports, too.