Things I’m hearing …

Screw it. Rather than tweet this all out, I figured I’d give you some quick hits on the stuff I’ve been hearing while compiling info for the football preview magazine.

Starting with Glendora. Junior QB Bryce Woolridge is supposed to be a chip off the old block. The campus that brought you Jacob Crook, Chad Jeffries and Matt Fink, now has another talented signal caller. Woolridge is supposed to be very athletic, too, and won’t hesitate to run. Glendora’s JV team was 9-1 last season and supposedly clobbered everyone in the Palomares League. I was all set to proclaim Claremont the next great thing. The Pack has freakshow LB Solomon Tuliapupu (17 offers) and RB Duy Tran-Sampson back, but things aren’t so good at QB. There’s literally NOBODY to play the position. Word is that during a recent passing tourney, the first several passes landed five yards short of the target. Bonita lost 28 seniors to graduation but the frosh (now soph) class is loaded. A few of those sophs are going to play big roles this season. Others, though, are showing they aren’t quite up to varsity speed yet. Arroyo is going to use All-Area linebacker and reigning Mission Valley League MVP Jason Villa at QB. The Knights have what some say is Jim Singiser’s best team. I need to see it with my own eyes because Singiser has had some sick teams. But I hear this one will knock your ass for a loop … loaded with tough guys. As most of you know, Northview got a big boost when former West Covina RB Kevin Thomas transferred in. The big question now is whether Thomas will be eligible right away or a sit-out. West Covina should be okay at RB, though, as Henry Martinez, a 1,000-yard rusher two seasons ago, is back from a knee injury suffered in last season’s first game. The long awaited arrival of Bret Clemetson as Charter Oak’s QB is set to happen. Clemetson was a very hyped athlete when he arrived at CO and pushed Kam Brown for the starting QB job two years ago. He was injured last season. Don’t expect CO to miss a beat in the pass game. Chino may ruin all of our local teams’ dreams, though, in the Hacienda League. The Cowboys are getting back stud linebacker Brandon Serrano from a injury that cost him last season. And that’s to go along with the return of FB/LB Adrian Alfaro. Los Altos has everything it needs, but has a question mark at QB where Cody Olmos appears to be the man. Diamond Bar’s semifinals appearance at last week’s SGV Shootout was a bit of a surprise. Coach Marcus Hughes actually likes his line play … which has been the Brahmas’ achilles’ heel. If the Brahmas have some skill guys, too, they may surprise. Speaking of surprise teams, Arcadia is my surprise team in the west SGV. The Apaches continue to bring in talent and the line is going to be much bigger this season (it’s hard not to be). Watch out for soph RB Jahlique Stephens. I tapped out. I have plenty more and will post in the coming days.

  • SGV411

    South Hills runs through the Palomares. The rumor is they have a bunch of Junior and Sophomore talent back that played a whole lot last year. The Palomares will come down to Glendora and SH. Claremont will battle for 3rd with Ayala, Bonita is a year or 2 away, and DB is well um DB. With the talent at SH and with Bechtel and staff, I just don’t see them getting beat in league play.

    • Husky1

      South hills will be fine ,run the ball and swarming defense .what ever qb they have just hope they can throw a 15 yard route .o’leary is not the answer stick to the senior kid

      • God

        I just watched O’leary’s hudl. He is solid as a true freshman and beat diamond ranch in his fist start on the road and also threw for 260 against la habra. I think he will be fine.

        • God

          Film doesn’t lie! If he was on the freshman team they wouldn’t of lost a game. He played varsity despite not having a Qb coach on staff, so basically he’s out on the field figuring it out on his own.

          • SanGabrielValleyFB2015

            Their freshman team did fine without him, I personally think the QB who started on the freshman is better because he is a dual threat and has a nice ball. But to be honest, south hills is tiny this year. I saw the lineman and skill guys. sheesh, I hope they get bigger FAST. Especially against teams like Glendora and CO

          • Husky1

            South hills is undersized but are getting stronger ,if that line can hold a block for a couple seconds and that #26 kid I beleive his name is Ryan he will carry the offense ,and nick lavereire at wide out is a scary one two punch .O’leary is a very football smart kid and the kids rally around him but I just don’t see the mustard on the ball ,but I guess we can give it time he is just a sophomore ,just a reminder for him don’t slide on 4th and 12 and come short 8 yards

          • God

            Just a reminder what play can you call when it’s 4 & 20 and the defense is in a prevent lmfao. Just a reminder he had no time what’s so ever at any point of the season and just a reminder when your O-LINE COACH AND DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR LEAVE AT HALFTIME OF A GAME ITS NEVER A GOOD SIGN.

          • God

            And the rb Ryan is slow and out of shape and can’t make people miss. His dad was concern that the coach was trying to hurt him by running the ball up the middle lmfao hope the kid doesn’t listen to his dad’s advice oh wait his daddy is on the staff lmfao.

          • SanGabrielValleyFB2015

            The way I see it is, the skill players are okay. Never heard of anyone else other than the Wideout Nick. So, if you can have some player step up, then that would be awesome. All I know is whoever the QB is better know how to scramble because that line will not hold more than 3 seconds. Hope O’leary gets another crack at it as well as the other freshman #10. And isn’t there an incoming freshmen that’s a “phenom”?

          • Husky1

            Well that is to bad the freshman kid got in that accident ,I seen him at rancho 3 way and he has more upside then anyone hope he is making a speedy recovery .that kid Ryan if he is slow then we have to see if he is in shape in the season opener .nick will be nice and that kid from the freshman team sunshine at least he had balls unlike some other quarterbacks ,I hope they have a line and like sgv says hope it’s a running quarterback .

  • God

    SH has that stud Qb Dylan O’leary. 3 sport athlete, what kid does that anymore?

  • reality

    With all the negative reporting of the concussion syndrome dangers in football and the high school participation numbers way down, I think a few surprises might be coming. Every year someone points out that when the pads come on it will be a different team but almost always never is. This year could be different. The team willing to hit with abandon and throw heads up football to the sidelines might make up for a lack of skill with their sheer ferocity making the better team wilt under their fearless onslaught. I do not know if the refs are being told to throw a lot of flags for perceived hard hits this season but if they let them play football as we have come to know it, the teams loaded with aggressive latino boys taught by dads to be tough (No Disrespect intended) from the heart of the SGV could surprise some come time for league play. Amat has the punchers chance.

  • Spam Burger

    Woolridge is a legit 3 sport kid, basketball, baseball and football. He’ll be fine.