La Canada High School football coach Ryan Zerbel is hopeful that an independent investigator looking into the transfer of running back Drake Beasley will have thing concluded this week and CIF will clear his star ball carrier in time for this Friday’s game against South Hills.
La Canada hired the investigator in response to allegations from Loyola, Beasley’s previous school, that his transfer was invalid due to undue influence. Loyola presented its case to CIF and now La Canada is set to respond.
“The third-party investigator is wrapping up his investigation and then it’s going to be hand delivered to CIF,” Zerbel said. “I’m really confident. Like I said from the beginning, there’s a process that’s in place and we’ll let that process take place.”
Beasley sat out last Friday’s win over Hawthorne. The Spartans could have played him but risked having to forfeit the win if he was later found ineligible. Beasley is considered to be one of the top running backs in the state and has multiple college offers, including UCLA, Boise St. and Arizona.
He rushed for 1,647 yards and 17 touchdowns last season at Loyola. Beasley left Loyola earlier this August and wound up at La Canada, where he shined during his youth football days. Loyola immediately challenged the transfer.
“This whole thing isn’t about me, it isn’t about La Canada, it’s about a young man who is being denied the opportunity to play the game he loves to play because somebody made an allegation,” Zerbel said. “It’s really a bad situation for that individual, that young man and his family. Whether he was coming to La Canada or going to one of our rival schools, it’s a horrible situation that somebody could just say something and take games away from people.”
Zerbel said he wrestled with whether to play Beasley despite the ongoing investigation because he doesn’t feel its right that he misses time due to allegations. He also said that Beasley was having a hard time with not being able to play.
“It’s hard on him because he’s stuck in the middle,” Zerbel said.
1. La Mirada (1-0) — Program-defining win over O-Lu.
2. La Habra (1-0) — Solid win over solid El Toro to start.
3. St. Francis (0-0) — Set to be unleashed vs. West Covina.
4. Bishop Amat (0-1) — Should only improve after MD fiasco.
5. Los Altos (1-0) — No telling how wild Tyler Nevens runs.
6. Charter Oak (1-0) — Guess QB won’t be a concern.
7. Damien (1-0) — Put the clamps on a good Chino team. Wow.
8. La Salle (1-0) — Statement games looms vs. Monrovia.
9. San Dimas (1-0) — Got the Smudge Pot back.
10. Glendora (1-0) — Tartans just reload at QB.
11. Arcadia (1-0) — Got sweet revenge vs. Bell Gardens.
12. La Serna (0-1) — Mildly concerned about Friday’s loss.
13. Northview (0-1) — Need to get RB Thomas cleared by CIF.
14. Diamond Ranch (1-0) — Put the clamps on South Hills.
15. West Covina (0-1) — Battled good Colony team for a while.
16. Montebello (1-0) — Oilers look stout on D yet again.
17. Muir (1-0) — Likely the most entertaining team around.
18. St. Paul (0-1) — Lost to a serious team from up north.
19. South Pasadena (1-0) — Strong win over Rosemead.
20. Monrovia (0-1) — Time to worry?
21. South Hills (0-1) — Caught a little Hacienda flavor vs. D-Ranch.
22. La Canada (1-0) — Free Drake!
23. San Marino (0-1) — Ran into a buzzsaw.
24. Arroyo (0-0-1) — Had a win allergy vs. Covina.
25. Schurr (1-0) — No denying the program has momentum.
What an opening night. Let’s get right to the talking points …
La Mirada 21, Orange Lutheran 14: Congrats to Mats head coach Mike Moschetti. He kept taking on the Trinity League and finally beat one. I told Moschetti earlier Friday that if he beat O-Lu, it would be time to retire. Nothing left to do. He won’t do that, but wow. LM is a powerhouse in the making. Who knows what happens the rest of the way, but this program might be on its way to D-2 and maybe D-1 someday soon. This is why I ranked LM No. 1 in the all-encompassing rankings. What a program!
Tyler Nevens runs for 285, four TDs: Los Altos’ star running back is ALL THAT and then some. Did I mention Nevens has a 4.0 GPA?
Muir star Elijah Blades tweets at halftime: Haha. I love this kid. Elijah Blades was having a good game vs. Compton at halftime, so he decided to tweet about it. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Blades reiterated to his followers that he was going to “go off” this year. And yeah, he did just that. Blades is a verbal commit to Florida.
And it's halftime right now I TOLD YALL IM NOT JOKING THIS YEAR 4️⃣ https://t.co/8tL3joGFf5
— ELIJAH – BLADES SZN™ (@savageszniv) August 27, 2016
Temple City routed by Pasadena Poly: That’s my alma mater, baby! No, not Poly. Not that smart. TC! We’re still in trouble obviously.
Bishop Amat slammed by MD: This was the rout everyone saw coming. I’m more concerned about the Amat parents and fans and if they killed each other in the stands.