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.
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.
The first one to arrive at photo day at the Tribune yesterday was none other than Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who informed me has indeed playing for Diamond Bar this season (despite no physical still).
Noodles told me he’s going to surprise even me by how good he will be this season and that he’s looking forward to putting together a year so good that the college offers will roll in. He is behind in the recruiting process a bit due to missing all but one game of his junior due to being ruled ineligible by CIF for an athletically motivated transfer from West Covina.
Noodles said he attended some camps and that Arizona and Arizon St. expressed interest and one or both are close to offering. So that’s great news. Noodles will likely be a corner back in college and said that’s what he’ll play this fall for the Brahmas.
As for Kanya Bell, the jury is still out. He is attending summer school at Diamond Bar and may end up being part of the Brahmas squad after all once he’s recovered from a knee injury. Another one of the talented players who left D-Bar also might be trying to come back, but he’ll remain nameless.
Aram’s Take: Very happy I get a chance to cover Noodles’ senior season. Hoping he shows everyone just how big-time of a talent he is this fall.