The Santa Fe High School football program is doing just fine, thank you very much.
Those were the sentiments of Chiefs head coach Dave Pierson late Friday morning when asked about rumors that several top players were leaving or had left the program in the wake of the recent departure of defensive coordinator Romeo Pellum.
“There hasn’t been a single player who has checked out of Santa Fe,” Pierson said. “Not as far as I’m aware of and I’m at practice every day.”
Pierson said he wasn’t allowed to go into detail about Pellum’s resignation at the instruction of the school. Pellum, a 2007 Santa Fe graduate, played defensive back at Washington State and recently returned to the area as Santa Fe’s defensive coordinator. This would have been his second season.
“As far as Coach Pellum coaching at Santa Fe, it is true that he is no longer coaching at Santa Fe and that he resigned,” Pierson said. “I’ve been instructed not to comment on it.”
There were concerns that after Pellum left, several key players, including standout receiver Dylan Thomas had either left or were considering doing so. Pierson quickly put those worries to rest by saying Thomas and others are still with program.
Santa Fe looks to be on the verge of a big season. The Chiefs have a talented roster and experience returning in key spots. Santa Fe finished second in the Del Rio League last season and opens this season on Aug. 25 with a road game at Cathedral.
A Charter Oak High School official said Wednesday that the school will sign off on, aka not stand in the way of, quarterback Matt Takata’s transfer to La Mirada.
That doesn’t quite yet mean Takata is a full go for La Mirada. Whatever transfer paperwork the Matadores and the CIF Southern Section have to clear up with each other still remains. But this certainly is a big hurdle cleared.
La Mirada is hoping to have Takata ready in time for it season opener at home against Orange Lutheran on Aug. 25.
If it feels like it was just yesterday that the West Covina High School football team was the toast of the town, that’s because it was. Sort of.
The Bulldogs won CIF championships in 2010 and ‘11, reached the semifinals in 2012, and frankly, at that point, nobody was doing it better locally. But as the 2017 season beckons, West Covina looks like a program at a crossroads.
As we all know, public school football programs are a house of cards. Reversals of fortune happen all the time. Great today, average tomorrow, toiling the day after that. Talent is in high demand and willing to go anywhere if the hometown school shows any sign of struggle.
That’s why this season looks like one of the most important in school history READ MORE