Francisco Perez. Who? Exactly. Francisco Perez, dang it! I guess it’s partly our fault that you probably haven’t heard of Perez. We obviously missed the boat with our All-Area team when it came to Perez. He is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior-to-be offensive lineman from currently head coach-less Baldwin Park. Perez has DOMINATED the offseason buzz around these parts. Perez is/has been actively shopped all over town. First, the hot rumor was that he was headed to La Mirada. Okay fine. Who isn’t transferring to LM this offseason? Then the word was Perez was headed to Bishop Amat. Now, the buzz is possibly Charter Oak … but more likely Cathedral. And yet as far as anybody knows, Perez is still at Baldwin Park. It stands to reason that a lineman of Perez’s size would garner this kind of interest. After all, they’re in high demand and short supply. Stay tuned for his final destination. Speaking of Cathedral, bet you didn’t know that Arcadia hired former Cathedral assistant Robert Maxie. And in typical Cathedral form, Maxie is already getting after it on social media while trying to perhaps “attract” talent over to Campus Drive (see below). The eligibility of former St. Francis standout receiver Dylan Crawford, who transferred to Santa Margarita this offseason is in the “pending” phase, according to the CIF website. The case is awaiting “former school’s response” … which should be interesting. And finally, it’s been argued on this blog in the past that the catalyst for Bishop Amat’s mid-season turnaround in 2014 was the emergence of running back Torreanho Sweet. Once Sweet was inserted into the starting lineup, poof, Amat had a good ground game and the offense was darn near unstoppable. That also led to linebacker Anthony Camargo being able to focus solely on defense, and so on. And Sweet is (or was) one of the key returners for the Lancers … or so everyone thought. Turns out, Sweet is currently no longer part of the football program. He’s playing baseball for Amat but according to several sources is off the football team for some sort of violation. Will Sweet transfer? Will he be reinstated? Stay tuned … True SGV football veterans will agree that there was a time not long ago that under these circumstances a guy like Sweet and unseated Amat QB Damian Garcia would both be starting for Uncle Greg over at Los Altos next season.
South Pasadena has named Chris “CB” Richards as its new varsity football head coach. He is currently the school’s track and field coach and has been on the football staff in the past.
Richards replaces Marty Konrad, who stepped down earlier this winter and met controversy late in the season when his brother was accused of illegally filming La Canada’s practice, which led to a one-game suspension and a forfeit of the Tigers’ win. The forfeit cost South Pasadena third place in the Rio Hondo League and a berth in the Central Division playoffs.
Glendora QB Matt Fink was named Offensive MVP at Saturday’s Blue Grey All-American Southern California Regional Combine held in Ventura.
Fink is one of the top QB prospects on the West Coast and already has offers from Boise St. and Washington with plenty more likely to come.
The fact Fink can run probably is a huge boost in competition like Saturday’s. But he also has big-time arm strength, something local fans often don’t get to see showcased during the regular season.
Daniel Algattas resigned earlier this week as head coach at Baldwin Park in order to take a promotion at Mt. SAC.
Baldwin Park AD James Heggins, himself a former Braves head coach, said the school has immediately began the search for the next head coach and said the position will be an on-campus position. Heggins also ruled himself out as a candidate.
The Braves were 6-5 under Algattas and finished in the second in the Montview League. Baldwin Park lost in the first round of the playoffs to San Dimas.