Look for Vasquez to terrorize opposing QBs this season off the edge for the Lancers. Hoping he’s something of a Julian Gener-type guy for Amat. Vasquez is a protege of former Los Altos star Brigham Harwell’s Trench Hogs, which is a workout group just for linemen types.
The much-anticipated, much-awaited varsity football career of Angel Verdugo is now back on track at Bonita.
Verdugo is/was thought to be on the verge of being one of the top weapons in the area a couple years ago, but his career has hit some bumps. Last August we reported that he left Bonita for Damien. He didn’t play for the Spartans and is now back at Bonita.
Look for Verdugo to be the Bearcats’ feature back and while it’s hard to say he will fill the void left by Jake Payton, he certainly is capable of having one of the better seasons around … assuming everything goes right.
Damien, Bonita, Monrovia, Santa Fe, South El Monte, Walnut
Bishop Amat, Chino Hills, Villa Park, Pomona, Silverado, Fontana
Arroyo, Northview, Etiwanda, South Hills, Culver City, Peninsula
Valencia, Norco, Glendora, Jurupa Hills, South Torrance, Workman
Charter Oak, Kaiser, Crescenta Valley, Cathedral, Los Osos, Ayala
The open job to be Bishop Amat High School’s next starting quarterback just got more competitive.
Steven Nava, who started at quarterback last season for Rosemead, left the Panthers this week to transfer to Bishop Amat.
Nava threw for 1,199 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games last season as a sophomore. He will join juniors Damien Garcia and Ryder Ruiz in the battle to replace two-year starter Koa Haynes.
Garcia, who was Haynes’ back up last season on the varsity team, appeared to be the favorite this offseason. Meanwhile, Ruiz guided the Lancers’ junior varsity team to a 10-0 record last fall.
Whomever the starting quarterback is, he will have a loaded cast of receivers to work with led by senior Brandon Arconado and juniors Tyler Vaughns and Tre Sidney, who both already have multiple college offers.
Nava’s transfer is just the latest blow to a Rosemead program that last offseason saw two of its top players leave for Cathedral. Sophomore Isiah Ah-Hing, who got playing time last season, will take over as the starter at quarterback.
The Panthers still boast a plethora of returning starters and are many pundits’ early favorite in the Mission Valley League after going 8-3 last season.
Aram’s Take: One Rosemead insider told me that Nava is the best QB in the Valley. Hard to believe that when there’s someone like Glendora’s Matt Fink around. But point taken. They think he’s good. We’ll see if he’s Amat good.
So much for highly touted receiver/defensive back Deseasn Holmes playing for Muir in 2014.
Mustangs head coach John Hardy said via text message that Holmes never joined the Muir football program despite spending the second semester of the school year there after leaving Alemany following last season … you know, because that’s the new thing — to winter at Muir.
Anyway, the LA Times reported on Wednesday that Holmes was back at Alemany and that’s that.
Aram’s Take: Ridiculous. Remember the whole “Muir’s back” craze earlier this year? Well, there goes that. So many people talk all this garbage about being from Dena and yet they’re hopping shuttles to go play private school ball in the San Fernando Valley. It’s hilarious. Holmes and current Mustangs Taeon Mason would have made for a scary duo at receiver. And I don’t know who in the Southeast Division would have ever completed a pass on Muir. Now, it’s just Mason. Which is nice. Still wondering who the heck the QB and RB are, though.
Former Arcadia High School football coach Dick Salter passed away at his Covina home surrounded by his family on Friday. He was 87.
Salter was head coach at Arcadia from 1970-89. In that time he led the Apaches football program to CIF championship game appearances in 1977 and ’78. Prior to Arcadia, he also had a long stint as head coach at Cathedral. Salter later won CIF championships as an assistant coach at Bishop Amat and Upland.
Salter is survived by his sons Tim and Tom, and daughters Linda, Karen and Kathie. Tim Salter is currently the head coach at Upland while Tom Salter recently was an assistant coach at Amat and is now athletic director at Culver City. Salter’s daughter Kathie is the principal at Charter Oak and married to Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Salter was a familiar face at Bishop Amat football games in recent years. He also was close friends with Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar, who used to visit Salter weekly and go over Chargers game films.
“He was a very good friend,” Farrar said Friday night. “It’s been six or eight years that I’ve been visiting him and going over video of our football games. You have to understand, Dick Salter didn’t miss anything. He was still very sharp. He was just a great friend.”
Among the greats Salter coached at Arcadia were NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews and his brother Clay, and former NFL kicker Mike Lansford. Salter served as athletic director at Arcadia from 1974-92. He played both baseball and football at the University of Oregon and Arcadia named its football field Salter Stadium in his honor.
Crescenta Valley beat Bishop Amat to win the Claremont Tournament while Claremont beat Chino Hills in the consolation championship game.
Aram’s Take: Last year, Bishop Amat had arguably its best-ever showing on the summer passing circuit … and the Lancers missed the playoffs. So, I’m not gonna sweat this. Crescenta Valley had a nice offense last year, so this is no surprise. Maybe CV shouldn’t be left out of the Pacific League discussion, which has been dominated by 2013 Southeast Division semifinalists Muir and Burbank.