Austin Lacy leaves Amat, returns to Pasadena; Wallace Gonzalez debut comes next week

By Fred J. Robledo
Bishop Amat learned last week that senior linebacker Austin Lacy, also a standout on the basketball team, transferred back to Pasadena High, which he attended in 2008. Lacy, who battled a life-threatening virus in March that affected his heart, is healthy again. But his father, Darryl, said because his son missed so much school due to his illness, he needed to return to a public school to make up his grades.


Bishop Amat (3-0) senior wide receiver Wallace Gonzalez will sit out his final game against undefeated Damien (2-0) on Friday at Kiefer Stadium. The 6-foot-5 receiver left Glendora after its season opener in 2009, citing chemistry issues with the team.

Gonzalez enrolled at Bishop Amat, where his sister attends school but his hardship transfer request was denied, forcing him to sit out a year.

In Gonzalez’s last full season as a sophomore, he had 64 receptions for 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the Tartans in receiving.

Damien coach Greg Gano will make his first trip to Bishop Amat since 1986, when he was an assistant for Los Altos coach Dewayne DeSpain in a loss to the Lancers and star running back Eric Bieniemy.

After the Spartans’ 35-0 victory over Chaffey, Gano knows a victory at Bishop Amat would be the shot in the arm his program is seeking.

“What I learned about them last year is they don’t make mistakes, they’re an extremely disciplined football team,” said Gano, who is in his second season at Damien. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was a huge opportunity for our program and our coaching staff, but you can’t get caught up in that.

“I’m happy with what we’ve done the first weeks of the season. Our kids are playing their butts off and they’re working hard..”

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  • Unreal…

    I thought Wallace made his debut this friday? I was really looking forward to watching him play on friday.

  • Joe Amat

    Not picking nits, but remember the time vividly. Los Altos came to Amat in 1985 during Don Markham’s sole season as Lancer head coach. That years team finished the regular season 10-0, a feat repeated the following season in Mark Parades first year at the helm.

    I still contend that may have been the Lancers most talented team ever despite the 2nd round loss to Eisenhower,

  • Amat Dude

    I was there in 1986 sitting on the Los Altos side because our side was jammed pack. Eric Bieniemy ran all over the Congs. It was a humiliating defeat for Los Altos. And I even heard DeSpain say that he will never play Amat again!

  • Joe Amat

    Amat dude,

    When you wrote that I thought for a second I was wrong – but I was mistaken. I was 100% correct.

    Ask yourself… “who was the QB and who was the coach that game?”

    1985 – Amat 33 – Los Altos 6 ; QB – Rick Carter, HC – Don Markham
    (also shut out Los Altos 14-0 in Jim Patricio’s final season the year before)
    1986 – Los Altos not on Amat’s schedule; QB – JR Phillips, HC – Mark Parades

  • Years Ago

    That Fall of 85′ team Bishop Amat Team was good.
    Alot played at Mt. S.A.C. the following fall with current WC coach Mike Maggiore.

    Great Players like, Jack Montes, Pat Patterson, and Rick Carter just to name a few. SAC was struggling in those days. The Bishop Amat players were really confused and angry with a lot of the teammates; specifically how easily they accepted a defeat.

  • Stay focused

    Good Luck to Austin and family. Hope things work out for the best.

  • FLOAT N FAN

    TO AUSTIN AND HIS FAMILY I WISH YOU WELL. AS FAR AS WALLACE GONZALEZ GOES I’M SURE HE’S READY TO CONTRIBUTE TO AMAT. TAKES A LOT OF CHARACTER TO GO PRACTICE EVERY DAY AND STILL KNOW YOU WON’T BE PLAYING. THE PAST IS THE PAST AND THAT CHAPTER (GHS) IS DONE. ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS BIG GUY. NEVER LOOK BACK AND STAY FOCUSED. TO YOU I WISH SUCCESS AND WE ALL KNOW YOU WILL HELP OUT THE BIG BLUE AND GOLD. GO AMAT!

  • Amat Dude

    Joe Amat,

    I stand corrected 1985 it was. Great year for Amat football.

    To Austin and his Family, good luck in your endeavors. It was exciting to watch you, Juarez and Bowens protect the middle. The Amat family will miss you.

  • All Heart

    One player who really stands out from that 1985 team is LB Ramon Diaz. Diaz was undersized as was his brother Rigo a few seasons earlier but he played like a champion. Diaz was like another coach out on the field. Diaz exemplifies what Amat football is all about. It doesn’t matter the size of the dog in the fight, what matters is the size of the fight in the dog.

  • Shogun

    Joe Amat I agree with you about that ’86 team that loss to Eisenhower in the 2nd round. Eisenhower’s team had a lot of players sign D1 scholarships that year and some that went on to play in the NFL. I doubt anyone on the ’92 Cubs or ’92 Sylmar team played in the NFL. Either way the #1 team ever for Amat has to go to the ’92 team just because they pulled off the unimaginable 15-0 season! Lol

  • Joe Amat

    Shogun,

    ’92 was a great team. That’s why I was careful to ay “most talented” instead of best team. With Bieniemy, Royster, Auzeene, Fraley, Pace, Phillips, etc that team was stacked