“He’s not as athletic and doesn’t move around as well as Chad Jeffries (Glendora) or Michael Ball (Rowland), but he makes good reads. It looks like he’s a smart kid, who makes good decisions. He plays with a lot of confidence and can throw the ball all over the field.” -- West Covina coach Mike Maggiore on Bonita QB Garrett Pendleton.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore has seen the tapes and now it’s time for he and his staff to figure out a way to stop undefeated Bonita in Friday’s Hacienda League showdown. “Offensively, they are very balanced,” Maggiore said of the Bearcats’ offense, which is averaging 37 points per game. “Most high school teams have one go-to guy, but Bonita seems like they all take turns. That makes it tough to defend.”
The Bearcats (7-0) have flown up the local rankings despite key injuries and a tough schedule. Bonita got star quarterback Garrett Pendleton back from a hairline fracture in his arm after the senior missed the first four games of the season.
Pendleton has thrown 10 touchdown passes in his first three games back, and Maggiore says he rates favorably with other good quarterbacks the Bulldogs have seen this season.
“He’s not as athletic and doesn’t move around as well as Chad Jeffries (Glendora) or Michael Ball (Rowland), but he makes good reads,” Maggiore said of Pendleton. “It looks like he’s a smart kid, who makes good decisions. He plays with a lot of confidence and can throw the ball all over the field.”
As good as Bonita’s been, West Covina is enjoying a stellar season in its own right. The Bulldogs are 6-1, with the loss coming after a late-game meltdown against Covina (7-1) in Week 0.
West Covina has wins over Glendora and Venice, and is also unbeaten in league with routs of Walnut, Rowland and Los Altos.
“They have to contend with us, too, so it’s not going to be easy for either of us,” Maggiore said. “Our team is built around being physical and it’s no secret we like to run the ball.
“They’ve played some pretty good teams and scored on everyone. They beat Claremont, who looks like it will win the Sierra League. It’s one of those games where as a coach you’re excited because it’s not just great competition, but because there’s a great coach on the other sideline.”