The Summer of Santiago leads the Super Six

The best report cards over the summer come from coaches who spend their weekends at summer passing leagues, and several I’ve spoke with this week have said the same thing, that Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago and Arroyo’s Steven Rivera have been head and shoulders above the rest. The way Charter Oak’s offensive coordinator Dominic Farrar and Arroyo coach Jim Singiser utilize the two suggest they’re in for monster years too. In fact, I would be surprised if come week seven, eight and nine if Santiago and Rivera aren’t the top two in the Valley in passing yardage and touchdowns because they will be among the leaders in attempts too. There are several other quarterbacks to consider, but here’s my list of the Super Six for 2011.

1. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak – He threw for 2,418 and 21 touchdowns last year and is even more confident and experienced this season. He will probably wind up with over 3,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, but the bigger question is the offensive line and can they win against other good teams in the Sierra. I hope it’s not like a Daniel Kessler situation where you throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns, and then your team is one-and-done in the postseason. But I’m with most observers in that Santiago has been the best QB over the summer and if you had to put your finger on a preseason favorite for player of the year, he’s had the kind of summer that warrants it.

2. Steven Rivera, Arroyo — A coach told me if he could take any quarterback in the Valley, he would take Rivera. He also said if he had the same type of supporting cast that you find at Charter Oak, Bishop Amat, West Covina, etc, etc, it would prove his point even further. No argument here. Rivera’s been under center since he was a freshman, and he’s been good since then. You take Rivera away from Arroyo, they win two, maybe three games. With him, they have a shot at the Mid-Valley Division title. Who is worth more to their team than that?

3. Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat — It will be interesting how they use Ruiz, because RB Jalen Moore is a beast and the most important piece to their offense. They will also have Zach Shay returning and will probably run more than they throw. In terms of total offense, nobody touches Amat, they simply have too many weapons. In terms of talent, give Ruiz 30 attempts a night and he’s among the area passing leaders too. But that won’t happen at Amat.

4. Billy Livingston, Covina — We can’t discount Livingston, in a spread like the Colts, he’s capable of putting up big numbers too. In terms of total offense, Livingston should be among the area leaders with his ability to run the ball, and with options like Vinny Venegas and Geovantray Ainsworth, the Colts’ offense will be among the best in the Valley.

5. Vincent Hernandez, South Hills -- Some will argue he’s as talented as anyone on the list, but like Ruiz, he’s their second option with Jamel Hart returning at RB. The Huskies also do not have the skilled receivers that others teams do, so it will be interesting how many attempts he gets per game. If all-purpose Jamie Canada returns from injuries, the Huskies’ offense will be as balanced as anyone not named Amat.

6. Henry Omana, Diamond Bar – He’s a sleeper in that he had solid numbers as a junior and is with a new coach in Ryan Maine who desperately wants to return Diamond Bar to the area’s elite. On paper, Omana’s size and arm strength make him an intriguing prospect for college coaches. If he has a monster senior year, his stock could fly the roof. I also think Diamond Bar, not Diamond Ranch or Bonita, will be the biggest threat to West Covina in the Hacienda League.

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  • Sierra lookout:

    serious? does anyone know who won the sierra last year? Oh yeah my bad it was Chino Hills…all this talk about everyone else who won the year before last?? Oh yeah Chino Hills…this year is going to be awsome!

  • Amat Bully

    All i wanna say is man them Chargers are looking good and ready for whoever. Santiago deserves the #1 spot he’s by far hands down the best QB on the board in my opinion and obviously Robledo’s to. C.O will own the sierra league from here on out.

  • C.O.

    Charter Oak squares off today agaisnt covina @ 4 oclock @charter oak high school!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2011/06/the-summer-of-s.html paul

    does anyone know when and where South Hills will be throwing in the near future?

  • bonita

    what is status of the bonita qb competition

  • Sayitaintso

    SH @ Amat today!

  • word on cameron

    South Hills throws at Bishop Amat today at 5

  • WHO CARES

    SIERRA LOOKOUT;

    CHINO HILLS, okay you won the league but lost in the playoffs LAST SEASON! and what have you done in the past?

    CIF CHAMPIONS, CHARTER OAK, YES THE PAST IS GOOD!

    So put your league banner up, wow… Doesn’t hold a candle to a plaque.

  • Big Deal

    WHO CARES CO

    Yea a plaque for what, 8 man football? Division 7 is a joke compared to inland.
    Geeeeeeze

  • Pohi

    Livingston running the ball? Are you serious? He has no wheels. If he leaves the pocket with any regularity this fall, he’s in for a short, and painful season.

  • sierra lookout:

    Who cares: I find it funny how you come in to our division and act like you own it when you haven’t even proved you belong here when the only thing you won last year was the coin toss to make it into the playoffs when were sitting pretty waiting ….now I see why your better! I gotta go their are some 6th graders playing football right now I can dominate them and get a ring….haha

  • WHO CARES

    BIG DEAL, here comes the BIG FISH THEORY again. There’s always a bigger fish out there who’s bigger,better,etc.CO could hang with any inland empire team. You come in here like were suppose to wet are pants with the name IE??? Who cares, and my comment is to SIERRA.

    Then you insult us with your stupid comment about 8 man team and div. All you IE people are from our area who couldn’t hang and packed up and move out there. Come on kids, lets move because LA,SGV are getting really bad.LOL…

    PLEASE DON’T DISRESPECT, GEEEEEEEEZE. LOL…

  • WHO CARES

    SIERRA LOOKOUT, go out and play with your little sister. WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING REAL BIG, THEN COME KNOCKING ON THE BOARD! Grow up, six graders,hahahahahahah… Your real original.

  • sierra lookout:

    who cares? Ido! : let me get this correct? we couldnt hang so we packed up and moved to Chino hills or IE?? what a joke the last time i checked the homes had higher value out here then in C Town….yeah you got it Chino hills lost to Corona Centinial the #2 team in our state, do you know how many teams we have in our state? The year before they lost in the semi CIF too it was Upland hats off to them they were GOOD and the year Chino hills lost in the CIF again to Los Osos they were good as well….all i have to say is your not here by choice your here because you were fed to the wolves so you should keep quiet before you get chewed up you lost more games in our league last year then we lost in the past 3 years go figure! You cant ball in the Sierra/Inland/IE there are far too many athletes out here jump around and cheer and celebrate you won a t shirt last week this is our backyard you wish you had a banner that said you won the sierra league but good luck trying to get it theres a whole army of D1 prospects that will make sure you covina boys dont get anything this year not even a coin toss!! WELCOME TO THE SIERRA/INLAND/IE where boys are made into MEN

  • Chino Hills

    who cares? since we are talking about the past who won last year when you played Chino Hills even with the 3 dropped TD passes?? When you actually beat some of our league front runners then talk!! Division 31 doesn’t matter to us but i do like 31 flavors!! keep it coming! have a nice day OVER THERE…

  • NotSince1995

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    These Chino Hills and Sierra people talk like they have won something…!
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    What have you won, exactly…? And if you’re gonna tell me a league patch, don’t waste your time…We don’t hang league patches in the SGV Gyms…!
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    The only reason you live out there with the cows (errr Dairy Farms) is because you couldn’t qualify for a loan to buy a house in Glendora, West Covina, or Walnut…So you moved your 12 family members to Moreno Valley or Pomona Ranch (off of the 71fwy) and shoved them into a 3 bedroom townhouse for $100k. What do you have that you’re so proud of? Smog, Cows, and Meth…? What…?
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    Lets not get it twisted…Enjoy your little league patch from 2010. You don’t have the talent for 2011 and you know it…
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    We all know who you are…
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    Not in 2011 Either…

  • WHO CARES

    Chino HEFERS, Here’s your motto. So close, but NO CIGAR! Just like last year when you lost to CC, and then you starting crying when YOUR COACHES calls were questionable. HHAHAHAHAHAHAHA,

    SAY WHAT YOU WANT ON WHO WE PLAYED ON OUR CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE BOTTOMLINE IS WE WON! So don’t come in here throwing your stones at us.

    BECAUSE BELIEVE THIS, CHINO HILLS DON’T MAKE ARE CLEATS RATTLE.

  • Chino Hills:

    Not since 1995: i dont know where you got your uneducated and ignorant info on our area? First of all i ,moved my family here to get away from the gang banging and curb slanging and it actually cost more than 100k for a home out here what a joke its called hating when you can drive down a street and see people walking and jogging all hours of the night and being able to leave you garage door and car doors unlocked and actually still have a car to get to work in the morning. And the cows and nature are awsome that’s what i paid to see not graffiti walls. Whee did you get the 3 bedroom sensus from i think they have 5 and 6 bedrooms out here do the math i bet you cant find meth out here if you wanted to unlike your hood! i thought we were talking football here but lets get personal now watch what you get started because there are alot of Amat alumni out here too..genius

  • sierra lookout:

    who cares Not since 1959: the stats dont lie! MAX PREPS Chino Hills (national 208) (state 23) Charter Oak (National 1486) (state 131) for not having ever doing anything there sure is a lot of separation between the 2 school but wait a minute maybe they are not counting your bowl rings you have? yeah yeah you guys own our division hahhahaahhaahahahahah Just think in another year they might move you back where you can dominate!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2011/06/the-summer-of-s.html Paul

    word on cameron, thanks i was able to get out there and see the 7 on 7

  • CTOWN

    who saw covina expose CO completly today?

  • Colt74

    :)

  • WHO CARES

    SIERRA LOOK:(AT MY STATS N I BROUGHT OUT MAX PREPS)? OOOOOOO, you brought out the big guns.Go ahead and frame that on your wall. hahaha…

    Come on, is that the best info you got. That’s all you got. Chino hills, tell your son to keep off the computer. Better yet watch some YOU TUBE ON YOUR PAST DEFEATS.

    CRICKET,CRICKET,CRICKET…

  • CHARGER

    and covina will never have made any of those passes if we were in pads cause the whole team would bang on you sorry ass coltss

  • SGV FOOTBALL

    Damn its only passing league, I see Travis as the number 1 but with Rio at a close # 2. Rivera is more of a # 3, thats only my opinion.

  • @ chargers

    Player alert! dont the coaches teach the players to stay off the blogs?

  • the pacific

    Why are you chino hills idiots talking down on the south east division? thats not a weak division so dont knock C.O championships yeah they may have caught the southeast at a vulnerable time when they won it all but here’s the key word they won it all you chino hills dudes have never won anything your season players and choke in the playoffs maybe your in over your heads and if you were in the southeast you wouldn’t had won it either you barely beat a rebuilding C.O team last year and stop it with the dropped pass stuff that’s yo fault he couldn’t catch but win something first before you try to insult former champions and believe me im no C.O fan but this year they’re going to whoop on yall. and if you were in the south east division teams like la mirada, diamond ranch (who has beating you at your best and yes i know yall beat them to) Muir, west covina, and etc…you dudes struggled in a game type scrimmage game against C.V in 2009 i was there they were scoring on you guys as if you wasn’t playing. but believe me those teams will definitely beat you guys not easy but they will win.

  • FYI

    KING OF THE BLOGS!!

    Last 7 post:

    “Robledo on Prep Sports”; 100 replies

    “In the Huddle”; 80 replies

    “On the Sidelines”; 72 replies, last 30 post.

    Too much time on my hands :(

  • just askin’

    after watchin the video on Aram’s blog I’m tryin to decide if Rio is 6’4″ or Santiago is 5’10″? Which is more likely?

  • word on cameron

    @ Paul, How do you think South Hills looked against Bishop?

  • AMAT 73

    How did the contest between AMAT and SH go. Also any feed back on the CO vs Covina . All I know is the Colt74 is smiling so something went Covina’s way.

  • Covina prevailed

    colts looked real good against Bonita and Azusa. In the main event, Chargers v Colts. Colts prevailed in a game filled with pinpoint passing by the colts and a couple of picks by an opportunistic colt defense.

    A good team effort.

  • Colt74

    Best way to describe yesterday afternoon was the Colts looked focused. Granted it was without pads and no one rushing in but wasn’t that the same scenario for the others as well? So all in all yesterday was a fine Colt day, but we all know that all that and $4.95 will get you a Starbucks Frozen Caramel Frappuccino.

    But still……
    :)

  • Dan

    Colt 74,
    Great to hear Covina did well over at Charter Oak yesterday, pretty impressive when I think how good CO looked at the Bonita tournament. Seems like I remember reading on here that you also have a few good linemen returning, something tells me that on Saturday night in week 0 Covina district field will be the place to be, should be one heck of a game.

  • Dan

    I’m also curious on how the Amat vs South Hills passing game went, haven’t heard much of the Huskies lately.

  • Colt74

    Dan,
    Has Solo had chicken pox yet? Knowing would help with my nightly prayers until then…

    discalimer ( If anyone takes that as other that the joke that it is/was meant to be…you are an idiot)

  • player

    Just asking,

    Ruiz is a maybe 6’1″ Santiago is 5’8″-5’9″max. and both can throw the pig skin.

  • NotSince1995

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    Just what I thought…
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    Huskies, all bark and no bite…!
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    What have you won, exactly…? What makes you so proud to Participate in the Inland Division…? You haven’t won nothing and it hurts you to be reminded…! That’s right…
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    You have no athletes for 2011 and you know it…
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    SGV…!
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    Not in 2011 Either…

  • just askin’

    player -thanks. thought it was funny Santiago was listed at 6’0″ on the roster and on the video Ruiz is a good 4″ taller. Something didn’t add up

  • sierra

    not laid since 1959: you got to be kidding!! i didnt respond because you werent worth my time….your a joke….if you actually think chino hills has no talent this year ,well all i have to say is your in for a surprise!! we have our returning O line , and our returning Qb who has prob lost 4-5 games out of 33 starting at the high school, our recievers not one of them participated in the bonita passing comp, we had 2 of them start in the Rancho tourney and won 4 weeks ago, so maybe you better hit the books before you talk trash….just a heads up tomorrow is open mic night at the improv…since you got jokes! keep in mind we have 3000+ kids to pick from, Chino Hills Junior all american is one of the biggest football programs around NO TALENT??

  • sierra

    not awake since 1959: No talent last year either??? i guess its ok for you to make that comment since you have been asleep since 1959….its ok to be a hater…hahaha have you seen our running backs this year?? NOT!! We are loaded this year so get ready…

  • player

    just asking,
    what video are you referring to?

  • just sayin’
  • player

    just saying,

    Thanks bro and great pair of kids. Now will Rio play football?
    Team USA Baseball and a first rounder not a hard one to pick.
    Good luck Rio your a phenomenal kid…

  • just sayin’

    they are both good dudes. I know Rio really, really wants to play both – if everyone lets him. I see him trying to fly around and get it done. I hope he does – it would be a great story and role model for many. we’ll see.

  • player

    just saying,
    You’re absolutely right and I know he wants both.
    Great Kid/Dude!!! for the non Haters July 1 and 2nd at 11am USA baseball 18u baseball network. Support the USA there are many So. Cal Boys on the team…

  • NotSince1995

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    Chino Hills pups…
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    Whu are you avoiding the questions…?
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    Cus the truth hurts…Doesn’t it…? That’s right… LMAO…
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    Not in 2011 Either…
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