“We have one week to have an advantage on somebody like this without having any film (of us) exist. Hopefully, Charter Oak hasn’t found anything from the Northview years. (Charter Oak defensive coordinator) Roger Lehigh does a great job and he’s a big proponent of having film, so when he doesn’t have any film he gets frustrated. After next week, everybody will know what we’re going to do, but they (Charter Oak) don’t need any help.” — Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
As the Glendora High School football team’s Mayor’s Trophy game with Charter Oak nears, new Tartans coach Todd Quinsey is giving nothing away about his team the Chargers can plan for. Most area teams with Week 0 games scrimmage Friday night, but the Tartans will be sitting at home. And that’s just how Quinsey wants it.
“We have one week to have an advantage on somebody like this without having any film (of us) exist,” Quinsey said. “Hopefully, Charter Oak hasn’t found anything from the Northview years.
“(Charter Oak defensive coordinator) Roger Lehigh does a great job and he’s a big proponent of having film, so when he doesn’t have any film he gets frustrated. After next week, everybody will know what we’re going to do, but they (Charter Oak) don’t need any help.”
The Tartans visit Charter Oak on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
By Fred J. Robledo
Injured combo back Zach Shay dressed for Bishop Amat’s CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division first-round playoff game against Tesoro last November, but it was more disguise than a real shot at playing time. After injuring his right ankle more than a month earlier, he still couldn’t plant and cut on it.
“I asked coach to put me in, but I knew it wasn’t happening,” Shay said. “It wasn’t easy standing there knowing you can’t help.”
Tesoro ended Bishop Amat’s season with a 31-21 win, a bitter ending considering the Lancers started 9-0 before losing the Serra League title game to Alemany, 38-30, and its playoff opener a week later.
“You always wonder what would have happened if I didn’t get hurt,” Shay said. “But you can’t dwell on it. We’ve got a new season and an opportunity to make it right.”
A year ago at this time there was plenty of talk in the Valley about how big of a season awaited Baldwin Park High School’s football team.
This year, not so much, but that’s how Braves coach James Heggins likes it.
“I consider it to be something that we look at as a challenge,” Heggins said of the lack of attention his team is getting. “Most people who have played us in consecutive years know that when you line up against Baldwin Park, you better be ready to play some football. All those people who don’t know what we’re about and really don’t care to find out, we’ll be ready to go out there and show them what we’re all about. And we’re not going anywhere.”
By Aram Tolegian
Any fears about Arroyo’s running game taking a hit with the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Mikey Vasquez have been somewhat calmed since the Knights put the pads on and junior Peter Aholoka has been running wild in practice. Aholoka showed signs that he was going to be a good ball carrier throughout the offseason and has driven the point home since the Knights got into full gear.
South Hills coach Steve Bogan confirmed that senior lineman Ben Kane lost his state appeal to play football for the Huskies. Kane, who transferred from Bishop Amat to South Hills in the spring, lives in the Northview school district. He enrolled at South HIlls and filed a hardship transfer request, but was denied by CIF-Southern Section officials. Kane’s family then appealed to a CIF-state panel board, but were denied again on Tuesday.