Bonita High looking for revenge in Smudge Pot

By Aram Tolegiansmudge
It’s go time for the Bonita High School football team.
The Bearcats begin preparations for the 2013 season this morning and will have another practice this afternoon. Bonita is just one of several local teams to begin practicing this week for the upcoming season, but the Bearcats are different in that arguably their biggest game of the season is the first when they take on rival San Dimas on Aug. 29 in the annual Smudgepot game at Citrus College.

“As far as game planning for San Dimas, we need to take care of ourselves first,” second-year Bonita head coach Adrian Medrano said.

Bonita has precious few questions as far as job battles. Quarterback is settled with senior Tanner Diebold entering his third varsity season. The defense looks to be one of the better stop units in the area with veterans Thomas Loy, Noah Montoya and Christian McQueen all back.

The Bearcats do have to replace standout running back Reggie Turner, who had a banner senior season in 2012. The heir apparent was thought to be talented junior Angel Verdugo, who was Turner’s primary backup last season. But Verdugo has left the program and is expected to transfer to nearby Damien.

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