John “Nut And Honey” Honell says Paraclete, San Dimas will be over quick

Johny “Nut and Honey” Honell, one of our favorite and longtime Tribune correspondents, has a few thoughts to share on the Mid-Valley title game and other stuff..
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My only prediction for the San Dimas – Paraclete Mid-Valley Championship game is, it will be over early.
Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia told me “when you throw the ball, three things can happen and two of them are bad.” (shades of Woody Hayes)
Couple that philosophy with the Saints’ “Wing Z” offense and the clock is going to keep moving. Get there early and keep your eyes open. (think Black Friday at Wal-Mart)

In the late 90’s I covered a few games for the Pasadena Star News.
Pat Haden’s son, Ryan, played high school football at Pasadena Poly and might have had the best hands of any wide receiver in the area. He didn’t have breakaway speed but, it was certainly a lot better than his dad’s. Getting a chance to talk with Pat while he was sitting in the “grass bleachers” at Poly was always fun plus, I finally got a chance to complain about him throwing the Tribune onto my roof instead of onto my driveway.
I ran into him a few years later when he was an “unpaid assistant” at Bosco Tech. (helping out a friend) The following year the head coaching job at the school became vacant. I understand it was not offered to Haden.

Speaking of coach “O,” he is one of the best college football recruiters in the country. Back in the day he made a few visits to the San Gabriel Valley to look for prospects. I don’t know how many kids he recruited but he certainly had the coaches ready to suit up. I’d pay to see it (not much) but, I don’t think Steve Bogan trying to cover Lou Farrar, or vice versa, on a post pattern would fill the Coliseum.

I don’t have an opinion about the Steve Sarkisian hire at USC, Pat Haden is a pretty smart guy (even if he didn’t get the Bosco Tech job) so I’m sure it will all be fine at USC. We’ll know for sure if we see Cher, (nee Sarkisian) doing the half-time shows. I’m not sure if that would be nepotism but, they are related. (If she sings one of my favorites, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” would it be a sign that a lot of players are leaving for the NFL?) All bets are off if the Trojan song girls start dressing like her. It would shock the Puritan minds of L.A. to see cheerleaders dressed in skimpy costumes.

It appears the CIF has gotten into the handicapping game and they aren’t very good at it. (wait until you see the “top 16” basketball division) The Montview and Sierra Leagues are good examples
of playoff divisions should be set up by enrollment and geography, Period. Schools in the same league could even play in different divisions. (they do in basketball, how hard can it be?). If some teams aren’t good enough, don’t complain, work harder and get better.

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  • New York

    This has the makings to be a great game between two very well-coached and well-prepared teams. Paraclete will not have the home field advantage with their extra coaches running the chain gang, but they will still have their tough linemen and skill guys hitting hard out on the field.

    Last year, San Dimas was able to move the ball very effectively against Clete early on, but then SD went flat/Paraclete disrupted them. Let’s see what happens this year. Maybe this matchup will become another good divisional rivalry.

    I will be cheering for Paraclete, because I always prefer that my team lost to the champ, rather than the second place team. However, I do wish San Dimas all the best.

    • Steve Ramirez

      I didn’t see any problems with the chain gang…except for the guy wearing USC gear noticing by UCLA jacket. :)

    • AZTEC PRIDE

      New York, you just didn’t say you want Paraclete to win? What the… LOL… Hope San Dimas goes out there and wins BIG! Rooting for you SAINTSR4REAL! Get this!!!

      • New York

        Hey buddy. I explained why. Admittedly, I am torn, because I am a homer and always like to see our local teams do well. When Monrovia loses, I always want it to be at the hands of a top team.