La Serna’s “Frankie Football” returns for first time since “The Pass” at Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star football game

WHAT: 35th Annual Hall of Fame All-Star Senior Football game
WHERE: West Covina High School
WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WHO: East vs. West (Rosters posted by clicking the thread)
palmerBy Aram Tolegian
The last time local fans saw Frankie Palmer on a football field, he was throwing the biggest pass in La Serna High School history.

That was early December and the memories still burn bright. Palmer connected with Matthew Rosales on a 19-yard touchdown pass on fourth down in double overtime to beat Norwalk, 41-38, and win the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship.

Talk about a dream ending to a stellar career. On Friday night, Palmer will be back in game uniform for the first time since “The Pass” when he leads the East team in the 35th Hall of Fame All-Star game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday at West Covina High.

“I talk about that play with Matt Rosales all the time,” Palmer said while thinking back to the pass that made him a local legend. “It couldn’t have gone any worse throughout the game to make it any better of an ending. If I decide not to play in college, I would be totally happy with the way my career ended.”

And that’s the conundrum for Palmer as he prepares for Friday’s game. Like many of his teammates, this might be his last game. Some will go on to play high-level college football. Others will try to extend their playing days at a community college. For many, Friday is it and Palmer doesn’t know what his future holds.

Aaron Jamieson, Pomona

: Mike Hobbie
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