Bonita’s Angel Verdugo thankful for a second chance as Bearcats on verge of title game

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Angel Verdugo is thankful for one thing in particular this Thanksgiving: a second chance.
Verdugo, the Bonita High School football team’s star running back was almost the latest chapter in the sad ongoing story about talented players whose off-the-field problems keep them from ever realizing their on-field potential.
“There were a lot of times that I lost a lot of sleep wondering what was going to happen with this kid,” Bonita head coach Adrian Medrano said. “There were a lot of times when I was very concerned.”

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  • Lower La Verne

    A lot of people like to speak negatively about Medrano and Aram is one of the first to point it out while defending him at the same time. The truth of the matter is that I’ve seen this young man do many things for the kids he works with and stick his neck out for them constantly without ever looking for an award…
    There are a lot of people out there who look to call Medrano a terrible coach and only look out for their kid’s playing time as a result of how Bonita’s coach is doing. Those close to the program can think of at least one person who stopped supporting the program because he was personally offended.
    I can’t find a staff who cares more about my kid’s well being than Bonita’s. How many other coaching staffs stay in all weekend to prepare for their opponent? I once asked a staff member why they do it and his response was that the kids deserve to have coaches who will be prepared….
    Coach Medrano has worked very hard for these kids and I know my kid has reaped the benefits, not from football but from life. I think we’re all glad that some of those sour apples have quit or either left the program. It was better for you and for us!