Football: Who is the top quarterback in the area?


LEADER OF THE PACK?: St. Paul’s Paul Telles is one of the area’s top returning quarterbacks. (Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)

Hi all: I thought while I’m busy putting together the team pages for our 2012 PrepXtra football preview magazine, I would put up this poll of who the top quarterback in the area is. We have some good ones who return after very strong 2011 seasons. Who knows, I may go with who you decide for the 2012 quarterback of the preseason All-Area team.
Here’s a brief look at each candidate. You can vote one time for any of the four candidates, or vote for your own:

Frankie Palmer, La Serna: The junior accounted for just over 2,200 yards and 23 touchdowns in leading La Serna to the CIF-SS Southeast championship game last season. He threw for 1,677 yards and 16 TDs.
Timony Walsh, Cantwell: The senior threw for 2,008 yards and 24 TDs, leading the Cardinals to the second round of the divisional playoffs.
Paul Telles, St. Paul: The senior threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 16 TDs for the Swordsmen, who finished 7-3.
Gerry Myres, La Mirada: The senior threw for 1,685 yards and 15 TDs in leading the Matadores to the Suburban League title and a trip to the divisional semifinals.
Sean Sparling, La Habra: The senior threw for 1,556 yards and 17 TDs in leading the Highlanders to Freeway League title and a trip to the divisional semifinals.

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  • Steely Don

    Hands down, Frankie Palmer. The kid has size, humility, and was the key factor in keeping West Covina from reaching the 100 point threshold.

  • SP

    Paul Telles, St. Paul: might not be the QB this year. Or at least the starter. Nothing is given, all is earn.

  • Matadores All The Way

    Gerry Myers from La Mirada is The Man. He will lead the Matadores to the promised land this year!

  • http://msn.com SP Dad

    Telles, stronger league competition

  • anony

    junor DJ could be SP’s qb, he has played at a number of schools.

  • Steely Don

    I don’t know guys…take another look at Palmer and tell me you don’t see the next Peyton Manning. I’m as sure of this as I am that Mahlstede deserved Coach of the Year for the entire area last year.

  • Area Football Fan

    So you so called SP fans are telling us that a QB that is getting recruited by the Ivy’s and threw for almost 2000 yards in a run oriented offense last year is not going to be your QB and the season is only 45 days away?

    From what I’m hearing your team and entire organization is in disarray right now. Better start getting your sh** together or it is going to be a long season.

  • SP

    DJ’s moma as Albert “red” moma is in a faniscy world. qb and db is settle.even before these new transfers.

  • Swordsmen

    Please Area Football Fan, a kid who cant pass the Cal-SATs, like SPs baseball player two years ago, NYYs, cant go beyond Cal.
    Our State University standard is high, however passable.

    Many HS football team will have long seasons. How many SP fights has your team had in your passing competitions?

  • Area Football Fan

    @SP…WTF are you trying to say? Can you translate that into a language we can all understand?

  • Carson

    The only thing that kept West Covina from 100 is the game was over by the end of the 1st qtr. They didn’t need to do any more damage. At least La Mirada stayed with them for 3 quarters.

  • SP

    @ Area Football Fan, think bro, the new transfers are gonna take every spot. So .WTF, new qb, and the rest. St Paul is on a closure.

  • Area Football Fan

    @Swordsmen:

    Do they teach you guys to speak nonsensically at SP.

    Let me see if I can figure this out…..

    1) The player you are referring to got a $650,000 signing bonus. So he didn’t pass the SAT…big deal. And what does that have to do with this conversation

    2) SP fights? You mean the one that broke out during the passing league last week or the ones that happen on a weekly basis on the campus? Again, what does that have to do with this conversation?

    And my team? One of the best in the area for the last decade and one that will deliver an a** whooping on you guys.

  • Regional Football Fan

    What SP’s trying to say is, he really, really likes you. But seriously, this disarray stuff sometimes works, like it did for the old Raiders teams. A football team is not an experiment in sensitivity, it’s about VIOLENCE, so Assante’s got things cooking right.

  • Hum

    People like you have gone astray with reality at St Paul. SP is trash and ghetto!

  • come on

    Paul Telles wont be SPs qb.

  • The Pit

    @Sp & swordsmen.

    I’m speechless…For heaven’s sake kids, I pray your not students or alums, you guys are idiots. What happened mommy didn’t breast feed you.

    The kid(telles) has a 4.0 Gpa and headed to IVY league school…u boneheads will be living with your parents until say, your 30s.

  • SP Parent

    Paul is going to be the QB. He’s actually doing quite well at practice he looks real good and will get better as practice moves forward. The new running back Scoby is fierce he is really amazing to watch and this is just practice. Asante is building a solid program and the kids all seem to be gelling together and having fun at practice. To call the school trash and ghetto is that because Asante is black & has brought in high profile black athletes to help improve the football program?? If that’s the case racism should not play a part at all. This is high school football stop trashing the kids trashing the program trashing the Coach who has a winning record which includes beating Mater Dei twice you all sound worst than kids.

  • FFan

    @Sp Parent…how’s ur Defense???

  • Regional Football Fan

    Winning will make the St Paul campus seem cleaner and the critics more color blind.

  • Steely Don

    Will there be a Tournament of Champions this year over at the Jack Mahlstede field of dreams?

  • Steve Ramirez

    Yes, Steely Don, there will be a Tournament of Champions. As soon as I get the info from Santa Fe, I will post it.

  • Steely Don

    Thanks very much for the TOC information Steve, and since you’ve been kind enough with this tidbit, allow me to announce that Santa Margarita’s ace QB Johhny Stanton has just announced his college choice: he will play for Nebraska. If I were the Huskers (and had my choice), I’d go for Connor Manning of El Toro…that guy plays in the spread like PEYTON Manning. Oh well, Stanton’s awesome too.

  • SP’s Bad Seeds

    What gives SP a bad reputation isn’t the new coach or transfers, it is the few parents who are unemployed and do nothing but complain about the good works the other volunteer parents put in and give all the good people at the school a bad reputation. The sad part is some of these bad apples do not even have a kid that goes to the school anymore but they are still hanging around like Al Bundy and Fonzi. Others have kids that start fights on the field and in school. Private school is a business. We understand that in order to stay in business you need customers. With less than 600 students, SP needs all the bodies it can get. Unfortunately, one-third of the student bodies SP admits into the school can’t get accepted into any other private school. Heck, public school may not even want some of them. Unless the administration wise up and understand that for every desperate attempt to admit or keep a bad seed, the school will lose five to ten good students, the school will always have a dark cloud hanging over it, never get better, and will have a reputation as being ghetto and trash. BTW, Telles is a two year returning starter and will remain a starter, anyone who disagrees will have to wait till next year.

  • SP Parent

    @FFan:
    The defense is really looking SOLID. Of course there is always work to do and everyday you get better but they are looking good.

  • News – North of BP, East of SFS, West of La Habra & South of Whittier

    Ok, all the qb here are good. But Ours (la mirada) has added over 45 lbs since last season(around 205-210 range) . Our weight training program is working.

  • News – North of BP, East of SFS, West of La Habra & South of Whittier

    Ok, all the qb here are good. But Ours (la mirada) has added over 45 lbs since last season(around 205-210 range) . Our weight training program is working.

  • FFan

    @SP Parent

    Im glad to hear that only because SP known for their tough defense…I also heard ur DB’s are fast and strong…
    Didn’t hear to much about ur line…good luck this season.

    I hope u destroy Dei and servite.

  • The Pit

    @ compass…Mapquest!

    Im glad to hear about ur QB,also about Coach Avina, he’s a great coach and motivator. I don’t care what people think it’s going to be a tough game for either side.

    Good luck this season…KICK Habra azz this yr.

  • News

    @The Pit
    We are really looking forward to the StPaul game , have lots of family coming to town to see that one. And about Coach Avina, (again THANK YOU StPaul) , he’s a very good coach. We’ll do our best against La Habra, and Hopefully show you guys how to beat them.

  • Ho Hum

    @ Hum
    Can you please explain your definition of “Ghetto”? I’m just curious.
    Also – out of curiosity, of course – can you share with me where you (or your kids) attend high school locally?
    I’m (again) just curious since I’m sure you have some examples of your own personal experiences to support your comment. “Own personal experiences” refers to things maybe you being a student at one time, etc., and NOT referring to examples of what your bestfriend’s cousin who knows this guy who went there but got kicked out for having failing grades and a disrespectful demeanor. I’m sure there are many instances you could cite that have occurred at the school, but again, first-hand experiences that YOU witnessed with your own two eyes. This school is not without it’s bad seeds, but is ANY school? Kids will be kids and do some stupid things from time to time, but name a school that DOESN’T have problems and I’m sure someone out there can provide a juicy tidbit on it too. And if you choose not disclose your school, that’s fine. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard any parent from any school say the school was perfect, have you?

  • http://msn.com SP Dad

    Telles had thrown well against legit D1 talent… Better speed, size, and talent…

  • Fondo Del Rio

    There’s no sense in pointing out who does better against better competition to these people. All these Del Rio folks believe there is no better competition outside the mighty mighty Riverrrr. Most don’t understand the difference between a division 1 program and a division 7 program. LS got SMOKED against the best their division has to offer; don’t get me wrong though, that Wes Co team was phenomenal.

    Hey, Steve-
    Maybe you should’ve put some criteria in your poll like-
    Who’s the best in their respective leagues in the WDN (primarily Del Rio) area?
    Who’s the best based on the competition they face?
    Who’s the best based on their supporting cast?

    I’m not knocking your poll since you get paid for these things and I don’t, I’m just saying its slightly limited in those aspects. It’s a kin to a boxer with a 12-0 record, wanting the big fight but not having any quality wins against any notable opponents to get a shot at the belt. Heck, I’ll even throw in the one bout against a notable opponent and getting pummeled.

  • prep fan

    Steve, I agree with Fondo…Clearly SP plays in a higher caliber league. Should that QB be on TOP of the list??????? Maybe so. Something to consider

  • Whittier Area Fan

    Sparling, Telles and Myres all face each other at the beginning of the season. The results of those games will tell us who is #1.

    Personally, I’d take any one of those 3 to lead my team. All good kids and great QB’s.

    Walsh and Palmer are fine QB’s but their teams don’t play at the same level as the other 3.

  • BAD ANALOGY

    @Ho Hum

    That’s your excuse? “Kids will be kids and do stupid things from time to time.” NO, I don’t witness every single incident that happens at my school. Do you witness every single incident at St. Paul? It’s okay to say “yes” and admit you’re a live on campus janitor…I apologize for my PC, custodian. How many school do you know that would allow a student back on campus that has been involved in at least ten fights in two years? The latest was captured on video camera that he was planning to post on YouTube until he got his butt kicked by a Freshmen. How many school would allow drinking across the street, parents go to the football games drunk, get on the sideline and fight with the coaches and security? The school treat this as normal behavior. How many private Catholic school do you know where kids get in fights every day? I would rather send my kids to La Mirada, La Habra, Warren, Cal High, etc. Those public schools offer better facilities, academics, administration, security, and a safer environment for the students for FREE. Why is it many of your top football players don’t get offers? Is it because they can’t score an 800 on their SAT? Is it true half the teachers at St. Paul don’t have a teaching credential? This means they are not qualified to teach at a public school yet they are teaching at a private Catholic school. I can go on and on, with drugs and stealing being a big problem on campus but I think you would rather I don’t do that. Here is my own definition of “Ghetto”, people who make poverty line wages that are attracted by slum conditions and enjoy acting uncivilized in civilized situations. I hope you’re proud of the reputation St. Paul is giving to the community. In my own personal opinion, giving it’s condition and reputation, St. Paul is lucky to have 586 coed students when the front gate should have been boarded up a long time ago.

  • Ho Hum

    Did I say the school was perfect, Rich?

    Then I’ll tell you what – give me the name of the PERFECT school in the area that doesn’t have drugs, fights, poverty-wage families, bad coaching, and underperforming students and is FREEEEEE! That’s ALL I was saying! I wasn’t defending the school, I was simply saying its no worse. If your head isn’t in the clouds, it must be up your butt!

  • BAD ANALOGY

    @Ho Hum

    We can’t understand your response. A St. Paul grad no doubt. I believe I addressed most of your points in my previous post. Now learn to read, if you’re capable of posting a meaningful post, I’ll be happy to address it.

  • Ho Hum

    How about YOU answer my one question, Rich?

    Can you name ONE school in the area that DOESN’T that doesn’t have drugs, doesn’t have fights, doesn’t have poverty-wage families, doesn’t have bad coaching, and doesn’t have underperforming students and is FREEEEEE! That’s ALL I’m asking.

    How are your camps coming along?

  • Once a Swordsman…

    Hey HO HUM and BAD ANALOGY, what do your comments have to do with the question at hand? Who’s the top QB in the area? Ok so all of us, now, know BAD ANALOGY you hate SP. So why not just answer the question asked. Who’s the top QB in the area? I like Paul Telles myself. He’ll be a three year starter who has had success against really good competition, including La Mirada. Palmer hasn’t faced that kind of opponents. Plus Telles is being looked at by Princeton (Ivy League) as a student not a football player. Personally, I hope all these QBs have great seasons. Of course, I hope Myers doesn’t start until his second game.

  • Ho Hum

    @ Once A Swordsman – I hear you. Forgive for me for sending this is in the other direction. I just get tired of miserable people who don’t recognize their ignorance due to blind hatred.
    But to answer your question, Swordsman – based on competition and his numbers- Telles. Playing in the Mission League against the likes of Serra, St. Francis, Chaminade and Cathedral can’t be compared to the Del Rio and the likes of Pioneer, Santa Fe, Whittier, El Rancho and Cal Hi. However, I wish all these fine young men, including those local QBs not in this poll, from all their respective schools a healthy, successful season.

  • Once a Swordsman…

    @ HO HUM, I agree. I haven’t seen Palmer play, but people I trust tell me he’s very good. I think you have to give Telles an edge because of his experience and the superior competition he’s played against. Including two wins over a very good La Mirada program. This years game will be tougher because Rich Avina is the new D coordinator for the Matadores. I believe this will be a tough game for either squad to win. It will be fun though.

  • Ho Hum

    To boot, Telles got his numbers in only 10 games. That’s four games less than Palmer, three games less than Myres, three games less than Sparling and two games less than Walsh.

    If only their DC last year had made good calls and had players in position to stop the opposing offenses maybe Telles would have had an extra game or two to pad his numbers.

  • La Serna

    @ Once a Swordsman

    What. [Plus Telles is being looked at by Princeton (Ivy League) as a student not a football player.] [Again a lie]

    How many times have weve been told on the great expectations of a student who it turns out to be a lie at SP?

    The baseball player a couple of years ago who ended up with a NYY farm team, Now the final destination is great but what were told his total HS career at SP that Loyola College and other large schools were offering him scholarships.

    I hope this one is true!!!

  • Once a Swordsman…

    @La Serna. It is true. Telles took a trip to Princeton about 2 to 3 weeks ago. As far as the baseball player goes he did have and accepted an offer to attend Loyola, but the Yankees came along and offered a big signing bonus. Which he took. He’s now working his way up the Yankee system. Telles has a 4.0+ GPA with mostly honors classes.Believe me when I tell you that you don’t go to an Ivy League school because of it’s football program. But I know you don’t believe me because you accused me of lying. Now I’ve given Palmer nothing but respect here. You really shouldn’t call someone a liar that you don’t know. By the way that’s Loyola University not College.

  • BAD ANALOGY

    @ Once a Swordsmen
    Just so everyone is on the same page, Telles attended a football camp at Princeton. It wasn’t a recruiting trip. Anyone that plays football was welcomed to attend. You could have gone too if you have any college eligibility remaining.

    @ Ho Hum
    Please get your facts straight. What games were you watching last year? The defense didn’t lose the games to St. Francis or Serra, it was the offensive play calling. Everyone knew even though Visko Ancich was the OC, he was over ruled many times by the legendary coach A. Having a deflected pass ran back for a TD + calling power 36 when it was 4th and 1/2 on a muddy field when the entire stadium knew he was calling that play were what killed us against St. Francis. When he finally decided to let Telles roll out against Serra, St. Paul scored 2 TDs in less than seven minutes but it was a little too late.

    You guys have no clue what’s going on at your own school, do you?

  • Once a Swordsman…

    @ BAD ANALOGY You didn’t read anything, from me, talking down last seasons defense. Coach Avina and his defensive staff did a great job last season. What you wrote about the St. Francis and Serra games is true. I was on the side line for that play against St. Francis and saw it all play out in front of me. Telles may very well attend Princeton and it will be for his scholastic achievement, not his football skills and he will do very well there. Hopefully you will wish him well. But let’s get back to the question at hand. Who do you think is the top QB in the area?

  • Ho Hum

    So from your intimate knowledge of things going on, I was right that Bad Anal(ogy) is probably a disgruntled, you’re-not-a-head-coach-like-you-think-you-are kinda guy. Aren’t you? Let me sucker you into another question, Rich – how many points is St. Paul going to put up against your defense at La Mirada?
    No teaching job for you at El Rancho either, huh? Why don’t you just resign instead of coming on these these blogs and trashing the school you teach at? I hope the administration is reading this too. If not maybe someone should let them know. You’re a cancer.

  • BAD ANALOGY

    @ Once a Swordsmen
    I am with you. I do wish Telles the best as a student. Hopefully, he will get into his dream school. As for who is the best in the area, I don’t think you can include Telles simply because he doesn’t project into the next level. Since he probably won’t play beyond high school, you have to consider one of the others that can project into a college quarterback. Cruel but a reality.

    @ Ho Hum
    Things are never as they appear. The man who got the job isn’t always the best man for the job. You will learn the difference the hard way at St. Paul. I hope St. Paul makes the playoff because of the kids so I hope you do well. As for your other question, I think you have assembled a fine team. I just hope La Mirada’s defense can keep up. As for being a cancer, look within your program and tell me you can honestly say there isn’t people within it that wants you out. Compare to them, I am just a bug bite.

  • Once a Swordsman…

    @BAD ANALOGY, I don’t use that as a criteria. What we’re talking about is the top high school QB. That’s the way I’m looking at the question, but we’re all allowed to use the criteria we choose.

  • Area Fan

    I’ve seen Telles a few times and he is agreat athlete playing QB. He will be a fine QB this season and will probably play ball at a D1AA or D2 school. As for Palmer I saw him vs La Mirada and West Covina and I was not impressed. I am not saying he is not a good QB but he plays vs weaker competition and doesnt do much in the big games. He looks to be 5’6 maybe 5’7 at best. I believe he has more QB skills but his size will be a major deterrent definitely a D3 type player. JMO Best of luck to all the players this upcoming season.

  • Area Fan

    I’ve seen Telles a few times and he is agreat athlete playing QB. He will be a fine QB this season and will probably play ball at a D1AA or D2 school. As for Palmer I saw him vs La Mirada and West Covina and I was not impressed. I am not saying he is not a good QB but he plays vs weaker competition and doesnt do much in the big games. He looks to be 5’6 maybe 5’7 at best. I believe he has more QB skills but his size will be a major deterrent definitely a D3 type player. JMO Best of luck to all the players this upcoming season.

  • Joe Dankert

    I like the comments concerning who can play at the next level…scholarship players I mean..not D3.

    Only Justin Dankert from this years Del Rio League. Davis from SF chose wrestling. As hard as his coach tried to prevent Justin from receiving honors (because of sour relations with me), Justin earned the greatest honor of all…a college football scholarship.

    The Dankert family thanks God that college coaches know talented football athletes, and there were many interested in Justin. For example Azusa Pacific and Menlo, both D2, viewed his highlight video over 20 times.

    I think if he would have chosen La Mirada or La Habra, both were interested, he would have signed bigger. He played for Porter at LM pop warner with players like Porter, Bartelone, Clemens, Fox, Escobar, and more. As 11 yr olds they won the Southwester U.S Championship and were 13 and 0. He wanted to stay with his friends and he also grew up thinking Ancich would be there.

    If your kid wants a scholarship it is better to play at a school that qualifies its players to play at the next level. No help from coach there….It was I and Justin’s outrageous work ethic that qualified him. His stats were very very good and the 4.67 and 4.81 40 times at combines and benching 265 and squatting 455 before his sr. year did not hurt.

    And Justin is only the 2nd position player at Cal (Grigsby the other; I believe his brother Jones signed as a triple jump scholarship) in at least a decade to earn a college football scholarship. So that leaves Cal players at a very, very, very low chance.

    La Habra and La Mirada. Maybe Whittier if it gets going there.

  • DRL fan

    Joe Dankert?

    Delusional as usual. Sad that your life is trying to bash people on the blogs. I will pray that you will find peace and be able to move on with your life but I don’t think you will. The proof will be the fact that you will respond to this. Prove us wrong and grow up.

  • DRL fan

    Joe Dankert?

    Delusional as usual. Sad that your goal in life is trying to bash people on the blogs. I will pray that you will find peace and be able to move on with your life but I don’t think you will. The proof will be the fact that you will respond to this. Prove us wrong and grow up. You lie about your boy thinking that Ancich would be there since your boy entered as a ninth grader after Ancich was gone. Sounds like a dankert.

  • Joe Dankert

    DRLF=one person/not people; an adult; not a player! Read! Grades 5,6,7 Ancich coached; grade 8 new staff did a very good job with players and won. No need to go elsewhere, especially when I worked with staff under Patricio and had very much respect for the coach coming back; learned under JP who knows football!
    No lie; I wrote that he “grew up” thinking Ancich. Which he did; for 3 years. New coach had kept success going; stay with friends.
    Delusional? 3 blogs in 2012 and delusional? I sugar coated it! I could list many more examples if you want to read them, but I am not a big blogger so please … NO.

    You failed to mention my positive feelings of Muschetti, Mazzota and Porter and all the players I listed that have earned success of scholarship!

  • Rob Alva

    PALMER 4 PRESIDENT!!!! BITCHES!!!! MVP!!!