(El Monte) – Alhambra, Bell Gardens and Rosemead joined Arroyo Saturday morning to throw the ball around. It’s only April but all four teams already know they have things to work out before September.
Arroyo is facing life without Steven Rivera, a four year starter at quarterback. Rosemead missed the playoffs last year and will be fighting to regain a spot in the post season. Bell Gardens had defensive issues last year but likes the look of quarterback Tristian Escobar and Alhambra has talent coming back from a 9-3 team but the Moors are looking for a starting quarterback now that two year starter Josh Mendoza has transferred.
“We’re missing Brandon Jauregui because he is still in baseball,” said Arroyo Coach Jim Singiser of his probable starting quarterback. “But we have a couple of other kids out here throwing including Anthony Miller’s brother Chaz Miller.” Singiser is also high on receiver Christian Serna who joins returner Andre Kerkhoff.
“It’s different being out here in April but it’s great. Arroyo does a great job of having teams out here,” said Bell Gardens Coach David Ramos. “I like the way Tristian is throwing the ball. He came in late last year and we liked what he saw and he’s definitely getting it this year. He’s definitely the guy.”
“I like being out here early because when May and June come we won’t have to do as much teaching. We’re doing that now,” said Rosemead Coach Marc Paramo. “When we really start to get going in May our kids will already know a lot of these things.”
Adan Guillen, last year’s starter, got in some reps but Paramo is looking at couple of other kids as well including Everado Camacho.
“Oh, it’s wide open,” Paramo said of the quarterback position.
“I wish he would have given me a chance but we’ll move on,” said Alhambra Coach Joe Kanach of Mendoza’s transfer. “We have some other guys that can step in. We liked the way Daniel Rodriguez looked today.”