(El Monte) – West Covina beat Northview 30-18 to win the SGV Shootout at Arroyo Saturday. The Bulldogs, not traditionally a passing team, knocked off Monrovia in the semi finals before dispatching of Northview. Monrovia beat Whittier Christian in the consolation game.
The Bulldogs used both Antonio “Noodles” Hull and Jon Najera at quarterback but it was Najera who got the majority of the snaps in the semi final against Monrovia and in the Final. Skill players like Aaron Franklin and Deshon Love made big catches through out the day – specifically Franklin who made special plays all day.
For Northview Quarterback Victor Garcia continues to impress. He led the Vikings all the way to the finals before they succumbed to West Covina. Northview lost only one game prior to the final. Javon Taylor was big on both sides of the ball.
Monrovia was led by the usual suspects, Blake Heyworth, Mason Bryant, Anthony Craft, George Frazier, Brett Walsh…etc. The Cats seemed to be in control with a lead over West Covina before the Bulldogs came back late to pull it out.
Alhambra won two of its first three before falling to Maranatha. The Moors despite losing their returning quarterback to transfer, continue to get better with Mando Amaya behind center. Essien Frank and Sebastian Espinoza played well too.
The Minutemen will always compete with Andrew Elffers throwing the ball. Maranatha won its first two before falling to Gladstone. Gladstone, behind Kevin Amezquita, also put it to Rosemead earlier in the day and was playing well.
The Gladiators were disqualified however along with Azusa when a fight broke out bewteen the two teams late in the afternoon. Words were exchanged, along with shoves and a couple of punches before order could be restored. The two are rivals in the Montview League and in fact they both play on the same field – Citrus College, which could have been a factor in the brawl. Arroyo HC Jim Singiser disqaulified both teams but indicated that they could return next year.
Mt. View was the surprise of the tournament winning its first three games before losing to Northview. Xavier Yanez was pulling the trigger for the Vikes in HC Victor Ambruzo’s double wing offense.
“The Kids were really excited and pumped up. We were playing well,” Ambruzo said.
Got a chance to meet former NFL star Ron Brown who is now an assistant at Diamond Bar…nice guy.
Anthony White’s Buena Park Coyotes were there but didn’t make the run they did last year. “We’re young but physical,” White said.
Temple City competed hard early and took D-Bar to OT before falling short. Anthony Valencia has stepped up at starting quarterback with the transfer of Michal Quintanilla to San Gabriel. “I like our group of kids. We have probably 90 kids from our freshman to the varsity so I’m happy about that,” said TC Coach Mike MacFarland. “But this really isn’t what were going to do (passing). We’re going to run the ball.
Pat Ahhing, long time line coach for Rosemead is now calling the offense. “Football is football so it’s really not a big difference,” Ahhing said. “I just wish one of our quarterbacks would step up and take the job.” The Panthers have been looking at Everado Camacho, Adan Guillen and Macias all summer.
Arroyo, the host, went out early as did Bonita and Workman. Arcadia won two games early before being eliminated in the afternoon.
La Puente has been a frequent player on the passing circuit with Ivan Vasquez running the show. Brandon Roher’s Warriors had a heated game with Mt. View in the afternoon but Vikings untimately prevailed.