By Tim Peterson
Wow, didn’t think a blurb about a Mission Valley League running back transferring out would create that much of a stir. As of last Sunday the story on South El Monte’s Marcos Lopez leaving South El Monte has received 135 comments and counting…
Some were good, some were bad and some were downright ugly. At the time of the story we did not know where Lopez would land although rumors had him going to Cathedral. Saturday at the Bonita Air Assault, the rumors were confirmed. Although he was not playing for the Phantoms, he was on the sideline in cathedral gear, watching the action. So yes he’s there.
Good for him. If Lopez feels Cathedral is a better opportunity than he had to make the move. Hope it all works out. Like South El Monte HC Frank Gallardo said I wish him nothing but the best.
One running back that was playing for Cathedral was former Monrovia Wildcat Kameron Johnson.
“It’s been great. We’ve been playing in a lot of passing tournaments,” Johnson said. When asked about Phantom quarterback Andrew Tovar Johnson broke into a big smile “He just loves the running backs,” Johnson said.
Ok there you go. Expect a lot of touches from Johnson this year. As far as Tovar, the southpaw looked good, although it’s nice to have a some big athletic receivers to throw to. Those dudes were making plays.
It’s official. Well as official as it can be in the ever changing world of high school football. But as of now the starting quarterback at Pomona is…Aaron Sandoval. No, it’s not Darreon Lockett, who led the Red Devils to the Mid Valley Championship last year. Instead it’s Sandoval, who has transferred in from Chino Hills, and was throwing all weekend at the Air Assault.
“Lockett is going to be a beast in that slot,” said Pomona assistant Wardell Crutchfield.
Ok so he’ll be in the slot and maybe at receiver and maybe at tailback and definitely in the secondary on defense. The Red Devils can use him everywhere. He will be Pomona’s renaissance man. The thinking is that not only can Pomona use Lockett anywhere on the field but he will also get more D-1 looks since he didn’t really project as a quarterback. When Sandoval, who is 6-2 and can really throw the ball, transferred in, it made the decision a no brainer. It seems logical. We’ll see…
“Man. They look really good. That quarterback looks great and they have some great athletes that keep making big plays,” said Charter Oak Assistant Coach Dominic Farrar. But he wasn’t talking about the Chargers. He was referring to the Northview Vikings who were his opponent at the Air Assault.
The Vikings, who fell to Paraclete in the Mid-Valley Semis last year, are expecting big things from sophomore quarterback Steven Comstock, running backs Elijah Grijalva and Andres Hooper, receiver Paul Cooper and the rest. Northview opens the season at Rosemead August 28.
If you can push a Ford Excursion can you block a defensive tackle? Just wondering…
That’s my principle.
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