By Tim Peterson
Doesn’t Andrew Tovar seem like he’s been at Cathedral for ten years? Some players just seem to have that effect on you. When you’re the face of the team and throw for over 3700 yards and 47 touchdowns like Tovar did last year, it gives the impression you’ve been there awhile.
Same thing with Steven Comstock at Northview. “Yeah I get that sometimes. People tell me it seems like he’s been here forever,” said Northview Head Coach Marcel Perez.
Comstock started as a freshman and by the time his Viking career is over he will have been a four year starter and will probably be the leader in every passing category in Northview history. Comstock, who threw for 2,698 yards and 31 touchdown as a sophomore has already received offers from Idaho, Eastern Washington and Oregon State with more expected to come.
“Yeah once one comes in they all start coming,” Perez said.
Antwaun Ayers is another weapon for the Vikings. He had over 800 yards receiving last year and just got an offer from Fresno State. Northview went 10-2 overall last year and has most of its key players coming back. The Vikes also landed running back Kevin Thomas, who transferred in from West Covina and could have their sights set on a CIF title run.
That being said Northview has its work cut out for them. With the CIF realignment now in place, the Vikes are no longer in the Mid-Valley Division, They now reside in Division 8, where they will still contend with San Dimas but also the likes of Burbank, Burroughs and Don Lugo. Northview looks better in 2016 but it needs to be.
Speaking of Don Lugo I almost forgot Greg Gano has taken over as head coach. He was out Saturday in full force at the Bonita Air Assault leading the Conquistadores. Don Lugo went 6-6 overall last season but did knock off Bonita in the first round of the Central Division playoffs. Gano, who came over after a couple of tough years at Wilson, could be the one to take Don Lugo to the next level.
Paralcete, usually not a team that is known for a high powered air attack, won the Bonita Air Assault. The Spirits are loaded with athletes and used them all to knock out Cathedral and then Valencia in the championship game. Paraclete is in Division 6 with such notables as Los Altos, West Covina, San Marino, Bonita, Crescenta Valley and Pomona. That’s a division to keep an eye on.
Charter Oak, who always seems to do well in the passing circuit, took third beating Damien in the consolation game. The Chargers, who fell to San Marino last year in the CIF Central Division Final has a new challenge this year as well. They move up to Division 4 where they will lock horns with Glendora, Downey and Sierra Canyon. And if they’re really lucky they might get to take a road trip out to Lompoc. Nobody gets a free pass this year.
That’s my principle.
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