By Tim Peterson
I ran into Aaron “Airshow” Cantu at the 605 All-Star game Saturday night and I have this to report on the San Gabriel head coaching position.
No he’s not taking the job. No he’s not interested and no he never was interested. He never inquired about the job or has made any mention of it. It was a just a bad rumor gone haywire. You know how the blogs are.
So Cantu is out but who’s in? I wish I had the answer. I am hearing however that it’s not the team as much as the administration. There’s a lot of schools that need a rebuild when it comes to football. Coaches can handle that. Heck, most of them enjoy the challenge. They embrace it. But when the admin is tough to work for that’s a whole different matter.
“The AD talked to me about it but I told them there’s no way I could work there, not with that administration,” one assistant told me.
Another source told me that they have had to start the process all over from scratch because every potential candidate has turned it down. Frank Alonzo’s name surfaced recently as well. That was just another bad rumor.
What’s the over-under on the Matadors having a coach in place by the Fourth of July?
South El Monte plans to throw the ball a lot more this year. They won’t be “Air Coryell” circa 1983 but the Eagles will be putting the ball up.
“When we played Rancho Christian last year in the semi finals they stacked the box and shut us down,” said South El Monte HC Frank Gallardo Saturday at the One Blood Tournament at Mt. View. “A lot of teams can do that. We realize that we need to have a more balanced attack. Daniel (quarterback Daniel Olmos) is going to have a chance to throw it. He just needs to make his reads.”
“We lost some key players up front on the offensive line. So yes we’re going to throw it more,” said O-Line Coach Mike Mooney.
Of course South still has running back Sal Tovar, 2801 yards rushing, 39 touchdowns last year, and he’ll still be a key part of the offense but he just won’t be the whole offense.
Olmos was gearing up Saturday.
Montebello quarterback Gabriel Tapia looked bigger and stronger and was firing bullets Saturday as the Oilers went 6-1 overall. They advanced all the way to the semi finals before falling to eventual champion Crescenta Valley.
“He’s been working hard all off season to get better. He’s been really looking good,” said Montebello OC Pete Gonzalez Jr.
Can anybody unseat Montebello in the Almont?
Speaking of Crescenta Valley, now opponents don’t have just the high powered offense to worry about, the Falcons have the big boys up front as well. CV won the One Blood linemen Comp Saturday outlifting all of the other teams and beating Long Beach Jordan and Los Altos in the championship round.
“I’m thrilled. We just won the lineman competition,” said CV HC Paul Schilling Saturday as he was watching his Falcons go 7-on 7, which they also won.
I’m going out on a limb now and saying Crescenta Valley wins the Pacific.
So the question is do we cover Cantwell or not? It’s not like it’s not local. The school is right there in Montebello. Coach Travis Brown has been busy this offseason getting the Cardinals ready. It seems like they’ve been at every passing tournament I’ve attended. Brown has his work cut out as the Cards try to rebound from a 3-7 season. But if they’re competitive why not? We’ll try to fit them into our schedule.
Covina quarterback Nin Burns’ father played at Covina in the eighties. Burns II, a sophomore, will take over full time as the Colts starter this season. Last year he threw for 707 yards as a backup to Anthony Meneses who has since graduated.
It seemed weird seeing Kevin Argumosa and Dale Ziola in Diamond Bar gear.
Gotta love the One Blood Tournament. Mt. View HC Victor Ambruso and staff do a great job of putting the whole thing together. Best tacos on the passing circuit.
Northview quarterback Steven Comstock and several of his teammates were out for most of the day taking the SAT exam but they returned after lunch and the Vikings still managed to advance to the championship game where they fell to Crescenta Valley. I’m going out on another limb and taking Northview in the Valle Vista.
San Dimas got knocked out early after starting the tourney 1-3. But when was the last time the Saints relied on a passing attack? “Remember Tim, when you pass the ball three things can happen and two of them are bad,” said San Dimas assistant Marc Shettleroe. Shettleroe landed at San Dimas after leaving as the HC in Temple City after last season.
I wasn’t at the Red Devils Shootout in Pomona but I did get the information that Cathedral won. The Phantoms were pretty impressive knocking off Oaks Christian in the process. So I posted it. Let the fireworks begin.
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.