By Tim Peterson
“Will you look at all these rumors surroundin’ me every day
I just need some time, some time to get away from
From all these rumors, I can’t take it no more
My best friend said there’s one out now about me and the girl next door ” Lyrics from “Rumors” by Timex Social Club.
More rumors abound this off season. I mean there’s always rumors that abound in the off season but this one’s a doozy. Arroyo junior quarterback Ernesto Camacho is transferring to Monrovia – done deal. Don’t believe it? Well neither do I but it is all over our site and all over Twitter as well. Why would a quarterback coming off of a CIF Championship season transfer to Monrovia, or any school for that matter, four weeks before the season kicks off? Well he wouldn’t of course but the chatter started to get so loud that Camacho felt the need to address it.
Arroyo Head Coach Jim Singiser, who is vacationing in Hawaii, sent me Camacho’s tweet “No, I’m not leaving Arroyo so please stop sending me screenshots of the tweet,” Camacho posted. The Rumor was so off the charts ridiculous that it’s funny Camacho even felt the need to reply. But I get it. Sometimes that’s the only way to get people to shut up…or stop typing.
“Now back to my vacation,” Singiser said. Sure Coach, enjoy. See you August 25 against Covina. And yes, Ernesto Camacho will be behind center.
Speaking of Monrovia, there is one guy that you should keep an eye for the Wildcats. Rashad Flood, 6-4, 240, is a junior lineman that plays on both sides of the ball. Some say he may even be a D1 prospect. I won’t go that far already but let’s just keep an eye on him for now. He looks good.
We’ll find out about Monrovia right away. The Wildcats have Burbank, La Salle, Don Lugo and Damien on the non-league schedule.
I’ve posted “An Early Look” at several leagues so far. I started with the MVL, and followed it up with the Valle Vista, Almont, Miramonte and most recently the Rio Hondo. They were all fairly well received except maybe the Miramonte where Pomona is the decided favorite. Hey I can’t help it if Pomona, which was previously in the Valle Vista, has risen to such heights recently. It may sound funny now, but there was a time that the Red Devils weren’t that much better than Bassett, La Puente and Garey.
Now everybody is clamoring for the Pacific. It’s coming soon I assure you. In a nutshell, it will be an upset if anybody other than Crescenta Valley wins the league. However I am hearing and seeing that Muir is much better and Burroughs is improved. Arcadia, with the Pasadena pipeline, will compete. As for Burbank, the jury is still out. The Bulldogs stunned everybody last year by advancing all they way to the CIF Final, but struggled earlier this year in passing tournaments including Charter Oak. A local coach told me they looked much better later and were missing some key players at Charter Oak. Former Burbank QB Adam Colman has taken the reigns as head coach and Manuel Lemus is the DC so they should be well coached. As for Glendale and Hoover…well former Glendale receiver Michael Davis is in the Los Angeles Chargers camp.
Do we still need “An Early Look at the Pacific?”
Can La Mirada stay relevant now that Mike Moschetti is gone? The Joaquin Aguilar era may get off to a rough start. The Matadores open at home against Orange Lutheran and Capistrano Valley before traveling to Mater Dei and Upland. Of course the La Mirada non-league schedule traditionally features everybody except the New England Patriots.
Gladstone will be a lot better this year. I’m not going to list all of their returning players and talk about how big the Gladiators are up front. But I’ve seen them at several tournaments so far this summer and they’re working…I mean working hard. The numbers were good and so was the morale but I just saw a lot of sweat. Will they win league? I don’t know but they’re grinding…and that includes HC Ted Clarke. Note to self: Post “An Early Look at the Montview.”
In the Del Rio it’s La Serna. Isn’t it always? Although Adrian Medrano and El Rancho look like they’re ready to take that next step. Or is that just a rumor?
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.