South Side in Overtime!

South Celebrates the overtime victory. (Photo by Duane Barker.)

By Tim Peterson

(Montebello) – Schurr’s Miguel Aguero hit Cantwell’s Anthony Ruiz with a 20-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the South a 20-14 win over the North in the 2018 Hall of Fame Game Friday night at Schurr High School.

At times yards were hard to come by for the North. (Photo by Duane Barker.)

The South stopped the North on four and out on the first possession in OT, then took over and scored on the fourth play when Ruiz caught the strike over the middle and fought his way into the end zone. It was the first Hall of Fame Game ever to go into overtime.

The North, down 14-8, tied it with 5:40 left in the  fourth quarter when Arcadia’s Max Davila scored on one yard leap over the top. However the extra point was missed paving the way for the overtime.

The tying touchdown came after the North took advantage of a South fumble setting them up at the South 31. Darnell Williams of Burbank broke off a run down to the one-yard line before Davila punched it in.

Busting loose! (Photo by Duane Barker.)

The North also got on the board first after another key South turnover. A bad snap on a punt gave the ball at the North 10-yard line. Two plays later Williams scored on a two-yard run and Davila scored on a two point conversion run – again with a leap over the top – for an 8-0 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.

The South got on the board with 7:47 left in the second quarter when Ryan Torres capped a 55-yard drive with 7-yard touchdown run. The South went for two but failed and the North led 8-6 at the half.

Aguero connected with Jalen Chaves of Cantwell on a 24-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give the South its first lead. Aguero found South El Monte’s Sal Tovar in the endzone for a two point conversion to make it 14-8.

The North then got even in the fourth.

Lance Babb hauled in an 11 yard pass from Aguerro on the first play of the overtime possession that led to the game winning score and a South celebration.

Aguero threw for 125 yards and two touchdown to earn the South Offensive MVP Award. Babb, also of Schurr, caught six passes for 79 yards. Aaron Maldonado of Bishop Amat came up big for the South defense with six sacks.

For the North, Anthony Lira of Burbank anchored the defense to earn MVP defensive honors.




Offense: Miguel Aguero – Schurr

Defense: Aaron Maldonado – Bishop Amat


Offense: Max Davila – Arcadia

Defense: Anthony Lira – Burbank

22 Comments to "South Side in Overtime!"

  1. Its all about the rings's Gravatar Its all about the rings
    May 21, 2018 - 12:35 pm | Permalink


  2. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 17, 2018 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    @ Cantwell Alum: It would be unfortunate if that came to pass. If it happens, my question would be, how much of it could be tied to the departure of Coach Travis Brown, or to other factors?

  3. Cantwell Alum's Gravatar Cantwell Alum
    May 17, 2018 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Cantwell will not have a football team this year mark my words!!

  4. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 17, 2018 - 7:34 am | Permalink

    @ FB Fan: I apologize for the delay in responding to your post; it’s been a hectic week for me.

    It appears to me that the Alhambra Unified School District has gone to extremes in its aversion to risk. In my view, this approach has promoted softness.
    While the AUSD wasn’t the only district to cancel football games because of the heat during the second week of the season last year, the majority of districts allowed their games to proceed as scheduled. (And, to my knowledge, none of the athletes who played that night suffered any serious ill effects.)

    I’ve worked in the Alhambra district as a substitute teacher for the last 16 years. During this time, it has become clear to me that the district has put an enormous amount of effort into the elementary schools and special education programs (which I fully support).
    However, in my opinion, the high schools—and their sports programs—have not received the same level of attention.
    I’ve never believed that it should be an either/or situation. Why not fully support all of our K-12 schools and all of their programs, to the extent that the available funds allow?
    The AUSD spends millions of dollars on administration, so I believe it’s capable of doing a better job supporting extracurricular activities at the high school level.

  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 15, 2018 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    @ NWO: That’s funny. It seems that way sometimes, but I suspect you also care, so I know I’m not alone.
    In addition, I have the feeling that those who care about the rules, and try to live by them, aren’t as vociferous as those who’d rather have no rules concerning recruiting and player eligibility.

  6. Its all about the rings's Gravatar Its all about the rings
    May 15, 2018 - 1:28 pm | Permalink

    rules are rules and fathers need to stop living vicariously through there sons

  7. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 15, 2018 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

    @RON In the words of Walter Sobchak, “Am I the only one who gives a s*** about the rules!?”

  8. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 15, 2018 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    @ Falcon 1: Thanks for the info. I’m glad that a student-athlete’s residency still matters, to some degree, on the public school side.
    I strongly believe that young people who attend public high schools should play for the school in their community unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as serious domestic problems or one’s school suddenly eliminating a sport. (For instance, football.)

  9. Falcon 1's Gravatar Falcon 1
    May 15, 2018 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    The athletically motivated rule has been erased from the book therefore you can transfer
    to any school you want. If you do not have a change of residence you must sit out the 30 days
    Unless you transfer to Arcadia where they will gladly provide you with a address.

  10. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 15, 2018 - 6:53 am | Permalink

    @ CIF Compliance: I appreciate your perspective.
    Contrary to what “cif” says, I don’t believe that the “30-day” transfer rule and the prohibition against “athletically-motivated” transfers have been completely eliminated. I have not heard or read about anything of the kind.
    The more nuanced approach that you described seems to be pretty close to what’s actually going on now. I also believe that, for years now, the CIF has treated some schools differently from others, regardless of what the rules actually state.
    The change-of-address issue speaks to the fact that public schools have attendance boundaries which should be respected if a player who is transferring wants to be eligible for an entire season at his new school.
    Private schools have to recruit by nature because attendance boundaries don’t apply to them. But, vigorously recruiting incoming freshmen is one thing, and poaching players who are already enrolled at other high schools is another. That’s where I draw the line.
    “Cif” and others would have us believe that all of the restrictions on transfers have been lifted, so that athletic programs can just do whatever they want. I’m not buying it.
    However, I’ll try to pick up the latest copy of the CIF rule book and spend a little of my free time reading up on what I might—or might not—be missing. I like to stay informed.

  11. CIF Compliance's Gravatar CIF Compliance
    May 14, 2018 - 7:57 pm | Permalink

    look up 510, things aren’t as black
    And white as you think.
    Example 1: “Mijos old school is going to suck at football so we came to xyz public school” so long as there was a change of address the kid would be eligible with no sitout period.

    Example 2 : “Mijos old school is going to suck at football so we came to xyz public school” no change of address has been made so the kid would miss half the season.

    Example 3: “Mijos old school is going to suck at football so we came to xyz public school who’s coach was my boys 7 on 7 coach” undue influence and likely ineligibility.

    If you’re Mater Dei or Bosco or any private of course you can say anyone can transfer for sports and likely have no issue, but you aren’t those schools so if you want to risk your high school career and the season of the innocent kids who had nothing to do with the transfer then go for it.

  12. annoymous's Gravatar annoymous
    May 14, 2018 - 6:53 pm | Permalink

    To Football Fan, I don’t know where you got your information but Salesian is Hurting with under 400 kids enrolled. There Football Players are Transfering out. Last season they didn’t have a JV Team. They are going to get killed with the likes of Crespi,Cathedral,and St. Francis.

  13. cif's Gravatar cif
    May 14, 2018 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    To Ron Alhambra, You should findout The Facts before you mouth off. The Rules have changed and Kids can Transfer without sitting out period.

  14. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    May 14, 2018 - 6:20 pm | Permalink


    I appreciate your candid response to the allegations against Alhambra and also appreciate your respect for Coach Bergstrom. The reason for Alhambra’s struggles starts not with Coach Bergstrom but the fact that the district is completely athletically apathetic. Keppel, SG, and Alhambra have all been sub par for quite some time and it’s as if the people up top want it to be that way. When you are the only district in CIF cancelling games because of the “heat,” then it shows your simply trying to be Politically correct or your just flat out soft. Alhambra HS seems to be the one school that seems to care about athletics in the district because Principal Russel is a former coach and Assistant Principal Medrano is the brother of a coach. But when the district doesn’t care about athletics, it’s tough to succeed.

  15. SGV fan's Gravatar SGV fan
    May 14, 2018 - 6:18 pm | Permalink


    That was 3 years ago (Beasley) was the player and since then the rule have changed, you should look into can transfer for athletics…

  16. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    May 14, 2018 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    @ 300: I’m not crying, nor have I ever “looked the other way” on anything.
    We have run a pretty clean program at Alhambra, from top to bottom, since 2013, when Eric Bergstrom took over as head coach. We’re certainly on a higher road now, ethically speaking.
    Some might say that approach has contributed to our on-the-field struggles during the last five years. I can truthfully say that winning at all costs has not been a part of our philosophy during this time.

    I did stats for Gil Ruedaflores from 2003 until his retirement in 2009. While Coach Ruedaflores genuinely cared about his players, there were a few things that went on at Alhambra during his tenure that I don’t support or even attempt to justify.
    Those things included certain players skipping classes or behaving poorly while in class. (I knew about that from first-hand experience as a substitute teacher.)
    The only alleged recruiting I heard about at the time was in the case of running back Anthony Brown. During Brown’s senior year (in 2007), an adult I encountered on campus (possibly another player’s father) told me that Brown should have been enrolled at San Gabriel High School instead of Alhambra.
    I don’t know what the truth was there.
    Then, a year or two after Coach Ruedaflores retired, I was told by a couple of individuals who were not involved with the Alhambra program that players had been recruited from the Eastside during the time he was in charge. (Their point being that the players who were allegedly recruited by Alhambra should’ve been competing for schools in the L.A. City Section.)
    However, no players were mentioned by name, so I have no way of proving or disproving those allegations. If such recruiting actually did take place back then, I wouldn’t have supported it, nor would I approve of it now.

    @ No one cares: There are rules that apply to everyone in high school football, whether they’re in Division 1 or Division 13. If certain rules are out-of-date, or if we’re no longer willing to enforce them, then let’s make some changes.
    But, whatever the rules are at any given time, they not only should be enforced, but enforced even-handedly.

    @ Annoymous: “The CIF SS allows anyone to transfer.”
    I don’t believe that’s the case. Roughly two years ago, a football player (whose name I can’t recall) transferred from Loyola High School to La Canada. His former school, Loyola, filed a complaint with CIF, and the player was declared ineligible for his senior year at La Canada.
    Perhaps the rules concerning tampering, illegal inducements, and athletically-motivated transfers are better enforced when someone files a formal complaint.

  17. BG's Gravatar BG
    May 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm | Permalink


  18. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    May 14, 2018 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    @ CIF( The negative Nelson that thinks all good football is played above D8)
    Go look at the Covina-Culver City tape. It’s on line somewhere. Lowly D11 kids scrapping to a 57-56 final in OT. Well worth the effort to drive 40 miles to go see. Or drive 100+ miles to watch Arroyo-Rancho Mirage go OT for the 2nd year in a row Watch Katella come from 3TDs down in 4th Q to win in 1st round on their way to CIF title. There is a lot of good football played by those deemed not good enough in your eyes.

  19. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 14, 2018 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

    How old do you have to be to be allowed to reference “The Good ‘ol Days?”

  20. CIF Compliance's Gravatar CIF Compliance
    May 14, 2018 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    The CIF website lists the cantwell QB transfer… other than that there are no other transfers so please tell us how exactly there is so much talk about transfers and reloading, my buddy over at Arroyo told me schurr was absolutely boo boo… can we shut up about Schurr already they ain’t DELETED…

  21. Answer's Gravatar Answer
    May 14, 2018 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    @SGV fan Schurr high school got a couple new transfers that I know of
    QB Christian Valenzuela from Cantwell
    RB Mykael Loera from Montebello
    Some lineman from cantwell
    and a couple more kid transferred in but I don’t know there names

  22. Its all about the rings's Gravatar Its all about the rings
    May 14, 2018 - 11:06 am | Permalink


    Talk at the game was they reloaded and should be better than last year team

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