By Tim Peterson
The high school football season kicks off Thursday night. Don’t forget your peanuts, popcorn and…sunscreen. That’s right, sunscreen. With opening night moved up two weeks temperatures will be in the nineties when the ball is teed up.
It’s one thing to run around in near triple digit heat in shirts and shorts but in full helmet and pads? Is it really that important to get all of those State bowl games in by the first week in December? What’s next? A fourth of July picnic in Zero Week? I was fine with Labor Day weekend marking the season opening kick off. Why is it necessary get underway in mid August? Anybody know the real answer? Sorry. Those State Bowls just don’t do it for me.
I guess it could be worse. After all, it is football.
We know San Dimas will run for over 4000 yards. They always do. So instead of waiting until October to get the hogs up front some love, let’s get it out of the way now. Here’s the Saints offensive line. TE- Nick Sloan, Tackles- John Egan and Fadi Zaki, Guards- Chris Diaz and Fred Salazar, C- Nico Guerra.
The Saints are off Zero Week and will travel to Long Beach to face Wilson on August 24. They open Valle Vista League September 28th at Baldwin Park.
Speaking of Baldwin Park, they have another new coach. No Josh Knight did not get dismissed during passing leagues, but he did get promoted to Athletic Director. The new HC will be named this week. Before the BP faithful freak out please know that he’s familiar with the program and has been on staff all summer. Until he is announced by the board I’m not at liberty to reveal his name but the transition will be a smooth one.
The Braves game against El Monte Friday night might not be so smooth however. The Lions, in Jesse Ceniceros’ double wing offense, have been running wild all summer. Last Friday night they blitzed Ganesha for nine touchdowns in 25 plays. Ben Owsley, a transfer from Paramount, looks like the real deal. After Baldwin Park, the Lions get Rio Hondo League opponents South Pasadena and San Marino at home.
Can they challenge Arroyo? “I told you they were going to be good,” said a local coach.
South Pasadena and San Marino will contend in the Rio Hondo but the big fish is still Monrovia. The Wildcats have not only brought in new head coach Chris Williams but they got the band back together as well for the rest of the staff. Former Wildcat stars Mason Bryant, George Frazier, Anthony Craft, Matt Norman and Ellis McCarthy are back in M-Town to coach the players up. Monrovia never fell off the face of the earth. But 4-7 records and first round playoff exits just don’t cut it at Monrovia.
“We need to get it back to where it was,” Craft said referring the CIF championship teams that he and his friends were part of.
Can Monrovia win a title in Williams first year? Time will tell but an offense with Maury Rams IV as the focal point isn’t a bad place to start. A road win over Burbank in Zero Week on the road would be huge for the Cats.
I really like Arcadia in the Pacific. Seeing them win the SGV Shootout at Arroyo was impressive and the Apaches have talent all over the field. But I’m still in a place I have to see it to believe it. Beating Crescenta Valley and Burbank is no easy task no matter how much talent you have. The Apaches opening game at home against La Salle will be a nice measuring stick.
Keep an eye on Burbank tight end Duncan Smith. He caught 11 touchdown passes last year as a junior.
Muir might miss the playoffs again and the Mustangs opener at Charter Oak could get ugly. Muir lost to Arcadia, CV and Burbank last year and those three are just as good, if not better in 2018. Tough sledding for the Stangs.
We have two great local matchups Friday night with Bonita at Arroyo and Los Altos at Covina. For the Bearcats it will be the debut of head coach Steve Bogan. J.P. Andrade is back at quarterback and that along with Bogan should put Bonita right back in the hunt. I’m thinking we won’t be seeing a 3-7 season again.
Arroyo still has Ernesto Camacho. Does anybody else forget he was only a sophomore when he led the Knights to the CIF title in 2016?
Los Altos and Travis Brown will be looking to upend the Colts at District Field. A win over Covina in his first game as coach would be big for Brown but another Brown, Joe, and Nin Burns II will be standing in his way. Also the Conquerors need to find a way to stop Erik Cuellar who rushed for 2,302 yards and 20 touchdowns last year.
For everybody that keeps demanding the truth on the Schurr transfers, here you go. Of the nine total, six are “under review” and the other three are “pending former school’s response.” How did I dig out this information? How did I unearth this game changing bombshell? By logging on to the CIF website. It’s right there for all the world to see.
Oh and this will really sting. The three water polo guys got approved. And that’s the truth.
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.