Note to Coaches: Where are my Chalk Talks? Two of you, you know who you are, are already late on your assignment. I will be forced to deduct a grade and…possibly…some good will…
I think Peterson is underrating Maranatha in his Mid-Valley Top 20…
“We’ve had a couple of injuries, but no one is pushing the panic button yet,” said Norwalk HC Jessie Ceniceros on being 0-2. “Not making any excuses but I scheduled these games (Los Alamitos & Cypress) to play a higher caliber opponent to get us ready for league play. I’d rather go 0-4 and get the experience to be ready for league.”
Elijhaa Penny, who tweaked his ankle in a scrimmage before the season began, has rushed for 120 yards (Los Al) and 116 yards (Cypress) is successive weeks and is quietly close to being back to a hundred percent.
“Brian Etcheverry has really stepped up,” said Ceniceros. “He’s been a real bright point in our offensive line play so far.”
Another standout has been defensive tackle David Avelar, who is expected to get some looks on the offensive line with bookend tight ends Sal and Jose Vasquez banged up.
Last add Norwalk: Etcheverry weighs in at right guard at about 225 pounds. Hardly small, but positively puny when matched next to Dixon Diaz (6’3” 340) on his right and Adrian Avila (6’2” 325) on his left.
I’ve always hated fantasy football.
I was curious to know if San Gabriel HC Jude Oliva got any sleep Friday night after the Mats fell to South Pasadena 22-9.
“No,” he said. “Zero. It was very disappointing. We didn’t take them lightly and had a great week of practice. Take your hat off to them they executed well and everytime we tried to get something going we seemed to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
The Tigers Patrick Martin carried the ball 30 times for 146 yards and a score, but more importantly he, and the rest of the offense, ate clock and kept SG off the field.
“We only ran 35 plays on offense,” Oliva said. “You know us, we’re an up tempo rythm team. Martin is a really good back and runs the ball really hard. Conor Bednarski is the real deal, he has control of that offense. That team is going to contend in the Rio Hondo.”
The sleep deprived Oliva did get some good news; linebacker Carlos Purser was on the field Friday night and is getting stronger each day.
Last Add SG: Arthur Brown, with a 127 yards against SP to go with the 147 yards he churned against Muir, is the first Matador running back to have back to back hundred yard games since Nick Castillo during the 2007 season.
(Yeah, Castillo finished his career at Schurr)
We’ve been accused of giving too much “Love” to Arroyo…All I can say is when a program makes the playoffs for 25 consecutive years they deserve the attention. The coaching staff does a great job…but I do have one question. When was the last time the Knights had a bad quarterback?
Note to Loyal Mid Valley Fans: No, Ines Sainz is not coming to work for us. Sorry to disappoint all of you…and the rest of my staff. Although we have considered adding a kinder face to the webcast.
Big nights by quarterback Erik Perez and running back Giovanni Rivera gave Sierra Vista an opening victory over Hoover to elate and frustrate HC Keith Locklear.
“We ran really well,” Locklear said. “Our offensive line did a great job. Right tackle Freddy Ramirez did a great job. But we weren’t too happy with our effort on defense, we have got to tackle better. Those are some of the things we were working on, on Monday.”
What has folks excited at SV is the presence of former HC Don LeGro, who guided some pretty good teams way back when, on the coaching staff.
“He’s the running game guru and its great having him on staff,” said Locklear. “It’s been great for the alumni as well, they are excited about him being around. He just brings a lot of excitement.”
Last Add Dons: Freddy Ramirez suffered a sprained ankle against the Tornadoes, that he’ll be nursing for the next couple of weeks.
“Chaminade was a tough team and is well coached,” said Burbank HC Hector Valencia. “They were just a talented young group.”
Valencia wasn’t happy about the loss, but he wasn’t overwhelmed grief as he sees great signs in his teams development. He’s happy with the play of Adam Colman and receivers Jose Rodriguez and Ryan Thanaratnam. Plus his offensive line.
“The line is doing a little better than we thought,” said Valencia. “We didn’t give up a sack against Warren and only three against Chaminade. The entire line is made of seniors with Spencer Lee doing a great job at center. He makes all the calls and anchors things for us.”
La Canada running back Daleep Sandhu and quarterback Scott Gray were terrific on the show tonight. Hearing them share the injuries they have endured over the course of their prep careers gives me an increased respect for what all these guys go through.
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