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Ooohh, nice pull. You're right, Fargas was very, very good.
You know, from what little I've seen, Su'a Cravens is pretty damn good as well.
Finally saw Tyler Ebell mentioned, he had possibly the single greatest season for a RB in high school football history. 4,495yrds and 64 rushing tds in a single season.
I played against Chris Claiborne and coached against Toby Gerhart; I wanted nothing to do with trying to tackle Claiborne(when he was carrying the ball) and nobody on my team wanted to even get in Gerhart's path. Deonce Whitaker played of Rancho Cucamong and I believe held several California state records before Gerhart broke them. He was like 5'6" 160, but was absolute lightning, think he ended up at San Jose State.
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I have golfed with Ryan. He is a new dad.
I thought Steve Grady and Mike Burgdahl from Loyola were great. Randy Meadows from the great Downey team and Micky Flynn from Anaheim were amazing. One of the greatest games in CIF history in 1956 was between these two teams and two great players.
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California is definitely not lacking in the talent department.
Let's go back to the state's first Heisman Trophy winner, Glenn Davis.
You may not know about him:
"He and his twin brother Ralph played high school football at Bonita High School in La Verne, California. In 1942, Davis led the Bearcats to an 11-0 record and the school's first-ever football championship, earning the Southern Section Player of the Year award. In 1989, Bonita's stadium was dedicated in his name. The brothers were close and had originally planned to attend USC, but when their Congressman agreed to sponsor both him and his brother with appointments to West Point they decided to play football there."
The serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
How about Jackie Robinson?
And how about Ron Cuccia?
Remember him well. An undersized QB from Bell. Great QB. He ended up playing for Harvard. Not a bad way to get a great education.
I was about to mention Jackie Robinson. He was a Bruin star, but he never beat the Trojans--not even our underachieving 1940 team.
I recall Dave Farmer of Hacienda Heights, who played fullback. After AD got knocked out of the game, he made a crucial run that helped to power the Trojans over the Buckeyes in the 1975 Rose Bowl.
You have mentioned players in this area, so maybe you have seen these guys play.
I'm curious because they were a little before my time, and both made they're living in other sports,
but I've heard over the years that Jamie Quirk (who played for the KC Royals) was a real good
QB at St. Paul and that he had a planned to go to Notre Dame if he didn't sign with the Royals.
Also, I hear Mike Smith (BYU-Boston Celtics) was a tremendous QB at Hacienda Heights Los Altos, before deciding to concentrate on basketball. Did you ever see either of those guys play?
Santiago Alvarez. QB that had a ton of high school records back in the day.
I saw Jaime Quirk play for St Paul back when Marion Ancich was coaching there
I think it was against Anaheim but maybe it was against Servite
He was really good. Big and tough
Not sure if he had NFL potential, but IMO he was better than Steve Buerlein in High School
Edit: LOL it has been so long I forgot that I saw Mike Smith play mire than a few times too
He made the right decision to play Basketball
He was kind of like Dan McGwire or Kyle van Raaphorst
Long windup and not very nimble n the pocket
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I believe Cuccia went to LA Wilson in El Sereno. My ex-wife went to Wilson and I went to Eagle Rock, which is in the same league. Cuccia was a few years ahead of me though...
I would definitely add Jay Schroeder to the QB list. His City over time semi final playoff against Elways Granada Hills squad was a classic.
Anyone else remember the tiebreaker from those days? The ball is placed on the 50 yard line and the teams alternate possession after every play. The team ending up with the best field position wins.
Schroeder hit a 47 (?) yd pass midway through which put the ball somewhere down by the 30 yard line, and Elway brought GH back on the 2nd to last possession with a 20-something yd pass for the win. Schroeder had an amazingly strong arm, which was arguably stronger than Elway's, but not nearly as accurate. Both were really good baseball players, as well.
BTW, Warren Moon went to Hamilton HS, not Dorsey.
Not enough love on the list for our friends from the defensive side of the ball.
Definitely gonna nominate a couple of my Samohi brethern with Dennis Thurman and Dennis Smith, for starters. Thurman was also our QB and just a great all-around athlete. Smith was off the charts in terms of athletic ability, though.
Dennis not being in the NFL Hall of Fame is a travesty
I would say his athletic ability was off the charts
During Spring Football one year we needed some points in the Dual Meet with UCLA,
He changed into a Track Uniform and Shoes and calmly went out and High Jumped 7'
Great list Zoro......one player not listed so far is Eric Biennemy from Bishop Amat.....my nephew played on that team and Eric was a sawed-off beast.....a fast bowling ball with legs.Eric went on to star at Colorado and came in 3rd in the Heisman and had an eight year pro career.
Trojan TW....I played at Franklin in the late 60's and later watched all of Cuccia's games.He married my neighbors daughter and became a Chiropractor....a very polite young fella.
I never saw those guys play--I live on the other side of the hill from Hacienda Heights. However, my mother knew a relative of Jamie Quirk when she was working in real estate.
Did you know Esther Kwan when you were at Franklin??
Was it Dennis Smith who ran a 4.4 40 yard dash when he was 50 or something like that? I think it was Dennis.
Nope, that was Darrel Green.
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She was a half a year ahead of me.....I did have some classes with her.........small world.
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