Football: The seven-on-seven season has begun
No one can make any final conclusions about what might happen in the fall after watching a seven-on-seven football competition, because it can be so misleading.
But impressions about team chemistry, toughness, quickness and individual skills can't be ignored, so taking a look at teams who played in the Valley College tournament on Saturday provides some clues to the future.
Alemany defeated Crespi in the final, and both teams are loaded with skilled position players. Alemany's receivers are as good as they come in Southern California.
Orange Lutheran was missing players because other commitments, so the fact that the Lancers made it to the semifinals under their new coach, Chuck Petersen, indicates that progress is being made.
Loyola has had only two practices this spring but lost only once in the tournament. The Cubs didn't show off a lot of speed, which could put them at a disadvantage against Alemany and Crespi in league play. St. Francis has a veteran quarterback in Jared Lebowitz and an improving defensive back in Joe Mudie. St. Bonaventure running back Zachary Green, an Arizona commit, will cause problems all summer.
Birmingham and Arleta were the best of the City Section representatives.
The seven-on-seven competitions pick up momentum next month with the talent-filled Dana Hills tournament on June 9.
-- Eric Sondheimer