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'SEGAL's View From The Bleachers': All Get Ready For 'Mayors' Wager Football Challenge'

  • By Shel Segal
102711RosemeadXROSEMEAD - A wager has been made between Rosemead's Mayor Steven Ly and El Monte's Mayor Andre Quintero to determine whose high school football team will be victorious during the Mayors' Wager Football Challenge.
The wager?
The mayor representing the defeated team could wind up in the dunk tank.
On Friday at 7 p.m. at Rosemead High, Rosemead High, Ly's alma mater, will face Arroyo High, Quintero's alma mater, in a football game that will provide the winning team with the opportunity to dunk the opposing team's mayor in a dunk booth at their campus.
The high schools have been long-time rivals and the goal of the football challenge is to instill a sense of friendly competition, strengthen bonds between communities, and let spectators enjoy a game between two great teams.
In addition to the Mayors' Wager, the high schools have been challenged with a "pennies war" to help raise much needed funds for their athletic programs. Athens Services will match all funds raised by Rosemead High School students and Valley Vista Services will match the funds raised by Arroyo High School students.
Both companies will match up to $2,000, providing each school with the opportunity to raise $4,000 each. Pennies will be collected by both schools between now and before the start of the football game on Friday.
The community is encouraged to show their community spirit, help their schools' collect pennies, and join both teams and mayors to cheer on their schools.

102711MattEddyXHAVING A GREAT YEAR FOR THE PANTHERS is running back Matthew Eddy. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-pound, three-year varsity senior is tearing apart defenses and racking up yardage for Rosemead.
"I'm trying hard to do my best," Eddy said. "I'm just trying to play fast and play physical. That's what we're taught."
Eddy said a lot of the team's preparation happens off the field.
"Every day after school the whole team goes in the gym and works out," he said. "It's good. It keeps us ready and strong and helps us get over injuries and loosens us up."
But there's more work off the field, Eddy said.
"Every Saturday we go in and watch film and work with all the coaches," he said.
In addition, he said his team's goal is to win the Mission Valley League title.
"To win league we need to come together as a team and play our hearts out," Eddy said. "The offensive line and defensive line need to keep doing what they're doing and getting the ball and helping us gain yards."
Eddy said he got into football because of his older brother. He added next year he hopes to go to college, study fire science and become a firefighter.\
But there's still more to accomplish in the present.
"I hope we get a chance to get to the playoffs," Eddy said. "I really think we can make it."
Also, Eddy said coach Matt Koffler is doing a great job at the helm of the team.
"He's a great coach," Eddy said of Koffler. "All of our coaches are good coaches. They're very dedicated."

STILL HAVING TROUBLE GETTING IN THE WIN COLUMN is the Schurr High football team, which lost to host Alhambra High, 18-8, on Oct. 20 in a CIF Southern Section Almont League game.
"Once again, we played great defense, but our offense continues to struggle," said Schurr coach Ben Negrete. "We gave up a touchdown on a blocked field goal. We lost a touchdown on a kick return because of a block in the back. It's been that kind of season. We just kind of hurt ourselves, make it tough on ourselves."
Down, 18-0, with about four minutes left of the game, Schurr finally got on the board. Following a 55-yard reception by wide receiver Ricky Fonceca from quarterback Rudy Madrid, running back Bradley Powell punched it in to the end zone from the 1-yard line.
The Spartans then converted for two points, but failed to recover the onside kick. Still, Negrete is optimistic for the rest of the season.
"We're 1-1 in league," he said. "We have three games left in league. We're just looking forward, not backward. The kids are still fighting and not quitting. We still have hope."
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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