Diamond Bar football player Mikey Gorbea II gets off to a quick start; Canada vs. Pasadena Poly at the Coliseum – San Gabriel Valley Tribune


There are a lot of running backs in high school showing that football isn’t all about flash, that grinding, 3 yards and a cloud of dust are still prevalent today.

Diamond Bar has one of those types of running backs in senior Mikey Gorbea II.

Gorbea amassed 1,101 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns, making him the second rusher in the zone behind Robert Lucero of San Gabriel (1,109 yards).

Diamond Bar coach Jeff Reitz is a football history student. It was no surprise that he came back to his memory when asked to compare Gorbea to a player from the past.

“He’s a faster version of Larry Csonka,” Reitz said of the former 1970s NFL runner. “Everyone calls him Mikey because he’s a fun, confident and kind young man. . He’s a good listener which is a great attribute if you want to play for me.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound backer ran for 152 yards and scored five touchdowns last week in the Brahmas’ 55-21 win over Rowland. Two weeks earlier, Gorbea carried the ball 37 times for 308 yards and scored four touchdowns in Diamond Bar’s 56-46 win over Montclair.

“I looked at the stats sheet after the game and the first thing I thought was (Gorbea) had too many touches,” Reitz said. “Part of the reason why (Gorbea) is doing well is because of our offensive line. They’re the best bunch of linemen I’ve had since I’ve been here. They understand the game and it’s great.

Before the start of the season, Reitz sat down with Gorbea and set a few goals.

“One of our main goals was for him to hit 2,000 rushing yards,” said Reitz. “It could happen in our 10th, 12th, 13th game, who knows. But the goal for him is to give him 2,000 yards and he’s on the right track.

When the Brahmas decide to throw the ball, Maddox Bernardino is the receiver that quarterback Ryan Lewis connects with the most. Bernardino has 34 receptions for 633 yards and eight touchdowns, placing him fourth among the leaders in the region.

“Maddox is a gifted catcher,” Reitz said. “I’ve been a coach for a long time and he’s the best receiver I’ve ever worked with. He’s just a junior so he has a lot of potential ahead of him. He’s having a great season.

Diamond Bar (2-4) is part of the revamped San Antonio League and is expected to be in the league title mix with Walnut. These two teams face off in a game dubbed “The Branding Iron Game” during the final week of the regular season in Walnut on October 29th.


Pasadena Poly officials announced this week that their Rio Hondo League match against La Canada will be played on October 21 at the Coliseum.

The facility is available as USC will be out this weekend to play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

This is not the first time the Panthers have played a game at a major sports complex. During the spring sports season, Poly played Rio Hondo Prep at the Rose Bowl, a game the Kares won 8-7. It was the only game the Panthers played in the spring due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The October 21 game could have playoff implications. The Panthers beat San Marino (27-19) and the Spartans lost to Monrovia (60-15) last week in League opening games Rio Hondo.


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