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On the Beat: White, Irwin turning heads

Posted: August 15, 2014 10:19 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2014 10:19 p.m.

This version of “On the Beat” is going to be all over the place so stick with us.

This one starts about a month ago when we were talking to Harry Welch.

The purpose of the conversation was to help come up with nominees for our Greatest SCV Football Player of All Time poll, but the conversation turned elsewhere.

Welch, the legendary former Canyon High football coach who retired from coaching after the 2013 season with Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita, said he went to the Edison Passing Tournament in the summer.

He marveled about Hart wide receiver Trent Irwin.

“He might be the best wide receiver in Santa Clarita Valley ever,” Welch said.

Irwin’s getting that sort of attention a lot going into the 2014 season.

MaxPreps named him the No. 9 returning wide receiver in the nation earlier this month.

But his quarterback might be getting even more mention.

On Friday, MaxPreps sent out a release called “10 Quarterbacks likely to lead the nation in passing in 2014.”

The third name on that list was Hart’s Brady White.

White passed for 4,535 yards last season.

Even bigger, White was rated by MaxPreps as the No. 2 rated returning quarterback in the country.

He was second to Folsom quarterback and soon-to-be state career passing-yardage leader Jake Browning.

Back to the Greatest SCV Football Player of All Time poll.

Fan voting ends on Tuesday at

Keoshian makes another change

An interesting tidbit came from “The Pantagraph,” a daily newspaper in Illinois that covers Illinois State.

Santa Clarita Christian graduate and its greatest player ever Collin Keoshian has moved from fullback to defensive tackle.

Keoshian has moved a lot since graduating from SCCS in 2010.

He went from BYU to College of the Canyons to Glendale College to NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school Illinois State, where he is in his senior season.

“Collin has never played defense before. But he’s a 270-pound guy who is very athletic,” head coach Brock Spack told the Pantagraph. “We’re trying to be proactive and get ready for a crisis. You can’t stick a kid in there Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday he’s ready to play.”

Keoshian was an impact linebacker at SCCS, though, in addition to running back.

Last season at Illinois State he ran for 210 yards on 65 carries (3.1 yards per carry).

Greene gets silver

Stevenson Ranch resident Hunter Greene and the USA 15U National team lost to Cuba 6-3 last Sunday in the gold-medal game of the WBSC ‘AA’ 15U World Cup.

Greene, who will be a sophomore at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, pitched two innings in the championship game, allowing three hits, one walk and three earned runs while striking out two batters.

Cuba touched him up for three runs in the eighth inning.

Overall, Greene pitched in three games in the series, allowing four earned runs in 13 innings, while striking out 13.


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