San Bernardino Valley College football coach Pat Meech admits his cell phone started ringing late Saturday and didn’t stop for a couple of days. Word was out. Most probably thought they heard the score backward. The Wolverines throttled almighty Grossmont, the juggernaut, the team many considered invincible.
27-25, Good guys!
Grossmont is one of those teams with a definite swagger. Cocky? Definitely! So many of those trying to contact Meech were other coaches, silently cheering that someone finally knocked the Griffins off their pedestal. They had won 36 straight conference games dating back to 2002. So maybe they had earned the right to be cocky.
But it was a much-needed win for Meech and the program. It is his fifth year and the team has taken baby steps every year. A 2-8 his first year, then 3-7, 4-6, 5-5 last year. They were 0-2 this season going into that game. Progress is one thing but at some point you want a team that can start competing with the best in the conference. Maybe this will be that year.
Meech’s teams have tended to beat the teams they’re supposed to beat, lose to the teams they were supposed to lose to. With middle tier teams it is pretty much win one, lose one . . . thus a .500 record. No doubt this was the marquee win in Meech’s tenure, maybe in the school’s recent history.
Next up is San Diego Mesa on Saturday. This team believes. Now the trick is to avoid the letdown that sometimes comes after such a big victory. It wouldn’t do much good to beat Grossmont, then turn around and lose to Mesa.
The Wolverines showed character in coming back from a 21-0 deficit. Let’s hope they show just as much character this week in preparing for another foe. If so this could be a very special season for a team that hasn’t won a conference title in a decade.