Pomona gaining talent but will it translate to success?

Football coaches around the Valle Vista League take on a certain tone when addressing Pomona High School’s prospects this season. As was the case last season, the growing amout of talent at the school is aknowledged but the lack of results rings true as well.

Of course, 2011 will be just the second season at Pomona for head coach Anthony Rice, who won CIF titles at Colony in 2006 and 2007. The results in year two will be a much more revealing indicator of where the Red Devils are headed as they try to break a seven-year postseason drought.

“Our expectations are to be better than last year,” Rice said. “We want to make sure we’re in the running for the playoffs. I hope we’ve got a good shot because we’ve got a pretty good team.”

Pomona finished with a decent looking 5-5 mark last season but went just 2-4 in the Valle Vista League. To their credit, the Red Devils lost by just a touchdown to league champion Covina before winning their final two league games albeit against the teams that finished at the bottom of the league.

Pomona will be integrating a pair of transfers at key positions as former Rancho Verde running back Caris Yarbrough and former Hacienda Heights Wilson quarterback Brandon Schrieman step into starting positions in the spread offense.

It is a defense returning seven starters that Rice hopes will carry the team to its first playoff appearance since 2003. The linebacking corps that was already the strength of the team with Fabian Abraham and Donovan Weldon added Colony transfer Michael Todd to the mix.

  • COWBOY FAN

    So Rice is at it again. Recruiting and getting transfers. Todd from Colony? Did he move into the Pomona boundry? I hope CIF is paying attention. Curious how no one would transfer to Pomona before Rice. Oh I bet it is the academics that are better.

  • Pomona Native

    Just like a hater! cowboy fan (lower case) should do it’s home work before commenting. How could he play for the Red Devils if he doesn’t live in the district? That’s the rules hater. You might want to follow up on that pre-Rice transfer comment as well. At least the coaches at Pomona keep their heads in class rooms to make sure the players are doing their part. If you need help, I’ll teach you how to read so that you can get your facts straight. Just get ready to be dealt with cry baby.