Too early to tell: Was Ayala’s 46-17 win over Diamond Bar on Friday more due to the Bulldogs’ offseason leap forward or Diamond Bar’s influx of undeveloped youth? With all the preseason lauding of Ayala, I imagined it would be significantly better than last year’s three-win squad but didn’t expect a 29-point season-opening victory over a respectable Diamond Bar team. Perhaps it’s more of an indication that Diamond Bar will take a small step back this season as it integrates some young, but promising players. The Brahmas didn’t help by failing to recover four onside kicks in the game.
One short of a dozen: Garey snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 21-19 season-opening victory against Pomona Friday in the debut of head coach Al Brown, the longtime Diamond Ranch offensive coordinator. Of the handful of downtrodden programs in the area, Garey seems to have the most potential. The Vikings were winless last season but are just a year removed from making the playoffs. Garey takes on Carter in two weeks, but could enter Mt. Baldy League play at 3-1.
Ike joining city movement: Carter and Rialto experienced a renaissance last season. Under new coach Vinny Fazio, Eisenhower hopes to join the city movement. If a 54-0 victory last week over Alta Loma is any indication, perhaps the Eagles are ahead of schedule. Alta Loma is no titan, but Eisenhower couldn’t have dominated the game much more thoroughly. It led 47-0 at the half. We’ll find more this week about the Eagles when Ike takes on Rialto.