The scenario is simple for Colony. Since the Titans have a bye the final week of the season, a win tonight gives them the outright league title.
A Chino victory tonight would earn the Cowboys at least a share of the league championship. A win next week over Montclair would bring it an outright league title.
Never a doubt: Colony’s 0-4 start to the season and Chino’s 1-2 record out of the gate certainly created a measure of doubt that these two teams would play for a league championship.
Turns out there wasn’t the slightest reason to believe this season would be any different than the last two. Chino has won its four league games by an average of 29 points and Colony has won its five by a 33-point average margin. The Titans even picked up a nonleague win after the fact when Corona had to forfeit its Aug. 31 27-13 victory after it was determined an ineligible player was utilized.
“(Colony) dropped a few early on but when you look at the film of those games there were some turnovers here and there that could have made the game go the other way,” Chino coach Matt McCain said. “They’ve won five in a row. They’ve got a lot of speed. They’re a good football team.”
Take nothing for Granted: Colony’s Arizona-bound Samajie Grant will be the most dynamic player on the field tonight. Though he will likely play receiver next season at Arizona, Grant is the Titans primary running back with 1,229 yards and 29 touchdowns this season.
“He makes more people miss than anybody I’ve seen in a long time,” McCain said. “His highlight film goes on forever.”
Trying to keep pace with a Colony offense averaging 37 points per game will be Chino quarterback Alex Arellano, a dual-threat senior who accounted for four touchdowns in just two quarters of a 43-0 win over Garey last week.
“He reminds me of Samajie when we were using him at quarterback,” Randall said of Arellano. “He’ll stretch your game plan as far as it can go.”