Friday night’s meeting between Diamond Ranch and Bishop Amat is Fox Sports West’s high school football game of the week.
It’ll be televised at 7 p.m. Check out the Fox broadcast team.
Diamond Ranch is 1-3 but don’t let that fool you. The combined record of the three teams to which it has lost is 12-1. The team it beat 21-0 is Colony, a two-time defending CIF champ. Head coach Roddy Layton has put together a brutal nonleague schedule each of his three seasons at the helm.
After missing the playoffs the last three seasons, Bishop Amat (3-1) seems to have the program headed back in the right direction.
Kyle Skipworth, catcher for the Riverside Patriot team who was eliminated from the CIF-SS Division IV playoffs by Diamond Ranch on Tuesday, was named the 2007-08 Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 200 pound senior, regarded by many as a first-round draft pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on June 5, went 2-for-3 against Diamond Ranch but second-seeded Patriot (27-3) lost 5-3 with a trip to Friday’s final at Dodger Stadium on the line.
An error with the paperwork of a Diamond Ranch football player that transferred to the school this year may cost the team all five of its wins this year.
Here is the story I wrote today.
Roddy Layton is the type of coach I’d like to play for.
The second-year Diamond Ranch head football coach comes off first and foremost as a fiery motivator. It’s apparent in his voice how much he cares about football and it’s fast becoming obvious how contagious that is within his team. It beat the Daily Bulletin’s then No. 1 team, Chino Hills, on Friday.
While Layton walks the line between cocky and confident – for example, he skipped past the scoreboard that read Diamond Ranch 28, Chino Hills 14 with his index finger aloft heading into halftime – he almost always falls on the correct side of it.