Pomona went 0-6 in non-league play and it looked like the Red Devils Miramonte League reign was in definite jeopardy. Coach Keith Richardson’s team has rebounded quite nicely and it secured a league title last week with a 54-21 win over La Puente.
Of course it probably helped that the Miramonte is one of the weaker leagues in the Southern Section.
Richardson said much of the early struggles were the result of injuries, with as many as seven starters out at a given time. Most of those players are healthy and ready to go now.
He also credits the emergence of sophomore quarterback Daniel Limon. The Red Devil began the season with Ricky Lua at quarterback. He’s a wide receiver but was inserted at quarterback out of necessity.
The Red Devils’ non-league schedule was considerably tougher than the league schedule and Richardson didn’t think Limon was quite ready to start against that caliber of competition. But Limon has made great progress since then.
Richardson also credits the play of senior lineman Oliver Deerr, one of just two holdovers from the title winning-team of two years ago.
Pomona (4-6) has a bye this week to get ready for the playoffs. Richardson expects his team to get top seeded Los Altos in the first round. Chalk that up to the poor overall record and the quality of the league.
The playoff draw will be unveiled on Sunday.