Muir has agreed to Bishop Amat in Week 3, Mustangs coach Ken Howard confirmed on Friday. The game is likely to be at Amat.
The game pits two of the San Gabriel Valley’s most storied football programs in what should be a treat for area fans.
“We’re not doing this to puff out our chests and think we can call all these other teams out,” Howard said. “We want to take on tough teams and get ourselves ready for the playoffs. When you take on Bishop Amat, you can’t do anything but get better at what you do.”
Howard’s program has taken on powers like Oaks Christian in recent seasons, so stepping up is nothing new. Muir should possess some of the better line play in the area next season, but the Mustangs are very young at the skill positions.
“I don’t have any film on Bishop Amat, so I can only speak for my guys,” Howard said. “Our line has been in these types of games, but as far as our skill guys, we’re young. I think we’ll be geared up for it.”
These guys are old enough to know what Amat-Muir is all about.
Aram’s take: Unreal. Two schools that have produced some of the best talent in Valley history are getting back on the same field. A win by Muir at Amat would set the party off in Pasadena. Any of you with some historical perspective on previous meetings between these schools, please chime in. Freddie always talks about a game he saw late 80s/early 90s when Muir won on the last play of the game with a trick play. Granted, both teams are still trying to get back to what they were in the 80s and 90s, but this is just a beautiful matchup. This should pretty much firm up Amat’s 2010 schedule. I should have the complete list from Lancers coach Steve Hagerty next week. But most of you Amat honks should be able to pretty much fill in the blanks yourselves. I should have Muir’s full schedule from Howard tomorrow. It’s funny, but even though it was a loss, it seems like the near-upset of Charter Oak last year has rejuvenated Muir more than anything. If the Mustangs can take the next step, man oh man, what a show they would put on.