Burning Questions for Week 0 …

Charter Oak’s height at receiver means trouble for Glendora

Will local coaches spare the SGVN a world of stringer hurt by putting their rosters on MaxPreps?

Please, I can’t say this enough, there’s nothing worse than the inevitable story from one of our new writers that leads with “#14 passed to #81 for the winning touchdown with five seconds left in the first quarter.” We’ll take care of the sequencing if you can take care of the rosters (with numbers and years … height/weight is nice, but not critical). We don’t want to ask “Who’s No. 14?” only to be hit with “I don’t know, they didn’t have rosters.” … which means I call one of you coaches while you’re pouring root beer on your staff, celebrating your opening win. Please, help us out.

Can Baldwin Park CB Demetrius Jackson blanket Rowland WR Leonardo Freeman?

This might be the can’t miss matchup of Week 0. Freeman is, what, 7-foot-6? OK, I kid, but seriously, he’s the tallest receiver in the area outside of Amat’s Wallace Gonzalez. But Freeman won’t have it easy against Jackson, who Jason David raved about after coaching him during summer workouts. Jackson is already committed to UTEP without having played a down since his sophomore year at Duarte. If Freeman wants to prove he’s D-1, this is the time and place.

Can Amat find offensive production outside of Nine?

Now, I’m not talking about Jalen Moore goes for 60 yards and Adam Sanchez has 38 yards receiving. I want to see some numbers from somebody beside Nine. Give me a running back over 100 yards and Sanchez in the paint twice.

Can San Gabriel DB Mark Covarrubias handle what’s coming?

Covarrubias is no doubt one of the top DBs in the Star-News area, but he’s going to be up against it trying to stay with Karl Holmes and Kevon Seymour. If the senior can simply slow, not halt, Muir’s deep threats, then SG stands a fighting chance to keep this one respectable.

Can Whittier Christian win without Jeff Worthy?

My heart sank when Whittier Daily News prepstar Andrew J. Campa told me yesterday that Boise St.-bound Whittier Christian lineman Jeff Worthy will probably miss Friday’s opener against Ontario Christian with a knee injury. Without Worthy paving the way on offense or disrupting things on defense, the Heralds face a tall task against a Ontario Christian team that played in 14 games last year.

Can Bonita QB Greg Spathias handle San Dimas’ pass rush?

The amount of heat San Dimas defensive coordinator Brian Mustain sends at Spathias should be scorching. I doubt the Saints are sweating the Bonita run game much and they probably figure that Spathias will make mistakes in his first start if he’s pressured enough. So that probably means relentless blitzes from all angles. Pretty scary.

Can Glendora’s secondary see through the trees?

When Charter Oak lines up with three receivers all over 6-feet tall, it’s got to be pretty daunting for opposing defenses. Well, Glendora gets first crack at trying to stop such a dilemma. Not much is known right now about the Tartans’ secondary, but should they quell the trio of Rufus, Thropay and Gilchrist, then they might just get a parade in their honor on Monday morning.

Can Bassett or Keppel get that all-important W?

Two struggling programs meet on Friday night at Keppel. Bassett, at one point, reportedly had 12 players on the varsity team. Keppel’s coach has been quoted as saying he’s fielding a JV team that plays under the lights. It appears both teams may not get a better chance all season at picking up a W.

Can La Habra hang with the big boys?

Many Southland fans have been waiting to see La Habra take on other SoCal heavyweights. Well, that time has come. The Highlanders begin the toughest nonleague schedule of any team in the area by taking on Orange Lutheran on Friday night deep in the heart of Anaheim. If the Highlanders want respect from outside the area, this is where they’ll have to start earning it.