Here is my column from Friday’s Diamond Bar-Diamond Ranch game.
Ganesha High School was the scene Friday night where the Valley’s newest rivalry was born.
At least that’s what Diamond Ranch High School football coach Roddy Layton would have you believe. Diamond Bar might feel different. After all, the Brahmas play Walnut annually for somethin’ called The Branding Iron.
But don’t tell Layton that. He had the proof before his Panthers put a 41-0 whipping on their new rival.
“We’ve got their posters that they put up around campus that says `Rivalry Week: Diamond Bar vs. Diamond Ranch,’ ” Layton said. “Diamond Bar High is our rival and they know that we’re their rival.”
Some rivalry. It was obvious to all this game was headed to Blowout Central in the first quarter, despite the fact that Diamond Bar was 4-0 and Diamond Ranch was 1-3.
Diamond Ranch took a 7-0 lead just more than five minutes into the game. After a fake punt by the Brahmas, the Panthers were on the scoreboard again.
On fourth-and-5 at the Diamond Bar 22, Layton opted against a field goal try and instead had quarterback Cesar Carrillo throw over the middle to Chris Powell for a 22-yard touchdown.
Then the wait began for Diamond Bar to find points. It’s still ongoing. The Brahmas came close on their first drive of the second half and reached the Panthers’ 2 with a first-and-goal. A run on fourth-and-goal was stopped at the 1 and that was that.
Diamond Ranch took possession and went 99 yards to go up 26-0. Layton went for two. Diamond Ranch soon had the ball back again and scored from 95 yards away. Layton again went for two, up 32-0.
Could you blame him? He’s a man building a rivalry at a school that opened all the way back in 1997.
“We were able to put in a formation that will now make defensive coordinators in the coming weeks try to figure out what we were trying to do with that,” Layton said.
You can’t blame Layton for wanting Diamond Bar to be his rival. The schools’ close proximity makes it natural and the fact they both have Diamond in their name, well, that puts it over the top.
You buying it yet? Didn’t think so.
The truth is had CIF not placed Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar in the Hacienda League, Layton still would be waiting on hold to talk to anybody at Diamond Bar about a game.
The reason for that is pretty obvious, and not even Layton could escape it.
When asked why he felt Diamond Bar was averse to playing his team for so long, Layton simply turned and looked at the scoreboard, which was now dark but once read 41-0.