It’s time to find out about 1-0 Amat …

Here’s my Friday column, in case you missed it.

Is it me, or am I the only sane Bishop Amat fan left in the Valley?

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of every team in the area. I did not attend Amat. I’m not Catholic. Gold is my favorite color.

Here we are on the day of the Lancers’ second real game of the season and it appears everybody but me already is wondering where to put the next couple of banners in the gym. You know, the ones for winning the PAC-5 Division and state championship bowl game.

You’d think the office would be the one place I could take refuge from the hysteria, but Fred Robledo has gone so far off the deep end if you say anything rational about Amat, he’s liable to lose his ageless cool.

What’s this all about?

Amat has played only one game this season, and it was a nice 21-15 win on the road against Compton Dominguez.

The other five weeks of the season the Lancers have either been showcasing themselves to the masses in East L.A. or hosting scrimmages against highly overmatched opponents.

It all adds up to a 6-0 record … but I’ve whittled it down to 1-0 because, unlike so many others, I’m old-school and hold Amat to the highest of standards.

I don’t know what’s in those red cups, but I’m very glad that tonight we’ll finally be sipping from the same truth serum. That’s because Crespi hits town for the Serra League opener and the truth about just how good the Lancers are is going to come out.

Are they 14-0 good? Who knows? Are they about to break up the party by catching a dose of reality from the Celts? Who knows?

That’s my point: 6-0 to you, 1-0 to me and the jury’s still out for all of us.

We do know the Lancers seemingly have gotten better on a weekly basis. A team with a new quarterback, running back and group of receivers is averaging more than 35 points per game.

The defense has been just as impressive, considering there’s only one or two players on that side of the line who legitimately weighs more than 200 pounds and probably none of them have 40-yard times that will wow recruiters.

Despite that, Amat is allowing just 10 points per game.

All that’s great, but now comes the proving ground. The age-old argument about whether a weak nonleague schedule is a good or bad thing will be put to the test against fellow heavyweights Crespi, Loyola, Notre Dame and Alemany. It could go either way, and that’s what I’m here to warn those of you who already are banner shopping.

The Serra League will throw things Amat’s way that the Lancers haven’t seen yet, i.e. truly good quarterback play, good speed to go with good line play and good coaching to go with good talent.

Is Amat ready for all that? The record says yes. The stats say yes. But the strength of schedule says check back in mid-November.

There’s great reason to be excited. The program clearly is headed in the right direction. The parking lot tailgate party has become the social event of the Valley’s Friday night scene.

Yours truly would love nothing more than to be driving back to the Tribune at 10 p.m. dreaming about an Amat-Mission Viejo Pac-5 championship game.

None of that means anything, though, if business isn’t handled over the next four games. That’s what I keep telling myself. How about you?

It starts tonight.

  • SGV FOOTBALL

    Aram,

    I like your writing style, normally I cannot read most editors columns because after the first paragraph they simply bore me to death. Your hooks are great and they keep the reader interested in finishing the story. All in all let hope that BA puts a whooping on Crespi and if we keep to Arams logic, the Celts are only 2-0 too!

  • Amat Dude

    Are you are telling Amat fans what they already know? Tell us what we don’t know please. We have been a member of the Serra League for the last 8 years or so. We’ve played the Mater Dei’s, Santa Margaritas, St. John Bosco’s, Loyolas and St. Paul’s of the World. Anyone can beat anyone on any given Friday. We will treat Crespi the same, give respect, but fear no one. We know that already!

  • Good Job!

    Very good article Aram! You have insight that most reporters don’t understand, its not just the record but the level of comp, the state of a program, what division you play in and some good old fashioned luck at times! These things combined lead to special seasons. I think Amat is well on their way, but I”ll tell you this now Devin Lucien is a certifiable beast!!

  • Amat On Looker

    The Amat defense is in the spotlight tonight, AGAIN! The offense will put points on the board and the defense has to keep them off. As long as we end up with more points on the board at the end of the night it’s all good! I believe Devin Lucien gets his clock cleaned AT LEAST ONCE tonight at the very least! Maybe more if he continues to play. Hopefully, The Amat Defense is hungry and looking to make a point tonight! AMAT will do just fine tonight and come out victorious. Get the “W” AMAT I could give a rats patootie about the score! Our Lady Queen of Victory!!! Go Big Blue!

  • AMAT 73

    Aram ,
    First off great articule. Fine piece of writing and the others you have been writing are great reading. I enjoyed this because I see you get it on starting the Serra league play. Whether a strong or weak preleague schedule ( and we will see the benefits of not banging with 2-3 big teams in preleague leaves us fresher but still battle tested ) when Serra league starts it’s 4 battles in a row. The staff knows what their up against and really Aram, I thnk our preleague schedule will come into play because it allowed Hags to work in the offense and have it ready at this point for tonight and to improve it every week with another piece of the puzzle . Tonight is a huge test for us but let me say this when league starts this night is always huge, because expectations are high and as Lancers this is what it is all about. You hit it right on the nail head when you wrote about Serra league play. I would tell you who I would like to see on that drive but I wouldbe getting way ahead of myself. One game at a time . GO LANCERS SHINE TONIGHT. To the Men in Blue stay focused and do the work . GO BLUE .

  • been there done that – different year.

    Expect the Lancers to approach Devin Lucien in the same manner in which they handled Matt Wittek and Victor Blackwell from Mater Dei (both headed to USC)
    IMO Blackwell is twice the receiver that Lucien is.
    Here we go!

  • Colt74

    BA 31 Crespi 28

    Same score Max-Preps predicted.

    Congrats to the AMAT FAITHFUL !!!!!

  • BA Blues

    TY Colt 74!

    Tonight is a great night for SGV Football!!!

  • just sayin’

    Aram – 2 and 0

  • AMAT 73

    Aram,
    I think we answered your question tonite .Great win by the Lancers . Enjoy it tonite because starting tomorrow it’s all about Loyola.

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