Ranking the Mid-Valley Division leagues …

I don’t see this changing much. We pretty much know right know what the stronger and weaker leagues are in the Mid-Valley Division. We may not know the exact order of finish yet, but ranking the leagues at this point should be doable.

So here goes …

1. Valle Vista:
Looking at a very probable scenario of Covina, San Dimas and Baldwin Park getting in. If BP somehow lost one of its next two games, then chaos would ensue. If the Braves don’t and San Dimas beats Covina, then all three teams get in. And, I think maybe even a fourth make it. If Covina loses to SD, then there’s a strong chance the VVL champ will be not be a top-four seed. Crazy, I know.
2. Olympic: Whittier Christian appears headed to the league title. Valley Christian looks to be a safe bet for second. Whomever finishes third (Maranatha?) absolutely deserves an at-large berth, though the CIF formula may not mean much unless its Maranatha vying for an at-large with La Canada, among others.
3. Mission Valley: Surprised? Don’t be. It’s close between the next four leagues, but seriously, the September results pretty much say the MVL is the third-best league. Both Arroyo and Rosemead beat Montebello, which is vying for second/third in the Almont. Rosemead beat Temple City, which looks like the Rio Hondo’s second-place team. Of course, San Gabriel beat Rosemead. It’s not cut and dry, but body of work says MVL.
4. Rio Hondo: Monrovia really carries the weight here. But after that, the RHL has some encouraging results that would help you make the argument it’s the third-best league. South Pas beat San Gabriel. La Canada beat Alhambra. San Marino, once up on a time was good.
5. Almont: This is where it gets dicey. Schurr will be one of the better league champs in the field of 16. But after that, the Almont leaves a lot to be desired … unless you want to argue that teams like Bell Gardens and Montebello are better now than they were in September.
6. Montview: Azusa carries the show here. But after that, you can bet every seeded team or league champ wants the Montview’s second-place team for its first-round game. It’s just hard to believe anybody beside Azusa can win a playoff game when the dance starts.

Playoff berths by league (prediction): Valle Vista 4, Olympic 3, Rio Hondo 3, Mission Valley 2, Almont 2, Montview 2.

Top four seeds as of now: Covina, Whittier Christian, Azusa and Arroyo.

  • Arroyo Knight

    Aztec Pride do you disagree with Aram about how he is ranking the leagues? I told you Arroyo and Rosemead are better and play better competion than you and your entire league… I really would like to see Arroyo vs Azusa we are so evenly matched up no recruits just homegrown talent!

  • aram

    Aram I know you have your top 4 seeds, but is monrovia is ranked # 2 right now in the CIF rankings, how are they not a top four seed?

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Yes good morning to you too ARROYO Knight. Yes i’ve been hearing that for 4 years on this blog. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before in the past. I will say this though, I agree with you on the “HOMEGROWN” part and being coach real well with what they’ve got!!!

    By the way did you read everthing on Saturday’s morning post on Fred’ blog? What happened you disappeared? Also i’m going to keep my comments to a minmal, and as you can see I have a blogger that is LOATHING on me! LoL….

    AZUSA FOOTBALL!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    One more thing I should have mentioned Arroyo Knight. Than why does ARAM place AZUSA, higher then ARROYO & ROSEMEAD on his ALL Encompassing top 25 list?? Oh yes and the teams that are underneath AZUSA in the Montview League, (WHO CARES)!!! I’m mean do you care who’s underneath Arroyo?

    AZTEC PRIDE!

    p.s. I see it coming now…

  • Colt74

    Aram,
    Us colts disagree in that the more probable scenario is Covina beats San Dimas and all the best laid plans of mice and men goes right out the window…

    Acoms Razor…

  • Colt Insider

    Aram,

    I thought I read somewhere that no 4th place team and can enter the playoffs with a record under .500. I dont think Wilso or NV will end up with a .500 record or better.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    These are my predictions of what the top-four seeds will be. The polls will ultimately determine the top four. We’ll see if they change.

    Also, my issue with the Almont, Rio Hondo and Montview is the weakness of the No. 2 team. Rosemead is a stronger second-place team than anything those leagues will have.

    It’s no knock on Azusa, Schurr and Monrovia. I think all three teams could go far.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Colt Insider,

    Wilson is 4-4 right now. The Cats need a win over Pomona this week or San Dimas in the closer to be .500 or better.

    If they are 5-5, I think they get in. Look at their nonleague schedule and you’ll see some important inter-division wins.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Aram, with ALL this teasing and your top 25. Can you please look into your crystal ball and give us your predictions or opinion on what TWO TEAMS WILL BE IN THE FINALS? Now don’t avoid the question.LOL…

    Come on, you’ve been teasing us all season long!

    AZTEC PRIDE!

  • Uncle Pete

    Looks like the At-larges will go to Olympic 3rd place, Valley Vista 3rd place, Montview 3rd place, and Rio Hondo 3rd place. all other leagues look like they will play out with the third place team not being .500 and there fore those leagues could not send an At-Large before the ones listed above.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Aztec Pride,

    I hate to do this to you, but I honestly don’t know. ANYTHING can happen in this division.

    It has got to be my most favorite division of all time. Why? Because it’s all neighborhood football and there isn’t that one team out there with like three D-1 guys. Some teams have one or two, but that’s it. And because of that, nobody lays over the rest of the division and because of that, nobody has been able to run away and hide with the favorite’s role.

    Totally wide open.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Aram I appreciate the HONESTY! Hopefully i’ll still have fingernails by the end of the season!LOL..

    THERE’S YOUR ANSWER AZUSA, 5O/50 SHOT!!!

    GET’EM AZTECS…

  • The Stang Fan

    Aram,

    I know this thread is for the Mid-Valley and all, but the lone At-large spot for the Southeast is a little interesting as well. Here’s what is “likely” to happen:

    4th-place Del Rio

    El Rancho: 5-5 (2-3)

    5th-place Hacienda

    Diamond Bar: 6-4 (2-4)

    5th-place Pacific

    PHS: 5-5 (3-4)

    5th-place Suburban

    Cerritos: 4-6 (2-4)

    Looks like DB gets the at-large for scheduling down in the pre-season. They also get to miss WC in the 1st round, since CIF doesn’t like to pit league foes against each other in the playoff opener.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Stang Fan,

    That’s scary, man. Hey, D-Bar is a decent team.

    Aztec Pride,

    I know one thing, I will be happy for whomever it is that wins it.

  • Mid Valley by Mr Football

    The Mid Valley division is going to be war! There is no clear cut Favorite..NO not Azusa, NO not Monrovia, NO not Covina!!! Anyone can go down! I predict the top 8 seeds are going to advance and after that, there will be no where to hide. Depending on what happens in the valley vista, One or two of the top 4 seeds may be Seeing, Covina, BP, Or San Dimas in the First or Second Round. Just Imagine…

    If we started the playoffs today, the top 4 seeds are

    Azusa
    Monrovia
    Arroyo
    Whittier Christian

    1st Round underdogs capable of pulling of a upset…
    Bell Gardens
    Rosemead
    Village Christian
    Maranatha( if they can squeeze in)

    2nd Round possible Matchups

    Azusa vs BP
    Monrovia vs Schurr
    Arroyo vs Covina
    Whittier Christian vs San Dimas

    **Where do you run? Where do you hide? There are still alot of scenarios that can take place…Play with these 8 teams…No matter where you place them, It’s going to be a Killer game.

  • Mid Valley by Mr Football continue

    I also forgot My predictions for the rest of the playoffs…

    Semi Finals

    Monrovia vs Azusa

    Covina vs Whitter Christian

    Finals

    Covina vs Monrovia

    Winner
    Monrovia

  • The Stang Fan

    Btw, my bad, I thought PHS had 4 wins, but they have only 3. So they’ll end up 4-6.

    Looks like D-Bar will likely face La Serna, or possibly La Mirada, in the 1st round. How does this look to you:

    1. Hacienda #1 (WC)
    2. Del Rio #1 (LS)
    3. Suburban#1 (LM)
    4. Pacific #1/Hacienda #2

    5. Pacific #1/Hacienda #2
    6. PL/SL/DRL #2
    7. PL/SL/DRL #2
    8. PL/SL/DRL #2

    9. PL/HL/SL #3
    10. PL/HL/SL #3
    11. PL/HL/SL #3
    12. PL/HL/SL #4

    13. PL/HL/SL #4
    14. PL/HL/SL #4
    15. At-large (likely D-bar, so they can’t be #16 and face #1 WC)
    16. DRL #3 (likely Cal at 3-7)

  • How is Azusa’s #1 ranking effecting the Mid Valley Top four seeds?

    Aram
    This was last weeks Rankings, with thier records as of today,… listed below. I am just looking at the Rankings “as is” and what I think will unfold. Who Really derserve to be in what spot does not matter. Everyone won, Accept for Valley Christian and Maranatha. Now one at the top lost. You may see Schurr move up, and BP move back into the Final Rankings. Now with the remaining Schedule, The only teams in jepordy of losing, Is Covina or San Dimas, and Village Christian or whittier Christian. Since CIF and yourself have allowed Azusa(Great team No doubt) to be ranked #1 with a weak Schedule(Because of Style points) , then the top 4 in Monrovia, and Arroyo Can not lose thier spots. Monrovia has shut out the whole rio Hondo. and put up 40 in every game. Arroyo had a good win over Rosemead! Whitter Christian, had a great win against a top ten team! That means that covina with a win over San dimas can only stay in their spot#5. If they lose, they move to #6. I do believe that the valle vista is the toughest league, but CIF is not giving them the credit they deserves. If they have a shot at anyones spot, its Whittier Christians. Since Azusa is # 1 it sets a stadard that Style points are weigh more heavily, than Stregnth of schedule, and league strength. Just something to think about…

    CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division 10-25-10

    1. Azusa (Montview) 8-0

    2. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 6-2

    3. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 7-1

    4. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 7-1

    5. Covina (Valle Vista) 8-1

    6. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 5-3

    7. Vallley Christian/Cerritos 5-4

    8. Village Christian (Olympic) 5-3

    9. Schurr (Almont) 5-3

    10. Maranatha (Olympic) 5-4

    In my personal Oppinion, if the CIF was weighing equally Quality of team, Record, Stregth of preseaon schedule and league Schedule and Quality wins… The Rankings would look like this if everyone wins out. I know some people are not going to like this, but…

    1.Covina 9-1( West Covina win + if they win the valley vista outright)
    2.Monrovia 8-2(They look impressive, Shut out whole league and played tough preseaon)
    3.Whittier Christian 9-1(Only loss to Cantwell+ Olympic league Champs)
    4.Azusa 10-0(They look impressiv, but other teams in the division had better league and Preseason Games)
    5.Arroyo 9-1( They look Impressive, only tough game hart and they lost)
    6.San Dimas 6-4(Beat Monrovia, losses to Rancho, Bonita, BP Loss hurt, and possibly Covina Still Dangerous in playoffs)
    7.Schurr 7-3 ( Tough preseason, beat bell gardens, Almont league champs
    8.Valley Christian 6-5(2nd place in Olympic, played whittier close)
    9.Villiage Christian5-5( 3rd place in Olympic, good team)
    10.Baldwin Park 5-5(2nd place in Valle Vista, Toughest preseason of all valley teams, beat San Dimas)

  • How is Azusa’s #1 ranking effecting the Mid Valley Top four seeds?

    Aram
    This was last weeks Rankings, with thier records as of today,… listed below. I am just looking at the Rankings “as is” and what I think will unfold. Who Really derserve to be in what spot does not matter. Everyone won, Accept for Valley Christian and Maranatha. Now one at the top lost. You may see Schurr move up, and BP move back into the Final Rankings. Now with the remaining Schedule, The only teams in jepordy of losing, Is Covina or San Dimas, and Village Christian or whittier Christian. Since CIF and yourself have allowed Azusa(Great team No doubt) to be ranked #1 with a weak Schedule(Because of Style points) , then the top 4 in Monrovia, and Arroyo Can not lose thier spots. Monrovia has shut out the whole rio Hondo. and put up 40 in every game. Arroyo had a good win over Rosemead! Whitter Christian, had a great win against a top ten team! That means that covina with a win over San dimas can only stay in their spot#5. If they lose, they move to #6. I do believe that the valle vista is the toughest league, but CIF is not giving them the credit they deserves. If they have a shot at anyones spot, its Whittier Christians. Since Azusa is # 1 it sets a stadard that Style points are weigh more heavily, than Stregnth of schedule, and league strength. Just something to think about…

    CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division 10-25-10

    1. Azusa (Montview) 8-0

    2. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 6-2

    3. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 7-1

    4. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 7-1

    5. Covina (Valle Vista) 8-1

    6. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 5-3

    7. Vallley Christian/Cerritos 5-4

    8. Village Christian (Olympic) 5-3

    9. Schurr (Almont) 5-3

    10. Maranatha (Olympic) 5-4

    In my personal Oppinion, if the CIF was weighing equally Quality of team, Record, Stregth of preseaon schedule and league Schedule and Quality wins… The Rankings would look like this if everyone wins out. I know some people are not going to like this, but…

    1.Covina 9-1( West Covina win + if they win the valley vista outright)
    2.Monrovia 8-2(They look impressive, Shut out whole league and played tough preseaon)
    3.Whittier Christian 9-1(Only loss to Cantwell+ Olympic league Champs)
    4.Azusa 10-0(They look impressiv, but other teams in the division had better league and Preseason Games)
    5.Arroyo 9-1( They look Impressive, only tough game hart and they lost)
    6.San Dimas 6-4(Beat Monrovia, losses to Rancho, Bonita, BP Loss hurt, and possibly Covina Still Dangerous in playoffs)
    7.Schurr 7-3 ( Tough preseason, beat bell gardens, Almont league champs
    8.Valley Christian 6-5(2nd place in Olympic, played whittier close)
    9.Villiage Christian5-5( 3rd place in Olympic, good team)
    10.Baldwin Park 5-5(2nd place in Valle Vista, Toughest preseason of all valley teams, beat San Dimas)

  • The Stang Fan

    One last thing. Weren’t there more than a few schools and coaches complaining about the Almont league being “too big” for the Mid-Valley Division.

    Guess not…

  • Amat Honk

    At the beginning of the year there was a lot of talk about the Schurr QB, is he still playing or did he get hurt? I don’t here much about him anymore? Just asking?

  • John Wayne

    Little concerned:

    I guess Maranatha’s convincing win OVER Village isn’t enough? You guys have Village ahead of Maranatha – nd Maranatha was two plays away from going undefeated and playing for the Olympic league championship friday! You say Valley played Whittier tough? They lost at home. The Minutemen traveled to Whittier and played to the EXACT same score and lost by one play… and remember the 5 OT’s vs. Valley also. Losing by one play (a missed field goal with less than a minute left in regulation that would have put them up by 10… but things happen!).
    There really are a lot of good teams out there. Just happy that with a win on Friday, we should have an at large berth! I’m sure the Minutemen are happy to make the playoffs their first year in this tough Olympic and talented Mid-Valley! Thanks for having us….
    No matter who we get, I’m sure those boys from Maranatha will at least give everything they have and make it fun to watch!

  • NV Fan

    Does Northview have a chance? Also Aram how would Wilson go before NV if they beat them and will be higher than them in league? Northview is 3-2 in league and wilson is 1-3 in league. Isn’t NV tied with BP

  • just the facts zack

    When the dust settles Covina and Whittier Christian will be the last two teams standing(provided they’re not in the same bracket). Monrovia will choke like they always do and although Azusa is a good team, they’re not as good as last years team.

  • Mtown

    @just the facts Zack. Monrovia has choked, but in the finals. I think Monrovia did beat Whittier Christian Last year! They will be in the Finals again. It will be Monrovia vs Covina this year.

  • Aram …. I have a Mid Valley question??

    I am looking at your top four seeds…Is that a personal ranking of who your top four seeds are? Because they way the teams are ranked right now, Someone will have to get dropped or covina will have to jump someone…Azusa is a lock at 10-0. Monrovia is #2 and possibly will shut out the whole Rio Hondo(competition is down and you ranked 4th best, but that is still a sick accomplishment) and they are peaking at the right time, they will not fall 3 spots to #5. Arroyo will finish 9-1, Whittier Christian still has a few tough games, but they will be 9-1. Who do you drop? Honestly Covina is getting Screwed… Azusa(you ranked montview the worst league) and Arroyo(you ranked Montview 3rd best) are in the top 4 right now. Both have played the weakest Schedules, But have recieved Huge style points. By weighing style points heavily this year, CIF has and is screwing Covina(in the best #1 league in the MidVal). My belief is Someone is overated,!!! Or better yet Someone’s resume and overall body of work is overated. It seems to me that The Criteria for ranking in this division is inconsistent! Things that factor in for one team, don’t factor in for others. Example. Azusa will be 10-0, they have not played any ranked teams in the mid valley nor SGV top 25 or upper Division. Thier best win is Bell Gardens, which is in the second to last ranked Almont league and are not even a league champ. Arroyo step it up and played Hart and lost, but after that, the only other game is Rosemead, which was close. On the other hand Covina, and Monrovia, Have played ranked teams and beat ranked teams. Their loses came to ranked or upper division teams, and were all close games. Covina has the highest rated upper division win in the Division. Monrovia has the Second with Arcadia victory. If you want to look at league dominace Monrovia is about to shut out an entire league, which you rated Higher than the montview,but since they are inconsistent, they can’t be #1. If Covina beats San Dimas, Then they will have the outright League Championship in the best league.Whittier Christian aslo plays in a tough league, their only loss was to cantwell, a upper division school who is ranked! Honestly If Azusa or Arroyo had just one game that you could or Cif could use as a example to access how good this team is, then justification would be clear.Since Covina and Whittier Christian come from the best leagues, we can look at league play really use that for rankings. Since Azusa(worst), Monrovia(4th best), and Arroyo(3rd Best), come from weak leagues you have to step outside of league play to judge a team. Monrovia has enough wins outside league and Style points in league play, to get a top seed. Right now, I think we are pushing a lil bit too hard..The finger points to Azusa and Arroyo, as the two teams that may be in the wrong spot come top seed time. If covina wins i would have it like this…You broke down the leagues accurately, but I think you should justify why you think the top four seeds should be what you said they should…Thanks for your time.

    1.Covina
    2.Monrovia
    3.Azusa
    4.Whittier Christian
    5.Arroyo

    Cif has its latest rankings like this…

    1. Azusa
    2. Monrovia
    3. Arroyo
    4. Whittier Christian
    5. Covina(Getting Screwed)

  • booster

    Schurr will walk through the playoffs…. are you kidding me Azusa in the 1st round would be like another Keppel…

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    booster said:
    Schurr will walk through the playoffs…. are you kidding me Azusa in the 1st round would be like another Keppel…

    November 3, 2010 6:16 AM

    You know what you remind me of? Those people at the Movies who just got to run their mouths when everybody just wants to watch the Movie….

    BOOSTER, PLEASE JUST SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHH…….

    AZTEC FOOTBALL!and this isn’t The Mark Keppel AZTECS! BELIVE THAT…

  • just tha facts zack

    Hey here’s a thought…who cares about the rankings! If your team is good enough to win all of your play-off games, they’ll be #1 in tha final rankings and that’s all that really matters…right?

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    just tha facts zack, THANK YOU!!! And you took the words right out of my Mouth.

    AZTEC FOOTBALL AND THE REAL AZTECS…

  • Anonymous

    The best thing about the Mid Valley Division this year? No one has a CLUE what really will happen throughout the playoffs. That is the beauty of it.

  • booster

    It would not matter which Aztecs we played (Azusa, Keppel) they would STOMP either !!!!!!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Will see BOOSTER, when you come out to Citrus College come playoff time!

    AZUSA 48- Bell Gardens-0.

    Schurr 17 Bell Gardens 10.

    AZUSA FOOTBALL

  • Question for Azusa Pride….

    @azusa pride

    I am not here to bash your team at all… I am just asking a question….I would not be too worried about Schurr, I would worry about teams like Monrovia, San Dimas, Covina, who have the big and/or Fast Athletes plus good coaching.So Far in your games, Azusa has been the bigger Faster team in addition to having the better coaching staff…How do you think your team will do, in a situation where they are now the smaller, slower, less talented team? Your coach is one of the best in the divison, but he will be going up against Maddox, Coach Z, and Thomas. do you think they will prevail? Schurr and bell garden and montview league type teams are slow and small. How do you think your team will match up against teams that are Bigger and Faster than you? I am not just talkig about skills, I am talking about Line wise too? Will you be able to block a Ellis Mcarthy or Jeff Worthy? Well Good luck. It is going to be intesting.

  • Question for Azusa Pride….

    @azusa pride

    I am not here to bash your team at all… I am just asking a question….I would not be too worried about Schurr, I would worry about teams like Monrovia, San Dimas, Covina, who have the big and/or Fast Athletes plus good coaching.So Far in your games, Azusa has been the bigger Faster team in addition to having the better coaching staff…How do you think your team will do, in a situation where they are now the smaller, slower, less talented team? Your coach is one of the best in the divison, but he will be going up against Maddox, Coach Z, and Thomas. do you think they will prevail? Schurr and bell garden and montview league type teams are slow and small. How do you think your team will match up against teams that are Bigger and Faster than you? I am not just talkig about skills, I am talking about Line wise too? Will you be able to block a Ellis Mcarthy or Jeff Worthy? Well Good luck. It is going to be intesting.

  • Dee

    @ question for Aztec Pride,

    Bigger faster better coached teams? That is what you said. Well lets see, as for Monrovia we (meaning Azusa) did beat them in passing league (oh but they are the bigger team how did that happen?) Ah Covina lets see Azusa beat them in playoffs because they had bigger better receivers and the corners couldn’t handle the toughness. As for coaching Thomas is a good coach but you can only coach so much its up to the players to follow through. And history shows Covina players have not been able to. San Dimas well I see how everyone is stuck on what last years San Dimas team looked like. They are a whole different team this year and not for the better. Azusa may not be a amazon team but they are not as small as everyone says they are. And what they lack in size they have in toughness, heart, coaching and the drive that all the haters are giving them. So when that CIF Championship banner is rolling open in the Azusa Gym I hope you are all there to see what a true HOME GROWN championship team looks like.

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Thanks DEE, for answering that Question! THAT’S RIGHT, (HOME GROWN) just add HEART. BRING HOME THE BANNER AZUSA!

    ENOUGH TALK! LETS ROLL AZUSA.

    MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH!!! THIS GOES FOR THE MONTVIEW LEAGUERS ONLY, AZUSA GOING FOR IT’S THREE PEAT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

    GOOD JOB AZUSA FOOTBALL AND CONGRATULATIONS#1

    THEIR ISN’T A NOTHING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT THAT!

    AZUSA FOOTBALL…(HOME GROWN).

  • Just a note about passing league

    Dee, I would truly refrain from bringing up a passing league game, thats like saying my flag football team beat your flag football team. No Hatin on Azusa they are where they are because of what was put in front of them, but going into a full on game against teams like Monrovia who you have to remember where their true strenghs lye and thats on their Defense. If Azusa had played Monrovia’s pre-season Schedule you would really know the truth about how good your D really is. I truly believe If Monrovia had your schedule they would’nt have given up more than 14 pts. this season and those points would have been late in the 4th when the 2′s & 3′s were in trying to run out the clock. But what matters most is the two teams will possibly finding out on the field of play. My observation has more to do with team speed. Monrovia is Much faster in the Gaps than Azusa on the D and trying to make adjustments on your offensive play calling may be a bit too much. On the Offensive side Monrovia would eat your defense alive once they get past your Line. Now I’m sure Aztec Fans will look at this whole situation a whole lot different but the truth is the truth. By the way I forgot to mention heart….Monrovia has plenty of that as well.

  • Goldenarm

    Aram,

    I read your piece on Duarte and their new direction fiasco in PSN…
    though Temple City has not lost 17 in a row since their own “new direction” nightmare, they did fail to make playoffs for the first time in 11 years – all brought about by some wild hair by the Administration, which also attempted to besmirch the name of the then head coach, Randy Backus, who was ousted as head coach.

    TC’s dinosaur run attack, sound defense and fundamentals had served then well since the 1970′s, but suddenly came a desire to “modernize” with a spread offensive attack, zone blocking and a defensive strategy I still have not figured out. With a roster that normally would spell success for the Rams (including a returning 3000yd O-line and Max Ruckle)TC simply never got untracked and their season crumbled.

    My point is your story hit it on the head for me. Any and all high school football programs are fragile and quickly things can change – and threaten something which once seemed capable of enduring forever. The Duarte example is truly a hideous one, negatively impacting more kids than can possibly be known.

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