First off, if there’s ever a media relations course for coaches, I hope D-Ranch coach Roddy Layton teaches it (and I know who I’ll sign up for it first).
I got a hold of Layton on Monday to get his takes on West Covina, who his Panthers play this Friday for sole control of first place in the Hacienda League. Needless to say, Coach Layton is just as impressed as the rest of us by the Bulldogs.
Aram: What’s your take?
Layton: Speed kills, so they’re good. We’ve watched them on film and seen them live. They do a lot good of things, so pick your poison on offense — 1, 5, 20, 21, 84 — there are several (jersey) numbers.
Aram: Will your speed offset some of their speed?
Layton: I’m a math teacher, so it comes down to geometry. It comes down to angles. If take the wrong angle, they’re gone. This week, we have to work on our angles. I don’t know if in a week’s time we’re gonna get faster than we already are. But traditionally we have good speed and you don’t see a lot of our players getting caught from behind either.
Aram: What about B.J. Lee?
Layton: I know B.J. Lee from track meets. He put a smoking on a lot our players. We’ve know since last season how fast that kid can run. You can tell West Covina is fast, but has it been fast team vs. slow team, or fast team vs. fast team? You don’t know.