Farrar compares first-round opponent Vista Murrieta to Auburn; Broncos’ QB seems to be a lot like Cam Newton

Why fly to the South to play Auburn when you go two hours east and play Vista Murrieta?

Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar compared his team’s first-round opponent in the Inland Division playoffs to college football’s No. 1-ranked Auburn.

“Their team kinda looks a little bit like Auburn. They have a big quarterback who runs well and throws well. He’s an excellent athlete and they surround him with 98 other kids handpicked out of the 400 they have in the program.

“It gets better, they have 25 coaches, 23 of them on campus and nine of them are former head coaches. The principal is a former Pac-10 offensive lineman. But the band won’t be there because they’re away for the week competing for the national championship.”

So do Farrar’s Chargers have any shot at upsetting the division No. 2 seed?

“Hell yeah,” Farrar said. “Put the ball down and let’s go play.”

NOTE: The quarterback Farrar is referring to is Vista Murrieta senior Derrick Brown, who is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds. Obviously, the Cam Newton comparisons are warranted.

Brown has thrown for 1,087 yards and 12 TDs. He’s rushed for 495 yards and nine TDs. Those are his stats for nine games. I don’t know if the team hasn’t yet put in stats for their game last week.

  • Game Time

    I think Farrar is taking a page out of Lou “Holtz” play book. Mentioning the “BAND” was classic!!!

    Look at it this way, to all the great players at CO this is a great time to shine individually. At the end of the day Andy O, Rufus, Thropay and others have a great challenge. I don’t see any of them shaking in their boots.

    Time for tight chin straps and balls out ballin”. I have complete confidence CO will bring it all night…regardless of the score.

    Best of luck Chargers, represent as always as the Champions that you are.

  • Remember this

    Anyone remember this quote from a certain coaching legend?

    “It’s like a left and right hook, then maybe a little punch to the gut because if you get into the playoffs you get to go two hours to get your butt kicked and go home. But they think it will be good for CIF.”

    He sure was right.

  • you’re not in D7 big lou

    I don’t remember Crespis coach Jon Mack complaining about all of Murrieatas advantages over his team, they went on a 2 1/2 hour bus ride and beat them soundly, I guess the cupcake king really needs to stay in D7…..his staff is hand picked, they’re all relatives or former players, very inbred over there in CO

  • Unreal…

    Mr. Farrar, Would you like some cheese to go with that wine?

    It’s harder to play against good competition. Maybe Big Lou should work on his Pasadena Pipeline a little more so that he can one day compete in the Inland.

    Feels like he’s already making up excuses for a potential Charter Oak loss.

    Ouch!

  • Bob

    Playing this game down south a lot of players will growup in a hurry. Charter Oaks should go into this game with the mindset of “they have nothing to lose”. It’s been awhile since CO has played a team as talented as Vista Murrieta. Playoff time ,the bar has been raised. Good Luck

  • reality

    I don’t think any of the Charges are shaking in their boots especially Don Corleone. Time to take care of all family business. Go CO

  • in the deep end of the pool(with no floaties)

    CO is in way over their head on this one, first off they never travel to play anyone of note, EVER! secondly this team they are playing is more talented than any they have ever played, yes..including the 2 average Amat teams that pummeled them, D7 this is not! like the other blogger said, bring plenty of ice for the bruises and lots of cheese for the wine

  • just sayin’

    for all those CO fans that refused to believe the vast difference in levels…. you are finding out that D2 is far, far superior to D7!

  • D-Mo

    Hey Unreal and you other haters,
    these young men playing at CO and the coaches aren’t wining or complaining. They will be up for this game. They know that nobody is giving them a chance to win it, so here comes the surprise.
    BTW – did any of you haters ever even play football? One of you is an expert on inbreeding, the another sounds like he doesn’t know that these aren’t the same young men from 6 years ago.

  • Huskies

    “Their team kinda looks a little bit like Auburn. They have a big quarterback who runs well and throws well. He’s an excellent athlete and they surround him with 98 other kids handpicked out of the 400 they have in the program.

    “It gets better, they have 25 coaches, 23 of them on campus and nine of them are former head coaches. The principal is a former Pac-10 offensive lineman. But the band won’t be there because they’re away for the week competing for the national championship.”

    So do Farrar’s Chargers have any shot at upsetting the division No. 2 seed?

    “Hell yeah,” Farrar said. “Put the ball down and let’s go play.”

    It would’ve been a whole lot better if Lou just said we’re going to be ready, so may the best team win!

    I don’t want to say he sounds like he’s being a tiny, tad bit of a crybaby, but why in the world would you mention what he just did? If the coach doesn’t believe you can win, how are you going to hype up your team and give them the motivation needed to compete at the highest level? Bad, bad coach…

  • Frank Corona

    It’s allot like the time I once took one of my kids off to the side and told him as he went off to Harvard, son, there is a reality here, and that is that once you get there, your not in Kansas anymore.

    Couldn’t be any more truer for Charter Oak.

    If they were Damien, or even Salisian, then yes, they would have a prayer, but being that they are a public school, i’m afraid that they’re going to get trounced. God wont be on their side i’m afraid.

    Nevertheless, I plan on making the treck if only because I want to see a good old fashioned ass wupping.

    And I guarantee you that there will be an ass wupping

    So, if any one of you Charter Oak people want to come up to me and shake my hand after the game, i’ll be the big fat guy with pizza stains all over my shirt.

    I’ll be wearing my other son’s Princeton jacket and will be there with my good freind Randy. You can’t miss me because I weigh more than 260 lbs and will be holding a Natchos in one hand hand and a diet coke in the other, while cheering on Vista Murrieta.

  • Cocupcake fan #2

    Hey Charter Oak, welcome to Reality, where the big boys come to play. You will find out real quick that those cracker jack box rings that you guys won in your little fish bowl won’t come easy anymore.

  • Salesian Frank?

    did the LATimes have it correct, did Salesian forfeit 7 games this year? what are they teaching the kids over there.I do enjoy the stories all about the “life experiences” and “values” you talk about so eloquently, ironic, isn’t it.

  • http://Michael Norco

    I like CH in this game…reality is VM struggled to beat Corona Santiago 21-17 on the last play of the game, and yes Santiago beat Chino Hills in week #2 24-12…but if CO can stop VM QB Brown…they will have a good shot at the upset…I hope both Norco & CH take care of business in round one…

  • VM over CO by 3/4 scores!

    CO could not stop SH, so I highly doubt they will stop VM and a running QB! Plus I am sure VM has more than just 1 or 2 athletes like SH did. They have a lot of depth and plenty of big DB’s to stop Rufus. Once Rufus is stopped CO is done. If not for Rufus, CO is turning in their gear this week and SH is taking the tough road game to VM.

    I do hope they keep the game close though! Regardless of what your coach is saying give it all you got! Show him that you as players don’t care who you play!

    Good Luck CO!

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Good Luck C/O and I hope you win!!! My nephew played for Lou several years ago back.I Hope you win your third Championship!

  • Don

    It’s great that Lou is hanging tough, but this whole deal only highlights the fact that Charter Oak belongs in the Inland Division playoffs like Rosie O’Donnell belongs at the local NRA meeting.

    The Southern Section took a short cut when they yanked Charter Oak and and South Hills up into D2. The Leagues and the Divisions needed adjustment but last year’s changes made little sense. Both C O and SHHHS should have been moved away from local leagues years ago but not into divisions with schools who suit up 100 kids.

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

    You see, I don’t think they should have been moved at all.

    Charter Oak won back-to-back titles so they have to be moved? That’s dumb. And I can’t even explain South Hills.

    But doesn’t anybody realize this was probably the year what West Covina unseated CO? Maybe even Bonita?

    CIF didn’t let the cycles of players play out.

  • dondondon

    I recall all the CO honks, huffin and puffin about how D7 championships were the bomb, now they get to play some real teams, not a .500 Dranch team in the finals, a little humility will be learned this Friday night(they should be humbled going in as the 3rd team from the weakest leagues in the Inland Division) I mean, tell me the best win in their history, just who in the heck have they ever whooped? I predict a comeuppance to the tune of 49-12 adios C-oooooh

  • dondondon

    ARAM? maybe it’s all the out of towners and numerous transfers that bought CO and SH there ticket to the Inland, I mean Bogan and Judi North took every and anybody and that Pasadena/Monrovia/Duarte train stopped at CO with a boatload of talent, of course the coaches strutted like peacocks and CO got whooped by a very,very average Amat consecutive years, were they humbled? heck no……..the divisions had to be reconfigured and the only geographic/competitive option was the Inland, they couldn’t go to an all OC division and they couldn’t go down to D10……it’s just the way it is, as for me, I yearn for the day when they return to maybe 4 or 5 divisions , with just league champs in the playoffs, look at all the 3rd place teams, 6-4 and 5-5, outside of the Pac-5, the “champion ” is just the best team out of 5 leagues, the Pac-5 champ is considered by most to be the very best team in SoCal and rightfully so, to win 4 in a row against the likes of Tesoro,LBPoly/Mater Dei, Mission Viejo, then Servite, now that is something to hang your hat on, the only 2 teams undeservingin the Pac-5 by my estimation are the teams from the Moore League(3rd and 4th place) I’m waiting for the other seasons to bring more complaints regarding the new Sierra league CO/SH will get even more comeuppance

  • whitey

    Don, to what Division should CO/SH been moved to? an Orange County one? and Aram, your paper loves to show off the pic that you guys took of Gano,Big Lou and Bogan, flaunting all their very lower Division rings, if you have any nads, you want to challenge yourself and play “somebody” yet the 3 amigos fought and kicked their way to the Inland,now they’ll be fodder for 2 years and re-surface somewhere else, after they learn a little humility, I mean look at how Tesoro waxed SH, and Damien getting whooped by Pac-5 patsy JSerra(winless in the Trinity league for 5 years)and Amat, who literally eased up on them at the start of the 3rd quarter, CO lost 4 games to teams that would not get a win in a Pac-5 league, bottom line they won rings in a small fish bowl, now they are in a bigger pool and the deep end is very scary, do they nutt up or sink?

  • SH HS

    If SH wants to make impact next year, teh oughta keep the numerous returners healthy, including the talented frosh team… and senior Jamie Canada.

    Drop Baldwin Park (SH haveth no business prepping with a Valle Vista!), and maybe Monrovia….then, try to get a real big boy. Like Mission Viejo, Servite, Oceanside, De La Salle, et al.

    West Covina game must ALWAYS be kept on schedule!!!!

  • yo

    charter oak stands no chance agisant a very good vista murrieta football team!

  • Up the Middle

    This game will be ugly. C O and SHHS have no business being in Div 2. Who ever made that decision was not thinking in the best interest of the programs of these schools.

    Crespi is in the Pac 5, not Div 7. VM’s starting CB’s were out with injuries that game and there were two very controvesial calls that led to Crespi’s scores. VM pummeled Chaparral who despite their record is very tough. This was supposed to be a rebuidling for VM with 9 new starters on defense.

    Final score VM 48 C O 9

    However no one is going to stop the Centennial machine. They will take the Inland Division crown hands down.

  • Aaron

    Pretty simple the Sierra league should have remained in the Central Division.

  • Don

    Whitey,

    There aren’t any simple fixes, if there were the Pine Avenue braintrust would have come up with them by now because they are simple. As it stands now, the Sierra has too much horsepower for the Central but that could be corrected with a little tweak here and there.

    Aram, sorry pal, you’re wrong. It was time for C O to go, long past as a matter of fact. Decades of local domination was wrong, you either move ‘em up or move teams in who can play with ‘em. You don’t let them go on beating up on Wilson and Walnut and whoever year after year. Same thing with South Hills, it’s just too bad the Southern Section made it all seem punitive.

    The obvious problem is that the section has never stood up a said the mechanism in place to create and adjust leagues and divisions is broken and we are going to fix it. They are happy and comfortable with the politicking and gerrymandering that has been going on forever. The arguments they use are worn out and don’t hold as much water in 2010 when competitive equity and strength of schedule can be quantified by a computer program.

    One thing for sure, sending Charter Oak out to play a squad that has more kids than Citrus College on it is a mistake. It’s wrong too for anyone to gloat over the beep beep boys getting their comeuppance, they won’t be on the field getting hit. I’m just praying everyone rides home healthy.

  • Chuck Jones, hardass !

    Whitey you are one bitter old man.

  • Nice try you nutless wonder

    Grow a set and use your own name why don’t you.

  • whitey

    Don K ? from Aldenville? how goes it

  • We Believe in CO!!!!

    To our Charter Oak young men! There is only one true way to rise to any occasion to compete at your highest level. Focus, and remain calm at all times throughout your game.
    Togetherness is a must for team unity and structure; you can play with any team as long as you believe together. It will not be easy but if you play on the same heart beat nothing is impossible.
    You all can play this game but you cant have one ounce of fear if you desire to compete. You all would not be here if you didn’t win the games that got you here.
    Remember David & Goliath! Now is the time to strap up and put your “Armor” on rise to the occasion and play your hearts out. Leave it all on the field. As you walk off at the end of the game, you leave only memories of how you played on that field. Only looking back to reflect on how you all gave it your best win or loose. You are champions!

  • WE BELIEVE IN CO!!!

    To our Charter Oak young men! There is only one true way to rise to any occasion to compete at your highest level. Focus, and remain calm at all times throughout your game.
    Togetherness is a must for team unity and structure; you can play with any team as long ad you believe together. It will not be easy but if you play on the same heart beat nothing is impossible.
    You all can play this game but you cant have one ounce of fear if you desire to compete. You all would not be here if you didn’t win the games that got you here.
    Remember David & Goliath! Now is the time to strap up and put your “Armor” on rise to the occasion and play your hearts out. Leave it all on the field. As you walk off at the end of the game, you leave only memories of how you played on that field. Only looking back to reflect on how you all gave it your best win or loose. You are champions!

  • WE BELEIVE IN CO!!!

    Well Don, maybe you should stop under estimating these young men. They wouldn’t be on the football team or field if they couldn’t compete at this level. So please stop putting yourself out there if you are afraid then don’t go to the game. I’ve played this sport at the highest level. You can’t be afraid of better competition or you will loose and get hurt every time you step on the field. Give these kids a chance before knocking the out of the race.

  • Bob

    If you read all these post it sounds like “DEAD MAN WALKING” for Charter Oaks. Friday we will see how CO’s coaching staff prepares them for this game. Will they come out and play their game or will they be intimated bt their surroundings and go into the tank.This game is a two hour drive from CO and it will hurt them because they have NEVER traved more more then 15 miles for a game. Can anyone tell me what’s the most CO’s has traveled for a game?? Lets hope CO steps it up. Remember if they don’t they will hear for the whole off season.

  • WE BELIEVE IN CO!!!

    Mr. Bob, traveling to another field, doesn’t mean a loss for Charter Oaks. I do believe that their head coach must prepare his team to execute a game plan for success. Most importantly, his team player must bring their strongest performance in order to effectively execute each play with perfection. Who’s to say they can’t achieve this goal is saying that, they should stay home. Well I’ve seen them play and I would put anyone of those young men on the field and feel that each one of them are capable of making plays. Don’t count them out before the game begins, let us all hope and pray no one gets hurt and that it will be a great game for each team.

  • WE BELIEVE IN CO!!!

    Mr. Bob, traveling to another field, doesn’t mean a loss for Charter Oaks. I do believe that their head coach must prepare his team to execute a game plan for success. Most importantly, his team player must bring their strongest performance in order to effectively execute each play with perfection. Who’s to say they can’t achieve this goal is saying that, they should stay home. Well I’ve seen them play and I would put anyone of those young men on the field and feel that each one of them are capable of making plays. Don’t count them out before the game begins, let us all hope and pray no one gets hurt and that it will be a great game for each team.

  • D-Mo

    Now this is what I like to see in print – some encouragement for our Chargers. I have it from a Santiago (Corona) parent, that CO should be fine against VM, not that I need that reassurance, but come on. These haters aren’t even giving this program a chance. Last I checked, you can only put 11 out there at a time, and I like our 11.
    BTW some of CO’s longer trips were to La Mirada, Trabuco Hills, Newport Harbor, and the afternoon game at University HS.
    CO!

  • Coach Pasadena

    To all the CO haters.

    The CO kids will be ready to play the all mighty VM. Listen up you haters, don’t think that CO kids will fear VM kids. They can be beat and they better come with their A game or they could be the laughing stock of the IE. All you CO haters better not underestimate them CO boys. Remember none of you haters will be playing so kick back and enjoy.

  • Pipeline clogged up?

    Coach Pasadena,
    Better step up on that recruting, Big Lou has you over there for a reason so you better get to it, hurry up and start sending more Pasadena kids East down that 210 freeway, Charter Oak ain’t squat without transfers.

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