I’m not saying it’s gonna happen, but here’s five reasons why it might:
1. Del Rio League — I’ve got my questions about the Del Rio. My feeling is that it was the weakest its been in years. Del Rio teams went a combined 13-17 in the nonleague. Did La Serna catch Cal and Santa Fe in completely down years? That’s my vibe. And as for the rest of the league, I think La Serna putting up 60 and 70 points in two league games is more a reflection of the league’s weakness than La Serna’s strength.
2. Hacienda League — I have no questions about the Hacienda. It is the best league in the division this year. Walnut went to OT with D-Ranch. It hung for three quarters with WestCo. It beat pretty good Diamond Bar and Rowland teams. Walnut is the only team to beat Covina this year.
3. Speed — Ask yourself who has the edge in speed in this game.
4. Aubrey Coleman — Is Friday night that Aubrey Coleman is not only the best specimen on the field, but also the best player? Very possible. Not sure that La Serna can guard him without using two guys … then that opens things for Jason Tsukada.
5. Style — I’ve heard from several coaches in the division that the Del Rio was a real, basic league this year. No outlandish offenses. No wild and crazy defensive schemes. Pretty straight forward football. That’s great if you can run over everybody, but can the Del Rio teams do that this year? I guess in lay terms this means that Del Rio teams may get a jolt from seeing spread offenses run with legit talent by Hacienda teams, or power run games from teams with more than two home-run threats on offense.