Walnut over La Serna: Could be this year’s first-round stunner! …



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.

  • Don

    Muir over La Mirada, (not Muir over La Serna as my previous cut and paste opined), is a better upset bet as is the previously mentioned Diamond Ranch over Mayfair but I will take the Walnut bet if you make it an EAST SIDE TRIFECTA.

    Walnut remains an extremely dangerous opponent. It just depends on which Mustang crew gets off the bus. Good luck to all of our local teams, STAY HEALTHY.

  • reality

    Thats the way I see it except for one other thing. The way La Serna handled La Mirada. They must have something.

  • erdons

    La Serna is no joke… La Serna has a shot at winning it all this season…

  • Homer

    La Mirada gave that game a way , 11 point lead with with 6 min left. LM had 3 starters out on D. If you went to the game you would have seen how LM’s O-line crushed La Serna upfront, they should have ran the ball more! But hey a win is a win with that being said in my humble opinion I think it’s going to be a La Mirada vs. West Co. Final giving the edge to West Co.

  • BIG DOG

    LA SERNA IS THE REAL DEAL!!!! WAIT TO SEE WHO WEARING THAT CIF CHAMPION RING COME DECEMBER.

  • Arroyo Knight

    Is this the same La Serna who lost to Arroyo a couple years back? I think so, they dont have anyone that can stop Coleman. Any teams past the 60 fwy in the southeast are not playing for a CIF championship this year.

  • LS Dad

    Someone hasn’t really paid much attention to La Serna this year or the DRL. How can anyone say DRL was a week league. We have 4, yes, count them 4 teams in the playoffs. Cal, SFS, and maybe Ranch, earned the opportunity to play. Will they advance, depends on them. As for La Serna, they totally dominated and should have been 10 – 0. We beat ourselves in the Downey game. I think that was a good lesson for the Lancers. Can Walnut hold off the Lancer D-line? Not likely. Does LS have speed? You bet they do. Style? A team that mixes up its offensive plays and defensive set ups, oh hell yeah. CIF title, here we come.

  • Hefe

    I think Cantwell’s going home in the second round.

  • high school sports fan

    LS DAD- hold your horses big guy- yes the Del Rio is very weak- CAL and ER have no business in the playoffs and theres some real tough teams out there (WC and BONITA are my picks to be in the finals-WC will win it)- dont measure that CIF ring just yet!

  • Southeast Observation

    1) Nice – The matchup between Mayfair & Diamond Ranch. Will Chase Price play? If he does D-Ranch is a whole different animal. This could be a great game and the winner will likely face WestCo in the Semis.

    2) Stacked – The bottom bracket is by far the more difficult. When you add all the Calprep ratings together the upper sum comes in at 134.6. Take out the top seed WestCo’s 40.1 and it leaves 94.6 or an average of 13.5 per remaining teams. The lower bracket comes in at a staggering 165.8 or an average of more than 20 pts. per team. Take out the #2 seed La Serna’s 33.4 and it leaves 132.4 or 18.9 per remaining teams.
    BTW-Only three upper bracket teams have a higher rating than 18.9 while 5 lower bracket teams come in above that rating.

    3) Tested – Getting to the semi finals will bruise all of these lower bracket teams. On paper, Muir doesn’t play well on the road, but they are strong enough to tire a La Mirada team. The quarter finals: La Mirada vs. Bonita; Arcadia vs. La Serna. Any of these four teams will be a great opponent for West Covina, who should enter the championship game unchallenged.

    4) Puzzled – Why no Hacienda vs. Pacific first round matchups?

    5) Balance – Best balanced teams are Bonita 21 passing TD’s, 24 rushing TD’s & Arcadia 23 passing TD’s, 19 rushing.

    6) Special Teams – Will likely win more than a few games in these playoffs. Maintaining great field position against running teams is a must. Bonita has the best kicking game followed closely by La Serna. WestCo has the best returners in Soloman & Lee.

    Good luck to all the teams – Lets hope for quality officiating – And pray for no injuries.

  • enrique

    hell yea thats right la sernas gunna win this game and go on to go to the championship round i think they have a chance on doin it especially with ma brother ivan on DL #57 Ivan Ramirez and the rest of the DL will hold Walnut back and not let them score much points and waw talk about our offense team wit four of the greastest players in the leauge #8 QB Andrew Buenrostro #81 WR Andrew Rosales #3 RB Oj Medina and last but the fastest RB #28 RB Richard Alvarez these four will make a great team through out the playoffs…………:)

  • Seen La Serna play and they are not anything special. Wait till the play a school from a real league. Del Rio is a joke. If its not Walnut that beats them then there out in week two.

  • ARAM is a Fool

    ARAM:
    Had you gotten off your enormous A$$ and made it past the free food at Amat, then I would say that you have a basis for opinion. But quite frankly ARAM, you have never even so much as seen La Serna practice have you? This story, like all of your work, is simply a collection of lazy, uninformed, fluff and 2nd rate mis-conclusions. I am sure that your position will not be shared by 1) LB Wilson whom after LS dismantled them, went on to play well enough to be selected for the D-1 Playoffs 2) La Mirada who after LS beat them went on a 6 game win streak and earned the #3 southeast seed 3)Santa Fe who came within a blocked field goal of beating Bonita and 17 of beating Charter Oak and then were destroyed by LS by 38 points or 4) any of the other 6 teams that LS beat by a combined 276 – 34. Quite simply ARAM your SHODDY work looks more like a personal vendetta than an actual unbiased journalistic perspective. Journalistic Concepts and ethics are all the things that you obviously missed by NOT attending Journalism School. Come on ARAM, what is REALLY behind the hatred for La Serna. Is it that those rich kids just make you feel that you don’t measure up? I am sure that Coach Beltran will be glad to accept your apology when you want to kiss his a$$ to get a pre-finals interview.

  • still a lancer

    The kid in the picture,Richie Alvarez amat transfer he’s the real deal! GO LANCERS!

  • Walnut Insider

    I think Walnut has a pretty good shot here especially since La Serna plays a vanilla type offense. Walnut’s defensive has stepped it up in the last few weeks and have gotten better throughout the season.

    The offense speaks for itself. They have been putting up points left and right all year. Some coming against some really good defenses. Scoring for Walnut isn’t the problem, stopping La Serna will be.

    The key might be special teams. #17 has been a key for the team this year and he hopefully he can make something happen Friday night.

    This should be a great game and I’m looking forward to being there.

  • Lancer Mom

    Bring it! WE ARE LS!

  • hs fan

    im sorry for all those football fans that are evaluating all the scores of past games this season, but NOW THIS IS PLAYOFFS ,NEW SEASON, OK LA SERNA!!!!!

  • The Chef

    @ hs fan:
    Yes New season but same old teams. Nothing magical happened to any of these teams when they were selected for play-offs, to make them fundamentally different and if you think that it did, then you are deluding yourself. It will still be 6-4 Walnut vs 9-1 La Serna. For the record, a vanilla team means that that they come right down your throat with 3 great backs and 2 great receivers who can score on any play. Add to that a punishing Defense and an experienced and methodical coaching staff and you have a team that will just plain beat you. See you at the game hs fan. Better get there early because it will likely be over before you can find your seats.

  • LS Dad

    Here here @hs fan. I realize it’s the playoffs, a new season where anything’s possible. But the fact remains, LS is very talented overall, with an explosive offense, monster defense, strong special teams, and the hunger to go all the way. As a USC Alum recently told me, they’re the Oregon of high school football………Go Ducks…I mean Lancers….. :)

  • FOTANA JONATHAN

    LA SERNA FOOTBALL TEAM .
    WOW! WHAT A SEASON ROCKING TEAMS
    BIG GUYS & BIG POINTS PUT ON THE BOARD.
    LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
    LS IS READY TO SHOCK THE DIVISION

    BE CAREFUL WILDCATS GOING TO SEND YOU KITTYS HOME CRYING

    THE LANCER BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN AT HOME.
    SHOUT OUT TO CUZ AD #53 AND #11 ELI
    GET’EM BOYS

  • calling the kettle black

    ARAM is a Fool

    you are no doubt the fool comparing the bonita santa fe game is a laugh a$$. Bonita played with out its starting qb if that game was played today Bonita would pound Santa Fe something like 42 to 13. Try again loser!

  • Allen D

    Walnuts worst enemy, (as it’s been all season) has been its own coaching staff. If the coaches would use Coleman more as a tight-end, instead of a wide-out, Walnuts QB would have the perfect safety valve. And opposing defenses would have to que two LB’s to cover Coleman, which could open up Walnuts anemic running game.

    Overall it has been Walnuts QB Branden Roach’s toughness that has set the tone for this Walnut team all season. If Branden can stay in the moment, I see him taking this team far in CIF competition

  • Allen D

    As a Reminder, the game will be at California High School in Whittier.

  • HTG

    Aram – isn’t it great that we have play-offs to weed our the weak. The real season begins on Friday.

  • Aram is a fool

    @kettle
    If your aunt had huevos she would be your uncle. Wait she does have huevos. No use crying about what might have been like a baby little bearcat. All you have to do is show up and let the playing talk for itself. I’d love to say we will see in 3 weeks but I don’t think you get past the boys at La Mirada. Better brush your teeth twice to get rid of that taste from kissing Adam’s a$$.

  • LS Cheer Mom

    Welcome to our house, Walnut…it was a good game…NOW GO HOME!!! GO LANCERS!!!

  • ARAM is a Fool

    ARAM:

    This was an excellence analysis for someone who has never gotten off his butt to see a team. Too bad it was all wrong. That is what happens when you stop relying on observation and insight and start relying on your over inflated self promotion. Get a Bounty and wipe the egg from your mustache. If you hurry, I’m sure that coach Beltran will still accept your apology if your man enough to give it.

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