You can count Chino Hills High School football coach Derek Bub among the many who were impressed by Bishop Amat’s win over Servite last Friday.
The Huskies and Lancers play this week, and Bub maintains he’s not just saying that Amat was terrific in order to prop up an opponent.
“I’ll tell you what, Amat didn’t just beat them, they owned that game from the first whistle to the last whistle,” Bub said. “I give Bishop Amat a ton of credit. That’s a game you could easily go into and say “it’s Servite, we just want to play around with these guys and be in the game.’
“But they came out and took it to them for four quarters. They have great speed on defense and their skill position players are better than I’ve seen out of them in a while.”
Chino Hills wasn’t too shabby itself, albeit against a considerably lesser opponent in Arlington. The Huskies won 41-20, but led 34-7 at halftime and Arlington’s first-half score came on a interception return for touchdown. Other than that, quarterback Matt Simko was as advertised, throwing five touchdown passes in his Huskies debut.
The Huskies were without Boise St.-bound receiver Jack Austin, who suffered a sprained ankle on a fluke play in practice last week. Austin’s status for Friday remains unclear, according to Bub.
“I have no idea,” Bub said about Austin. “I’m not trying to mess with you, it will be a game-time decision. Obviously, I’m hoping he can go. It’s a pretty ugly sprained ankle.
“We know we have to have Jack Austin. We feel like we’re a better football team with Jack. I was happy with the way we played last week without him, but I think Jack gives you an immediate vertical threat.”