West Covina coach Mike Maggiore on 84-21: “I never wanted that to happen.”

West Covina returns to the scene of the crime on Friday night when it takes on La Serna in a rematch of last year’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game, in which the Bulldogs put an all-time beatdown on the Lancers with an 84-21 win.

The two teams will be back at California High on Friday, but this time there’s no championship on the line. Just major revenge for the Lancers and a chance to play in next week’s title game for both teams.

Although West Covina is a much different team with a much different roster from last season, they’re still the two-time defending division champions and represent the culprit in the most embarrassing loss in La Serna’s history.

“I guess I’m trying to downplay that part of it,” Maggiore said of last year’s 84-21 score. “On the bus going home, I said I wished it was 35-14. I didn’t want that to happen, but it’s hard to tell the kids not to play.”

West Covina jumped all over La Serna in last year’s title game behind the likes of Chris Solomon, Jimmy Frazier, Justen Meaders and Dorrin Turner. All of them graduated in June and the Bulldogs now feature a roster of several guys playing out of position due to a season-long injury bug that’s caused coaches to shuffle the starting lineups on seemingly a weekly basis

Last week, junior Henry Tarin became the Bulldogs’ third quarterback of the season when he stepped in for injured Jon Najera so that back-up quarterback Antonio “Noodles” Hull could remain at running back. Tarin will likely see considerable time under center again this week.

Although several key cogs from last year’s La Serna’s team have also graduated, there are plenty who still remember the embarrassment on the roster. None more important than junior quarterback Frankie Palmer, who has become arguably the top player in the division.

La Serna has been a force this season. The Lancers are 11-1 and haven’t lost since a setback against Norco on Sept. 21. West Covina is 8-4 and riding a four-game win streak that has seen the Bulldogs knock off league champions Paramount and Muir in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

“They’re much better than they were last year,” Maggiore said of La Sernra. “You can tell they’re much more confident. They’re a great football team and it’s going to be tough.”

  • WCBulldogs

    It’s amazing how you have an injured prone season and come to this crossroad that inevitably could lead you back to the CIF Championship. WC 2X Defending Southeat Division CIF Champions have heart and they will play like Champions on Friday night. Coach Maggiore you have our full support. We will show up as proud fans, friends and family members of The West Covina Bulldogs. Adored in our maroon and gold. Cheering louder than we did in last years Championship game. Your team has over come some difficult milestones this year and they will prevail once again. La Serna hear we come. You wanted us now you got us…. Let’s play some football.

    #WC2XDefendingSEDivCIFChamps!!!

  • WCBulldogs

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    WHO AM I? I am a Champion!!!

    WHO AM I? I am a Champion!!!

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    I was at last years game, and boy it was over before i could finish my nachos. This year West Covina wins and here is why. La Serna is only effective when Palmer is not pressured. Santa Fe was able to stop La Serna’s run game at times, but they could not sack, hurry or keep Palmer from Moving the Chains. This West Covina defense still has the athletes to stay after Palmer all night and run him down. I also feel like West Co is the more physical team.West Covina’s Run game will limit La Serna’s possession making this a low scoring affair. If West Co can keep La Serna at 28pts or less, they win. I think WC is playing the underbulldog well. I also think La Serna is going to pressing too much in the name or revenge for the 84, instead of playing the game. La Serna is the favorites, but it kind of feels like West Co is still the Favorites.
    Prediction:
    West Co 27 La Serna 23

    • The Chef

      Green just keep picking against the Lancers. Lets see you you picked DRanch as the vastly superior team then they lost 49-0. Then you picked the much more athletic Dominguez Dons and they lost 29-13. Well I am kinda getting getting the feeling that you just don’t know much about High School Football or you just don’t know how to evaluate talent. In any case just keep picking against them and they will keep making a fool of you,

  • bradstir

    Testing