My how times have changed. Temple City, a prominent power in the 1970s, perennial winner in the 80s and 90s and early 2000s is really feeling the demographic crunch.
The Rams had just 36 players on the varsity roster last year, which head coach Mike McFarland said will be more like 30 this year. The freshmen team is even worse off with around only 20 players at present.
Temple City has had a dramatic demographic shift in the past 10 years and the current student body is predominantly Asian. Whites make up 14 percent of the student body. Getting Asian kids (and their parents) to participate in football has been a struggle at schools like Keppel and San Marino … and now Temple City.
San Marino, though, in recent years has been able to grow its numbers and McFarland said he will look into plying some of the same techniques the Titans used to get things boosted at Temple City.
Temple City didn’t score in its first three games last year, but the offense came alive in time to finish third in the Rio Hondo League and reach the playoffs.
Interestingly, though, the Rams have been just fine in the other two major boys sports of basketball and baseball. Temple City won the Rio Hondo League in hoops last winter and has been a perennial title contender in baseball for several years.