The goal wasn’t to win. It wasn’t even to keep score. What Arroyo High School football coach Jim Singiser wanted his team to get out of last Saturday’s first passing game of the offseason was for his team to turn the page.
Singiser is concerned his players are still in celebration mode after winning the CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship last season. And now is the time for Arroyo to put that accomplishment in the past and work on new ones.
“How do I think it went?” Singiser said repeating the question asked of him. “I don’t think we’re ready for the playoffs. How did it go? Nobody got hurt and we got to run around for a little bit. I think we needed it probably more this year than before.
“We needed somebody to slap us around a little bit. The CIF championship was five months ago now and nobody cares.”
The Knights played L.A. Jordan. No score was kept. They will meet again this Saturday. The following Saturday, Arroyo will participate in a four-way game with Bell Gardens, South El Monte and L.A. Jordan. Then, the tournament circuit begins with the early headliner being the Charter Oak Tournament in mid-May.
“We needed a jolt of reality that you’re going to run routes and get re-routed, you’re going to throw the ball into coverage and nobody cares what you did in December,” Singiser said. “You can preach it all you want, but until you actually get out on the field and have guys competing, you don’t know anything.
“I think we accomplished that goal. My goal wasn’t to outscore L.A. Jordan. It really wasn’t football related. My goal was it’s time to move on.”
Arroyo has a loaded team returning from last year’s championship team, led by quarterback Ernesto Camacho and running back Steven Ocariz. Having Camacho back should make the Knights quite a difficult proposition in passing tournaments. The question will be whether Arroyo can replace two of Camacho’s top three targets from last season.