0-2 … but why worry?


It takes only a quick glance at the list of local high school football teams that have started the season 0-2 before some pretty surprising names begin to pop up.

West Covina, Muir, El Rancho, Rosemead, Monrovia, to name a few, haven’t tasted victory in 2015 despite being some of the most successful programs around.

“There’s no panic,” West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore said. “Obviously, it’s not a great week when you lose a close game against a team you think you had a chance to beat. But at the same time, the first two games of the season are not going to make our season.”

For West Covina, the opponents have been reigning CIF-Southern Section Division Central Division champion Colony and perennial power St. Francis. Both games were competitive and Maggiore is hopeful his team gets over the top on Saturday night when it plays rival South Hills.

Close games haven’t been the case for Muir. The Mustangs have been blown out by Salesian and Cathedral, thus making the debut season of first-year head coach Antyone Sims a rocky road. Things don’t get any easier next week with a road trip to Santa Clarita to play Hart at College of the Canyons.

But like West Covina and other programs who have started 0-2, there’s no panic in Sims or his team.

“We’re in transition and we’ve got a lot of young guys playing right now,” Sims said. “We definitely knew the schedule wasn’t a cake walk. All three of these teams are playoff teams, year in and year out. It’s a good exposure for our kids when we do get into league. We’ll already know what needs to be done.

“Right now, the final scores aren’t looking too good for us, but the schedule has been tough.”

Like Muir, El Rancho is breaking in a new head coach in Roddy Hiatt. The Dons have played Claremont and Capistrano Valley, which are both 2-0, respectively.

Rosemead scheduled up when it put Diamond Ranch on the schedule and the Panthers found that out the hard way in last week’s 49-0 loss. It’s possible the Panthers won’t win a nonleague game with San Dimas and Burroughs still to come on the schedule. But Rosemead will surely be battle tested by the time it defends its Mission Valley League title.

Monrovia is accustomed to strong nonleague performances. This year, that hasn’t been the case. The Wildcats saw a late rally by Bonita turn an improved effort compared to Week 0 turn into a loss. The futility may not last much longer, though, as Monrovia will be a big favorite against nearby rival Arcadia on Friday.

UPDATED: NEW!!! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 after Week 1 …

lmcelebIt’s dangerous to fall in love with La Mirada, but man!

UPDATE: The idiot who does these forgot to include Damien. The Spartans move up to No. 11 this week. Arroyo moves out (sorta).

1. Bishop Amat (1-1) — Good win under bad conditions.
2. St. Francis (1-0) — Put away West Covina like a good thing.
3. Glendora (1-0) — Workmanlike win over Alta Loma to start.
4. La Mirada (1-1) — Charter Oak win was pure dominance.
5. La Habra (2-0) — Defense doing great so far.
6. La Serna (2-0) — This program, what can you even say?
7. Charter Oak (1-1) — Lack of size is a big issue again.
8. San Marino (2-0) — Not sure why Titans schedule how they do.
9. Los Altos (2-0) — Two games, two easy wins.
10. Bonita (2-0) — Monrovia win shows ‘Cats are on to something.
11. Damien (1-0) — Some fans weren’t happy with narrow win.
12. West Covina (0-2) — Excellent strength of schedule so far.
13. Montebello (2-0) — Oilers’ street cred is through the roof.
14. San Dimas (1-0) — Holman Era begins in style.
15. Northview (1-1) — We warned you line play might be down.
16. La Salle (2-0) — No business playing Blair.
17. South Hills (1-1) — May be time to take LH off the schedule.
18. Diamond Bar (2-0) — Brahmas were 2-0 at this point last year, too.
19. Monrovia (0-2) — Arcadia game might be a must-win situation.
20. Diamond Ranch (1-1) — Nice bounce-back win vs. Rosemead.
21. St. Paul (1-1) — Took step back against Warren.
22. Muir (0-2) — Stangs need to show signs of life.
23. La Canada (1-1) — Solid showing in loss to Salesian.
24. South Pasadena (1-0) — Good win to start Ricahards Era.
25. Schurr (1-1) — Good win over El Monte. Flattered by Bonita loss.

26. Arroyo (1-1) — Knights may quietly go on the improve.

UPDATED: Amat practice delayed over an hour after players protest Torreahno Sweet suspension by refusing to practice


UPDATE: Bishop Amat’s Thursday football practice was delayed over an hour after players protested the suspension of teammate Torreahno Sweet by refusing to practice.

Bishop Amat High School football team running back Torreahno Sweet will miss Friday’s game against Servite and possibly the following week against Colony after being suspended by Lancers head coach Steve Hagerty.

Sweet was the lone offensive bright spot in Amat’s Week 0 loss to Mater Dei last Friday night. He rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-21 defeat.

Something went awry at Wednesday’s practice. Sweet was lifted from team drills and was held out after trying to return minutes later. He was informed before Thursday’s practice that he would be suspended for Friday’s game and could return to practice on Monday as a scout team player.

This isn’t the first rift between Hagerty and Sweet. Earlier this offseason, Hagerty said that Sweet was no longer part of the program but would not disclose why.

Sweet missed all of spring practice and the summer passing circuit but was back on the team in time for fall camp. Sweet was a major force behind Amat’s success last season. After being injected into the starting lineup at mid-season, Sweet finished with 851 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns.

With its ground game purring, Amat was able to win a three-way share of the Mission League championship and advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.

Bishop Amat is considered to be one of the main contenders for the Pac-5 Division championship. The Lancers had their egos bruised a bit last week after being upset by Mater Dei on a regionally televised game.

Servite, another Pac-5 contender, enters Friday game at 1-0 after beating up on Fountain Valley in its season opener last Friday.