Here is how it all went down last year with South Hills SHOCKING Glendora for the Palomares league title. Tartans QB Matt Fink, who was injured in that game, has had a year to wait for it again.
Tonight’s game and prediction
Glendora (4-1) vs. South Hills (1-4) at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
By Aram Tolegian
If you go by last year’s performance, then the South Hills High School football has the Palomares League right where they want it.
Sure, the Huskies are 1-4 entering league. But they were last year, too, and swept the league en route to the championship. The Valley will find out Thursday whether history is about to repeat itself when the Huskies host Glendora (4-1) at Covina District Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It’s just how we drew it up,” South Hills head coach Albert Rodriguez said sarcastically. “We have the same exact record going in (to league play), but it’s two different football teams. We are who our record says we are.
“We’re a 1-4 football team who is struggling to find out who we are both offensively and defensively.”
Glendora could care less. The Tartans have had this game circled on their calendar since last year’s league finale. On that night, both South Hills and Glendora met with unbeaten records in league, but the Huskies came away with the win after Tartans star quarterback Matt Fink was injured and left the game.
Rodriguez knows that stopping Fink will be key to his team’s chances and he expects to get Glendora’s best shot considering what happened last season.
“They’re angry and they’re a good group,” Rodriguez said of Glendora. “A lot of people tend to just look at Fink. And Fink is obviously who he is. You’re not going to able to stop the kid. He’s going to make his plays. He’s a great player. But they have a good supporting cast around him.”
Points have been a problem for South Hills, which is averaging 5.8 points per game and hasn’t scored more than eight points in a game.
Glendora bounced back from a stunning loss to Charter Oak by rallying to beat Kaiser last Thursday. Fink’s big play in the game came as a receiver on a trick play to set up the winning score. The Tartans have played arguably the toughest nonleague schedule of any team in the league.