PRESEASON: Last Trib Top 10 before the first Trib Top 10 (huh?) …

Should West Covina be No. 1? Or is No. 2 too high?

This is the final Tribune Top 10 until the 2006 Football Preview issue hits racks, driveways and bathroom floors on August 31. There could be changes between now and then, depending on what I come up with in my research and practice visits.

Early August Tribune Top 10 … with sick humor built in.

1. Charter Oak – Charter Oak isn’t a city, but it might be after this season.

2. West Covina – Spread offense has been implemented, as has William Wallace’s repaired knee cartilage.

3. Los Altos – Can anybody translate what “We’re gonna be OK” means. That’s what my job is like. The more I hear about LA, the better the Conqs sound.

4. Damien – Offense should put up more points per game than the head cheerleader tallies in text messages in one day – around 30. Wait, is there a head cheerleader at Damien?

5. Covina – The Colts repeating as Valle Vista champs is as certain as 10-East traffic after 1 p.m. on a weekday.

6. Rowland – Could put the hurt on WestCo or South Hills, maybe both.

7. Bishop Amat – The news on Amat this summer is like the rumors a high school senior hears about his ex-girlfriend over the summer – not good. We’ll see.

8. South Hills – This team needs time like somebody seeing a BJ’s menu for the first time. You want pizza? You want fish n’ chips? You want the waitress’s phone number? You want Parham or Lamaison at QB?

9. Wilson – If there’s room for two Sam Woo BBQs in Hacienda Heights, then there’s room for two good football teams.

10. Arroyo – One carne asada fries, a 10-horsepower Cessna flying too close and a Partida-to-Sanchez TD pass, please.

Glendora gets the boot for Arroyo. Bonita is also on the cusp. As are Rosemead and Diamond Ranch. This Top 10 won’t be easy, but it will be fun to put together.

Post your own Top 10 … or keep it to yourself. I don’t care. Just be prepared for one of the best ever seasons in SGV history!

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