No, this isn’t West Covina’s field … but it’s (reportedly) close
For those of you who don’t know, West Covina’s game against Mater Dei on Friday will be played at Mt. SAC. The Bulldogs have issues with their stands at their home stadium. I happen to feel this works out better because Mater Dei’s contingent will be better accommodated by this venue. And if for some reason more than just WestCo’s fans want to come see the game, then a big crowd won’t be a problem.
But forget about all of that for a second and lets talk about West Covina’s actual playing surface. It’s not a great field. It is historically bumpy and poorly maintained. I find it hard to believe that the playing field of the No. 1 team in the Valley, a program that won a CIF title two years ago, is that bad and recently got even worse. The rumor is that somebody shut off the water for six or seven weeks this summer, and the grass died. That’s one thing, but it’s also been reported that the Bulldogs’ practice field is made up of weeds, hay and dirt. And that’s not too much better than the stadium field. Isn’t this the same program that lost star running back William Wallace for all of last season to a knee injury? Isn’t this the same program that saw more than just Wallace go down to injury last season? Not saying any of the injuries were related to the field, but I am saying, why not make things optimal so at least the field won’t be a factor in potentially causing future injuries?
Do you think Bishop Amat would let its field die? Do you think Los Altos or Charter Oak or Damien would let their fields die? Or are there people constantly maintaining these fields to ensure they’re ready to go for football season?
West Covina is too good of a program to not have a competent field, at the very least. It doesn’t have to be nice, just competent. If you’re going to schedule teams like Mater Dei to come to the Valley, you have to be ready to host that caliber of athlete. Thank goodness this game was moved! Now go Bulldogs!