Dang it, Coach Thomas. Where the heck are we going?
All you need to know about Oak Park. Covina, it isn’t.
Population (year 2000): 2,320
Males: 1,147 (49.4%), Females: 1,173 (50.6%)
Races in Oak Park:
White Non-Hispanic (89.7%)
Two or more races (2.6%)
Other race (1.2%)
Asian Indian (1.0%)
Median resident age: 39.7 years
Median household income: $92,921 (year 2000)
Median house value: $337,100 (year 2000)
Los Altos vs. El Dorado, at Valencia HS
Covina at Oak Park
Charter Oak at Trabuco Hills
Duarte at Verbum Dei
For those of you arguing about who it should go to, you should know a few things:
1. I put the most weight on performance in the playoffs.
2. I poll the other guys who have covered games for us and whose opinions I trust.
3. All-league voting is NEVER considered.
4. Coach’s opinion or nomination is NEVER considered.
5. It’s an impossible award to decide BEFORE the playoffs are COMPLETELY over.
Charter Oak 35, South Hills 0 (Complete domination by CO. Very sad day for the Huskies as Coach Steve Bogan’s mother passed away early Friday morning.)
Duarte 41, Santa Clara 38, OT (Duarte’s a football school again!)
Covina 47, St. Joseph 32 (Onward and upward)
Los Altos 37, Foothill 21 (The OC teams rarely do well against Gano, why would that be?)
Temescal Canyon 42, Damien 16 (ouch!)
Trabuco Hills 14, West Covina 6 (Trouble scoring at home can’t happen in late November)
Aram’s thoughts on CO’s win over South Hills: First of all, if you say you expected that and you weren’t surprised, then you’re a flat out liar. If anybody in the entire Valley should sit here and say they thought CO could play like that, it should be me. Forget about who I picked in the game, just remember that I had CO No. 1 in the area for the entire off-season and started them No. 2 in Valley. Do you see how stupid all of this sounds? What anybody thought four months ago or an hour before last night’s game doesn’t really matter. All that matters is what took place after kickoff. Charter Oak played like a team on a mission. I think that’s probably the best the Chargers will ever look this season, but I am hope I’m wrong because that will mean a CIF title if I am. It’s funny, but when you reach the playoffs, it all comes down to the very best players making the biggest plays. You saw that out of Michael Johnson last night. He was the difference in the game in the first half. His first TD was an amazing catch that gave you the impression he was playing against boys. His pick return made him look like a USC defensive back playing in a Pop Warner game. The guy is just an awesome player who got to show it to everybody last night. Also, I think CO’s offensive line really controlled things. South Hills just wasn’t making stops and it’s because CO was able to run the ball. The Chargers’ offensive line had taken some heat this year for being big and looking good in uniform, but not dominating up to their appearance. That wasn’t the case at all last night. My whole reason for hyping CO at the beginning of the season was because they had all of the elements to have a huge year – mammoth O-line, D-1 receiver/dback, veteran QB, great coaching and a psycho middle linebacker. They simply passed the look test. It’s great to see that the Chargers never quit when things were going bad early on and are now playing their best football.
About South Hills – the Huskies have nothing to be ashamed of. It was a hard week. Coach Bogan’s mom went into the hospital early in the week and as we all know, she passed on Friday. Now, isn’t that typical of the kind of coaches we have here in the SGV? He loses his mom in the morning and yet he’s out coaching his team later that night. There wasn’t a person in the world who would’ve blamed him for missing last night’s game, but Coach Bogan wasn’t going to do that to his team. The Huskies just didn’t have it. Charter Oak was simply better and it showed. But it should be remember that SH lost a ton from last year’s team and struggled badly earlier this season. Yet, at the end of the day, SH wins a share of the SAL and upsets a seeded team on the road in the playoffs. Like Bogan said, they’ll be back. Not quite so sure we’ll be able to say that CO coach Lou Farrar who could hang it up if his team sends him out the right way. It could be the storybook ending to a storybook career.
REMEMBER: PLEASE GIVE FINAL SCORES WITH YOUR PREDICTIONS!
Foothill at Los Altos
Charter Oak vs. South Hills, at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
Trabuco Hills at West Covina
El Dorado at Diamond Ranch
Damien at Temescal Canyon
Santa Clara at Duarte
St. Joseph vs. Covina, at Bonita HS