It doesn’t pay to play the tough schedules; Just ask West Covina, nowhere to be found in the Southeast Polls, not even in “others.”

West Covina beat Walnut 31-11, but the Mustangs, already eliminated from the playoffs, are still the No. 10-ranked team in the Southeast polls. The Bulldogs also defeated No. 3 Rowland, 32-10, and compete in arguably the toughest league in the division, but are nowhere to be found in the polls because of their 5-4 overall record, which of course includes losses to 8-1 powers Venice and Bishop Amat. But it still doesn’t make sense that Pasadena, with a similar 5-4 record, is No. 9 in the polls. Heck, even Whittier is mentioned in “others” with a 4-5 record. West Covina wasn’t mentioned at all. To continue, click thread


“I can’t explain that,” Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said. “Obviously CIF just looks at your record, not who you played.”

West Covina’s other losses were to El Rancho and South Hills, but they own an impressive 22-21 win over Glendora, the No. 9 ranked team in the Central.

The Southwest rankings are making Maggiore wonder if it’s worth it to schedule up, when CIF rewards teams that play much easier schedules.

“Not being ranked and the situation we’re in, probably finishing second in the San Antonio, we could get (top-ranked) Charter Oak in the second round if we get by the first (round),” Maggiore said. “I’m not one to complain about these things, but CIF should look at who you play. If we played an easier schedule, we would probably be ranked and get a more favorable draw. You play tough schedules to prepare yourself for the playoffs, but if it doesn’t benefit you when the pairings come out, it makes you wonder if it’s worth it.”

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