Sunday Tribbin — Rematches: Payback or Payoff?

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We will talk to the players and coaches at tomorrow’s CIF Luncheon in Long Beach, but until then, what do you think about the rematches?
The Mid-Valley is a classic title game. San Dimas playing in its first championship against Monrovia, the only team to defeat them, 36-17, back in September. There is pressure on Monrovia, not only playing a team it already has beaten, but they have a perfect 13-0 season on the line, and their record in titles games is Buffalo Billish, for lack of better words. The Billy Cats are an astounding 0-8 in championships (Most recently losing three straight in 1997-99), and if this isn’t the year, then when, you know what I mean. They will play on Saturday and the early word is that Mt. SAC is a possibility.
How about Diamond Ranch – Charter Oak? Diamond Ranch has NEVER beaten Charter Oak in the history of their school. And think of what this would mean to the Panthers, beating South Hills and Charter Oak back-to-back, two schools that are being kicked up to the Sierra League because they were supposedly too good for schools like, well, Diamond Ranch, which makes you wonder why the Panthers aren’t moving up with them, especially when the sports programs at the Ranch are better across the board everywhere in the Valley except Bishop Amat. This will not be a blowout, the Panthers are playing with way too much confidence, but, and there’s always a but….
Charter Oak isn’t going to lose, Lou Farrar will win his fifth championship. He will become the second-winningest coach in Valley history behind DeSpain’s seven at Los Altos. They will play on Friday, and the early word also is Mt. SAC, though it’s the Panthers’ home game and there is a concern about rain ruining the field even more than it already is. Other possibilities are Cal State Fullerton and PCC. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a wild week.

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