“That’s always a goal because we’ve been 9-1 the past two seasons. It would be great to be undefeated before the playoffs. I’m sure it’s in the back of the kids’ heads. But we have to take it one game at a time.” — Azusa coach Joe Scherf
By Aram Tolegian
Among other great things to come out of Azusa’s stunning 48-0 rout of Bell Gardens was it cleared the way for the Aztecs to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record. If it sounds foolish to talk about such a feat just one game into the season, it may not be considering Azusa’s loss to Bell Gardens last season was the only thing that prevented the Aztecs from finishing 10-0.
With Bell Gardens out of the way, it’s not a stretch to say Azusa will be considerable favorites in its next nine games.
“That’s always a goal because we’ve been 9-1 the past two seasons,” Aztecs coach Joe Scherf said. “It would be great to be undefeated before the playoffs. I’m sure it’s in the back of the kids’ heads. But we have to take it one game at a time.”
That game this week is Ontario Christian on Thursday at Citrus College. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The win against Bell Gardens even surprised Scherf. Azusa lost to Bell Gardens 34-6 last year. But Scherf felt his team had some legitimate excuses in that game.
“Having a lot of kids coming back from last year, it was a bitter taste in their mouths,” Scherf said. “During last year’s game, we lost our best player. Then we lost our best lineman to a concussion.
“We still didn’t expect anything like that. We thought we could win. We thought it would be a lot closer. We were just very happy to get out there and play.”
Scherf isn’t worried about a hangover effect against Ontario Christian.
“Our boys are pretty humble, they know our success is related to our preparation in the weight room and practice,” Scherf said. “There’s not really an overconfidence we allow to happen. And if we do, we’ll do a lot of running.”