Diamond Ranch’s speed could be a problem for West Covina in Friday’s game for first in Hacienda

“In this game, some of our runs that have gone for 60 yards will go for 10 or 15. And that’s fine, too. That just forces us to put drives together. Their speed is definitely a factor. We caught Bonita’s kids from behind a couple times, but we’re not going to catch Diamond Ranch’s kids if they get in the open.”West Covina coach Mike Maggiore on facing Diamond Ranch’s speed.

By Aram Tolegian
West Covina coach Mike Maggiore doesn’t think playing what amounts to a second consecutive Hacienda League championship game Friday will be too much for his team’s emotions to handle. The Bulldogs, fresh off their rout of previously unbeaten Bonita, hits the road Friday to take on Diamond Ranch, which like West Covina is 4-0 in league.

“I wouldn’t think it will be a problem, but you never really know until the ball’s kicked off,” Maggiore said. “I think our kids know how important the game is. You only get to play one game a week, so you should be up for it.”

Diamond Ranch presents a different matchup issue for the Bulldogs that Bonita did not — speed. Maggiore knows that the chances of his skill players breaking off long touchdown runs against the speedy Panthers aren’t as good as they were last week.

“In this game, some of our runs that have gone for 60 yards will go for 10 or 15,” he said. “And that’s fine, too. That just forces us to put drives together.
“Their speed is definitely a factor. We caught Bonita’s kids from behind a couple times, but we’re not going to catch Diamond Ranch’s kids if they get in the open.”

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  • baby blue nutter

    I see about 600 yards of rushing offense in this game. Great RB’s…plenty of speed on defense…I see this coming down to the WesCo OLine. I think they are too good. They can wear down a defense quickly.

    For DR to win this game…well…I hope they are paying attention to special teams this week. And I think they can get a couple of turnovers. They need to cash those in.

  • DRanchhhh

    That article by Mag reminds me of the 2nd or 3rd year of the USC vs. Stanford game. Harbaugh had a press conference to talk about SC a week before the game. In the conference, he commended PC for doing such a great job with the Trojans. He even went as far to say that the Trojans have the upper because of their speed, athletes and size. Coach PC got pissed off because he thought Harbaugh was mocking him. In a nutshell, Stanford came TO the coliseum and knocked off an undefeated SC team with a few seconds left to go in the last qtr. Magg appears to speak like Harbaugh did!! (Just an opinion and observation)

  • Dan

    The two teams match up well with each other, both are physical and fast, should be a tremendous game, as for what Maggiore said, I think he is sincere and means what he say’s.
    He and some of the team and coaches were at the DR vs Rowland game and witnessed the physicality and speed of DR. Particularily Fischer, Price and Carter, I was at the game too, those three kids match up skill wise to the WC backfield and provide the counter punch needed to make this a great game. Both lines are physical and have good size so the battle in the trenches will be fierce all game long. If your team is off this Friday [Amat fans] this could be some good Friday night entertainment.

  • DR FAN

    I agree that the two teams match up well and it will come down to which team plays a more disciplined game. Silly penalties and turnovers need to be elliminated and the team who does so should win. We’ll see tomorrow night. Good Luck WC.

    WE ARE DR…

  • SupaMan

    DR is just like Bonita and Venice OVERRATED.. So what DR beat Bishop.. West Covina is the team to be beat.. Speed??? Have you guys been watching West Cov.. There’s only one true champ in the Hacienda and that’s the West Covina Bulldogs!!!

  • DRanchhhh


    Shut up

  • DR FAN

    Do you sag too?
    Just to enlighten you, DR is not overated, only under estimated. Been to CIF finals last two years in a row and still we are underestimated. The so called experts pick against us every week. We love proving them wrong too. Love your confidence/arrogance though and hope the rest of your players are just like you.
    Good Luck tomorrow night kid.

  • SupaMan

    DR Fan, Arrogant? NOT.. Just Confident!!! DRacnhhh Supa-Dumb? Nice, really mature:)

    Contact me tomorrow when your DR Pansies are looking at a 48-21 DEFEAT!!! This so called confident/arrogant kid is out…

    Oh…. By the way, Underestimated for a reason and tomorrow at this time you’ll see why 🙂

    We Are DR…NO
    We Are BULLDOGS!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

  • DRanchhhh


    Your obviously a player..HAHAHA…Shouldnt you be in bed sleeping and preparing for your big game today??

  • SupaMan

    What big game?

  • JG

    Dranchh i was expecting you to come over for a hot dog and a coke, and a litte insite on how a good team executes.I told you that you would be contimplating leaving the game about 4 minutes left in the first half, 28 to 0 WC, Just another beatdown for For the DOGS!!! WC,CHAMPS BABY HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APPLES…..

  • JG

    DR FAN I never thought of DR as overrated, they are simply not that good. Buy the way good luck with Bonita, GO DAWGS HACIENDA CHAMPS!!!!!!

  • JG

    Dranchhh Common your observation of coach Magg. And the the Comments by PC and Harbaugh before that game. Dude i Don’t get it what a crock of Sh….

  • SupaMan

    DR FAN & DRanchhhh. OVER-RATED!!!! I told you that your DR PANSIES were no match for the WEST COVINA BULLDOGS!!! UNDERESTIMATED??? Please, Bonita and Venice both put up a better fight.

    CONFIDENT/ARROGANT/Supa-DUMB… They say you get wiser with age.. I guess that’s just for those who actually start out with some intelligence 🙂

    Oh and by the way, stop saying that “WE ARE CRAP” your making MARSHALL Look bad..

    GO WC!!!!

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