The Covina loss a constant reminder for No. 1 West Covina to stay focused and grounded with upset-minded Santa Fe coming to town Friday

“I think the kids know what’s at stake. They hear about the Covina game every day. If you don’t play well, if you overlook, don’t play hard and lose focus, then you’re done. I don’t think we’re having any type of problem from a mental aspect.” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore on facing the Chiefs.

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
West Covina, the top seed in the Southeast Division, should get a bit more of a challenge Friday in the second round against Santa Fe. The Bulldogs (10-1) had little trouble with Bellflower last week, but Santa Fe brings a defense capable of giving West Covina some resistance, at least for a little while.
“They have a very tough defense,” Maggiore said of the Chiefs, who held Bonita and Charter Oak to season-low point totals this season. “They play extremely hard and they’re really well-coached. They play the run well, so it’s going to be a challenge for our guys.”


Santa Fe showed it can be dangerous in last week’s win over Burbank. The Chiefs weren’t picked by many to win but came away with a 28-14 victory. Questions about their offense being inept were answered, too.

“They looked a lot better on offense,” Maggiore said. “They moved the ball on Burbank. Their offense is better than it was earlier in the season.”

Maggiore said overconfidence won’t be a factor for West Covina if Monday’s practice was any indicator. Despite being the No. 1 seed, the Bulldogs have yet to be matched up with anybody that will give fans a sense of doubt about the game’s outcome.

“I think the kids know what’s at stake,” Maggiore said. “They hear about the Covina game every day. If you don’t play well, if you overlook, don’t play hard and lose focus, then you’re done. I don’t think we’re having any type of problem from a mental aspect.”

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  • Bulldog Parent

    Go Bulldogs!!

  • go SF

    Let’s go Santa Fe send the bulldogs to the doghouse……they switched leagues because they couldn’t keep up with the MEN….had to go play in a lower league cuz they are WIMPS

  • For the Record

    The Bulldogs did not change leagues. The Hacienda was formed that may be tougher than the one they were in last year.

    The Bulldogs are in the same playoff division as last year, the Southeast.

    The “MEN” that “go sf said” are the teams that are NOT practicing this Thanksgiving. Figure it out.

  • wc bulldog

    sante fe is trash, WC is gonna give it 2 them

  • SF Chief

    WC is trash … The CHIEFS are going to destroy the bulldogs!!!!

  • Dan

    West Covina is not taking Santa Fe lightly, talking to Fathers, fans, and coaches at the practices the general opinion is that Santa Fe is a tough, discipline team that is well coached and plays hard. They will come to play on Friday. Should be an exciting game. Good luck to both teams as far as injuries go.

  • Colt74

    I want to wish all teams, fans, parents, bloggers and sports writers a warm and festive Thanksgiving!

  • Huskies

    Take advantage WC! GOOD LUCK!

  • ????

    Hey, for the record:
    U said the Hacienda league was formed to be stronger than the league WC was in last year(san antonio)?? I don’t know about that. The whole southeast got less stronger when they bumped CO n SH to div 2. Both of those schools are home for thanksgiving for the first time since geez I don’t know, a while. Listen, good luck to all the schools that are still playing, but please stop making these silly accusations. Everyone who’s INVOLVED in the decision making knows the REAL reason teams were re-alligned and shipped of to 4 divisions up…that’s so “certain” schools will get a chance to win a C.I.F championship. I guess some coaches need that on their resume…so good luck to all.

  • keikilani

    Bulldogs are playing phenomenal.
    Our O is unstoppable
    and I give mad props to our mighty D.
    2010Bulldogs deserve it all&& we wont stop until we GET IT DUNN!
    All for you Coach.
    LETS GO WESTCO!
    I’m so proud of you all.
    -Keiki, water girl.

  • Dan

    Too “Hey For the record”,
    You really think our coaches have all that pull and influence with the CIF office to arrange to have a couple of schools removed from the division, just so we can have an easier road through the playoffs? Think about what your saying. Yeah sure, CIF is just going to jump thru hoops and do summersaults on our command.
    Neither of your teams would be a major factor in the Southeast playoffs, not this year anyways, they would have been better than average in the playoffs but both would be out by the quarterfinals, maybe one would have been fortunate enough to reach the semi’s. Niether would get by Muir, or Bonita, or WC. Please spare me this crock that your teams were much improved at years end cause most teams who are healthy and with good coaching are much improved at years end too. You can save the phoney “good luck to all sentiments”, it’s not sincere and not wanted from a bitter fan like you. But have a nice Thanksgiving anyways.

  • go SF

    I agree with ???? said…………. WC got so tired with SH winning all the time. Hopefully there will be no CIF championship on coach’s resume and the no ring for the Bulldogs. GO SANTA FE…..GIVE THE DOGS SOME BULL!!!!!!!!!!

  • wc

    go sf.
    wc did get tired of sh winning thats why wc killed them this year. wc works hard and this is a good year for them but wc did not have a say in league changing. if it were the same league as last year we still would have won league. so that didnt change anything. wc’s team changes every year. we never know who we are getting so sometimes we will be good and other times we wont but dont take the credit away from the players saying that we are only doing good due to leage change. these players work hard all the time.

  • Born Again Huskie

    Danny boy,

    The Valley deliberately punished us and Charter Oak for our success and ironically this year Valley teams that could of actually probably dethroned us on the field now will have an * asterisk next to their championship.

    Diamond Ranch fell in the playoffs and realistically we probably would of been in the semifinals contending after how well we played at the end of the season but there would of been no guarantee that either us or C.O. would of won another C.I.F. Championship I agree but…

    My only one question is you are telling me everyone is seriously happy to see a local C.I.F. championship without two of the best programs from our Valley contending with the other schools from our Valley. Doesn’t make sense to me. I would of thought you would of wanted to beat us and Charter Oak not avoid either of us come playoff time.

    Regardless, after having witnessed parity in the Sierra league and the atmosphere feeling like a playoff game every week maybe we have suffered short term but long term the games are so much more fun, meaningful, intense, and seriously more athletic from top to bottom. My point is you could of felt the same way about us. Think about how much sweeter that would have been to beat South Hills in the Finals instead of playing Bonita again or La Serna or Muir.

    Be careful what you wish for though Danny boy because I enjoy reading how damn sensitive and defensive you always get about your mighty Bulldogs and I promise you outside our Valley no one and I mean no one has literally any respect for your program like they do Sierra league teams so in your myopic world you may think your winning but in the end your just another loser like us in the real world today and everyday.

    The one difference is you’ll never have as many C.I.F. Championships as the Huskies do right now and your Championship this year will be a consolation prize. Play hypotheticals but until you beat us or Charter Oak in the playoffs your point is moot.

    Bottom line our success (CHAMPIONSHIPS-PLURAL) put us in DIVISION II so talk to me Danny boy when you are forced to move by your peers as well because you’ve beaten everybody too many times because until then your playing for 2nd place buddy.

    Happy Thanksgiving Danny boy! Good luck with your mighty second round opponent Santa Fe. Your right though Santa Fe does compare with teams like Corona Centennial, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga Roosevelt, Norco, Vista Murrieta, Etiwanda and Chino Hills as second round opponents. The Southeast division is weak without the Sierra league and you know that as well as everyone else does so give thanks for not seeing the Sierra league this year in the playoffs and do not give me any of this head to head bologna because games are decided in November and December not September and October.

    Too funny Danny boy! Beat someone from the Sierra league in November or December and then you can talk until then keep eating your pumpkin pie!

  • http://User@yahoo.cim Coctoasten

    Born again husky,

    42-27?

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Bloggers’

    Most of you bloggers who complain again and again about west covina’s program and position in the valley are not only ignorant, but continue to show the level of stupidity they have..
    West Covina is a never resting program who contiues to strive for greatness..
    South hills and Charter Oak my be in a higher division now, but will they ever find sucess as they did in the Southeast? NO!! Those programs will continue to struggle for years to come..
    I maybe mistaken, but that is how things are shapping up to be..

  • Dan

    Born Again Huskie,
    Only problem with your statement is that CO and SH are not two of the best programs in the valley this year, the teams remaining in the Southeast, Muir, Bonita, La Serna etc. make for better games this year, so if WC is fortunate enough to win the Southeast I would be totally satisfied.
    As for WC avoiding SH or CO, WC went out of their way to keep SH on the schedule, even though it ment we had to go to SH house [Covina district] for the second year in a row, WC tried to get CO back on the schedule too, so they avoided no one.
    You mentioned that until we beat SH or CO in the playoffs my point is moot, well we did that already, WC has only played South Hills once in the playoffs and WC won that game, 2004 remember?
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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