By Mike Robledo
It was a great ride this season covering the SGV on Coveritlive. This being my first full year riding shotgun as your host on Coveritlive, I got to cover 18 different teams over the course of a 15-week season. I covered games from the stands (Dominguez & Alemany), the roof of a press box (Ganesha High) and nearly froze to death on a 50-foot platform at Muir High. With the exception of a school I will not name, each and every school was gracious in allowing me to bring you Coveritlive.
A very special thanks to all the readers who logged on and participated. We certainly gained momentum in viewership and participation as the playoffs progressed. During last weekend’s dual Coveritlive with Fred and myself, we peaked at over 2000 comments during the course of the evening.
A final thanks to Fred for having the faith to send his little cousin to bring you these games. There were more than a few occasions when Fred (and even Aram) would upset the masses with a blog post or an opinion in a column, then readers would spot me in the press box and let me have it, thinking I was Fred. Your passion comes through not only here on Fred’s blog, but at the games as well. It’s what High School sports is all about.
Entering the final weekend of the 2010 football season, here are some of my memorable (and not so memorable) moments this football year on Coveritlive: (To continue, click thread)
Best Game: Crespi vs Bishop Amat
This was the opening game in the brutal Serra league and not only didn’t disappoint, but more than lived up to the hype. The Lancers saw a 17-0 lead disappear and even trailed late in the 3rd quarter 21-17 before rallying to defeat the Celts 31-28 behind the running of Jalen Moore, which brings us to…
Best Individual Performance: Jalen Moore vs Crespi
Moore rushed for 263 yards on 32 carries, breaking one for 51 in the process. Moore would go on to be named Serra League Offensive Player of Year.
Biggest Blowout: Diamond Bar vs Diamond Ranch
Dubbed the battle of the “Diamonds,” this was the opener in the newly created Hacienda League. Diamond Ranch entered this game with a 1-3 record and appeared ripe for the picking for Diamond Bar, who came in with a 4-0 record. What I’ll remember from this 41-0 blowout the Panthers laid on the Brahmas was a reader tracking the Bishop Amat score, cleverly commenting, “Who will score more points, Bishop Amat or Diamond Ranch”?
Biggest Letdown: West Covina vs Bonita I
Bonita entered this matchup undefeated, while West Covina was rolling opponents after suffering a Week Zero loss to Covina. For me personally, this was a game I was anxious to cover, believing the winner would seal the Hacienda title. Well, the game turned into another Bulldogs blowout, crushing the Bearcats 55-21. While the result was a letdown, I again anxiously await their re-match in the CIF Southeast final Friday night @ Walnut High School.
Best Finish: Covina vs San Dimas
Trailing 23-6 at halftime, the Colts furiously rallied in the 2nd half while not allowing the Saints to score. The Saints, trying to put the game away, turned the ball over on downs and the Colts drove it 75 yards for the game winning score when Billy Livingston connected with Andrew Carrillo with :28 left, giving the Colts an improbable 27-23 victory and clinching the Valle Vista title outright.
Looking forward to coming back in 2011!