By Aram Tolegian
Covina quarterback Billy Livingston hasn’t practiced this week and will be a game-time decision Friday against Pomona, according to Colts head coach Darryl Thomas. Livingston suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right shoulder in last week’s win over Walnut. The senior was treated at a local hospital after the game and has made progress, but has yet to get any reps with the first-team offense this week or even throw a ball.
“He’s really looking forward to playing,” Thomas said. “He is a game-time decision. He’s been at practice, but has not practiced.
“We’re going to still run whatever he’s capable of running. If he’s ready to go, he’ll be in. If not, he won’t. That’s the best I can tell you.”
Daniel Sifuentes has been getting all the reps this week, and Thomas doesn’t feel his team is at a huge disadvantage with Sifuentes under center, since he was the quarterback of the freshman team when Covina’s current senior class first arrived on campus. Sifuentes also saw playing time last year when Livingston was injured.
Thomas said he’s not been given any timetable by doctors as to how long a Grade 2 shoulder separation needs to heal. Livingston is considered day-to-day.
Having Livingston would be a big plus because Pomona is a major X-factor in league. The Red Devils started 2-0 but have lost their past two games. Talent-wise, Thomas said, Pomona is very capable of causing his team problems.
“They’ve always got the best athletes in the league, year in and year out,” Thomas said. “Coach (Anthony) Rice does a great job. He’s a CIF championship coach. He’s won it two times.
“In the last 20 years, the Valle Vista League champion has had a loss (in league) only one time. Usually, the Valle Vista champion goes undefeated in league, so we’d better win.”