Two-Minute Drill: Bonita vs. Arcadia

“You guys have been talking about them all year, so it wasn’t a shock to see their skill talent. I do read the papers, so I guess I’m not shocked by it. They’re definitely a good team and from what people have said, this is one of their best teams that they’ve had in a number of years.” Bonita coach Eric Podley

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
Given how things looked at the mid-point of the season, the Bonita High School football team really can’t complain too much about getting powerful Arcadia in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. At 8-2, the Apaches are thought by many to be the second-best team in the division and the team most likely to give No. 1 seed West Covina its best game.

Unfortunately for Bonita, though, Arcadia enters the postseason as the No. 2 team out of the Pacific League and that opened the door for a matchup like Friday’s.

“I’m not the greatest bracketologist in the world, but looking at them on film, they’re an outstanding team,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said.

“They’ve got a lot of talent, good discipline and a great record. They’re a tough draw, without question.

“I kinda thought we’d get them or Mayfair. Either one of them would be tough teams.”

Considering Bonita was last year’s runner-up, Friday’s game with Arcadia is almost too good to take place in the first round. But the Bearcats started the season 2-4 and even making the playoffs was a real long shot until a big fourth-quarter rally against Los Altos on Oct. 21. That win sparked a four-game win streak for Bonita that has the Bearcats hitting their stride at just the right time.

“We still don’t feel like we’re playing to the full extent of our potential, but that’s a good thing that we still have room to go,” Podley said. “At some point, you need the potential and it better be pretty quick because these guys (Arcadia) are pretty good.”

Bonita junked the more wide-open offense it was using earlier in the season for a more run-based system. The Bearcats haven’t been complicated, but they have been brutally effective. Running backs Cameron Griffin (907 yards) and Reggie Turner (748) have proved to be quite the duo.

Bonita had better hope its ground game can eat clock and keep a talented Arcadia offense off the field. The Apaches are averaging 37.6 points per game. Arcadia quarterback Myles Carr cannot be counted on to make mistakes either, as evidenced by his 25-to-3 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio.

“You guys have been talking about them all year, so it wasn’t a shock to see their skill talent,” Podley said. “I do read the papers, so I guess I’m not shocked by it. They’re definitely a good team and from what people have said, this is one of their best teams that they’ve had in a number of years.”

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  • reality

    Like Podley I have been impressed with Arcadia’s skill players. Their QB Carr and receiver Legace along with a handful of others are the real deal. Here’s the the thing though. Bonita’s offensive line has been looking very good. Turner and Griffith now seem to know where the holes are gonna open up and developed the power to run through tackles when first hit. They don’t try to fool anybody right now, they run right at you and dare them to stop you. They mix it up with passes when you don’t expect them, risky I know but still must be done to keep Apache defense honest. The game will rest on Bonita’s ability to pressure Carr, then Horine, Venegas and McAully to not give up the long ball and tackle hard enough to give Apache receivers something to think about. This is a game Horine and Mc aully must play their best game of the year and the O-line continue to push. One thing in Bonita’s favor is that they have basicly played four straight must-win games or go home in the past month and this is another one, Arcadia has not. Aram says Arcadia wins big,Robledo likes the Apaches to win along with the Pasadena homer. I still like Bohi’s chances.

  • Aaron

    Just to point out, Burgett and Diebold rotated in and out against Rowland. Look for Burgett to start; I think using both will help depending on the situation because they both have skillsets that can be utilized. I’m sure both will be prepared to do their part…the fact that the lines are getting healthy at the right time helps those two backs in Cameron Griffin and Reggie Turner…playing smashmouth is how the season should have begun, keep it up boys.

    I like the Bearcats chances…especially since Calpreps only favors Arcadia by two.

  • Yorba Linda Rising

    I’ve seen both teams play. While Arcadia has a better QB, Bonita hits harder. Hitting wins in the playoffs.

  • Bo High

    We are about to smash on them Apaches. They are not physically therefore we will run over them. The blogger is right, they can’t hit…smh, we do!! lol. I do give their quarterback Miles Carr credit but he has never seen a team like Bonita all up in da face. As for Legace, he is unproven.