Covina in a mighty tough spot facing two-time defending Southeast Champion West Covina on live on Fox Sports West

“Had they come the last two years those would have been classics. But we’ve been in this spot before. When we beat West Covina (in 2010) nobody gave us a chance. Who knows, maybe we’ll surprise them again.”Covina coach Joe Brown on facing West Covina live on Fox Sports West

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
Covina High School’s Joe Brown is taking over the Colts football program after several years as an assistant under coach Darryl Thomas, who resigned after 14 years.
Brown’s first assignment as head coach is a doozy.

Covina opens the 2012 campaign against back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division champion West Covina on Aug. 24 at Covina District Field — a game that will be televised live by Fox Sports West.

“I’ve been a coach at Covina for 17 years and we’ve been on local cable, but nothing like this,” Brown said. “When I found out I was like, ‘really'”.

Brown knows why Fox is televising it.

Covina gave West Covina its only loss in 2010, shocking the Bulldogs in a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback, winning 27-21.

Last year Covina had one of its best senior-dominated teams in years, nearly beating the champs again before losing a thriller in overtime, 26-20.
Covina finished 11-2 and lost to eventual Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia in the semifinals.

While West Covina graduated a few standouts such as all-purpose threat Chris Solomon, the Bulldogs are still the favorite to win its third straight title.

Covina, however, is in complete rebuilding mode after graduating quarterback Billy Livingston, all-purpose threat Vinny Venegas and losing senior running back Gevontray Ainsworth, who transferred to Monrovia.

On paper, Covina and West Covina was a highly anticipated game that lived up to the billing the previous two years, but Covina might not be as fortunate this time.

Brown kind of chuckled after learning this was the year Fox decided to televise the game.
“Had they come the last two years those would have been classics,” Brown said. “But we’ve been in this spot before. When we beat West Covina (in 2010) nobody gave us a chance. Who knows, maybe we’ll surprise them again.” (to continue click thread)

Brown’s not worried about the potential of getting blown out on live television, he’s more interested in his players’ reaction to the atmosphere and stage.

“If you can’t get excited for this, you shouldn’t be playing,” Brown said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. It’s our biggest step-up game of the year. Whether it was on television or not, it doesn’t change the fact that we’ve got to approach it like the last two years. West Covina is a big physical team. To have a chance, you’ve got to match their physicalness.”
One of Brown’s first big decisions is zeroing in on a starting quarterback to replace Livingston.

He has to decide between Darren Torres, a do-everything quarterback who plays multiple positions, or Emilio Zertuche, a traditional pocket passer.

“They’re battling and making it (decision) tough,” Brown said. “Either way we decide to go, I feel confident. They each bring something different to the table.”

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  • Dogtown

    Hey Fred Great job last year !! can’t wait for season to start. Mike the cousin great job as well. Hope you guys had a great summer. Man our Bulldogs look good. Stayed away from all the preseason nonsense on these threds thus far. I counted one guy had 20 comments on one thred and there were only 50 or so hits. I think we all know his name, i won’t give it i am sure he will be on here soon enough. Looking forward for the players to do the talking on the field. That’s what the Bulldogs do, it’s called class.

  • GP-

    21 and counting!!!

  • Good luck Covina!

    WOW. Covina is in trouble. The kid emilio is a transfer who was going to hit the field at his other school and torres will be the slowest QB in the valley. WHat a waste of a game.

  • Bulldog Football

    If you want to see the Bulldogs dismantle a team, then come to this one. If we don’t win by 4 touch downs or more, I’ll be shocked. Covina has zero chance of being in the game by halftime.

  • Rosie Glasses

    Its the “who cares” game!

    It’s a Division 7 team playing a Division 11 team!

    And we’re suppose get excited about this game?

    Can the Division 11 beat the D7 team?

    Oh wait, they did beat the 2 time CIF champions in 2010!

    My bad! Still a terrible game by 2 terrible teams!

  • Gp-

    Or you could go watch Amat Vs Servite play and see the exact same thing….Or Upland Vs Charter Oak in the 2nd round of the inland playoffs…Rosie what’s your point? Everyone wants to bang on Lower division schools, as if the upper division schools are losing big. These two schools have put on very exciting football games.

  • Poser

    Bulldog Football = not really a Bulldog, just someone talking smack.

    Rosie, yet both those teams would put a whooping on your sorry a– Muir team.

  • Rosie Glasses

    If you can’t understand “they both suck”. GP, that there is a “you” problem!

    CIF is making these TV guys do it. Its like the NFL making FOX or CBS put on the Jacksonville v Cleveland game. LOL! Let’s face it who the hell in the SGV wants to see these 2 lousy teams? Nobody thats who! Is this the best that the SGV has to show the rest of So Cal? Come on dude! You think Oaks Christian or Santa Margarita are going to be watching the Bulldogs? Just in case they run into you in CIF playoffs? LOL! Think Crenshaw is going to be watching? LOL! Only people watching is going to be your 169 immediate family members from La Puente, the Maravilla projects, and your grandparents in Aguascalientes! LOL!

    This is not hating. I’m just saying what the SGV is already thinking.

    I’d rather watch Matlock reruns or a baseball game.

  • GP-

    Why didn’t they call your school ? I know my school was 1 of 13 to play in a broadcasted game…What about your school ?