Don’t forget about Glendora, the Tartans are 2-0 and still among the area’s best

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

The Glendora High School football team has sent out a reminder to San Gabriel Valley foes that it’s still among the best around with its 2-0 start.

It’s easy to overlook the Tartans after they went 3-7 and finished fifth in the Baseline League in 2011.

New coach Jerry Lewallen is the school’s third coach in three years. And the Tartans compete against Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos and Etiwanda in the Baseline, one of the toughest leagues in the Southland.

“In my view, we can no longer use the Baseline as an excuse and just lower our heads,” Lewallen said. “We have to just play. What league we’re in is out of our control, you can’t worry about those things.

“What I worry about is us getting better and doing the little things that help win ballgames. Those are the things we can control.”

What they’ve controlled is the line of scrimmage.

Lewallen moved 6-foot-5 Christian Schneider to tackle and 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman Tommy Green is imposing his strength too.

In the Tartans’ season-opening 14-6 win over Claremont and last week’s 52-29 thrashing of Colony, they’ve averaged 302 yards per game with two outstanding individual performances.

Against Claremont, Amin Raad carried 36 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.

In last week’s win over Colony, Cade Lindsey couldn’t be stopped, rushing for 315 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

“Obviously we think our offensive line is the strength of our team,” said Lewallen, whose team only has thrown 17 times in two games. “When you have success moving the ball (on the ground), it wears opponents down not just physically, but mentally.

“And for our defense, if you ask any defensive coach, the longer you can keep them on the sideline the better. That’s their favorite place to be.”

The Tartans needed a good start because the schedule gets tougher, including at undefeated Ayala (3-0) on Friday, followed by a home game against Charter Oak (2-0) on Oct. 19 at Citrus College.

“We’re excited to play these games and see where we’re at,” Lewallen said. “If we can continue to move the ball and chew up the clock, we’ll be fine.”

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  • Mean Green Pastures….AKA GP

    I’ve been Saying this for a long time…If you throw any team in the valley outside of Chino Hills, and BA in the Baseline they don’t make the playoffs. If you put Glendora in the Sierra, or any other league they could be fighting for a league title, and playoff birth. If you put them in the South east, and Midvalley, they could win those divisions. They beat CO two years ago, they played them very tough last year. They Barely lost to West Co as well. I might be safe to say they Belong in the top ten or right outside. Really Glendora has fell victim to poor coaching situations. I still think they are going to struggle in the baseline, but that’s not even SGV football, so I think they should get more respect.

  • AyalaBulldogFan

    They have certainly earned my respect over the years for all those beatings they put on Ayala and Chino Hills over the years. If they were still in the Sierra League that would be a beyond brutal schedule.

    I’m hoping we can at least keep it close to make it a good game for both of our sakes. That Baseline league is even tougher than the Sierra League.