By Aram Tolegian
The manner in which Chino Hills saw its three-year reign atop the Sierra League end last season has not been forgotten.
Charter Oak, in its second season in the league, trounced Chino Hills, 38-7, in Week 10 to win the league championship. It was a resounding changing of the guard that head coach Derek Bub said his team has not forgotten about.
“I’d be lying to you if I said that last year doesn’t stick in the back of a lot of guys’ heads,” Bub said. “We return a lot of guys off of that team. But sometimes when you get into that revenge factor, you get a little too excited and lose sight of how you play football.
“They did a great job last year. Do I think it’s a different year? Yeah, sure.”
A simple glance at the quarterback position is proof positive that it is a different year.
Charter Oak had all-everything quarterback Travis Santiago last season, but he has since graduated. Chino Hills got the biggest impact transfer of the offseason when quarterback Matt Simko came over from Colony.
With Simko at the helm, the Huskies have the type of offense not many fans have seen around those parts in quite a while. Combine Simko with Boise State-bound receiver Jack Austin, and the Huskies are a sight to see.
Both teams have a common opponent in Bishop Amat, with Chino Hills faring much better by producing a 48-48 tie with the Lancers. Meanwhile, Charter Oak was beaten 30-14. But basing ones opinion on Friday’s game off of the Amat comparison isn’t such a great idea, according to Bub.
“I think it’s foolish,” Bub said. “If we can do it all based on score comparisons and wouldn’t have to play, then shoot, I’d be happy with that.
“I think Bishop Amat got up on them early and Charter Oak had trouble coming back. But if you watched the second half of that football game, it seemed like a much different team that comes out in the second half.”