Charter Oak gets ready for Inland run

“We have talked about that. We would like to have that No. 4 seed and get a home game as a league champion and see who ends up in our bracket. Really, going into that division and not being seeded, you’re at the mercy of some great second- and third-place teams. Any help you can get in terms of seeding and your first one or two opponents is a bonus.”Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar on Inland playoffs

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

While several area teams will be playing for league championships and/or playoff berths this week, the Charter Oak High School football team will be simply polishing its resume.

And for veteran head coach Lou Farrar, that’s very important.

The Chargers (8-1 overall, 4-0 in league) have already locked up at least a share of the league championship and will go into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Inland Division playoffs as the league’s No. 1 team even if they lose and Chino Hills wins this week.

But Charter Oak is playing to protect a potential No. 4 seed in the division, and less important to Farrar, a second straight sweep of the area’s toughest local league.

“We have talked about that,” Farrar said of potentially being the No. 4 seed in the Inland. “We would like to have that No. 4 seed and get a home game as a league champion and see who ends up in our bracket.

“Really, going into that division and not being seeded, you’re at the mercy of some great second- and third-place teams. Any help you can get in terms of seeding and your first one or two opponents is a bonus.”

Charter Oak is heavily favored to sweep the league again, but Damien does have something to play for. The Spartans would need some interesting scenarios to unfold in order to get in the postseason as the Sierra’s third-place team – and the first of them is upsetting Charter Oak.

In addition to the postseason implications the game it may also be the last time Farrar and Damien head coach Greg Gano square off against each other.

The two had quite a rivalry going in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Gano was at Los Altos. The two are among the winningest coaches in Valley history, with Farrar having won five CIF championships and Gano four.

If for whatever reason Gano isn’t back at Damien next season or Farrar retires, two of the most storied coaching rivals may be playing their swan song on Friday.

“I really don’t want that to enter into it,” Farrar said. “He and I have been friends since he was in high school. Greg and I go way back. He’s been very good to my kids, my son Dominic especially. And I helped him get started in his career.

“We’re always going to be friends and this is just another game where’s he’s coaching and I’m coaching, and we’re not going to think about first or last or in between.”

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  • Not So Fast My Friend

    That photo looks like one guy isn’t happy about the other one kissing him. lol

  • D1

    Damien has only beat one team in their league and are 3-5 there is no possible way they win this game. quote me on this they will loose to charter oak by a spread of 25 points or more

  • STANFORD DAD

    Coach Farrar is just another in a long line of Gano fans who know the man for who he is and not for what others pretend to know about him. Went to see Gano the other day and he’s even more remarkable as a man and a friend now than when first got the Damien job. Adversity is a test of a man’s character and Gano passes with flying colors. I know a few Damien Dads have back stabbed and lacked the intestinal fortitude to keep the wolves at bay. Damien will have a new coach next year, this is a fact, but they blew this one.In the midst of all this Gano bashing studipity Gano has shown every player, parent and booster the same respect he did on Day One. I’m fortunate to call him my friend and will always admire him for the man he is off the field to friend or foe. Sports doesn’t develop character, it reveals it. Great to read Coach Farrar speak so glowing about a life long friend in his time of tribulation, we should all be so lucky.

    All Gano would tell me the other day was, “I”ll land on his feet” This was never in doubt.

  • AMAT 73

    My Friend Sparta,
    I know you’ve followed the Damien program closely during the Gano years . Aside from all the politcal bs which I can’t understand that affecting the team and Gano if he is what you say he is . Why is the program in such a bad way . When AMAT was struggling it clearly was a case of lack of experience at both the head coach and the level of coaching ( PAC-5 ) for him where that inexperience showed greatly .Talent was there and enough coaching up was also there as Verti won some big games for AMAT just not the ones that really matter , So where did Gano go wrong ? Not enough talent to begin with ? He does have the Paraclete kids and had Hernandez as transfers . i don’t follow Damien all that close to know what other transfers they picked up ( Gano’s forte ??) So where did it go wrong. I’ll tell you one thing and if your honest you’ll agree but dropping AMAT from the schedule was a HUGE mistake . Kind of look like he’s running away from that game . But if you care to , in a nut shell , what’s up !!!! Please don’t go the parent back stabbing route , this is about on the field where Gano has control .

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