“I won’t know how good a team we are until we get into the playoffs. I believe we’ve improved, but until I see us compete against a playoff team, I really won’t know. We haven’t been able to get a read on where we are based on league play for a long time.” — Long Beach Poly coach Raul Lara
By Bob Keisser Columnist
Not even the clock, which we just flipped back an hour Saturday night out of some nocturnal habit, is as consistent as other things in life, like the arrival of the seasons, acrimonious presidential campaigns and USC and Notre Dame football alums keening or preening about their teams. Add to that the de rigueur appearance of Long Beach Poly atop the Moore League.
Even in a year that began flat, as in the Jackrabbits getting flattened by Narbonne 56-0 and dropping two other nonleague games, Raul Lara’s team won the Moore League, one of the few CIF-Southern Section leagues named after a person, former LBUSD superintendent Harry J. Moore, with a shrug and a slight nod of thanks.
Six wins, no losses. Poly outscored its neighbors, 268 to 37.
Closest margin was 22 points. The Jackrabbits didn’t allow a single point in the first half in all six games. Twenty-three of those 37 points were allowed in the fourth quarter by reserves. Poly has won or shared the Moore every year save two since 1980. Channing Tatum doesn’t do that well at a bachelorette party.