El Rancho’s 2010 Football Schedule

It’s time to talk a little El Rancho football. With the paper today is Dons head coach Rick Zepeda, who is embarking on his third go-around with Blue Pride.


Zepeda, a St. Paul High and LSU alumnus, gave a 15-minute overview on this year’s schedule, including on early changes and his expectations of the games.

Here’s the podcast –

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Here’s the schedule –

Week 0 vs. Los Altos
1 vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium
2 at Bell Gardens
3 at Montebello
5 vs. Fontana
6 vs. La Serna*
7 at Pioneer*
8 vs. California*
9 vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer*
10 vs. Whittier*

*signifies Del Rio League Play

Commentary: I joked with Zepeda that he must have known about the turmoil at Los Altos and Northview last year, which is why he scheduled two games against first-year coaches to start off the season. He responded “it might look that way but believe me I had no clue about what would happen at those schools.”

Zepeda has an interesting nonleague schedule capped with a rare match-up versus Fontana. As for league, the Dons are like several DRL teams in rebuilding seasons in a wide-open year. I erred on Week 9 in the podcast saying El Rancho was hosting Santa Fe (you can’t always trust maxpreps). The Chiefs are at home versus the Dons. I think if El Rancho can go 2-3 or 3-2 in the preseason (not an easy task), they’ll have enough momentum to grab a playoff spot and maybe even win league.

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