Haven’t we seen this before? The Raiders win a big early season game over a possible contender and all the silver and black honks come crawling out of the woodwork proclaiming that they are ready to make a Super Bowl run.
Can we just get back to reality and look at this for what it is? The Raiders are 1-2 and they just beat the Steelers who are…oh 1-2 also. They haven’t had a winning season since 2002 and they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1984 (1983 season).
They have a first year coach this season and haven’t had a coach stay longer than three years since Jon Gruden (1998-2001). Everybody thought the Raiders would get better after Al Davis passed away but it’s the same old thing.
The administration appears to be as disorganized as ever. Hue Jackson led the team to an 8-8 record and a second place tie in the AFC West last year and was promptly fired for his efforts and replaced by Dennis Allen who has no previous head coaching experience. Did you know Allen is the seventh Raider head coach in the last 11 years?
Commitment to excellence? More like commitment to ineptitude. Anyway with that being said I wish all the best and an MVP type year to Darren McFadden. As the owner of the LA Express I need that to happen.
Gladstone has clearly established itself as the best team in the Montview and possibly one of the top five teams in the Northwest Division. The Gladiators are 4-0 after blasting Montview League contender La Puente 37-7 Friday night and have scored 140 points in their last three games. They’re getting big production out of quarterback Kevin Amezquita, (483 yards passing, 506 rushing), Aaron Sanchez (315 yards rushing, six touchdowns) and Christian Arteaga (189 yards receiving, two touchdowns.)
Gladstone’s still faces tough tests against Duarte and Azusa but if the Glads get past those two they could run the table.
Great news to hear that La Puente quarterback Ivan Vasquez is back home after being taken to the hospital from a tackle Friday night. Vasquez laid motionless on the field for several minutes before being carted off. The game was called with just under ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ivan from the Mid Valley staff.
Speaking of running the table, San Marino won’t. The Titans, (4-0), should win their next four but they’ll lose to Monrovia in their ninth game and they could get bit by South Pas the last week of regulation if they aren’t careful. San Marino is playing good football. I mean, heck the Titans have outscored their last two opponents 108-0. But I do have a suggestion. How about getting some rosters and stats up on Max Preps so we can give these guys a little more ink.
Monrovia will be just fine. With guys like Anthony Craft, Mason Bryant, Brett Walsh,etc. They won’t have a problem. But the Wildcats do need to be careful thinking they can turn it on at any moment.
South Hills would be better served in the Southeast Division.
Can we something put to rest right now. Rosemead beat San Gabriel Friday night. It wasn’t the officials, although they were bad, it wasn’t an off night by the quarterback, it wasn’t the color of the uniforms or the weather. It was Rosemead playing tough defense and winning the game. Yes, the Matadors had more total yards than the Panthers but Rosemead made the defensive stops when it had to, especially in the second half.
San Gabriel has an explosive offense which is why even more credit should be given to the Mead.
Former Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera has picked up right where he left off at Whittier College. He threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards to lead the Poets to a 55-24 win over Puget Sound Saturday.
I’m sure the Panthers are happy they won’t have to see him this year.
That’s my principle.
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