By Tim Peterson
I was talking to Arroyo’s biggest fan James Markoya, otherwise known as “The Wolf” Friday night at the Arcadia-San Marino scrimmage and we were going over Arroyo’s schedule.
“The Wolf” likes this Arroyo team (when doesn’t he like the Arroyo team?) but he acknowledged that last year’s first round playoff loss to Covina was painful. That it was but we both agreed that should Arroyo get by the Colts, which is a good possibility considering the Knights will come out with that defeat still fresh on its mind, they should go 9-1.
Look at their non-league schedule. We’ll concede the loss to Hart on the road, The Los Angeles Rams would have trouble with that one, but who else is going to beat them? Temple City? Rowland? Not likely. Then Mission Valley League play starts and Arroyo should roll though that. Rosemead will be a test in the first league game but beyond that it looks like cruise control for Jim Singiser’s troops.
So there you go coach. It’s all set up for a 9-1 regular season (8-2 is acceptable) and a first round home playoff game. No pressure though.
Yes we added Buena Park to our coverage area. The Coyotes have blown up since Anthony White took over as head coach, and seemingly have D1 coaches visiting their campus on a weekly basis. We cover teams down the 605 anyway so adding Buena Park makes since. That being said I’m not sure we’ll have anybody out at Pasadena this week to cover the BP-PHS game.
While I’m still trying to figure out why Arroyo added Hart this year I’m also scratching my head over Buena Park and Pasadena. The Bulldogs are getting better (5-5 last year including a win over Muir in the Turkey Tussle) but are still not in Buena Park’s class. I don’t really see how a 42-7 defeat will help the program. And for Buena Park does beating up on Pasadena help them get ready for the Freeway League? I’m hearing from the Coyote faithful about getting out there and although I like the local flavor, I’m not sure sending a writer out there is worth it. We’ll see.
Speaking of our “50” coverage teams I was counting on a lot of feedback and we have indeed gotten it. Nothing is set in stone. We set those as basically a foundation that we can work off of. With the new realignment putting teams in every conference except the PAC 12, we had to make some adjustments. I mean if Pioneer is playing Whittier (two teams that aren’t listed as our coverage teams) on a Thursday night and there’s not any other meat to chose from MVS will definitely be there. Rowland (not listed) travels to Covina District Field on Thursday October 27 to take on the Colts. If that game has meaning of course we’ll be on it. The “50” is flexible. You can count on that.
I Like the choice of Max Browne over Sam Darnold at USC but let’s face it if the season started today the Rams’ Case Keenum gets the nod over Jared Goff, number one pick or not. Goff will get his shot. Darnold is not transferring and neither is Goff.
That’s my principle.
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