By Tim Peterson
No, this isn’t “Game Night”. That was posted Monday night. But there is a game worth mentioning. El Rancho will now be playing Covina Friday night at Covina District Field. Here’s how it went down.
Bell Gardens was supposed to be the Colts’ opponent Friday night but the Lancers canceled. El Rancho was scheduled to travel to Santa Ana but that game was canceled as well. Kennedy (La Palma) was free so they connected with Covina for a game at Covina District. El Rancho was still searching.
However Kennedy had double booked a game for Friday night so it had to back out of the commitment with Covina. El Rancho then stepped in and there you go. El Rancho (4-0) at Covina (2-1) at Covina District Field, Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Welcome to the COVID-19 High School Football season Fall 2021. Who do I like? El Rancho has blown up everybody it has played and has pitched three shutouts in the process. Naysayers will contend the Dons haven’t played anybody but they have knocked out every team that has been put in front of them.
When the 2021 schedules were set up who knew that Don Lugo, Bell Gardens, Sierra Visa and Montebello would all be down? Don Lugo, recently coached by Greg Gano, has traditionally been strong as has been Montebello. Bell Gardens isn’t a power but it is usually a competitive team and Sierra Vista went 11-1 (on the field) in 2019. El Rancho, contrary to belief, wasn’t loading up on cupcakes. And even if you give that argument some credence the Dons have still done what they needed to do. They have outscored the four opponents 181-16. No that’s not a typo. ER is legit.
Covina had a nice win over rival Northview last week after winning a shootout against Diamond Bar. The Colts only loss was to undefeated Glendora. I’m glad the two teams were able to make it happen. Looks like a good game. Not ready to pick against El Rancho. Colts play them tough but the Dons win their fifth straight.
El Rancho 31 Covina 21
Arcadia’s Ty Pierson (pictured in Game Night) is having a big year. In three games he has 37 carries for 243 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and three touchdowns and has 10 receptions for 429 yards which is over 42 yards per catch. He has five receiving touchdowns as well. Pierson, who also returns punts and kickoffs, has accumulated 672 total yards. Defensively Pierson has 12 total tackles and an interception. Definitely a player to watch.
Pasadena is clearly the favorite now in the Pacific but after that it gets interesting. Muir is 2-0, Arcadia, with Pierson, is 2-1 with its only loss being to undefeated Monrovia and Crescenta Valley (1-1) is always in the hunt. Burbank and Burroughs will probably bring up the rear but one of those two, especially Burbank, could jump up and bite somebody. The only thing that you can bet your house on is that the Pasadena Bulldogs cut through the Pacific League like a hot knife through butter. Man, I haven’t used that line in a long time.
Anybody else notice that Hoover is 4-0 and that the Tornadoes have steamrolled three of their four opponents? No, St. John Bosco isn’t on the schedule but I mean c’mon…it’s Hoover. The school had shut down the football program a couple of years ago. In case you’re looking for a game that night the Hoover-Glendale crosstown rivalry is Friday night October 29th. The Nitros are 0-4 however they have a stronger schedule than Hoover.
If anybody can pick the winner in the Almont I’ll buy them a large pepperoni pizza at Rios. Keppel, yes Keppel, is 2-1. In fact add in the Aztecs record with Hoover and the two are a combined 6-1. San Gabriel is a surprising 3-0, Schurr is 2-2, Alhambra 1-2 and Montebello 1-3. Bell Gardens looks like it’s still in rebuilding mode at 0-3. It has to come down to Montebello and Schurr right? Doesn’t it always? Will Alhambra have something to say? A pizza awaits.
Note to Schurr…especially if you want to compete for the Almont title: Hold on to the ball!
The MVL will be decided Friday night October 15th at Arroyo when Rosemead comes to town.
Only one thing stands between Monrovia and a perfect 10-0 regular season. San Dimas. The Saints, who have only one loss to Bonita, will host the Wildcats September 24th. Circle the date on your calendar.
As far as the Rio Hondo League goes nobody will come within 30 points of the Wildcats. Heck, they may not allow a touchdown. There are two absolute locks for the 2021 football season. Monrovia wins the Rio Hondo and Clay Helton gets fired at USC.
That’s my principle.
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