Caution is the key to becoming king of the not-so-wild Frontier League. Teams must survive the lengthy nonleague campaign with enough healthy players to remain competitive.
It may be midseason in the Southern Section, but Frontier teams fire up and fire out against one another for the first time Friday night. It's been a long wait.
A rundown of preleague misfortunes follows:
1) Nordhoff lost its quarterback.
2) Santa Clara also lost its quarterback, then lost face in a 56-12 pounding at the hands of Crespi.
3) Calabasas, defending league co-champion, lost several starters and four of five games.
4) Santa Paula lost a victory last week when a fourth-quarter, point-after attempt failed in a 28-28 tie against winless Laguna Hills.
All of which leaves Agoura, also a defending co-champion, as the Frontier front-runner--at least until fourth quarters roll around. The Chargers have scored only five points in five final periods.