Santa Ana football coaches have spent the week telling their players that today's Mission Conference Central Division game against Palomar is a "championship-type game."
Despite Santa Ana's 2-5 record, they aren't lying.
Both teams are 2-0 in the division, but that's where the comparison ends. Palomar is 6-1 overall and ranked ninth in the nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire. The game starts at 1:30 today at San Marcos High.
"It's kind of for the championship or at least whoever wins it will be on the best [path] to it," Santa Ana Coach Dave Ogas said.
The Dons are on a two-game winning streak that includes a goal-line stop in the final minute against Saddleback last week. "You could not get a piece of paper between the ball and the goal line," Ogas said, "That's how close they were to scoring."