November 21, 2012 |
Imagine what it was like Sept. 7 to be part of the Long Beach Poly football program on the night the Jackrabbits lost to Harbor City Narbonne, 56-0, their worst defeat since 1916. "We were all totally embarrassed," Coach Raul Lara said. "It was hard, especially because everyone was ridiculing us. " Fast forward to Friday night in the Pac-5 Division quarterfinals, when Poly upset No. 2-seeded Mission Viejo, 21-16. The Jackrabbits are "the phoenix of high school football rising out of the ashes," Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said.
November 8, 2012 |
Once on a flight to Warsaw in the 1990s, when the Polish airline LOT was still trying to get the hang of market economy, I requested a vegetarian meal. For the first course, I was served the same salad of iceberg lettuce and thousand-island dressing as everyone around me. But my hot entrée, I discovered as I peeled away the foil, was another helping of that salad zapped in the microwave. It took a minute or two for the Pole sitting next to me to stop laughing and wipe his tears away, but he then described how fabulous Polish vegetarian cooking could be. He suggested several dishes I try once I landed and told me where to find them.
November 5, 2012 |
In a season full of surprises, the Southern Section football playoff pairings were released on Sunday with more surprises. Encino Crespi (8-2) didn't receive an at-large berth for the Pac-5 Division playoffs. And Ventura St. Bonaventure (9-1) was given the No. 1 seeding over unbeaten Mission Viejo (10-0). It's a sign of the uncertainty and unpredictability of the playoffs that begin in 13 divisions on Friday. The Pac-5, the section's premier division, is filled with intrigue.
November 3, 2012 |
Conner Manning is no average quarterback, but Mission Viejo sure made him look like one Friday night, intercepting six passes on its way to a 49-7 victory over Lake Forest El Toro. The Diablos (10-0, 4-0), ranked No. 4 in the Southland by The Times, clinched their fourth consecutive South Coast League title and put themselves in the running for the top seeding in the Pac-5 Division playoffs. CIF Southern Section pairings will be released Sunday. "That's for the CIF to decide, I don't do that," Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson said.
October 28, 2012 |
High school football fans who enjoy lots of scoring should make plans to head out to Mission Viejo High on Friday night for a regular-season finale that doesn't get much better than the Diablos (9-0) taking on Lake Forest El Toro (9-0) to decide the South Coast League title. Asked how many points will be needed to win, El Toro Coach Rob Frith said, "Oh my gosh - it could be a lot. " El Toro, led by senior quarterback Conner Manning, is averaging 47.2 points a game, with a high of 77. Mission Viejo, led by junior quarterback Ian Fieber, is averaging 51.4 points with a high game of 84. "It could be an old-fashion shootout," Frith said.
October 19, 2012
Crenshaw (6-1, 2-0) vs. Dorsey (4-3, 2-0) at Rancho Cienega Park, 7 p.m. (Time Warner Cable Channel 101, midnight): A year ago, Crenshaw lost to Dorsey, 7-6, in a Coliseum League game. The Cougars have no sympathy for Dorsey, which has struggled to stop the run and pass this season. "We're hoping in our last couple of games we've gotten some of our problems solved," Dorsey Coach Paul Knox said. Crenshaw will turn to its top two athletes, Mossi Johnson and Dominique Hatfield, on both sides of the ball.