Today, I take a look at the big picture.
The goal for every local team is to be alive in late December, playing for a state title at the Home Depot Center in Carson. What SoCal teams might be across the field?
Every year, I try to do a little Southern California preview to make people aware of what teams might show up in the bowl games. And no, I didn’t mention Crenshaw last year, so take this for what you will.
Well this year, we have to start with the Cougars. DeAnthony Thomas is the biggest reason why, as the USC-commit is an early front-runner for California’s Mr. Football. And hey, you have to respect the schedule that Crenshaw has come up with, playing its first game at North Gwinnett-Georgia.
Another team to mention is a Division III school, Serra-Gardena. The Cavaliers played an unbelivably good game last year with Marin Catholic in the D-III title game and they return a ton of athletic talent. Guys like George Farmer and Marqise Lee are back, and the Cavs are gonna be good. Perhaps a chance at the Open Division game this year? We shall see.
I’ll go back to Division I to talk about a pair of old foes for De La Salle, Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei. Both should be improved this year, and Mater Dei still has a great QB-WR connection in Max Wittek and Victor Blackwell (both going to USC). Poly has nine starters back on defense, so you have to figure Raul Lara will have his team ready for a return back to prominence.
Alright, I can only do so much, so if you want a better sense of what’s going on statewide, check out Cal-Hi Sports top 50. They’ve got it covered top to bottom.