By Aram Tolegian
California High School football coach Kyle Trudell knows what to expect from Rosemead on Thursday in terms of emotions.
The winless Panthers (0-3) are a desperate team in search of anything positive after a rough start. Trudell’s Condors know that vibe well as they were in the same spot last week before posting their first win of the season with a rout of Cathedral City.
“I know what Coach Castaneda is going through, being a first-year head coach and losing your first three games,” Trudell said. “I’m definitely nervous for this game. They’re going to pull out all the stops, absolutely. In the games I’ve watched, they haven’t let up one ounce.”
Kickoff for Thursday’s game is 7 p.m. at California High. Around that time, the Panthers should be breathing fire with anticipation for erasing the bad taste from their poor start. In Rosemead’s defense, all three of its opponents have winning records.
California started 0-2 with losses to Schurr and Mayfair, respectively. Both of those teams, though, appears headed toward having big seasons. The Condors got things back on track in a big way last week, though, by beating Cathedral City, 42-3.
“We’ve played some pretty tough teams,” Trudell said. “We were looking to get our feet wet and get off of that two-game slide. You can see it this week, the belief in the game plan and the trust in the game plan has come full circle.
California won last year’s meeting, 34-21.
MONTCLAIR (2-0) VS. COVINA (2-1), AT COVINA DISTRICT FIELD, 7 P.M.
The Cavaliers’ hot start is probably enough to have Covina’s full attention.
Montclair’s offense has taken advantage of light competition to the tune of 98 points scored in two games. The sledding will be much tougher on Thursday, though, as Covina has the athletes on defense to make life difficult.
The Colts continued to gather steam as Valle Vista League play approaches after routing Diamond Bar, 35-0, last week. Covina’s offense can be downright scary against teams that have no answer for versatile quarterback Nin Burns.
SOUTH EL MONTE (3-0) AT BELLFLOWER (2-1), 7 P.M.
Eagles star running back Sal Tovar hasn’t been fully uncorked yet this season. South El Monte has had more than enough to get by its first three opponents with double-digit wins in all three games.
That may change tonight as Bellflower looks the most difficult challenge the Eagles have faced to date. True, the Bucs have taken advantage of two 0-3 teams, but this is still a Suburban League team versus a Mission Valley League team.
SOTOMAYOR (1-1) VS. MARSHALL (0-3), AT PASADENA HS, 7 P.M.
The Eagles have looked like a far different outfit than the program that won six games last season.
Marshall has played decent competition, but didn’t score any points until last week’s 12-spot against San Gabriel. Sotomayor should be what the doctor ordered, but we’ll see.