A pair of Valle Vista League football teams sputtered to start the season. Defending champion Covina suffered a gut-wrenching loss to rival West Covina in the opener; San Dimas was blown out by rival Bonita in the annual Smudge Pot game. Coincidentally, both defeats came against the competitive Hacienda League.
A month later, it sure seems as if Covina and San Dimas have regained their footing.
The Covina Colts (4-1) have allowed a combined 30 points in four games since losing to West Covina, 26-20. They kicked off league play with a 16-14 win at Pomona last week despite the absence of record-setting quarterback Billy Livingston (shoulder). Coach Darryl Thomas has the Colts in position to repeat as league champs.
San Dimas (3-1), the league's top team in 2009, might present the biggest obstacle to Covina's back-to-back hopes. The Saints shocked defending Mid-Valley Division titlist Monrovia, 31-14, on the road last week. In the 20-point loss to Bonita, senior quarterback Shawn Kennedy threw the ball 19 times. Get this: In the three games since, Kennedy has only 19 pass attempts. That's a sign the Wing-T offense, led by Devante Brown and Domonic Jollevet, is getting the job done.
According to the CIF-Southern Section week 4 polls, Covina and San Dimas are ranked second and third in the Mid-Valley Division, respectively. Needless to say, it should be an interesting battle for the hardware.
The teams could very well be heading toward a winner-take-all scenario when they meet at Covina District Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21.