With school starting this week, football teams are getting ready to take the field. The Golden West league is no different, but takes a new look into the season. This year, the league picks up a new team and loses one.
Saddleback was removed from the league and was replaced by Loara. This move will give some balance to the league in all sports, not just football. Saddleback high school had a terrific boys soccer program, and an excellent aquatics program run by one of the best, but most under rated coaches , Derek McChord. Loara brings in a very competitive athletic department and teams that will challenge for a league title in every sport. Based on what I have gotten back from the schools, here is a projected finish in league for football:
4) Ocean View
6) Santa Ana
Westminster will return to the top and defend the title. Offense and defense return 5 starters apiece, and have ability to move the ball at will.
Look for Loara to make an immediate impact in football. Coming from the Empire league, the have been playing much tougher opponents, and this league is a step down in quality .
Segerstem has the best athletes in Santa Ana unified school district because it is charter school. The better athletes want the new facilities. Oh yeah, and a better educational school too.
Ocean View is a sleeper. they could very well finish up in the top of the league, if they put their heart into the summer program. Should be very interesting.
Orange has the talent to finish higher. Orange athletes give up if they are put to the challenge in most sports. Aquatics, baseball, and girls soccer are the exceptions. Orange has a returning QB who came out of no where last year and suprised a lot of people. The other drawback is Orange has its third new football coach in three years in Dan Stroup. The other positive in the coaching staff is Durrell Moss. Moss brings his years of playing football at the University of Washington to a team that needs a young coach who made it from Orange and played big time football.
Santa Ana has a new coach this year also. Leo Ramirez has coached with the Saints for years but now takes the helm of the struggling Saints. Larger squad and good coaching should help the Saints see the win column a little bit more, but not so much in league. Hopefully a productive preseason will get them around .500.
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