The sport is happening within the CIF Southern Part Division 2 bracket, however there’s an actual Division 1 really feel round Friday night time’s Lengthy Seaside Poly vs. Orange Lutheran first-round battle., set to kick off at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.
For one factor, each groups are conventional Division 1 powers, with some latest success. They performed within the Division 1 quarterfinals in 2013 and within the Division 1 semifinals in 2007, when Poly famously beat the Lancers 2-0.
Poly head coach Stephen Barbee has heard the chatter about his crew not making the eight-team Division 1 bracket, and he’s not notably desirous about it.
“It’s a kind of issues we now have no management over,” he stated. “All we are able to do is exit and attempt to put together the most effective that we are able to to attempt to win on Friday. We’re taking part in a very powerful O Lu crew that’s massive and bodily and we’re wanting ahead to the sport.”
Poly’s blended issues up a little bit this week, holding an evening observe for the primary time on Burcham Subject due to final 12 months’s renovations to the stadium, including area turf and (for the primary time within the area’s 100+ 12 months historical past) lighting.
Poly luminaries like Jerry Jaso and Don Norford additionally got here to observe practices and communicate to the crew.
This Friday will reply loads of questions in regards to the Jackrabbits. The final time they performed a crew greater than Division 6 was of their nonleague schedule, once they went 1-3. The younger Poly crew was nonetheless struggling to seek out an identification at that time, and people video games don’t have a lot bearing on Friday. Neither does Poly’s typical march via the Moore League, dealing with groups that have been bodily overmatched.
Friday is when followers will learn how a lot Poly improved this 12 months. Is their offensive line ok to run the ball towards a Trinity…