Now that the creampuffs are out of the way it's time to talk serious business.
That may not be the apparent sentiment expressed by Rio Hondo Prep, but the Kares are thinking it and for good reason.
They are defending Prep League and CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division champions, but lingering is a 20-7 loss to Chadwick last season.
After six weeks of pummeling opponents, Rio Hondo Prep (6-0, 1-0) finally gets a challenge when it hosts Chadwick (6-0, 1-0) on Friday night.
"We tried to take it one game at a time, but I'm sure in the back of their mind they've been looking forward to the game," Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain said. "They (Chadwick) kind of rubbed their nose on us. That's one of those things high school kids do. That's a lot of motivation. The kids are motivated and I don't think that'll be a problem."
More than just pride is at stake. Rio Hondo Prep is the No. 1-ranked team in the Northeast Division while Chadwick is No. 4.
Rio Hondo Prep and Chadwick also mirror each other. Chadwick averages nearly 40 points per game; Rio Hondo Prep averages 35. Chadwick's defense gives up only 10 points per game; Rio Hondo Prep gives up less than 10.
The common opponent is Mission Prep. Chadwick escaped with a 14-13 win while Rio Hondo Prep won relatively easy, 23-7.
The Kares have a stout ground attack led by running backs Charles Quintero (387 yards, seven touchdowns) and Nick Preciado (330 yards, four touchdowns). The passing game, however, has not been tested.
Quarterback Chris Llamas (392 yards, five touchdowns) completed 4 of 4 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 48-0 win over Flintridge Prep. His longest throw was for 63 yards. Llamas completed 5 of 10 passes for 102 yards, his longest throw being 40 yards.
But against Desert two weeks ago, Llamas had only three passes and Drain said the Kares will have to implement a consistent passing game if they are to successfully defend their title.
"I certainly hope so," Drain said. "Our passing game has been struggling. We're a running team, but if we're going to win we're going to have to pass because teams can load it up on the box and try to stop the run."
Muir vs. Crescenta Valley, tonight
Muir (1-5, 1-2) needs to win in order to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Mustangs have been a bit of an enigma, and there's no telling which team will show up when Muir takes on Crescenta Valley (4-2, 2-1) at tonight at 7 at Glendale High.
The Mustangs' defense was superb in last week's 27-7 win over Arcadia with five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
The offense, however, struggled.
But that anemic offense won't cut it when the Mustangs take on Crescenta Valley, which is coming off a 41-12 win over Hoover.
The Falcons are averaging 37 points per game to the Mustangs' 15. Crescenta Valley is led by quarterback Kyle Cota's 622 yards passing and Harry Pessy's 443 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
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