It only gets tougher from here.
That’s the message coming from South Pasadena High football coach Jeff Chi after his team came away with a 41-12 victory over Temple City Friday night in the Rio Hondo League opener for both teams.
With the win, the Tigers evened their overall record to 3-3 on the season, but more importantly to Chi, his coaching staff and players, South Pasadena took a giant step in its goal of reaching the CIF playoffs at the conclusion of the five game league campaign. The top three finishers qualify for the post-season.
It’s only one league game, but being 1-0 in the games that really count in Chi’s mind, works just fine, thank you.
“After Temple City we face some pretty strong opponents,” said the Tigers’ coach, going into the game against the Rams while noting his club will be tested to the fullest in the coming weeks.
“We played well overall,” said Chi when it was all over. “Our running game and passing game was good.”
Now that they’ve dispatched 0-6 Temple City, the Tigers now host three straight home games – La Cañada on October 8; Pasadena Poly October 15; and rival San Marino October 22 before concluding the season at Monrovia October 28.
With a bye last week, Chi liked the idea that his club had two weeks to prepare for Temple City, while taking a glance at other teams the Tigers will be meeting down the road.
“It was nice to take a little break and give some of our guys who were a little banged up to heal going into league,” said Chi. “We just want to continue to play our best and take care of business on the field.”
Look for a recap of the Temple City game soon.