Throughout the non-league season, South Pasadena High football coach Jeff Chi has stressed the importance of getting better each week in anticipation to games that really count in his mind – the five-week campaign against Rio Hondo League teams.
The Tigers, 2-3, took a giant step in that direction Friday night, coming away with a 45-27 win at home over neighboring Alhambra in their final tune-up before they head to Temple City for what Chi hopes will be the start to reaching the CIF playoffs.
“I told our guys even if we don’t do well in the preseason, what we’re working for is to get into the postseason,” said Chi leading up to game. “We just want to continue to learn from our mistakes and keep getting better.”
The mindset from here is to build on the victory, work hard in practice and take on the future with a positive outlook.
South Pasadena will now have two weeks to prepare for Temple City, slated for October 1 on the road. The Tigers are then home for three straight against La Cañada (October 8), Pasadena Poly (October 15) and San Marino (October 24) before heading to play Monrovia (October 28) in the regular season finale.
Look for a recap of the Alhambra game soon.