A sobering 35-17 loss to Eagle Rock in an away contest last Thursday night was a last-minute wakeup call for the Tigers, who, at 4-1 and the winners of three straight entering their final preseason game were a confident bunch.
But one of the beautiful things about football is that the next game is never far away.
Tonight, the Tigers travel to Monrovia to take on the 0-5 Wildcats, who were off last week after taking a 49-7 drubbing at the hands of Damien High School in La Verne on Sept. 22.
Don’t let their record fool you, though. Monrovia suffered a similar defeat to Damien during the 2016 preseason but went on to win league , finish with an overall record of 6-5 and earn a CIF berth.
The Tigers have injury issues heading into this week’s game, especially on their offensive line. Their run-heavy offense will have to adjust if the blockers up front are unable to create openings to burst through, so tonight may feature more passing than usual.
That means more scoring opportunities for receivers Sydney Luna-Long and Danny Rios and more attempts for quarterback Justin Huff.
At 4-2, the Tigers still sit in prime position to qualify for CIF. Whether they will be favored over their other league opponents will depend largely on the outcome of tonight’s game.
South Pasadena’s second league matchup is against Temple City on the road.