I’m getting sick and tired of the Trinity Leauge fiasco. It’s time to revive the Empire Leauge form.... Where all my old empire leauge fans? It’s a lot different from a couple years ago. Western finally left the party and Crean Lutheran joined the party. Here’s my summary from the 2018 season.
Valencia: 5-0 in Leauge. Same team every year. Fighting to the very end. Always competing for the title. Big up front and well coached. If I’m right. 5 Leauge titles in a row? Must be the water... Lower levels were ok last year.
Pacifica: 3-2 in Leauge. I don’t know much about them. According to max preps Lower levels didn’t show much promise. I’m guessing their coaches are doing their best to find outside talent.
Cypress: 3-2 in Leauge. Injuries once again made them go through a little struggle. Lower levels records were average according to MaxPreps. Only know a little about them.
Tustin: 3-2 in Leauge. They beat Pacifica, but lost to Cypress who lost to Pacifica... Just weird.. Coach Miller is finally out of the picture. Keep a eye out on this team. They will make a huge bounce back this year. Their JV and freshman teams swept the Leauge. That’s a huge plus having your lower levels win Leauge. Signs of good talent coming up. They are one of my favorites to win Leauge in 2019.
Kennedy: 1-4 in Leauge. They had a new coach in 2018 so don’t know much. Kennedy’s lower level seem to struggle as well.
Crean Lutheran: 0-5 in Leauge. They were a young team last year. Only had 7 seniors on the roster. Crean Lutherans competition is not even close to the rest of the competition in the empire league. But do they show promise ?From checking max preps they didn’t have lower levels.
Anyone know of any players to watch? Any other Info on these teams? Trinity Leauge teams please don’t hijak this form lol lol
Been a while since this thread has appeared here. Kennedy, Cypress, Pacifica, Tustin, and Valencia have all had their runs in the Empire. Valencia has probably been the most consistent team over that time period, always big and tough. Kennedy has seen better days. Pacifica is definitely the bandit of the league and I'll leave it at that. Tustin is TBD in the post Miller era. Cypress has the best returning player in RB/LB Isaac Hurtado. He currently holds several offers including Washington State and Oregon State. We will see if Crean makes the push to be competitive in football as they have in other sports.
Wow thinking back to the days when Kennedy was a power as well as Tustin. I've seen to many small privates go BIG quick..., do not be surprised in this landscape today if Crean takes this league in a couple years...
That's one of the first times I've seen a Trinity fan say something negative about the transfer culture on this board. I've heard many Servite alum complain about it on the golf course or at social events, but not publicly. I truly understand the kid that wants to challenge himself or the kid that wants to get better coaching or training. But today, these schools have to recruit and rely on transfers to be competitive. Shoot, a couple years ago JSerra had about 25 kids on their freshmen team and they were not world beaters by any means. I watch these teams on TV and they have little resemblance to public high schools. It used to be that most high schools had one or two kids that could start in the Trinity. Now they have none. And the Trinity schools have 3rd and 4th stringers that could start at most public schools. I don't think that's a good formula for high school football as a whole.
I think many of us here were early to the game, the game being "backlash" to what is going on in high school sport. It's picking up momentum now. It has actually superseded the actual games this off season shenanigans.
Hurtado suffered a major knee injury during the '17 playoffs which kept him out the 1st 5 games of last season. He came back & was the offensive player of the Empire League last year. The rest of the team was young & inexperienced, & lacking a bit in identity & leadership. Such is to be expected when you lose players of the caliber of Ashcraft & Thompson. They have a lot of young talent this year & should rebound.