Tuesday, August 31, 2010
LA North: Oaks Christian has nothing to lose
By Tim Haddock
Oaks Christian is not used to losing football games. Since the 2004 season, the team is 80-4. The Lions are used to scoring points too. Last year, the team averaged 47.3 points per game playing in the Tri-Valley League.
Things will be different this year for Oaks Christian.
No longer is the team in the Tri-Valley League and beating up on Bishop Diego and Nordhoff.
Oaks Christian is making a huge leap to the Marmonte League and will be playing against Westlake, the reigning CIF-SS Northern Division champions, and Moorpark, which lost to Westlake in the Northern Division championship game.
Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell knows his team has some challenging games and perhaps some rough waters ahead. Not just one or two challenging games, but just about every Marmonte League game is against a quality opponent. There’s a good chance Oaks Christian might lose two or three games. That hasn’t happened since the 2007 season when Oaks Christian went 11-3.
Coming off a 13-1 season, with the only loss in the Northwest Division championship game to Gardena Serra, Redell said he isn’t quite sure how his team will respond if they lose a game.
“Several of those losses have been by a point,” Redell said. “That remains to be seen. We have to be able to represent ourselves and our school – you’re dealing with young kids – my feeling is if we do lose one, they will handle that the way they should. That remains to be seen.”
Oaks Christian opens at home against Alemany on Friday night.