Los Angeles Preps: Anthony Molina
October, 30, 2010
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com
WEST COVINA -- Consider any questions surrounding West Covina's validity completely answered. The Southeast Division's top-ranked team is legit. The Bulldogs left no doubt Friday night.
No. 1 West Covina and No. 2 Bonita were supposed to play a tight one. Each side would score its share of points, but everyone assumed the battle between Hacienda League powers would be decided in the final seconds. It had all the makings.
To the surprise of West Covina coach Mike Maggiore and probably all of those in attendance, the exact opposite happened.
"I didn't think we'd score 55 points, to be honest with you," he said following West Covina's 55-21 win. "I thought we could move the ball on them, thought it would be a tight game, thought it would come down to the fourth quarter. But we made some big plays early and took their momentum away in the first half. I'm proud of our guys."
One guy -- junior tailback Chris Solomon -- stood out above the rest. He scored three rushing touchdowns, ran for 187 yards on 11 carries and added a 97-yard score on a kickoff return in the final minute. And like his coach, Solomon was genuinely shocked by the way the Bulldogs won.
"It ended up being a blowout because we worked hard every day of the week," Solomon said.
West Covina (7-1), which has won seven straight, used the consistency of its patented run game to crush previously-undefeated Bonita (7-1). Though he's referred to by teammates as "Solo," Solomon wasn't the only one chewing up yards. Far from it.