Before the glow of the Grant High School Pacers football championship fades away, I have a request for Grant and its legions of loyal fans, my husband among them. Next year, please give this team some decent competition.
Ever since the powers that be for high school football moved Grant from Division I to Division II at the end of the 2005 season, Grant has been forced to play against not just mediocre but flat out awful teams, against players that should not be on the same field with the Pacers.There's no better proof of that than the series of embarrassingly lopsided scores for Grant's regular season Metro League games.
Grant beat Sacramento High, 55-0, Kennedy, 61-0 and McClatchy, my alma mater, 89-0. Rosemont got a 58-6 thumping. Hiram Johnson took it on the chin 62-6. The only league game that offered Grant a whiff of competion was Burbank. Even that score wasn't really close, 35-13.
Those kind of games are painful not just for the players but for the fans. I think Grant should be moved back into Division I for football so it can play the regional powerhouse teams again - the Nevada Union Miners and the Thundering Herd of Elk Grove, among others.
Prep sports experts say that's not the answer. OK - then suggest something else. Just don't make Grant play McClatchy again next year. Who wants to watch an 89-0 football game? No one!