Both the Ayala and Summit football teams got off to slow starts this season – for different reasons.
But both appear to have regrouped and they’ll be squaring off at 7 tonight at Ayala in what will be the fourth game for each team.
Ayala (2-1) started the season with a loss to local rival Chino Hills in a game it was probably favored to win. But it has put together wins over Diamond Ranch and Alta Loma, both of whom have winning records.
Meanwhile, Summit (2-1) also lost its opener against a rival in Etiwanda, only to bounce back for victories over Hesperia and San Gorgonio.
One team will continue an upward trend this week.
Ayala, ranked ninth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7, had some injuries early but all will be healthy and available tonight. Coach A.J. Garcia has been particularly pleased with his defense, as the first unit has given up just 14 points in the last two games.
“We really didn’t play well the first week. It’s a rivalry game and there is a lot of emotion and sometimes kids try and do too much,” Gracia said. “Things like going for the pick when you just should have knocked the ball down. We just got back to staying within ourselves and making the play we can make.”
Brothers Max and Mason Hura have been the standouts on both sides of the ball, but Summit coach Nick Matheny said from watching film, he has been impressed with the play of senior linebacker Makaio Provoost.
Early in the season, Matheny was scrambling a bit at the last minute after a few starters bolted for other schools. So in the first game, he still wasn’t quite sure what personnel was best. Now most of those issues have resolved themselves.
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