Check out the full interview with the Orange High coach and quarterback from their Tuesday night practice.
High school playoff match-ups often bring familiar foes together. Several teams competing in the quarter finals of the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section [CIF SS] playoffs this weekend have either faced each other in regular season, non-league contests or league contests at some time or another.
On Friday, November 17, the Rio Hondo Prep “Kares” face the Orange High “Panthers” in a second round [CIF SS – Division 13] playoff game in El Modena, California. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM PST. I do know that Rio Hondo Prep and Orange High are not familiar foes. I don’t know if they’ve ever faced each other before? I do know that the winner of this game will punch their ticket to the final four of the CIF SS-Division 13 championship and that’s plenty to play for and pay attention to.
Rio Hondo Prep “Kares,” pronounced as ‘cares’ is truly a unique interscholastic institution who’s mascot, “Kares” is in effect, the way each of their students are expected to live their lives. They Kare for their teammates, for others and for their creator. Football and competition makes for strange bed fellows though as Rio Hondo “Kares” to move on to the semi-finals by defeating Orange High Friday night. All purpose standout, Mikey Tsogt is one to deal with as he can provide a spark for the “Kares” on either side of the ball.
Head Coach Robert Pedroza says, “we will have to eliminate the turnover mistakes we made last week and understand that Rio Hondo is a team that will bring energy all throughout the game, there is no quit in them.”
The “Panthers” won their first post-season game in twelve years last week agaisnt Cantwell-Sacred Heart overcoming several turnovers that almost cost them a precious post-season win. Orange High is very explosive themselves and will have to contain the “Panther” three-headed monster in quarterback, Jason Wilkinson, receiver and defensive back, Syrus Collins, and their very own all-purpose threat in Jordan Schmidt. Each of the “Panther” players have been as HSPN West ‘Impact Players’ throughout the season.