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Football: Don't forget about San Pedro in City Section

August 10, 2012 |  7:15 am

Mike Walsh has been coaching at San Pedro since 1981 and is the head coach since 1991. He never plays for second place even though most experts are predicting Narbonne is the heavy favorite to win the City Section Division I championship.

It should be pointed out that San Pedro has beaten Narbonne the last two seasons, 49-42, and 35-31. So beware of the Pirates.

I dropped by San Pedro on Thursday, and there was Walsh with all the energy and enthusiasm you'd expect from somebody who loves the sport. He was trying to teach his young players the fundamentals they'll need for the long haul.

"I think we're kind of in the dog days of August," Walsh said. "A lot of our kids are wondering if they chose the right sport to play, but it wouldn't be football if they weren't."

The big challenge for San Pedro is finding a replacement for the talented Kenny Potter, the quarterback who was so fast and athletic. Nick Johnson is expected to take over.

Asked about taking on Narbonne, Walsh said, "Somebody told me once if you want to win, you have to take care of what's important now. So I'm dealing with the present. Narbonne is week eight. So I'll start to think about them maybe week six."

Walsh talked about the players he expects to contribute in the video above.

-- Eric Sondheimer