Football: Who's the top first-year coach in SoCal?
It's week eight of the high school football season, so it's a good time to ask, "Which first-year coach is doing the best coaching job?"
Is it Chuck Petersen of Orange Lutheran? He has the Lancers at 6-1 and challenging for a Pac-5 playoff berth.
Is it Robert Garcia of San Fernando? The TIgers are 7-0 going into a Valley Mission League showdown on Friday against Van Nuys.
Is it Jose Casagran of South Gate? The Rams started the year 5-0 before losing their last three games after a broke wrist to quarterback Eddie Flores.
Is it Russell Gordon of Pasadena La Salle? His team is 7-0 after being 1-9 a year ago.
Is it Scot Ruggles of Harvard-Westlake? His team has won six consecutive games and is 6-1.
Is it Jimmy Nolan of Carson? His team is 1-6 after an extremely difficult nonleague schedule.
-- Eric Sondheimer