The new football season presents renewed hopes and expectations for the La Cañada High team, but it also presents a whole new set of challenges.
After barely making the playoffs last year, the Spartans are looking to do some damage in the postseason this time around.
La Cañada will first have to overcome two major obstacles: a small team and a revamped offensive attack.
The Spartans made their way into the playoffs through the air in 2009, as the senior quarterback/wide-receiver duo of Rocky Moore and Josh Hanson headlined the team's aerial attack. Moore accumulated 2,143 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. He connected with Hanson 31 times for 800 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Spartans finished third in Rio Hondo League (3-2) after going 5-5 overall. They made it to the CIF Southern Section playoffs, losing to Cerritos Valley Christian in the first round, 45-0.
"We're looking to improve on last year," second-year Coach Dan Yoder said. "Last year we made the playoffs and this year we're looking to make the playoffs and do something with it."