The La Cañada High football team will face its biggest test in its first week of Rio Hondo League play, as the Spartans host Monrovia, the 2010 Rio Hondo League and CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champions, to open league on Oct. 13.
"The last couple of years that's been a game we really get up for," said La Cañada Coach Dan Yoder, whose Spartans were the Wildcats' greatest challenge in league last year, but Monrovia still won comfortably, 34-10. "We played them really tough last year, but the wheels fell off a little bit on a couple of our drives, but we've never had trouble with [getting up for Monrovia].
"Add that it's the league opener and I would say, for us, it's a good situation to start with Monrovia."
The biggest tests in league are being thrown at the Spartans in the first three weeks in 2011. The good news is with a few league wins under its belt, La Cañada could come into the final two weeks of the season controlling its own playoff destiny against San Marino and Blair — the fifth and sixth-place league teams from last year.