89 to zero. Let me repeat that. 89 to zero. That was the score
by which the Grant High School Pacers beat the C.K McClatchy Lions
this past season. It was not really a game. It was a slaughter,
humiliating for the losers and painful for the fans.
But this kind of lopsided scoring has become a weekly event for
the Pacers. Ever since the team was moved from Division I to
Division II, Grant has been forced to play teams that don't deserve
to be on the same field.
Just check out Grant's regular Metro League scores from this
past season. Grant beat Sacramento High 55 to 0, Kennedy, 61 to 0;
Rosemont 58 to 9; Hiram Johnson 62 to 6. The only team that offered
Grant even a whiff of competition was Burbank. And that score - 35
to13 - wasn't really close.
I think Grant should be moved back to Division I so it can play
stronger teams, like the Nevada Union Miners from Grass Valley or
the Thundering Herd of Elk Grove.
Prep sport experts tell me that's not the answer. OK - then
suggest something else. Just don't make Grant play McClatchy again.
Who wants to watch an 89 to 0 rout? Players and fans deserve
Ginger Rutland writes for The Sacramento Bee Opinion pages.