“We’re prepared,” said Rob Lealao, an assistant coach with the varsity squad, while supervising the campus during his day job Friday. “It will be a good game. We’ve got a lot to play for.”
Lealao said the match will be a clash of two strong programs. Monte Vista is ranked fourth in the Bay Area by the Argus. Logan is ranked sixth. Two Argus reporters predicted in Thursday’s edition that the Colts would lose tonight by either one or six points.
Coach Lealao refused to predict the outcome of the game, which starts at 7 p.m.
He said that the game will be especially interesting because it will pit two standout players, Colt Rashad Evans, a senior and Monte Vista’s Drew McAllister, both of whom play both quarterback and defensive back positions and have been picked as players to watch by the Alameda Newspapers.
Coach Lealao’s son, Nifae Lealao, a starter who plays defensive end and offensive lineman on the team, said that he’s prepared to win the game tonight.
“Right now, myself and the team are more ready than ever. I mean we are juiced right now. We have a lot of confidence from watching a lot of films, plus morning walkthroughs with our coach, so I feel like our team is ready.
" The coaches are good. They provide great preparation before games to make sure we’re ready, which is why I feel Monte Vista couldn’t stand a chance.”
Player Lealao said he’s also confident of success in the regular season. “ I feel great about the upcoming season,” he said. “I feel we’re going to do good because there are a lot of returning players and our offense is practically lethal.”
Still, improvement can be made. “There are a few kins in our team off the field, but as soon as we get past that, we’ll be dominant,” Nifae said.