“We need to clean some things up in that department,’ Jones said. “We gave up a long ball a few times, and lost our containment. That has to get better, and it will.’ Jones also took time off to watch South Pasadena’s scrimmage against Mountain View last week. He came away impressed with Tigers quarterback Michael Flynn, and linebacker Josh Parish, who also spends time in the backfield. “That Parrish is a big strong kid who plays sideline to sideline,’ said Jones. “And their quarterback can scramble, throw, and really looks in charge. “Arroyo’s quarterback (Dominic Salmon) had a strong arm and was getting it over our (defensive backs), and from what I saw, that kid (Flynn) has just as strong an arm as Dominic.’ Pasadena High School football coach Kevin Mills said his team competed well in a scrimmage against Rosemead but admitted the Bulldogs have a long way to go. The Bulldogs were 1-9 last season, “Rosemead is one of the most talented teams in the area, and we learned a lot about ourselves against them,’ Mills said. “They scored a couple times and we scored a couple times. But more importantly, we got a chance to see who’s competitive. That’s what I’m looking for. I want to know who’s going to go out there and fight, and we answered some of those questions.’ The Bulldogs open the season on Friday at Lancaster High School a team that Mills watched in last week’s Week 0 game against powerful Orange Lutheran. Orange Lutheran, which won CIF-Southern Section Division VI last season, beat the Eagles, 27-14. It’s a mighty stiff test for the Bulldogs, who were manhandled, 42-12, in last year’s opener against the Eagles, a Division III school that finished the season 9-3. “They’re awfully good, so the biggest thing for us is to be competitive,’ Mills said. “When I watched film of our team last year, they weren’t very competitive. They didn’t believe they had a chance. “In order to stay with a team like this, you have to play mistake-free football and stay disciplined. That’s tough to do in an opening game, but that’s been our focus during the summer, and we’ll put it to the test.’ Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The San Gabriel and South Pasadena high school football teams square off in the season opener on Friday at South Pasadena, and already, the two coaches have an early scouting report on one another. Tigers coach Ed Smith watched the Matadors’ scrimmage against Arroyo last week, and came away impressed with how the Matadors moved the ball against a talented Knights defense. Matadors senior quarterback Saile Ramirez tweaked his knee in the scrimmage, and is questionable for Friday’s game but he showed poise in coach Keith Jones’ shotgun offense. “It’s going to be tough to stop them,’ said Smith. “They use that (University of) Utah option out of the shotgun. It’s assignment football, you have to be disciplined to keep pace with them.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Matadors often line up with four receivers, led by the area’s top returning senior in Alfred Varela, who had 93 receptions and 1,300 receiving yards as a junior. “It’s a lot of skill guys to have to contain,’ said Smith, whose team tied San Gabriel, 13-13, in last year’s opener. “It’s certainly a difficult test right off the bat.’ Jones, who returns to the Matadors sideline after a year off, said they scored two touchdowns against Arroyo, and also allowed two touchdowns. It’s a good result considering the Knights are the defending Mission Valley League champs, while the Matadors are coming off a 1-8-1 season. “For a first test, we showed we could move the ball up and down the field against a pretty good defense,’ said Jones. “It’s going to be a fun offense to run. We use some of the Utah stuff, but we put our own wrinkles in it too.’ However, Arroyo moved the ball just as easily against the Matadors defense.