Editor’s note: Manny Alvarez will be writing for OCVarsity about the loud, proud, outrageous, innovative and dedicated high school student sections during the football season. If you have suggestions for topics, please let us know: email@example.com or tweet @MAlvarez02.
The Student Section Report will be online each Wednesday during the football season.
Some people thought Servite’s Asylum should have won last week’s OCVarsity Student Section of the Week award, which went to the Villa Park Black Pack.
How convenient that Servite takes on Villa Park on Friday.
The football game is going to be a great matchup, and it is very likely the student sections will match the intensity on the field.
The Asylum won the Student Section of the week honor in Week 1 and is looking to take its second title of the season – it could happen Friday.
We can expect the Asylum to go over and beyond the usual, or the unusual in their case. They will have competition on the other side of the football field that can match the craziness.
The Black Pack knows what’s on the other side and will be prepared, but can they be ready for the salty chants the Asylum is known for? They’re salty, but funny.
I think the Black Pack will be ready and this one is going to get crazy!
There are other student section matchups that have the potential to shake a stadium, and we’ll get to them in a bit.
But first a reminder: Include our hashtag #ocvfans on all of your photos and videos during the week and especially on game night so that we can see the great and crazy stuff your student section is doing.
LAST WEEK’S RECAP
The list of finalists last week included St. Margaret’s Kitchen, which is a small, but loud student section. It could be all the food they eat. Actually, that can’t be right – and if so, explain the food running on the field?
The Kitchen is known to wear costumes all the time, but mainly costumes pertaining to anything in our lunch pails. (Someone has to still be using a lunch pail for nostalgic reasons.)
The Kitchen is the best small school football student section in Orange County, hands down.
A student section that stood out on a Thursday? Do you think I’m loco? The answer is yes, we are loco for Los Locos of Los Alamitos. They showed up big on a Thursday night for a lopsided win over Banning of Wilmington. Normally a Thursday student section isn’t as big as the ones on a Friday night, but Los Locos aren’t normal, so Thursday worked perfectly for them.
Los Locos went patriotic Thursday and they brought the mojo as the football team won its second in a row. Whatever they’re doing, keep it going. Los Locos might be the Griffins’ good luck charm.
The Servite Asylum took a trip on their favorite rocket ship — just like little Einsteins (you know you like the song!)
The Asylum went to the moon and it looked like gravity was not an issue for the Friars in their victory over Roosevelt of Eastvale. The Asylum keeps surprising everyone, but it seemed like I surprised them as they didn’t take the student section of the week award.
I guess it’s Bang, Zoom, Straight to the Moon with me . . . I swear that’s the last pun.
— The Asylum (@ServiteAsylum) September 8, 2018
Valencia’s Tigers Den has their moments. When they show up in full force, they are a top-notch student section and it definitely showed Friday against city rival El Dorado. The Golden Hawks have had the rival trophy, The Bell, for the last two years, but Valencia got it back in dominating fashion in their 30-3 victory.
The Den was loud, so loud in fact that they shook the press box. I was there and it was a pretty shaky. The Den can be funny too. The Valencia teachers did a dance number during the halftime show while The Den chanted “two-year rental” to El Dorado, referring to the two years the Golden Hawks owned The Bell.
Hopefully we see The Den more often on this list.
Of course, our winner was the Black Pack of Villa Park. They went ’80s on us and wore neon colors, but they also rocked the lightsabers and rocked it when their cheerleaders played “YMCA” by the Village People.
I guess they went from the ’80s to the ’70s real quick. That time machine has pretty good gas mileage.
— Villa Park HS (@VPSpartan) September 8, 2018
The Black Pack not only has amazing school spirit, but their social media game is insane. I have lost count of how many active VP accounts I came across this weekend. Everyone at Villa Park is involved and that is awesome!
I’ve said it before and unfortunately, I’ll have to say it again: What you do or say can affect your student body, your football team, the administration, the fans, the parents, the alumni and the local community, so be smart.
One or two students can make a mistake and it can affect the entire school. That might have happened Friday with the Aliso Niguel student section.
There were allegations made by Santa Ana’s principal and others that there were a few signs that targeted Hispanics before and during the game against the Wolverines at Aliso Niguel High.
This hurts me in two ways. One, because I’m Hispanic and it gets tiring seeing this kind of stuff done, but it also hurts because a whole student body was affected by this and that’s not fair.
Signs were taken down by the Aliso Niguel administration, but the damage was done. Hopefully, the students can learn from this. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we have seen a situation like this.
Again, please be smart.
THIS WEEK’S STUDENT SECTION BATTLES
Servite vs. Villa Park at El Modena High, Friday: Wait . . . we already talked about this crazy student section matchup. We can move on.
Corona del Mar at San Clemente, Friday: School is in session, so that means we could see the CdM Kings Krew take on the San Clemente Student Section. If the Kings Krew shows up, it is going to get loud, especially since San Clemente is looking to snap a losing streak, so their student section will be looking to help them out.
Tesoro at San Juan Hills, Friday: This South County battle should be a battle in the stands as well. The Titan Army of Tesoro will look to invade The Stampede of San Juan Hills. The Stampede is a fantastic student section at home and will try to protect their house and, in return, they hope to see the Stallions pick up a win against red-hot Tesoro.
Capistrano Valley at Trabuco Hills, Friday: We have two teams from the city of Mission Viejo meeting in this battle. City bragging rights are on the line, and we expect The Stable of Trabuco Hills to rock it, but it’s going to be tough to top the The Cougar Den of Capo Valley.
Marina at Huntington Beach, Friday: Despite not being in the Sunset League anymore, the Vikings will meet their city rivals. The Oilers will look to stay on top against Marina, but their student section has other plans as they try to rattle Huntington Beach. The Oil Spill will look to get crazy and make a mess of this game for their opponent.
We also expect six student sections to take advantage of the home field advantage. Expect these student section to chant “We can’t hear you!”
The Yorba Linda Stable will look to rock it Thursday against Foothill in a Century Conference battle. The Stable fills up and comes strong for every home game.
The La Habra Clan has always been loud and nuts for every home game and I expect the same when they get a visit from Diamond Ranch. Expect the students and fans to go wild as they hope to help their Highlanders get their first win of the season.
It has been a month since JSerra has had a home game and The Lions Den rocked it in a lopsided victory over Corona del Mar. Nothing should change this time when they host Faith Lutheran of Las Vegas. In fact, I bet the Lions Den will rattle their Vegas opponents.
If they show up in the same numbers and volume as last week, I expect the El Dorado Hawks Nest to try and shake up El Modena. Expect the Nest to get crazier if the El Mo Rowdy Rooters show up.
The University football team needs any kind of help it can get to shake off its slow start. Perhaps a home game and The Trojan Army, doing what they have done best in the last few years, will help. The Trojan Army has always been insane. Super loud, organized and of course the baby powder. If that returns, it could give Uni a boost of energy against Katella.
Although the game is on Saturday, Santa Margarita’s The Eagles Nest should arrive for the home game against Orem of Utah. Santa Margarita has a tough one, but if The Nest shows up, The Eagles should get the dub.
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