“In terms of leading up to this week, I would say that loss is in a lot of our kids’ minds,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “This is the game of the year until the playoffs. But heck, you never know what will happen in the playoffs. Nobody might be there.” South Hills prepped for league play by taking on a challenging nonleague schedule. The Huskies two losses came against 2004 Division I semifinalist Esperanza and Division II power Rancho Cucamonga. The Huskies began league last week with a 40-20 win over Rowland. West Covina drilled against Division III upstart Paramount, whom the Bulldogs beat, 17-14. The Bulldogs also posted blowout wins over Ayala, Diamond Ranch, Monrovia and Northview. Bottom line: You can just feel how bad South Hills has wanted this game since last December. You can also sense West Covina feels like the most underappreciated CIF champion in history. South Hills is hoping its defensive line can slow West Covina’s slew of game-breaking running backs. The Bulldogs are hopeful their gang of five defensive backs can harass the South Hills offense just like they did in last year’s championship. As you would expect in a game of this magnitude, both teams have few weaknesses and it’s hard to see where either team has an edge. West Covina’s chances would be boosted if running back William Wallace was 100-percent healthy. Wallace will play, but it’s unknown what effect he’ll have. South Hills appears to be a bit better along both lines, which gives the Huskies the slightest nod. The pick: South Hills. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, 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! COVINA — There are many titles being given to tonight’s showdown between the South Hills and West Covina High School football teams. The Battle of the Breeds. The Battle for Cameron Avenue. The Division VII Championship Game Preview. But the most fitting one is “San Gabriel Valley game of the year.” It’s almost a year in the making, but the rematch of last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division VII championship has arrived. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Covina District Field. “At this point, it’s definitely the game of the year,” said West Covina coach Mike Maggiore, who is the Tribune’s reigning coach of the year. “That might be an understatement. I am sure it’s going to have quite a bit to do with how our season turns out.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Bulldogs (6-0) enter tonight’s game riding a 13-game winning streak that includes denying South Hills a third consecutive division title in last year’s championship game. South Hills (4-2) enters having played one of the toughest nonleague schedules around and is looking to defend its San Antonio League title. “That’s something we want,” Maggiore said of the league title. “We haven’t won one of those since 1993.” South Hills went through the San Antonio League unscathed last season. The Huskies, playing shorthanded, parlayed two early West Covina turnovers into a 17-10 win over the Bulldogs in the team’s first meeting. West Covina got revenge in big way in the Division VII championship game by bolting to a 19-0 lead at halftime before winning 19-8 at Mount San Antonio College.