Shortly after being named Bellarmine-Jefferson High's new football coach in December, David Machuca went right to work assessing a variety of topics.
One of them concerned arranging a series of six difficult nonleague games to help the Guards prepare for the Santa Fe League. After drawing up the 10-week schedule and having it signed off, Machuca said he's happy with the 2012 schedule, which will see his team play five home games at Burroughs High's renovated Memorial Field after playing its home contests last season at North Hollywood High.
"Having a tough nonleague schedule will have you prepared for league," said Machuca, who is also the school's athletic director and a 2002 Burbank High graduate. "You'll see a lot of different kinds of things, like offensive schemes, in nonleague that you'll eventually see and be ready for in league.