If Covina High continues to play the way it did Friday night against Workman, it's going to be tough to call the Colts the best Southern California team nobody has heard of.
Michael Ulrich passed for three touchdowns and 229 yards, completing all seven of his passes, as the senior-dominated Colts defeated Workman, 32-0, before a capacity homecoming crowd at Covina District Field. Versatile Nin Burns scored twice and Robert Jarvis caught two touchdown passes as Covina improved to 6-0.
The Colts, The Times' 12th-rated team, simply had too much talent for the overmatched Lobos (3-3), who had only 26 players.
"We just don't go out to just play football," said Burns, who has returned six kicks for touchdowns. "We go out and have fun every time we take the field."
Covina, which is averaging nearly 40 points a game, did not take long to establish its dominance with two 90-yard scoring drives on its first two possessions. Tailback Shaun Malcom finished the first drive, which used nine plays, with a nine-yard touchdown run; and Ulrich finished the second, an eight-play drive, with a 45-yard scoring pass to Jarvis.
Workman, which finished 1-9 last season, had two chances to score in the first half but fumbled twice inside Covina's 10-yard line as the Colts held a 12-0 lead at halftime.
Burns, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, ended any hopes the Lobos had of a comeback when he took the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Burns scored again six minutes later with a 23-yard touchdown catch to give the Colts a 26-0 lead midway into the third quarter.
Ulrich, a 6-foot-2 senior, completed his near-perfect night with an 81-yard scoring pass play to Jarvis to open the fourth quarter.
"I guess he could have run the option a little bit better," said Covina Coach Dick Sheehan when asked to critique Ulrich.
"This team is just blessed with a lot of talented kids who get along so well," Sheehan said. "Hopefully, we'll get tested more as the season goes on."