The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly athletics in the 2022-23 school year is sponsored by Poly alum Jayon Brown and PlayFair Sports Management.
The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly athletics in the 2022-23 school year is sponsored by JuJu Smith-Schuster and the JuJu Foundation.
The Long Beach Poly football team is looking forward to its most anticipated season in over a decade as the Jackrabbits have returned to the national rankings with several top recruits still on the roster for 2023. The Jackrabbits have assembled nine of their ten games for next season, and it’s a schedule that fits the hype and expectations surrounding the resurgent schedule.
The Jackrabbits will travel to Hawaii for a “double zero week” game and renew contracts with nationally ranked Mission Viejo and Serra, with plans currently underway for an additional out-of-state trip against a national schedule still being worked out. , according to head coach Stephen Barbee.
“We are very excited to have two out-of-state games and to play against quality, nationally ranked opponents,” he said. “Three of our four non-league games will be against nationally ranked teams. We’re excited to play in games like that.”
The trip to Hawaii will be to the big island of Hawaii, where the Jackrabbits will play Hilo High on August 11. Barbee liked the idea of taking his team out of state, which they had planned to do before the COVID-19 pandemic was called off. the original list of 2020 games. Going to the Big Island instead of Oahu means his team can benefit from a trip to Hawaii without the headaches of having 80 teenagers in Honolulu and Waikiki.
“We are looking forward to a great family trip to the islands,” Barbee said. “That’s going to be something special for our team.”
That game will take place early, a week before most teams in California begin play, as Hawaii begins its season in early August. After returning home from that out-of-state trip, Poly will return home and have a week off on August 18, when most of the state is opening up its schedule.
The Jackrabbits have another out-of-state game against an elite team in the week of Aug. 25, but Barbee said sponsorships and plans are still being finalized and he can’t provide details.
After that, the Jackrabbits host Mission Viejo at Veterans Memorial Stadium and then travel to Serra for a couple of highly anticipated SoCal non-league contests. Poly notched a signature win against Mission Viejo last year that the Diablos will be hungry to avenge, and the Jackrabbits’ games against Serra have been SoCal staples for the past few years.
After that, there will be the Moore League schedule, with Poly traveling to Lakewood, taking a bye week, and then hosting Millikan at the Vets in what will be a highly anticipated game that will likely decide the league championship between two league programs. talented local public schools.
Poly hosts Wilson, travels to Cabrillo, hosts Compton, then travels to Jordan to close out the season.
Poly will bring a loaded roster to the 2023 schedule, with their only major holes on the offensive line, where they graduated four multi-year starters and will need to reload with young talent or unproven transfers. Offensively, they’re led by star QB recruit Darius Curry, fresh off an incredible youth campaign.
Curry will have weapons around him, including a receiving corps loaded with Jason Robinson, Jadyn Robinson, Jordan Malau’ulu, Ezekiel Orozco, Charles Clinton, Luke Buggs, Kamarie Smith and Titus Bordeaux all returning. Poly will also feature a talented stable of running backs with Joshua “Noodles” Cason and Xavier Jones looking like a thunder and lightning duo, and the introduction of rising sophomore Malachi Dawon, who is currently about to start his racing season. freshman track and field looking like maybe the fastest ninth grader in California.
Defensively, the Jackrabbits will be led by star linebacker Dylan Williams, who will be surrounded by veteran talent like Cason, Isaac Johnson, Timmy Tuiagamoa, Toa, and Troy Tamasoa, among others.
As exciting for Barbee as it is for all of the returning starters and scholarship players is that nearly his entire coaching staff will return as well. Veteran assistant Daniel Singh has been elevated to defensive coordinator, prompting a positive reaction from Poly players and staff on social media.
“It’s a veteran team with a veteran coaching staff that you always feel good about,” Barbee said. “We really want to get out there and compete.”
POLITICAL BEACH LONG SCHEDULE 2022
Aug 11: @ Hilo Hawaii
August 25: TBD
9/1: vs. Mission Viejo (Veterinarians)
9/29: vs. Millikan (vets)
10/6: vs. Wilson (Vets)
10/13: @ Cabrillo
10/20: vs. Compton (Veterinarians)
10/27: @ Jordan