SEBASTOPOL - Trent Herzog and Dan Bourdon have been talking. That sentence alone is worth an entire column.
They are talking about what could happen. They are talking about what, frankly, should happen, if you're like me and you like to dream and like to see a dream mature into a reality. And what a reality it would be.
That would be Analy playing Casa Grande in football.
"About a month ago, I called up Dan to see if he would consider playing us," said Herzog, Casa's coach. "He said he would. I asked him what weeks are free for Analy in the 2014 preseason. He said weeks one and three. That's where it is right now."
Oh, that the two coaches could have put something together for this season. It would be a game that would have the feel of an NCS playoff game: Analy, 7-1 and the class of the SCL, versus 7-0 Casa, the pride of the NBL. That won't happen this year. They are in different leagues for the second consecutive year. They also will play in different NCS divisions during the playoffs: Casa in Division 2, Analy in Division 3.
"I would love to see how it would turn out this year," said Bourdon, Analy's coach. "I would love to play a superior team."
How would Analy stop, or try to stop, Casa quarterback JaJuan Lawson?
How would Casa stop, or try to stop, the Analy offensive line from blocking holes big enough for a sumo wrestler to run through?
Those questions, unfortunately, will have to remain just a conversation at a high-end coffee bar that serves speculation along with a lime twist in a triple espresso.
Sure, by this time next year the landscape may have changed dramatically. Lawson will have graduated to play somewhere on Saturdays for an NCAA university.
And the 13 seniors starting for Analy also may take with them most of the skills that made the Tigers 7-1.
After all, Analy was just 5-6 in 2010 and nobody was talking about Casa-Analy dream matchup three years ago.
"But I think we have created some stability in our program," Bourdon said.
Typically, a high school team doesn't like to schedule an opponent from a lower division because it provides no obvious uptick to postseason seeding, impressions being almost as important as the victories themselves. Herzog, however, possesses no such apprehension.
"A good team is a good team," said the Casa coach. "Dan has built a great program over there. It would be a pleasure to play them."
This year, however, Analy did open its season against Division 1 Pittsburg.
"We needed a game and Pittsburg needed a game," Bourdon said. "It was out of desperation for them. I know they would have preferred not to do it."
Especially after the game. Analy won, 37-21.
How much will that victory influence Analy's playoff seeding? It has to have some impact, since Pittsburg is 5-2 right now.
On the other hand, Analy's only loss, 23-13, was to Miramonte. Miramonte is also 5-2 but plays in Division 3.
Right or wrong, the X factor in any playoff seeding of an SCL team is perception.
"Outside the area," Bourdon said, "I don't think the SCL has a high degree of respect."