These are strange times in city section football. Teams that weren’t good suddenly win games. Teams that were good suddenly lose games.

Take the Dymally case. The school played eight-man soccer in 2019 and went 0-10. Then David Wiltz was signed by Jefferson in spring 2020. On Friday evening, Dymally improved to 2-0 with a 22-0 win over Gardena.

Hamilton, under former Crenshaw JV coach Norris Milton, is 4-0. Hawkins defeated eight-time city champions Narbonne 34-0 and improved to 4-0.

Chatsworth, Kennedy, Palisades and Garfield are all 4-0. Roosevelt knocked out Dorsey 30-7 and is 3-1. Birmingham, the 2019 city champions, are 0-4.

A combination of new coaches, pandemic issues and program changes left the City Section with a changed landscape – at least until the middle of the regular season.

“I think COVID-19 has changed the entire landscape of our section,” said Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandez. “Nobody thought that would happen. I am glad that our section is suddenly competitive. “

Some things haven’t changed. All-City running back Jakob Galloway von Banning continues to impress. He had 385 yards in a win over North Torrance. San Pedro (2-0) continues to dominate when it comes to playing.

Good news: Only one game was canceled in the City Section this week due to COVID-19 protocols. Chavez had to cancel against Franklin. This is the lowest number in a week since the start of the season. City Section Commissioner Vicky Lagos is not ready to celebrate. “It’s liquid,” she said.

Vaccination Motivation: The Garfield and Roosevelt players have just received additional motivation to get vaccinated under a new mandate from the Unified School District of Los Angeles. You will need your first vaccination by October 7th to play in the East LA Classic on October 29th.

Changed Lancers: Orange Lutheran are under senior coach Rod Sherman 4-0 after beating La Verne Damien 41:38 in extra time. Quarterback Logan Gonzalez has teamed up with running back Desmin Jackson for an 18-yard touchdown.

Elijah Brown stars: Time to pay your respects to Santa Ana Mater Dei second quarterback Elijah Brown. He’s 7-0 as a quarterback in high school. In his most recent performance, he completed 15 of 16 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Henderson, Nev. Liberty.

Hand out the cigars: Dana Hills first year coach Tony Henney and his wife Tess had their first child, Lucas Alexander, born Thursday at 9 p.m. in San Luis Obispo. Henney then drove seven hours to Dana Hills on Friday. Quarterback Bo Kelly passed for 420 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Aliso Niguel. Then Henney drove four hours back to San Luis Obispo.

“I’m always the kind of guy who likes to play the ball, but you have to let it boil with him,” Henney said of Kelly.

Ventura County’s mighty ones: Simi Valley (4-0) and Ventura St. Bonaventure (3-0) look like the top teams in Ventura County after beating Saugus and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame respectively.