WEEK 0: Arcadia at Monrovia, Sept. 4
Monrovia got off to a horrendous start last year, though things did pan out for the Wildcats in the end. Arcadia hopes to keep season-opening momentum going the rest of the year.
WEEK 1: Maranatha at La Salle, Sept. 11
Last year’s epic battle is renewed as both teams test their new quarterbacks in what promises to be yet another showdown. No truth to rumors of building a wall to separate La Salle fans from Maranatha’s.
WEEK 2: Rosemead at Monrovia, Sept. 18
The Wildcats will have vengeance on their mind when they take on the Panthers, which ousted Monrovia in last year’s semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs. Rosemead QB Matt Macias vs. Monrovia QB Nick Bueno will be fun to watch. Lets see who out runs who.
WEEK 3: Temple City at Arcadia, Sept. 25
Randy Backus spent 14 years at Temple City but he’ll be wearing cardinal and gold when his Apaches take on the rookie Anthony White and the Temple City Rams. “Brawl for the Mall” … uh, yeah, real clever. Who came up with that?…
Prediction: Temple City
WEEK 4: Temple City at Rosemead, Oct. 2
Last year’s Mid-Valley Division championship game that never happened, thanks to our friends in the desert. Perhaps a preview of this year’s final?
WEEK 5: La Salle at Temple City or Rosemead at South Hills, Oct. 9
La Salle beefed up its schedule considerably and it’ll only help the Lancers in the long run. Still, Rams run away in the second half.
Prediction: Temple City
WEEK 6: Arcadia at Muir, Oct. 16
The Apaches had a tough time handling the Mustangs’ speed last year. Things are not as even but Arcadia will compete and give Muir a run for its money.
WEEK 7: Monrovia at Temple City, Oct. 23
A shot at the Rio Hondo League championship will be on the line when the WSGV’s two best offensive line meet. Monrovia’s core of returning players at key positions will propel the Wildcats to a victory.
WEEK 8: Alhambra at San Gabriel, Oct. 30
The Almont League’s two best quarterbacks clash when Darrian Cazarin leads the Moors against Isaac Valdez and the Matadors. Alhambra came away with a 30-14 victory courtesy of a surprise rushing attack. The Moors offensive prowess again will overwhelm San Gabriel.
WEEK 9: St. Francis at Alemany, Nov. 6
The Dietrich Riley show continues. This could be a make-or-break game for the Knights who hope to secure a playoff berth with a victory.
Prediction: St. Francis
WEEK 10: Muir vs. Pasadena at Rose Bowl, Nov. 13
The Turkey Tussle won’t be as lopsided this year, though the Mustangs figure to be the odds on favorite to win, again.