Friday Night Aftermath: Diamond Ranch too much for Muir; La Salle hangs on, but Alhambra and San Gabriel can’t; Pasadena shut out; Duarte, Blair blown out.

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Wow. You can bet Muir will NOT be the No. 1 team when next week’s poll comes out. It appears we may have overestimated how good the Mustangs were going to be this season. They looked undersized and are definitely thin. Jarron Williams injured his left knee in the second quarter and wasn’t much of a threat on the ground in the second half. He threw for 178 yards on 9 of 11 passing, most of it in the second half. Diamond Ranch was just too much, from Gus Viramontes to Amari Staten, there was nobody who could bring them down. Viramontes completed 11 of 17 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a TD. Staten rushed for 155 yards on 15 carries, including a 23-yard score with 4:14 left in the first quarter. Elisha Henley caught six passes for 150 yards. Viramontes’ 8-yard run capped a 9- play, 76-yard drive to put the Panthers ahead for good, 35-20. But it was how Viramontes finished that drive that left Muir coaches frustrated. On second and six with the ball at the 9- yard line, Viramontes rolled out and powered his way through for the score. But a holding call on Diamond Ranch negated that score and pushed the ball back to the 16. On the next play, the Panthers’ attempt for the end zone failed, but the drive was kept alive after Muir was called for pass interference. Viramontes gave it another try, this time rolling out again and straight into the end zone. It was a sloppy game for both teams. Muir was penalized 13 times while Diamond Ranch had 11. But you have to give props to Muir coach Ken Howard for how he handled the loss and what he said after the game. “I’m not going to make excuses. We came out to play football and so did Diamond Ranch, but they played better than we did. As far as the rest goes, we played in the gym all week, but no excuses, though.”

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I want to invite my boys The Stang Fan and Goldenarm to make weekly predictions with me. Keith Lair has too much on his plate these days to make predictions. Stang Fan, Goldenarm and myself will go head-to-head every week until the end of the playoffs. We’ll think of a bet and pay out at the end of the season. Let me know if you guys are interested. So far, I’m 2-0 after picking Monrovia and La Puente to win Thursday night. By the way, I was torn having to choose between Monrovia/Arcadia and Muir/Diamond Ranch, but with the poor air quality and Monrovia/Arcadia moving to Thursday I got to see them and get to see cover Muir/Diamond Ranch tonight. I’m one lucky punk.

For the fourth straight season, quarter-by-quarter updates are available on our scoreboard page by clicking here.

FRIDAY’S SCORES

Diamond Ranch 35, Muir 20
La Salle 24, Village Christian 21
Westchester 13, Pasadena 0
Cathedral 26, San Gabriel 10
Roosevelt 34, Alhambra 20
Blair 66, Margaret’s 0
Cajon 55, Duarte 0
Pasadena Poly 42, Rock Academy 6
Rio Hondo Prep XX, Mission Prep XX

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  • The Stang Fan

    Miguel,

    Its on! And thanks for the consideration brother!

    Btw, I hadnt been blogging this week because I havent been into it due to the fires. Its hard to talk sh** when folks homes are in danger and firefighters are putting their lives in danger. Nonetheless, the games are here and its time to enjoy some HS football.

    Here are the picks:

    VC vs. LS Village Christian (LS will get better, but I see them losing this game)

    Pasadena vs. Westchester Pasadena (A lot of seniors playing against a b-ball school.)

    SG vs. Cathedral -Cathedral (Cathedral, but not as easy as last year)

    Alhambra vs. Roosevelt AHS (Lets see what the Moors will do)

    Blair vs. St. Maggies Blair (Someone PLEASE provide an ambulance)

    Duarte vs. Cajon Cajon (Long year for Tip and the boys)

    RHP vs. Mission Prep (Hard to go against the boys from RHP)

    Pasadena Poly vs. Rock Academy Poly (Watch out for the whale vaginas boys.sorry, inappropriate Anchor Man allusion)

    Muir vs. DR DR (Sorry fellow Stangs, I havent had a chance to catch any practices because of the fires, and from what I understand there are some big concerns. I would LOVE to be wrong here, and I hope I am, but with all things considered-location change, practice, question marks, etc.- I just dont see the boys pulling this one out. And yes, that means on 0-2 start, though things will get MUCH better as the year goes on)

  • The Stang Fan

    Miguel,

    Its on! And thanks for the consideration brother!

    Btw, I hadnt been blogging this week because I havent been into it due to the fires. Its hard to talk sh** when folks homes are in danger and firefighters are putting their lives in danger. Nonetheless, the games are here and its time to enjoy some HS football.

    Here are the picks:

    VC vs. LS Village Christian (LS will get better, but I see them losing this game)

    Pasadena vs. Westchester Pasadena (A lot of seniors playing against a b-ball school.)

    SG vs. Cathedral -Cathedral (Cathedral, but not as easy as last year)

    Alhambra vs. Roosevelt AHS (Lets see what the Moors will do)

    Blair vs. St. Maggies Blair (Someone PLEASE provide an ambulance)

    Duarte vs. Cajon Cajon (Long year for Tip and the boys)

    RHP vs. Mission Prep (Hard to go against the boys from RHP)

    Pasadena Poly vs. Rock Academy Poly (Watch out for the whale vaginas boys.sorry, inappropriate Anchor Man allusion)

    Muir vs. DR DR (Sorry fellow Stangs, I havent had a chance to catch any practices because of the fires, and from what I understand there are some big concerns. I would LOVE to be wrong here, and I hope I am, but with all things considered-location change, practice, question marks, etc.- I just dont see the boys pulling this one out. And yes, that means on 0-2 start, though things will get MUCH better as the year goes on)

  • The Stang Fan

    Miguel,

    Its on! And thanks for the consideration brother!

    Btw, I hadnt been blogging this week because I havent been into it due to the fires. Its hard to talk sh** when folks homes are in danger and firefighters are putting their lives in danger. Nonetheless, the games are here and its time to enjoy some HS football.

    Here are the picks:

    VC vs. LS Village Christian (LS will get better, but I see them losing this game)

    Pasadena vs. Westchester Pasadena (A lot of seniors playing against a b-ball school.)

    SG vs. Cathedral -Cathedral (Cathedral, but not as easy as last year)

    Alhambra vs. Roosevelt AHS (Lets see what the Moors will do)

    Blair vs. St. Maggies Blair (Someone PLEASE provide an ambulance)

    Duarte vs. Cajon Cajon (Long year for Tip and the boys)

    RHP vs. Mission Prep (Hard to go against the boys from RHP)

    Pasadena Poly vs. Rock Academy Poly (Watch out for the whale vaginas boys.sorry, inappropriate Anchor Man allusion)

    Muir vs. DR DR (Sorry fellow Stangs, I havent had a chance to catch any practices because of the fires, and from what I understand there are some big concerns. I would LOVE to be wrong here, and I hope I am, but with all things considered-location change, practice, question marks, etc.- I just dont see the boys pulling this one out. And yes, that means on 0-2 start, though things will get MUCH better as the year goes on)

  • The Stang Fan

    Miguel,

    Its on! And thanks for the consideration brother!

    Btw, I hadnt been blogging this week because I havent been into it due to the fires. Its hard to talk sh** when folks homes are in danger and firefighters are putting their lives in danger. Nonetheless, the games are here and its time to enjoy some HS football.

    Here are the picks:

    VC vs. LS Village Christian (LS will get better, but I see them losing this game)

    Pasadena vs. Westchester Pasadena (A lot of seniors playing against a b-ball school.)

    SG vs. Cathedral -Cathedral (Cathedral, but not as easy as last year)

    Alhambra vs. Roosevelt AHS (Lets see what the Moors will do)

    Blair vs. St. Maggies Blair (Someone PLEASE provide an ambulance)

    Duarte vs. Cajon Cajon (Long year for Tip and the boys)

    RHP vs. Mission Prep (Hard to go against the boys from RHP)

    Pasadena Poly vs. Rock Academy Poly (Watch out for the whale vaginas boys.sorry, inappropriate Anchor Man allusion)

    Muir vs. DR DR (Sorry fellow Stangs, I havent had a chance to catch any practices because of the fires, and from what I understand there are some big concerns. I would LOVE to be wrong here, and I hope I am, but with all things considered-location change, practice, question marks, etc.- I just dont see the boys pulling this one out. And yes, that means on 0-2 start, though things will get MUCH better as the year goes on)

  • burbanksports

    Burbank 32
    Simi Valley 6

    Bring on the ‘stangs!

  • viking fan

    our boys lost 68-0. time to look forward to next week. hopefully they’ll be able to get in some practice this week with better air quality.

  • goteamgo

    REDEMPTION!!!!!!

    La Salle 24
    Village Christian 21

  • !stang!

    MM , the stangs looked real raw last nite. I think the 2weeks killed them. But the underclass showed up. Kevon is going to be good and vaughs was all over the field making tackles. I’m excited for this season. And burbank , take. It 1 game at a time!

  • illest

    i was anxious to see how blair handled st. margarets, and thus i am not surprised maybe maranatha isnt as bad as we thought and st.margarets is just that good

    miguel you might wanna recheck the score u put there.

  • ggsfhs92

    It seems to me that maybe Muir should leave the Ranch Dressing alone for awhile.

  • The Stang Fan

    Miguel,

    I’ve got NOOOO problem with you dropping the Stangs from the ranking. No problem at all. Matter of fact, as you know, I picked DR to win this game.

    However, your assessment of the game seems to insinuate that Muir got its doors blown off or something. I mean, we most certainly were getting smashed in the 1st half, due to probably the worst half I’ve seen in a few years in ANY game I’ve been to. But, Muir jumped back into the game 28-20 with a TON of momentum in the second half. The boys REALLY battled back to make it a MUCH different game. C’mon MM, you were at the game, I KNOW you saw that.

    Considering, about 80% of the starters were playing their first varsity game, and playing in a gym for two weeks, I thought they looked quite GOOD in the second half….don’t you? I mentioned earlier about some issues they were having and I was absoultely right. And I know you saw about 3 starters on the bench who weren’t able to suit up tonight.

    Look, it was an UGLY and sloppy game, just like I’d written it would be. And we lost just like I said we would. But our room for improvement is WAAAAAAAY larger than ALL the teams in our area. I promise you that. And you can drop Muir…hell you SHOULD drop them, but let me ask you this, “Who in the WSGV would beat DR this year?” Not many, and you know it. Especially taking everything I mentioned into consideration.

    Keep fighting Stangs! Hell we beat DR in the first game last year and where the hell did that get us? Nowhere! Keep your heads up, you guys are going to get MUCH better as the year progesses and you are REALLY building something special for the years to come!

    LET’S GO STANGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Stang Fan

    Btw Miguel, I was 5-3 today (not sure about RHP yet). And mark me down for the Cats win yesterday, since I called that a while ago, but give me a loss for the other Thursday game who I wouldn’t have picked anyway.

  • MOORS!!!

    very disappointing game forthe moors. but after finally seeing the field after a long week of arena football practice the moors showed life. doing a little conditioning and full practicing on the gridiron will get the moors back on track. go moors!!

  • King

    I was at the La Salle game and what an exciting game it was. Some sloppy play and turnovers almost cost them the game but they were able to grind it out. Very impressed with their young QB, sophmore making his first varsity start with 2 td passes not a bad night. They do need to step it up with the PAT that almost cost them the game. And what was up with the LS fans? Were they even there, I mean VC fans were loud and making noise, the LS fans seemed like they were at a golf tournament. They better bring their A game next week, thats both the team and the FANS! Congrats to the coaching staff on their 1st win!

    Redemption!

  • FB Einstein

    TC had its scrimmage vs. El Monte on Friday. Offense looked good vs. another color. Weird thing is…the D looked a bit sketchy. On the whole, it looks like they have the pieces in place for a run at the RHL. One thing that I noticed that I have never seen (not under Mooney or Backus)…DEPTH! When the offense left the field…they left the field!!!! Same with the D, Coach Chou and McKay spent time coaching up their respective players, while their opposites where making plays on the field. Overall, it looked like a normal TC hard hitting, run to the football, unblockable group of misfits (Steven Fey). The difference this year thus far…a few plays to talk it over with your position coach before its time to go back in. DepthDepthDepthwhat say you Goldenarm???

  • Rams09

    Einstein, I had to correct you… it’s my boy Fei! Hahah, I can’t wait for the TC/Mtown matchup

  • Goldenarm

    09, FB Einstein,

    It was the good, bad and the ugly.

    One burr in my plumber’s crack that won’t stop burning is the late throws to receiver’s once open, wide open…but have been open so long, like a mayonaisse jar…they have begun to grow mold and are now COVERED.
    I know. I know. It is early…but if we don’t work this out, I promise it will haunt us. If we threw pre-break on the route it would be great…but if not, just don’t throw so late that the defender has rotated or recovered from getting faked out of his bananahammock and is now in great position to pick himself a nice INT. OK…got that out.

    Yes, the substitution / depth chart alignment looks good. If we had Derek L and the other big kid off IR, we would really be in good shape. Fei was an ASIAN BEAST of aggression and O’Mall and Sutton looked STRONG…Whomever said earlier that Gibson always brings his hat to the party was correct! For a young buck that is not a large human being – he can bring it. We need that all day long.

    Did you notice we look small?? El Monte’s O line has good size. They ran a nice delay slant that comes right across at the line of scrimmage, their draws were sloppy but will be good soon enough. Their QB has excellent velocity, medium accuracy and is a tough kid.
    It was a cleanly played game. This team will beat So El MO.

    All 3 QB’s took a dance, all did something well. The youngster Cox carried in the wrong hand…but hey, I don’t really care, he seems focused and looks to be a kid who hates to lose and he is GROWING, both in experience and physical size. A big gun to be. Justin took some hits and got back up, threw 2 beautiful corner throws, one for 6. Pultz is a pivotal player for us. Copping ran out of pocket before actually surveying for open recievers…but when under attack, priorities can change for a young QB. He just needs a little work on the roll and throw.

    Max gave us a reminder of who he is. In return, we have to give him a lane or two.

    Are we ready for Arroyo? HELL NO. Were they there? HELL YES. Let us now think of play sequences in order to get a couple consecutive first downs and move the pelota. Get our share of the clock and not hand it back again and again.
    Our D Coordinator has his hands full with Rivera’s arm and the Knights offense – which will come out on fire Friday.
    I say again “IN CHOU WE TRUST”.
    Go Rams!

  • Goldenarm

    Kind of surprising they cancelled La Canada / Alhambra so early…but you know the LC crew has had NO AIR to breathe in weeks. Plus some are likely affected by the acreage burned and homes lost. Tough break for Yoder and crew coming out. It would be a good game to see what LC has against the Moors, but not under the circumstance.

    Beccarra was Cazzarin’s major target against Roosevelt, not Crockom, not Peko. Was Crockom doubled?
    Or was it just a case of Cazz taking heated rushes and without time to pick a receiver? (Prediction of GA)
    Was there a balance of run /pass?

    Looks like spec teams hurt the Moors – this is something I am concerned about as well, AHS did not have the prep time they needed, too much gym time for us SGV’ers. My guess is this will show in week 2 across the board.,

  • New York

    Miguel or Stang Fan,

    Please fill me in on what set up the 5-play 25 yard scoring drive for Muir. That exciting piece of information was left out of the write up.

    Thanks.

  • Goldenarm

    having watched Fei since early on – it just shows how good coaching and perservance can affect a good kid.

    sophomore year when M-town was doubling him, he came to the sideline and pleaded for mercy from coaches Luna and Lopez – to take him to LegoLand, Newport Beach…anywhere but back into that nightmare of endless smashmouth in the TC/M-town trench zone. Of course being the caring, gentle coaches they are – they immediately ordered Fei back into the kill zone…where he suffered further…..but eventually made a game saving tackle on the last play of the game!! GAME SAVING!

    that was the infamous 7-6 JV victory at m-town, one game likely not to be forgotten EVER by Steven Fei.

  • Kentera

    Now Howard and I(and hopefully Stang Fan) know why Muir did not want to play St. Francis for this year only. Time to re-write the polls.

    MM,
    Are you saying that Monrovia would be St Francis? Please respond.

  • New York

    Paraclete beat Serrano 13-3.

    Oaks Christian beat Alemany. A Muir name from the past got some ink: “Again, Alemany did not break. On Oaks Christian’s next possession, Saladin McCullough recovered Jones’ fumble on the Oaks 20, and Alemany cashed in on Martin Meza’s 22-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10.”

  • observantcat

    Kentera: How would MM know if Monrovia would beat St. Francis? even Muir for that Matter. You haven’t even played a game so far. Thats been the arrogance on this blog from fans like yourself. I would love for St. Francis to be on Monrovia’s schedule next year and on…. I don’t think you know how vulnerable your team really is. First get past a depleted Arcadia then make some kind of assessment of what your team may do. Otherwise keep playing that same o’L song “WE GET BEAT BY BETTER TEAMS THAN EVERYONE ELSE”

  • Kentera

    O-Cat,
    When you start working for the PSN, I will ask for your opinion. He ranked St. Francis behind Muir and Monrovia before anyone played a game and before you got “past a depleted Arcadia” team.

    BTW, My question was for MM.

  • elephant

    kentera,

    I’m just curious. We(Arcadia) had our best qb and rb start the game, all our receivers are healthy. So how exactly are we depleted?

  • Observantcat

    kentera: While you’re at it, ask Miguel for his lottery picks. You know this weeks Power ball, pick six etc…. You guy’s aren’t to far behind Arcadia on your roster.

  • ArcadiaHog

    Looking back, Arcadia self destructed against monrovia. Monrovia’s defense wasnt that good. Arcadia missed three chances in the red zone and monrovia’s defense had nothing to do with it. The arcadia receivers simply dropped the balls. Step it up receivers.

  • Kentera

    elephant,
    I was just quoting what O-Cat(see above 10:08am comment) said. Take your fight up with him.

  • New York

    With these fires limiting practice time across the WSGV, it’s tough to gauge where teams really are right now.

    Question for Kentera: you always seemed comfortable with a #2 ranking as long as Muir was #1. Were you conceding that Muir would beat SF? Would you now concede that Diamond Ranch would beat SF?

  • elephant

    I don’t want to fight anyone. We went into the Monrovia game with, in my opinion, our best kids. We’re not that deep at the RB spot, with our #2 out with an ankle injury(should be back this week). This week is another story though. We lost Maldonado, our starting RB, in the third quarter with an injury. He’s going to have a bright future once he heals up. I believe he had at least 80 yards on the ground before he got hurt. And he’s only a junior.

  • !stang!

    Kentra, Are you sure it was howard was scared to play St.fanny? Bonds wanted a 1year contract with the game a St.fanny! Bonds just want to play muir this year with D.riley the super star! No Bueno my friend!

  • sfhs92

    Actually stang, SF will be a much better team next year. Besides Riley and a couple of other players this is a weak senior class for SF. The roster is full of Juniors and Sophomores. The team will have more experience, talant, and depth next year, plus they won’t have to play teams from the serra league. Maybe you should worry about getting that Ranch Dressing off your face after all the mess you guys talked.

  • Arm Chair QB

    Hey Goldenarm,

    i was at the TC scrimmage on friday night and really im not tryin to disrespect TC or sound negative but the offensive line was average…..Max Ruckle had a moment or two but hes know Desmon Reed…..the Defense looked good, but lets be honest El Monte wasn’t very good. if there lucky El Monte will compete for third in the mission valley league…. the spread offense may have been a good idea but they still need a lot of work in the skill positions. looks like the coaches may be as over rated like the “O” line…. worse news is i hear arroyo is the real deal and if so TC will be in for a looong night next week….i know ur a TC guy but honestly whats ur real perdiction for the LAMS/RAMS.

    ps. that delayed slant you spoke is called a “slip screen”

  • Burbank Bulldogs

    there is no way muir will win the league this year you saw what happen yesterday those guys are nothing without those 8 seniors #23,#3,#21,#55,#7,#2,#4,and especially that number #24.Its burbanks year.

  • Burbank Bulldogs

    there is no way muir is going to win league this year everyone just looked what happened yesterday those guys are nothing without those 8 seniors #23,#3,#21,#55,#7,#4,#2 and especially not having #24
    bulldogs will have league this year

  • longtimefan

    Why are there no scores for tonight’s (Sat.) games? The scoreboard shows nothing…

  • Bruin Eagle 4

    GO BRUINS!!!

  • !stang!

    Bbullfrog, when is the last time burbank beat muir? You guys are in a world of trouble when league start! burbank does not have the strength of a dranch type team. Muir will when by 3td! STANG NATION!

  • Reno Hightower

    Satelite Dish Cruising

    Up here in Kern County where a bug sapper and a 12 pack of PBR is quality entertainment, Reno was channel surfing. That Bong cloud settled over the Coliseum for a quarter before the Trojans got untracked and then the cloud nestled near the Rose Bowl where old Tricky Ricky let SDSU hang around. Notre Dame and Fat Charley won a Bowl Game last season and opened strong this year. Wow, the Irish have defeated two straight Sun Belt or Wacky Athletic Conference teams. There was no cloud in Pomona on Friday as DR took a 21-0 halftime lead on the Muir. However, maybe the Mustangs should have declined the pregame chat with Snoop Dog behind the stands. Did you see the Dog’s RV in the parking lot? Do the Moors take on the Spartans or is that cancelled? If so, how does that affect both teams for preseason prepartions? By the way, Paraclete defeated Serrano (2008 CIF Division Champion) 13-3 while the Wildcats defeated an average Arcadia squad and the Rams looked good against El Monte. Who doesn’t look good against El Monte? I would say Mountain View but they are from El Monte.

  • sportsfan

    The BLAIR/ST MARGARET’S game proved to be a “blow-out”; however the Vikings showed that they will, “in-time” be able to put some numbers on the board … I wouldn’t be surprised to see them ready by their first league game and surprise a lot of people …

    The first quarter went “back and forth” until the Tartans got into their groove and were able to score from several different areas of the field, (ground, air and specialty teams) … The Vikings held in there throughout the game and showed signs of what they could be at times, so this is why I see them improving in the weeks to come …

    GOOD LUCK to Coach Parks and the entire team for this upcoming season !!

  • PANTHERPRIDE

    ROSEMEAD DIDNT LOOK GOOD AGAINST EL MONTE ONLY A YEAR AGO. WE LOST AGAINST EL MONTE AND BARELY MADE THE PLAYOFFS THAT SEASON.

  • goteamgo

    Any story on the Maranatha vs. Linfield Christian game Saturday night? Max Preps is reporting a 20-14 Maranatha loss. Curious how the new QB did, after all the press – no stats posted.

  • WingNut

    GoTeamGo,
    Maranatha’s QB was picked off 2 or 3 times? Doubt that will happen again. Maranatha has size and speed. The kid who had a reported injured leg played well for MHS(#8). MHS’s two big recievers (15 & 17) are gamers on the outside but are shy accross the middle. They are both very solid playing in the secondary and look for oppertunities to break on the ball.
    Next week will be MHS vs La Salle for the “High School Roses” Trophy. Too bad this game couldnt be played at the Rose Bowl.

  • Witness

    Tom S???

    Where are you? How about a Maranatha synopsis?

    Wondering how the transfer kid performed.

  • The Stang Fan

    GA,

    Our special teams were ATROCIOUS! All of that gym time for all the SGV teams really hurt everyone…especially in the special teams department. I’m guessing it will take a few weeks for many of the SGV teams to catch up. The only teams from the PSN area that won were Monrovia (who played another PSN team), La Salle (good job Lancers), and Poly (who I believe was in San Diego all week).

    NY,

    That short drive was a result of a nice solid hit on kickoff that caused a fumble. When Muir scored on that drive it made the score 28-20, and the Stangs were riding a wave of momentum. They even got the ball back with the same score but didn’t capitalize. That’s actually why Miguel’s STRONG suggestion that this team isn’t as good as he thought they were confuses me..especially considering all of the other factors. They were DEAD in the water after the first half, and I didn’t think the young guys had it in them to fight back the way they did. But those guys BALLED in the second half, and it had A LOT to do with the young o-line. When the hogs get a couple of starters who were sporting jerseys on the sidelines back, this team will get better and better.

    burbanksports,

    Oh, WE’RE coming. Especially by the time league comes around.

    !stang!,

    Kevon is Muir’s next superstar. VERY impressive game for the young sophomore. A pick with a 60 yard return, a TD, a slick two-point conversion….yeah, he’s a baller.

    sfhs92,

    Let the Muir/SF debate begin….AGAIN. Btw, scroll down to the bottom of this thread and read my prediction and notes on the Muir/DR game. Trust me when I tell you, this Muir team will improve by leaps and bounds this year.

    Kentera,

    Wait, wait, wait…didn’t you say this issue was dead in the water. This game also told me why Bonds didn’t want to sign a two or three-year contract! There are ONLY about 3 impact seniors on this team. Yeah Jimmy, I wouldn’t sign a 3-year contract if I were SF either. Miguel can certainly re-write the polls, but Muir is easily one of the best teams in the WSGV and potentially STILL the best.

    NY part II,

    Yeah, I saw that. It’s weird to see the McCullough name attached to any other school other than Muir. Btw, we always talk about all of the talent in our area that heads to the ESGV. If you ever get a chance, PLEASE find a copy of Alemany’s roster. It’s LITTERED with kids from Pasadena. As a matter of fact, I saw their game on TV vs. Oaks Christian and their starting QB and RB are both from Pasadena, along with MANY more. SF doesn’t recruit players in Dena….Alemany does. Again, this is what KILLS our depth come playoff time.

    Burbank Bulldog,

    Listen, comments like “especially #24,” will get you NO credibility on this blog. Scurry home son, and stick to your X-box.

    Reno,

    I’m with you. M-towns’ win vs. an average Arcadia team, while good, isn’t as impressive as Miguel suggests; and Muir’s loss isn’t as bad either. With that said, they won and we lost, and SF has yet to play, so I have no problem with his dropping Muir as he sees fit. But it would be a MAJOR mistake to simply write these young guys off. They have a TON of talent and potential, and the staff will definitely clean up the mistakes and right the ship.

  • New York

    Stang Fan,

    What happened to the veteran (although underclass) o-line at Muir? We kept hearing that Muir would be lead by a strong line this year. Are some of those guys injured? My curiosity has been whether or not Muir’s staff will utilize the veteran line: will the play calling and schemes be conducive to allowing the o-line to set the tone and push people around? It seems that your program is not accustom to being lead by the line, so having a strong line may be a valuable resource that is not fully utilized. What say you?

  • Tom S

    Witness:
    Ya, Im here. Needless to say a bit disappointed in last nights game. I really thought wed come out with a win. Way too many turnovers and mistakes. Maybe the players were watching replays on the Jumbotron instead of staying in the game. Guess Ill use the excuse of the fires cutting back on practices. Had the opportunity to put the game on ice but let Linfield Christian back in. Coach Murphy has his work cut out next week to get this team ready for La Salle. Keith looked ok and Beckwith didnt show signs of an injured leg that I could tell. Looking forward to next Friday and the PSN small school game of the year but the Minutemen better come out focused and ready for a battle.

  • goteamgo

    Question:

    Why does Maranatha refer to themselves as a “small school” but La Salle does not?

    I do not think Maranatha vs. La Salle is the “PSN small school game of the year” but the PSN Game of the Week.

  • The Stang Fan

    From my understanding there were a couple of starting linemen who were not suited up, and they will not be suited up for a few more weeks. I saw at least 8-10 kids on the sidelines with jerseys and jeans, and a few of them were sizable guys. There was NO depth on the line for this game, and there won’t be until those guys come back. As far as the guys who played, they looked REALLY good in the second half, but they tired a little after making such a strong comeback. The coaches know how to use these guys, that’s not the problem. I imagine when they get the other guys suited and on the field, things will get MUCH better.

    Btw, if you watch Miguel’s video, you’ll see #62 just DRIVE one of DR’s lineman almost to the back of the endzone on one of the goal-line plays. I LOVE that kid!

  • Tom S

    goteamgo:
    Call it what you want. Doesn’t matter. The war is on. Bring on Friday night!

  • BigFatFan

    I found it interesting that Alhambra’s coach chose to blame his teams poor performance on the lack of practice time in pads this week. many teams were hit with that issue. it did not seem to bother Monrovia.

  • Reno Hightower

    Up Here in Kern County

    Watching my Big Dish satelite feed between reruns of the Beverly Hillbilles (that Jed Clampett cracks me up)it seems to me that the Wildcats benefitted more from three big plays (2 Bueno TD runs, 102 yard int. return) than team exeuction. Bueno is gonna make plays but he completed as many passes to Arcadia (2) as he did to team mates(2). Apaches score prior to the interception and it is 19-14 in the 4th quarter. All PSN teams suffered from lack of real practice time. New York, what to you have to say? I mean who’s hotter? My girl Ellie Mae or Daisy Duke? Ellie Mae was wearing jean cutoffs before that Duke’s chick was on the screen.

  • Goldenarm

    NY hit it 47 comments ago. This weeks games really don’t say much about who is who.

    I would really like to see the Arc/Mon game film….and the DR/Stang film. My gut tells me both Arc and Muir will be fine and have a strong year.

    I repeat myself and say making Bueno the workhorse worked, but why put more than 10 carries a game on the guy. I can’t see Maddox maintaining this strategy next week. Teams will adjust to this and Bueno is gonna get slammed. Use him to run yes, primary, hell no. I would bet M-town’s 4th RB can put up 100 yds a game. Even with the injuries/unavailable players – basically, just a difference in opinion, I know many feel just go to the well till it dries up.

    As far as the Moors, someone who saw the game needs to give an intelligent overview? Status on Crockom and Peko, why the big RB did not put up numbers. The interceptions, the play-calling and the fact “Beccaro” was the #1 receiver for Cazzarin. Was the line crushed by Roosevelt?
    Once again, it don’t mean much either way. It is a game to build on, not cry about.

  • Goldemarm

    Arm Chair QB,

    Great series of insults on the Rams. You covered everyone from the ticket booth to the volunteers who cranked out the hot dogs.
    Also, thanks for the schooling on what a slip screen is, though the play is still a delayed slant pass in my book. Apparently my description was plenty good enough for you to understand what play I was referring to.
    Also, you rag and bag on El Monte. Did you see the size of their line? There is some chorizo con huevo on that line, let me tell you. They will beat SoElMo this year, and the El Monte team is by no means horrible as you descibe.

    Anyway, the one word summary to your negative comments is
    “SCRIMMAGE”.
    And try this for intelligent consideration, new coaches and system.
    We are GOING TO LOOK BAD BEFORE WE LOOK GOOD.
    Enjoy it now, Mr Armchair, because we are going to smoke your ass later.
    Go Rams!!

  • New York

    Stang Fan,
    That’s great to hear. Hopefully those guys come back healthy soon and help Muir finish strong after these first few weeks.

  • goteamgo

    While we are asking, any word on the Rio Hondo Prep game? If I had to bet, I would assume they won.

  • BigFatFan

    from the Star News story, it sounds like Crockom and Pecko were no-shows due to tight defense:

    Although Cazarin threw two late interceptions, he was effective while under constant pressure from the Roosevelt defense. He threw for 227 yards on 16-of-30 passing.

    One player held out of the box score was Alhambra’s star receiver Mitchell Crockom, who was double-teamed the entire game and held without a reception.

    Cazarin only made two throws in Crockom’s direction.

  • Anonymous

    goteamgo:
    Cal Preps shows RHP over Mission Prep 23 – 7

  • Sfhs92

    Stang fan I wasn’t refering to you when I made my comment I was talking about !stang! As far as Muir and Sf go who knows! I think that perhaps the coaching is better at SF. I only say that because I don’t believe that Bonds would let kids talk to a reporter and tell him they are going to eat a bunch of ranch dressing. Also it seems like your assesment of Sf is similar to mine. Weak senior class, or more specifically lack of depth from the senior class. Also I heard Bonds is getting kids from Valencia and the Santa Clarita Valley to enroll in Sf. I’d like to hear your assesment of the Golden Knights this year. If you don’t mind.

  • Arm Chair QB

    Goldenarm,

    As i stateted in my first sentence before, my comments were in no way to bash TC. i was merely giving my observation of what i saw at the scrimmage. i made a point to make it out to the scrimmage because that new staff over there has seemed to generate a lot of interest on the blogs. it seems you may have taken my comments a little personal. iv read many of your blogs and normally you seem to be right on and constructive but apperently when it comes to your preious TC you seem a little over pertective. your right about them looking bad before they look good and maybe that was the case. but last weeks paper had them listed at number 6 and if we’re being honest here, there more like 16. do you really think there be ready to play with arroyo on friday….

  • The Stang Fan

    sfhs92,

    I can honestly say that I’ve never heard ANY of the players mention anything about any “salad dressing.” I believe Stang03 or !stang! came up with that. Though, Miguel wrote that one of the players said something about “aiming for heads.”

    As far as the coaching comparison goes, here’s how I feel….SF in a MONUMENTAL landslide at the HC position and Muir narrowly over SF at the assistant positions.

    Not quite sure why kids in the SCV would want to come WAY out to La Canada to pay to go to school and play ball, when they can do that out there for free and STILL play on some damn good teams. Doesn’t add up. You’ve got A TON of good public schools in between Valencia and La Canada, and some GREAT privates like ND and Crespi, and many even go out to Oaks Christian and St. Bonnies.

    SF’s problem is actually an ethical one. Do you sacrifice your reputation to let in some academically questionable kids? SF’s position is admirable…they do not. People on this blog SCREAM about SF’s recruiting. I don’t see it. Of course they “recruit” some kids, but they do NOT do it at the level their private school competitors do. Not even close. I wrote two years back that Alemany would be the new boss in the Mission, and many SF fans chided me. But I knew what they were doing in Pasadena, and look at them now…they only lost to the #3 team in the nation by 11 on Friday. Not bad. If SF wants to be in the upper echelon of teams, they’ve either got to expand their total population or start getting those “questionable” kids…like the kid who got the boot at SF last year and now starts at…..Alemany.

    This year I see SF much the way I have the past few years, however they might be able to do better because Posthuma is a pretty good QB. I see them going 5-0 with the easy games in the beginning of the year, losing the two Serra League games, and going 1-2 or 2-1 in league. They are going to lose to Alemany. There’s no way around it. They will beat SP (though, with Ancich back it should be interesting) and the Chaminade game is a toss up for me. Ed Croson is one HELL of a coach and he will turn Chaminade around VERY soon. I read in the Times that he was already doing a great job of reviving the numbers in the program and doing A LOT of good things. If the G-Knights make it to the playoffs as a #2 team, they will win their first game and lose in the second. If they make it as a wild card, they lose in the first round. Riley is a GIANT among boys and will get some good help from Posthuma and Cabrera. The wild card is the transfer from Loyola. If he can do the job well and you move Posthuma around, SF will be pretty good and take second in league with a 7-3 record. If not, I think they go 6-4 and miss the playoffs or make it as a wild card.

    Hope that was good enough!

  • tcchamps

    Arm Chair:

    Easy on the Mayor, he’s got Doppler tracking the Pyrocumulus cloud of happiness. Thanks for the updates and views. Was on the White Sea Bass bite and it’s good to get back up to date. The next 3 weeks should be blog heaven.

  • Reno Hightower

    Right On Stang Fan

    It is refereshing to see genuine comment that is forthright and makes Reno nod in agreement. SF is the top team in the PSN and in the toughest league in the PSN. Look at the coaches in that league. SF:Bonds is no slouch of a coach, gets good kids and they play a tough schedule. SF Spanks M-Town 9 out of 10 times. Alemany: Herrington of the Hart Herringtons. Having the ability to recruit and the Herrington connections (UCLA, Stanford, etc.) makes Alemany an elite player. St. Paul: Marion returns as the winningest coach in the state. Does Marion follow the rules? Not really, but who is really looking. Marion and his staff will outwork anyone by 20 hours per week. Chaminade: Ed Croson is the man. Croson was succesful at Chaminade before winning City titles in the upper division. Big Ed will make Chaminade a winner again. These four teams would smoke the PSN teams (Almont, Pacific, Rio, etc.) 42-7 on a weekly basis. Ah, but what direction is Maranatha heading? Are they the little school that used to be next to In and and Out in Arcadia or are they trying to climb the ladder like St. Bonaventure? Time will tell.

  • prep fan

    all i got to say is…..What happened to this so called “MARANATHA”…they lossed to Linfield Christian!!!…I guess you bloggers from Natha have alot of excuses why they loss!….the QB is not that good!……OVERATED!

  • Minute By Minute

    Tom S.–
    Appreciated your assessment of the Maranatha/Linfield game. A few additional notes to make:

    The O line must give Keith more time. From what I saw, he has an excellent arm and velocity on his throws. When #44 Delahooke (their place kicker Sat. night) returns to “contact” playing, wonder if he’ll be a tight end? We could use his size on the line!

    Great performances my #11 Erik Johnson. The kid has bursts of speed at TB and is strong! Nice to see him at that position. And–on defense, he’s in on most tackles!

    Re: # 8 Beckwith, I saw him getting re-taped on the table prior to the first half ending, but seemed ok in the second half. Once completely healed from his ankle injury, he’ll be a catalyst at receiver.

    The punting game needs work. Regular punter Forrester is out for several more weeks ….noticed Sat. the punter was too close to line of scrimmage.

    As you mentioned….way too many penalties. Always see that in first few games.

    I’m sure getting back to outside practices will undoubtedly allow for aggressive tuning (for all area teams). The Minutemen will have to work hard this week and in addition mentally shake off Saturday’s loss. Feel confident that Murphy and staff will have the kids ready for La Salle. Go Minutemen!

  • goteamgo

    What was Cody Keith’s stats in the Linfield Christian game? Some pegged him as a “player to watch” this year. Many are curious how he performed in his first game outside of North Carolina.

  • Tom S

    Minute By Minute:
    Agree with all your observations. The referee was way too quick with the flag. Cant believe the excessive celebration call. The game was almost three hours, way too long for a preseason game. The punting game didnt get the job done and if Forrester is going to be out for a few weeks they need to come up with someone who can do the job. O-Line has to give Keith more time to do his job. Again, way too many turnovers. Work hard this week boys because its going to be a battle Friday night.

  • Minute By Minute

    goteamto: Unsure of his stats, but I’m guessing he had maybe 150 + yds. passing. Attempts/completions wasn’t stellar, but he did have a nice 35yd corner endzone TD pass. Also threw several interceptions.

    Prep Fan: How in the world can you (or any of us!) make the claim that he’s overrated based on ONE game? By my assessment…..he’s good. As I mentioned previously, if the O line gives him adequate pass protection, he will show much promise game by game. Tell you one thing, he has much better scrambling abilities and can roll out of the pocket quicker than Schilz did last year.

  • curiousgoerge

    Fires or no fires,
    A-Town LOST,period!
    I will be the first to admit, no excuses here.
    Crockum wasn’t even supposed to suit up on friday,
    he did anyways, was a non-factor.
    Over 150 yds penalties, including a couple 30+ yd gains
    by Peko, wich would have had him over 100+ game as expected. Moor’s fumbled twice in the redzone and also gave up a kick off return for a td(poor tackling).
    The positive’s?
    Cazzarin is the real deal, and only got sacked once.
    He was 17 for 31,226 yds passing, 2tds and 1 rushing td.
    Not to mention a couple long 40 yder’s that were called back by DUMB holding MISTAKES. The kid got a hellava live arm and can run. The two x-facor’s met my expectation’s.
    Baccera aka J-Smoothe, had some nice grabs for lil under 100 yds rec. and 1 td. Martin aka FLASH had 101 yds rec. and 1 td.Roosevelt was huge upfront as I expected and played better than we did.
    Disappointed? YES
    Discouraged? Not at all
    Moor’s will be very explosive w/ Crock back in the mix!
    No game this week so I’m sure the boy’s will be @ the TC game, getting there eyes full of who they face week 3.

  • My impressions of MHS Game

    As one of the parents of these young men, I must say that it was a very tough game to lose. I thought that the defense played pretty well but the offensive line did not seem to protect Cody Keith nearly enough to give him the best opportunities. I will also say that the comments earlier by someone who talked about #11 Eric Johnson and #8 Danny Beckwith were right on the money. I think most people who know Maranatha football will say that Danny is and should be a big part of what they do on offense. I think even the coaches agree with that. What maybe has not been discovered enough is the fact that Eric Johnson showed in this game that he is the best player to run the ball. He used his blockers well and seems to see the field very well also. I have thought all along that he should run the ball for MHS. I just hope that the coaches finally will see that when the look at the film.

  • Really?

    Prep Fan, so our bloggers like our team, thats the point right? Over=rated? Did you see the game? Have you met the kid?

    I doubt it, no is rated, Miguel just wrote an article since the season had not yet started.

    Linfield went to Semis didnt they? Not to shabby, and why all the hate?

    Relax, read a book and lets cheer for these kids instead of tearing them down.

  • Goldenarm

    curiousg,
    thanks for the honest assessment – sounds like some work to do, but some good things happened as well
    with a week off you guys should be fresh as hell and ready to tear it up when u come to our house.

    armchair QB,
    yeah, could be that I am a bit on edge. I got an upsurge of bubbling ulcer acid imagining spirals flying and landing into the hands of – guys with different colored uniforms.
    Ramjacks, night practices, ram horn rollout day – traditions already falling by the wayside. I’m a traditional dude who likes physical football, not finesse football, I want my guy to beat your guy head to head, and our running back to then run over your guy. On the way back, offer your guy a hand up, no taunt, no bs, just keep playing strong and looking forward.
    I guess it is the different direction thing – and it may be me that is going in a different direction.

    While I say this I also see some great stuff happening and kids who are game to play hard, and coaches who are there because winning is what they intend to do. Me….conflicted, menopausal, anxious – crap I don’t know. Fear of the unknown, fear of the long ball, fear that the O-line of last year is just not tuned to perfection yet.
    Some names who will get better known after Friday.
    Gibson, Fei, Anda, Mota, Pultz, Justin Smith, Simon, Mr. M. O’Malley and several to be named at a later date.
    I bring offerings and trinkets of gold – to bring joy to the House of Chou.
    We have a tough schedule, and a tough first game against a team with HUGE expectations – a team some have said is Arroyo’s best in 20 years. Premature glory??? One just does not know.
    Go Rams!

  • Goldenarm

    tc champs

    hope the sea bass bit well on the backside of Cat.

    If we get some Santa Anas the Cloud’O’Cannabis might be floating that way….knowing some of the Avalon crowd, they may attempt to hang glide directly into the nucleus and never return.

    We can beat Arroyo – but only with extreme aggression and we must win the turnover battle!!

  • New York

    I would not want to pick local rankings this week. I would be tempted to leave them static with last week, not that I put muh value in preseason polls anyway. Again, with all WSGV teams having missed so many practices, every team has been seriously effected. I don’t place much value in any of the wins or losses this past weekend. Every team will be far more crisp with execution once we get regular field time again.

  • A little more love for our Minutemen Defense

    My impressions of MHS Game: The defense played “pretty well” are you kidding? When a defense causes 6 turnovers there is no way you should ever lose the game unless you turn the ball over just as many times. In my opinion, the defense was outstanding, giving up only one score on a touchdown that never should have been awarded and everyone watching (including the Linfield supporters) the replay on that huge jumbo screen know that for a fact. Other than that “give me” play I don’t believe Linfield crossed the 50 yard line more than 3 times all game. Not to shabby for a defense that only played “pretty well”

  • Reno Hightower

    Rankings

    Are in the tank this week. Who practiced, who didn’t, our game got cancelled, blah, blah, blah…Let’s rank the hottie LA Fair Girl type of chicks #1 thru #5:
    #1 Ellie Mae Clampett-Shorts, tuff, and $$$Rich!
    #2 Daisy Duke-Cruisng Valley Blvd. in the General Lee
    #3 Selma Hayak-Gotta love the Latino girls
    #4 Jennifer Anniston-Lonely and looking for love
    #5 Tila Tequila-If you don’t nail her maybe your sister can!

  • curiousgoerge

    NY-

    Even though we made no excuses, I totally agree with your
    point. It’s very obvious the whole SGV was affected greatly all we can do is keep practicing hard polish thing’s up and prepare for league.

    Golden-

    We are honestly pulling for the Rams to get the “V”
    on Friday night, you get the edge upfront that’s for sure,
    and discipline might be a key factor in your victory.
    Hopefully you guy’s can pound a lil more than the game plan to kill the clock and keep Arroyo’s Qb off the field
    I heard he’s pretty good.

  • The Donk

    NY,
    I think the fires can be used as an excuse for the teams that lost, but the teams that won, obviously showed something, they overcame the fires…That should be noted also. Not to talk poorly about the teams that lost, but some credit should be given to the teams that did win.

  • Goldenarm

    Alright Miguel, here goes my loogie in the wind.

    If at season’s end I stand “El Gran Campeon De Todo Mundo” of picking winners and loser’s – great, if not, I will be declaring my mayorship officially over either way.

    The debut of NEW DIRECTION is nearly upon us!!!
    Of course my game of the week is :
    TEMPLE CITY RAMS AT ARROYO KNIGHTS
    All signs point to an Arroyo victory and a Ram schooling. Vengeance is mine sayeth Sinsinger and crew, having had a double-dose of Hatch/GBL/Conora syndrome last season, and missing play-off round 2 solely upon a shanked PAT. Nonetheless I bleed green/gold and spent the night in freezing temps just to be #1 in the Chou line, having been fasting on Pastrami and Lemon Ole’s from Top’s for 3 days straight. McKay, my man, a new slogan for you…”He who don’t blocketh, thou ass shall be skewered with splinters on the bench”. In other words, hit somebody, give it to the Ruck and hit them once more…and our Rams will arrive back home with a victory.
    We don’t hit, we come out flat and play sissyball…kiss the opener goodbye. Trust me, ARROYO WILL BE READY on the field and in the stands!!!
    TC supporters, load up the Prius, the mini-van and Granpa’s old GMC…we need everyone to show!

    Rams 24
    Knights 21

    O line……u ready?
    They are already sayin you guys were a fluke….

  • Goldenarm

    Picks of the week

    RHL
    San Marino Mooney has been on a missionsomething got into his craw and he is bent on ridding the soft from Titanland. He tends to succeed when driven like this.

    Beware the BMW boys expect less poodle and more pit bull, a visible change from recent years.

    SM over Gabe
    South Pas falls to San Gabriel
    La Canada takes a deserved week off
    Monrovia pounds Tip and Duarte
    Upset of the week:
    Blair beats Bosco on Saturday (you saw it here firstnow you
    know I found the THC cloud)

    After the strangest start in WSGV football in years, here is the rest:
    SD OVER EL MONTE
    MEAD OVER COVINA (changed this pick several times)
    SF OVER ARCADIA
    MOORS take a nap in the shade of the Hat
    SIERRA VISTA OVER HOOVER
    CATH OVER GLENDALE
    CV OVER V HILLS
    RHP OVER KILPATRICK
    Pasadena teams, tough week , but it will get better
    OAKS DC OVER MUIR
    SAUGUS OVER PHS
    BURROUGHS OVER SHURR
    WORKMAN OVER KEPPEL

    GA
    9/8/09

  • goteamgo

    GA -

    Not going to venture a pick in Maranatha at La Salle game?

  • My impressions of MHS Game

    A little more love for our Minutemen Defense -

    You’re right. The Defense did play outstanding.

    I guess that was kind of overshadowed by the offensive mistakes. Hopefully we can put it all together for the big showdown at La Salle this week.

    Thanks for your reply and correction!

  • Goldenarm

    goteamgo,

    I’m waitin on you and Muddy Waters for feedback prior to that pick

  • goteamgo

    GA -

    In making a pick for the Maranatha/La Salle game, you know where my loyalties lie (Go Lancers!) – I was looking for an impartial voice, such as you!!!

  • incorrect

    Hola football fans,

    Wow, so many topics….football is finally here! I’ve been MIA over the last few weeks, i guess i was just letting the pot stew! As you may all know or remember, i have been a Rosemead supporter for years, and i was at the Rosemead vs South Pas scrimmage. I don’t think Rosemead looked bad at all. In fact, i was surprised they performed as well as they did. It looked as if there o-line absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. The only difference i saw was they don’t have Sumler as the game breaker! Diaz runs hard, however, he get 10 to fifteen yards where as Sumler broke these runs for long gains and/or touchdowns. The panther quarterback Macias, is short in stature but has a lot of heart. If Rosemead needs him to throw they will be in trouble, however, if they can continue to pound the rock and use Macias in play action they will be just fine!

    Lastly, i went to the Monrovia game, and i also stopped by the South El Monte game, to give my support to Hernandez a former panther; and i also had friends that went to other games, and then i read on all the others! I’m not to sure if this is a fair assumption by me, but i think that the Valley may be down this year, both the East and West. Maybe all the teams regardless if they won or loss this past week were effected by the fires, but no one seemed to be too impressive, not even my beloved Panthers in their scrimmage! Good luck to all!

  • Anonymous

    goteamgo

    I left the game off accidentally on purpose.
    Usually if I am ignorant, at least I have a gut feeling based on absolutely nothing. This time I don’t even have that.

    I think this game could be a good one. The comments and statements about Maranatha’s poor pass protection are a concern – they go back to my mantra that a even a good QB looks bad running for his life! Following some surgical review of game film,I would expect coach Murphy’s staff to figure out the who, what, why- and change it up somehow. This would impact the INT factor and keep the offense from stumbling in throwing situations.
    Encouraging season opener for the Lancer’s. I’ve liked the school and folks there from day one. I got no clear victor in my head…you know me, if I did I would blurt it out. This game can be taken away by the team who is more intrusive or disruptive on defense, it may even become a low scoring event.
    Maranatha 13
    La Salle 10

  • goteamgo

    GA -

    I admire you for making a difficult pick!!! This year at least La Salle will have home field advantage. I know the La Salle faithful have been quiet on the blog (not giving you much input to base your pick), but this year it is best to keep quiet until Redemption is earned.

    Also – I checked some Orange County blogs; I guess Chase Rettig did not play in San Clemente’s opening game due to injury. Does not look serious – probably just miss one game.

  • Anonymous

    A little more love for our Minutemen Defense said:

    My impressions of MHS Game- I competely apologize, I did not mean to come off sounding hostile towards your comment. I can only imagine how very dissapointed the players/coaches were Saturday night but I am also very confident that the team will rebound, have a solid week of practice and be ready for a very good, talented La Salle team. I can not agree with you more about Eric Johnson and Danny Beckwith as well as Kurt D (not sure how to spell his last name)being the croner stones of our team. Eric looked very dangerous at tailback and Danny did an outstanding job on both sides of the ball. Murphy is a very smart and creative Head Coach and I’m sure he will have something up his sleeve for Friday night. Should be one heck of a game, get there early for the good seats and get your popcorn ready!!!!

  • King

    Game of the week! Lancers v. Natha Nation! There’s going to be some definite heavy hitting and scheming in this game, no doubt. Both teams are looking to come off good week of practice and hit it hard come friday night. La Salle has to refocus after coming off their first win of the season, and you know Murphy will have his boys ready come friday night. This game has the potential to be another gem like last seasons.

  • coaches corner

    Golden Arm;

    What a fantastic memory you have about that great JV battle a few years back.You know I remember being concerned going into that game.The week before we played our best game of the year against a pretty good San Marino team led by Coaches Mike Mooney and Rich Enright.I remember after that win Coach Mooney giving us one of the nicest comments about being “one of the best teams he had seen”.Before the game as a staff we were concerned about the intensity which wasn’t an issue all year.After we fumbled the first play we knew we were in for a dog-fight.It turned out to be all of that and more.One of the most hard fought championship football games I have ever been around.
    The DT was the MVP of that game.I can’t remember his # but I know our QB sure did.Golden Arm do you remember the name of that big DT?Is he a senior this year?How about that dropped HB pass?How about the last play of the game?

  • Goldenarm

    His name is Matthew.

  • Goldenarm

    coaches corner,

    It is a game I will never forget….mainly because it proves the “on any given sunday theory”. If a team of lesser talent gives every ounce and last drop of themselves – they can beat an obviously superior opponent.

    The game was a year in the making – it began following a 43-0 shellacking of our freshman, the season prior.
    Somebody in the handshake line that day yelled out “get used to it”.

    That comment served as a 365 day rally point.

  • Action Re action

    Where do I start ?? What the @#$# is going on at Alhambra. The not no “Moors” are in trouble in a hole and what a dissappointment this season will be. The last for both Coach Rudy (who’s retiring) and his son who will not be back …..Play calling there has been bad for over 3 years and though they beat us 2 out of the last 3 times we still get more accomplished when it counts.I see nothing has changed with the “play caller” 4 touches for “THE SUPER STAR” Crochum ..the protect the QB mentality(run the clock out) will costs the Moors Staff thier jobs. Bye Bye really Sad to see a Icon Like Mr. Ruedaflores go out without his right hand man Torres calling the plays. Best of luck on your retirement and you new job with the Roadrunners “play caller”..lol

    Go SG 2010 League Champs

    Class of 93′

  • Tussle Home

    Tussle Prediction 2009

    Pasadena 45
    Muir 21

    HERE COME THE DOGS U CHOKIN STANGS

  • k.del.c

    rudafloras coudent evven handole it at mission stoenman schuul. i saw thes couming

  • The Stang Fan

    Tussle Home,

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