The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head this season…
Melendez: 15-1 last week; total 64-29-1
Stang Fan: 12-4 last week; total 68-25-1
By the way, check out Aram’s All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25, as Maranatha and Arcadia make an appearance.
NOTE: St. Francis plays Saturday, according to CalPreps.com. I’ve changed it on the schedule here.
NOTE 2: Pasadena plays Friday, not Thursday. This is what happens when I update my budgets past midnight…
If not for my laughable 6-9-1 record in Week 5, I’m confident I would be running away with 2010 picks against Stang Fan. It’s a tight race and Week 6 could be crucial as most teams begin league play. (Folks, there’s still no wager between Stang and myself, so suggestions are definitely welcome). My lone loss last week was St. Francis (lost to Paso Robles 42-28. Muir, La Canada, St. Francis and Sage HIlls were Stang Fan’s wrong picks last week. Let me say this: I was not surprised to see Arcadia win big against Muir. The Apaches completely outplayed the Mustangs, and so far I’ve yet to see Muir respond when its back are against the wall. Arcadia went up 7-0 in a matter of minutes. Muir responded with a three-and-out, the end result a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown to put the Apaches on top 14-0. I have Muir winning this week because Crescenta Valley’s record is bloated. The Mustangs have played the tougher schedule and within that schedule have shown they can compete. It’s time to finish. As for Arcadia, now’s not the time to get too high. Yes, huge win Friday and nice to see your league record unblemished, but the Apaches must maintain focus as they head into a Pacific Leauge showdown against Burroughs, also 2-0 in league. If Arcadia stays focused, disciplined and ready to show its back, then the Apaches will be a force to be recokned with. Big game for the folks at Maranatha. The Minutemen (5-1) travel to Whittier College to battle Whittier Christian (5-1) in an Olympic League showdown. Is it just me, or has the San Marino-Temple City game lost its luster because of recent struggles? Still, the Rams have shown steady improvement, and this is when Temple City will put it all together. Once again it should be an exciting week ahead.
Blair vs. Monrovia at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia)
San Marino at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Temple City); Stang Fan (TC)
Whittier Christian vs. Maranatha at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — MM (Whittier Christian); Stang Fan (WC)
Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Stang Fan (Burroughs)
South Pasadena at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Pas); Stang Fan (LC)
San Gabriel at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Stang Fan (San Gabriel)
Crescenta Valley at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir); Stang Fan (CV)
Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Glendale); Stang Fan (PHS)
Alhambra at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Stang Fan (Alhambra)
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead); Stang Fan (Rosemead)
Flintridge Prep vs. Chadwick at Occidental, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Chadwick); Stang Fan (Chadwick)
Sierra Canyon vs. Marshall at Pasadena, 7 p.m. Melendez (Sierra); Stang Fan (Sierra)
Duarte at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Ganesha); Stang Fan (Ganesha)
Bosco Tech at St. Bernard, 7 p.m.– Melendez (Bosco Tech); Stang Fan (Bosco)
Village Christian at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (RHP); Stang Fan (RHP)
Viewpoint at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Melendez (Poly); Stang Fan (Poly)
Serra at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Serra); Stang Fan (Serra)