Star Picks: Am I losing it or did I ever really have it?

… better yet, don’t answer that.

I went 9-3 last week with wrong picks coming from Monrovia, San Gabriel and La Salle. It’s not that I didn’t think Arcadia, San Dimas and San Marino couldn’t win, I just figured — based on what I have seen and/or read — that the teams I picked would come through. I think what blew me away is the fashion in which the teams I picked lost. Monrovia again fell behind 20-6 at the half and needed a comeback before taking a modest 22-20 lead before Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace dashed Monrovia’s hopes of remaining unbeaten. Then there’s San Gabriel, a team with good upside and definite talent gets blitzed past San Dimas, 59-6. I don’t think the Saints are 53 points better than the Matadors, but I did think San Gabriel would have a better showing and display the kind of effort that it’s a real contender in the Mid-Valley Division. At this point, probably not. La Salle’s had three tough games. Not sure what’s going on with the Lancers. They have able players, but the offense has gone M.I.A. In my column I had written that the Lancers would win no more than four games this season based on this season’s beefed up schedule. Pasadena’s on deck, and the Bulldogs are coming off a better showing against Cathedral. Pasadena came close to sending the game into overtime and possibly giving Cathedral its first blemish of the season. That the Bulldogs were that close is an improvement to the thrashing two weeks ago against Alemany. I’ll finally see for myself what’s going on at Monrovia when I cover them Friday. Temple City’s got its hands full with a resurgent Arcadia team, and the feeling here is Maranatha will face a tough and physical Salesian team before pulling away in the second half. Let’s see how this week goes.

Friday’s games

San Dimas at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — San Dimas
Temple City at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Arcadia
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Pasadena
San Gabriel at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — San Gabriel
San Marino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Rosemead
Alhambra vs. L.A. Wilson at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Alhambra
Salesian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Maranatha
Crescenta Valley at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Crescenta Valley
South Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — South Pasadena
Gabrielino at Contreras, 7 p.m. — Gabrielino
St. Francis at Venice, 7 p.m. — St. Francis
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Sierra Vista
Bosco Tech vs. Santiago at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m. — Bosco Tech
Rio Hondo Prep at Boron, 7 p.m. — Rio Hondo Prep

Saturday’s games
Flintridge Prep vs. Campbell Hall at Occidental College, 1 p.m. — Campbell Hall
Marshall vs. Sun Valley Ply at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. — Sun Valley Poly
Blair vs. Verbum Dei at L.A. Southwest College, 7 p.m. — Verbum Dei

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  • 6power


    Your picks this week will raise your % of accuracy. Upset possibilities are BP over SG and a longshot, Gondoliers over SF. (Gondoliers, maybe worst team name in California)
    It hurts – but at least TC is getting a Triple A education before the RHL starts up. Arroyo, Alhambra and Arcadia. Defensively we are getting plundered, but I think come league time we will be alright. San Marino and SP continue to post winning records, but play significantly weaker teams in preseason. The Titans will have their first physical challenge against the Mead this Friday.
    San Dimas may have the best coached and executing offensive lines in our area. A very mobile and quick paced blocking scheme where timing and technique are emphasized. Great to watch if you enjoy line work. Last year Monrovia did a great job defensively against this unit, but personnel have changed and from what I have read SD is even stronger up front than last year. Couple that with a powerful speed rusher like McCarthy and lookout Saints. Great match up.

  • Rancho fan

    Not sure if you are losing it,so after Rancho destroyed muir.Im curious to see what you think charter oak can do?

  • Amat Bully

    Rancho fan
    CO is about to give you Rancho fans a wake up call. after watching you guys on film your not that talented at all. all you have is good size and CO has good size and talent believe me this week CO will expose the non-talented Rancho team.

  • realTALK

    la salle has shown its true colors… they went 0-10 last year and all the sudden they are contenders in their division! they need to prove something first which they havent alot of smoke and mirrors in seirra madre!
    temple city has played ONE tough team in Arroyo and will see another one in Arcadia this week… good luck rams!
    San Marino is a surprise with 1st year HC looks good!
    Monrovia has San Dimas, should be a good game and a must win for monrovia to bounce back.
    should be a good 3rd week in HS football good luck teams!

  • Mid Valley Fan

    Monrovia fans……Sssshhhhhhhhhh…

    Can’t imagine you guys losing this week, wow!

    You did cancel your State Bowl game tickets right? Non-refundable? wow!!

    Let your boys play their game, seems they do better without the trash.

    Miguel, change your pick, Monrovia wil win the rest of the year!

  • Philly B.

    Monrovia WILL Bounce back this week against san dimas, and no one paid for any state bowls mid valley fan. Monrovia fans will let their voices be heard!!! KNOW THAT!!! Miguel, Im surprised, one lost and your off the wagon?!?!?!? Its ok after we beat san dimas we’ll come back in pick you up hahahaha.

  • shocked

    how about keppel’s win against gab?